Thursday, July 22, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge

This week's Color Throwdown Challenge uses colours close to Twilight/Crystal Blue/Sweet Leaf... so I added in a bit of Desert Sand and pulled out a stamp set that I LOVE but have never used: Buttoned Together.  There was a fair bit of cutting involved, but I love the end result, so I think I'll come up with a few different coloured versions in the future.
All supplies are CTMH: Stamp set is Buttoned Together; Cardstock is Desert Sand, Colonial White, Twilight, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf; Inks are Twilight, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Crystal Blue & Sweet Leaf;   Autumn Chalks; Martha Stewart Button punch.

Monday, July 19, 2010

An upsie-downsie version

Here is an upright version of the same card I posted for the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week.  I loved the colours together so much that I wanted to make another!  So I decided to make this my husband's card for our Anniversary next week (#16!)  I thought the Cherish the Moment set worked perfectly.  You can't see it too well, but I put a little sparkle next to "anniversary" on the little rectangle.  I didn't chalk this one, or distress the cardstock - I like the clean look, too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge

Here's my first card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge!  This week's colour challenge was to use Purple/Lilac/Lime Green in a card... so I tweaked it a bit with some CTMH colours (they're way prettier in person - I may have to rephotograph it in daylight!):

All supplies are CTMH: Stamp sets are Thoughts of You and Cherish the Moment; Cardstock is Pansy Purple Textured, Petal and White Daisy; Inks are Black, Sweet Leaf, Petal and Pansy Purple; Ribbon is Smokey Plum; Pewter brad; Autumn chalks.

Teddy card set

This is a set of cards that I made last Christmas - a girlfriend had a boss who loved teddy bears, and asked if I could make up a set to give her as a gift.  I made extra bits and pieces at the time, and this week I've assembled a duplicate set for myself.  I was really pleased with how these turned out - I really love the combination of colours.  Making card sets is my favourite thing - it's just how my brain works!  I'll make the picture large enough so that you can see each card, and will try to post some of the individual cards that I've just made:
Sorry for this sideways pic, but I wanted to show the envelopes & little purse that I put them in:
Patterned paper is K&Co, Small Wonders Boy collection; Stamp set is CTMH Beary Much; Cardstock is Desert Sand, Colonial White; Inks are Desert Sand and Cranberry; Autumn chalks;

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My first Color Throwdown Challenge!

Here is my first attempt at a colour challenge!  I've been following the Color Throwdown blog for awhile now, and am thrilled to finally participate :o)  This is for challenge #101:
Patterned paper is Basic Grey, Urban Prairie collection;  All other supplies are CTMH: stamp set is Somebirdy Loves You;  Cardstock is Black, Bamboo, White Daisy; Inks are Bamboo, Black; Black Hemp

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mojo Monday!

This week's Mojo sketch was a good one for me... it was either saying "stars" or "butterfies" to me - and the butterflies won.  The squares are pop dotted, and the butterfly's wings are bent upwards:
All supplies except for the ribbon are CTMH: Patterned papers - Key To My Heart; Cardstock - Cocoa, Creme Brulee, Colonial White; Stamp sets - Butterfly Kiss, Card Commentary; Inks - Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Juniper, Tulip, Cocoa.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Guy cards

Cards for men are just a little bit harder to make than cards for women... so I was really pleased with how these turned out.  I initially bought this stamp set to make cards for our friends who have a store near a campsite/beach - but once I made my first prototype, I knew it was the perfect card for my brother-in-law who is a fisherman.  The big one is 5"x6 1/2", the small one is 4 1/4"x5 1/2", you can't really tell from the photo, but I softly sponged Dutch Blue around the sky and water:
All supplies are CTMH: Stamp set - Relax, Patterned paper - Rustic Trails, Cardstock - White Daisy, Black, Garden Green; Inks - Garden Green, Black, Dutch Blue;

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Heart2Heart Challenge

This week's H2H challenge was a sketch - "City Scape" from CTMH's most recent card pattern idea book, "Wishes" (which I love).  I chose both a stamp set and paper pack that I've had for a while - this is my current trend, to use up what's sittin' around!  This card is typical Karen style - clean lines, simple design, not too fussy :o)  If you haven't checked out the H2H blog yet, just click on the link above, and see what everyone's up to!
All supplies CTMH, except the ribbon (recycled!); Stamp set - Goodness of Life; Paper pack - Caprice; Cardstock - Chocolate; Ink - Chocolate;  Bigger Brads - Chocolate; Buttons - Neutral and Winter Assortments.  Card is 5"x6 1/2".

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mojo Monday!

I tried hard to do something a little different this week for the Mojo Monday sketch - using products that aren't the norm for me, and minimal stamping.  The big flower is pop-dotted.  I just couldn't maket the little square on the right of their sketch work for me... so I left that out, but I'm quite happy with the result:
All supplies are CTMH; Patterned paper - Veranda, Key to My Heart; Stamp set is You're Invited; Cardstock is Cocoa; Flowers are Fancy Cuts Botanicals; Ink is Chocolate; Embroidery Floss - Neutral Assortment.  Here is the sketch:


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