Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nearing the End of the HYCCT Challenges

So I've been working and working on these challenge cards, and I'm just about done!  Whoo hoo!!!  I really had fun with all of the different challenges, but that's not to say that a few of them really pushed me out of my comfort zone.  That's a good thing though as I wouldn't have tried some of these things without that little nudge.

HYCCT28 was to create a card inviting someone to spend time using an image and sentiment that are a play on words.  I went with an old SU! set "Very Punny" for the little ladybug and matching sentiment "bug me anytime."  I colored the ladybug using Copics, and all of the dp (including the scalloped edge die cut strip) are from GCD Solutions "Paris Nights."  The ribbon, button, and twine are from my stash.    I used Sketch Challenge 303 as the layout for the card. 

HYCCT24 was to use a pretty, cute, girly image and pink as the basis for the card.  I went with Pink Cat Studio's "Enchanted Lily" set.  I thought this cute little fairy was just the thing for this challenge.  She's colored with Copics, cut out with Nesties, and layered on top of DCWV glittery paper.  The border punch is MS.  I just did a really simple layout so I could have a lot of the glittery flowers visible.

HYCCT30 was a sketch challenge.  I used one of my Magnolia Tilda stamps, more of the DCWV glittery paper, a new MS border punch called "Double Arches" and a bit of ribbon with a rose as my embellishment.
I colored with Copics and just framed the image with a bit of black cs for contrast.

HYCCT27 was to use glimmermist or a homemade version of glimmermist, or an ink spritzing technique.  I don't have any glimmermist, so I added a few drops of SU! Pink Passion ink to a spritz bottle and sprayed some white cardstock.  When it was dry, it was pretty warped, so I decided to use dry embossing with a Sizzix folder.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Believe" and it is cut out with Nesties and mounted on a Nesties label.  I added some Recollections pearls as a frame and then finished with a bow and rose.

HYCCT25 was to use at least 1 button on a card.  I have had these La Mode Ceramic Studio buttons by Dianna Marcum for many years (not sure where I got them from, but they were passed on to me at some point).  I used an angel from SU! "Festive Friends" and dp by MME called "Wonderful Holiday."   I added a satin ribbon and some twine to make it a little more country styled.  The angel is colored with Copics.

HYCCT29 was to use only sentiments.  I chose one from ODBD's "Christmas Verses."  I mounted it on a Spellbinders Fancy Tag die that I pieced together to make it long enough to accommodate the sentiment.  I used the same embossing folder I used for the mist challenge card as the background and finished with one of my favorite ribbons, a glittery pink organza that holds it shape so nicely, and a rose.

HYCCT 26 was to use a bird on a card.  I used a Whipper Snapper image and colored it with Copics.  The paper is from DCWV's "Nana's Nursery Baby Boy", and I added a satin ribbon with a button and some twine to again go more country in the styling.  The dp has little birdies all over it, but it's a little hard to see in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm hoping to be back later with more as I'm down to just the very last challenge in the HYCCT challenges.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Next Batch of HYCCT Cards

First up is HYCCT 21, handmade embellishment.  I decided to combine this challenge with the VLV week 4 sketch challenge so I could make some kind of flower.  I decided to try crocheting a twine one.  The papers are from DCWV's Fall Glitter Stack, and the sentiment and leaves are from Verve's "One Person."  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black, and the leaves are stamped in SU! Old Olive.

Here's a closeup of the flower.

The second sketch I finished was HYCCT 22, 3...2...1 which was to use 3 dps, 2 embellishments, and 1 ribbon.  I went with another sentiment from Verve's One Person, cut it out with Nesties, and sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The felt flowers are oldies from my stash, think they came from Hobby Lobby.  I distressed the edges of all of the dp. Then I finished it with a bit of white satin ribbon that I tied with my Bow Easy. 

For the layout, I couldn't decide what I should do, so my darling daughter, said to me, "Give me your papers Mom, and I'll show you how the card should look."   She took my papers and drew a sketch for me.   I thought it was pretty good for a 6 year old!  So based on her pattern, I figured out which of the papers she thought were to be in the various layers.  When I finished, she was so cute and said, "I can't believe you did it just like my picture!" 

The last card I have tonight is for HYCCT 23 Sew Thankful for Friendship.  I used "Homespun Quilt" from Whipper Snapper Designs (Illustrated by Anna Wight).  I stamped the quilt blocks, cut them with a thin white mat, and colored all of them with Copic R29.  I tried to make it look like a little quilt, complete with sashing strips.  We were supposed to include real or faux stitching on the card, and the quilt blocks had the stiching detail on them already, so that part was done for me.  The sentiment is also from the same set and I framed it using Spellbinders Fancy Tags die.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed evening!

