Friday, March 16, 2007

Challenging Challenges!

The first card was for yesterday's Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS, To Die For. It was to find ways to use die cuts in your projects. I started off with a 4x11 piece of olive cardstock. I folded it in half to make a 4x5.5 card. I folded down the front to make it a pocket card. I punched holes all down the side of each edge to lace ribbon through to make the pocket. Next I used my Cuttlebug to die cut different sizes and colors of the flower and attached three of them to the front, and the other three I layered to give the flower more dimension. They are held together by a brad. Now this flower is actually attached to the pull out card that's inside the pocket. In order for the flower to "peek" over the pocket, I punched a half circle in the top of the pocket so the flower had a notch to sit in. Then I stamped "My friend", ran over it with Old Olive ink and a blender pen and added a brad to the flower. I added the yellow panel to the inside top of the pocket and added some doodles here and there. It still needed something, so I die cut some leaves for the big flower, but it still wasn't right. I asked my husband what he thought, and he actually came up with "stem" idea. He suggested dots with a black marker, but I decided to pierce holes and use the white gel pen for a faux stitch look. I'm pretty happy with this card, I guess. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- My Friend, Michael's $1 Stamp; Paper- DCWV Olive, pink and A Muse Papaya; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- Cuttlebug Asterisks die set, Cuttlebug machine, paper piercer, white gel pen, hole punch, ribbon by Oriental Trading, Making Memories brads, Old Olive marker, 1 1/4" circle punch.
The next two cards were for today's Limited Supplies Challenge, Embellish It. This was pretty challenging for me. It was to use ONLY a sentiment stamp, ONE layer and any embellishments you'd like, but no Cuttlebug or embossing. I was not happy with my first card, so I tried another. The butterfly one was my second try! :) For the Flower Thanks card, I used Making Memories flowers layered and held together with a brad. I originally used a double rectangle punch across the card and laced the ribbon through the holes to tie the bow in the center, but after I stamped the "Thanks for making me smile", it was crooked ("ressin' fessin'" in my best Yosemite Sam impersonation) and since it had to be a single layer card, I scrapped it. I didn't want to go through all that again, so I just tied the ribbon around the card on the second try. I added some "spritzes" of Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black with my markers and color spritzer tool. Last, I added some red line tape and covered it with glitter, as well as using my 2 way glue pen to add some glitter dots and used scalloped scissors for the bottom edge. Not my most favorite card, but it fit the challenge. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- SU Small Sayings; Ink- Basic Black; Paper- DCWV; Accessories- flowers and brad from Making Memories, pink ribbon unknown, color spritzer tool, Basic Black marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, red line tape, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, scallop scissors from Costco.
On the Butterfly Dreams card, I used the sentiment from Happy Harmony and found some chipboard butterflies that I forgot I had. I attached gingham ribbon "antennae" to them with brads and attached them to the card. The final touch was the "trail" dots with a black marker. I'm much happier with this card! :) SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Happy Harmony; Ink- Basic Black; Paper- Notecard from Walmart; Accessories- chipboard butterflies and brads from Making Memories, gingham ribbon by Offray, Basic Black marker.
Thanks for visiting today! I hope these cards put you in a Spring mood as they did me. It's snowing here in Pittsburgh and we're expecting up to 6 inches, so happy Spring cards are a good thing! :)

7 comments:

Amy said...

oh, I love them all!!!!

Kirsten said...

very nice, and I especially love the top one - love the ribbon treatment!

Pam Speidel said...

These are all just SO pretty and SPRINGY! :)

Jackie said...

So pretty!! I really like the chipboard butterflies on the bottom one - very cute!

L8ybug2 said...

Great cards! I really like the butterfly one....
~~Rita~~

Beate said...

Wow! I love all three Charmaine. I love coming here and checking out your latest work! Have a great weekend.

Angie Z. said...

Such a sweet pocket card - Love the threaded ribbon up the sides! Great flower and butterflies on the other two cards - they're just darling!
~Angie

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