ODBDSNT20 Embossing

The Stamping in Time Challenge at ODBD was to use embossing.  I chose to use a sentiment is from ODBD Scripture Collection 4.  I stamped it in Versamark and then embossed it using black embossing powder.  I cut it out using Nesties and then sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.  The dp are all from Basic Grey's "Capella" collection.  The ribbon is black May Arts silk tied with my Bow Easy.  I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for the layout.  Finished card is 6" square.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room - Chocolate Covered Autumn

This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room involved this gorgeous cake.  We were to make a card/project inspired by the colors and/or theme of the photo.

For my project, I followed Diane's SCS tutorial to make a Kleenex box cover.  I thought that would give me the perfect base for recreating the cake using a MS drippy goo border punch, another MS border punch for the piped icing at the bottom of the layer, and a bunch of flowers from Michael's clearance bin.

I tried to get photos from all four sides.  It has really clouded up here as the afternoon has passed with intermittent rain, so I apologize for the photo quality.  I took multiple shots, and believe me, these pictures were by far the best ones I could take today!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

Edited to add:  I'm very excited to add that my Kleenex box cover was picked as one of the top three for this challenge.  Thank you, Debbie!

Week #32 -  2amscrapper, Ros Crawford, Sarah Nelson
week 32

Friday, October 22, 2010

Almost Caught Up with HYCCT Challenges!

So after all of the cards in this post, I'm only 2 challenges behind!  :)

Card 1 features an image by Hanglar Stanglar stamps that I colored with Copics.  I did just a really simple layout to showcase the HYCCT11 challenge which was to make your own paper flower.  I'd never tried this before, and I followed Mercy's tutorial, super easy, love the result!  I used the SU! scalloped circle punch just like Mercy showed in her tutorial.  The dp are from K & Co. and the punched border is a MS punch.

Card 2 is the first shaped card that I've tried making.  It's for HYCCT13.  I cut a circle base using Nesties.  The flower is from Verve's "One Person" and the sentiment is from Verve's "Believe."  The flower is colored with Copics.  I added just a bit of black ribbon as a finishing touch, tied with my Bow Easy.

Card 3 is for the pop it out challenge, HYCCT17.  I used the flower from "One Person" again as I still had it sitting out on the table.  I stamped both the larger and smaller flower, colored them with Copics, and cut out both flowers.  The flowers are mounted on foam tape.  I used Nesties labels for the panels and did some sponging on the white one with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The dp are by DCWV "The Fall Stack."   The sentiment is from Verve's "Fabulous You". 

Card 4 was supposed to be vintage style for HYCCT18.  I used some ribbon and lace from my stash along with a rose and a MS punched border.  The cute little elephant is a Whipper Snapper image.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Kind Words".  Pink was suggested in the challenge guidelines, so I went with it.  I cut out the elephant using deckled rectangle Nesties.  I used Prismacolor pencils and the Gamsol magic technique to color the image.  I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch, but I flipped it upside down and used a rose instead of a tag on the bow.

For HYCCT19, we had 4 options to choose from, I went with a little girl who loves pink.  The image is by Hanglar Stanglar stamps and I colored with Copics.  The layout is from last week's Friday Sketchers, too bad I didn't finish in time for that challenge deadline.  The dp are by MME (the dark pink glittery one) and DCWV (the brown ones).

Finally, for HYCCT20, we were supposed to make a dance-themed card following the given sketch.  So I looked, and I don't have any dance related stamps.  Nothing.  Then I thought I could use my Disney Princess stamps.  So I went with Cinderella.  After all, she gets to go to the ball wearing this fabulous dress and DANCE with the Prince!  I colored her with Copics and then used a MS lace punch, Nesties, and dp from DCWV's "Nana's Nursery Baby Boy" stack.  I didn't have quite the right shades of Copics for her dress so she got a more robin egg's blue dress from me.

Thanks for stopping by!   Hugs and blessings to you!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anything Goes for ODBDSLC33

The current SLC at ODBD is anything goes.  I finally decided to use Basic Grey "Indian Summer" dp and the ODBD stamp "Serenity Prayer."   I used sketch 123 from Friday Sketchers again for my layout. 

I had a hard time photographing this card and getting the colors to be "true." There's a little bit of a glare on the prayer panel, but this was the best I could do tonight.

The card is 6" square.  The base is kraft cardstock, then there is a 5 7/8" square of black cardstock.  The dp strips are cut at 1 3/8".  I sponged Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges of the oval while it was still in the Nestie die.  I used a labels die as I thought it would kind of look like a cross behind the prayer.  I really like the alternating light and dark areas of the dp and the gradations of color as I think it fits with the essence of the prayer.

I used a bunch of different flowers all from Michael's and some black brads in the corners.  The punched border is by MS, and I think it is called Layered Arches.

We're in the midst of a 90 day prayer challenge at my church, and I'm going to keep this card sitting out for a while as a reminder for myself.  Thanks for stopping by tonight!

I'm thrilled to add that this card was selected as one of the Shining the Light spotlight cards for this week!  Thank you!

5 More HYCCT Challenge Cards

So over the last weekend, I made 10 cards for HYCCT and got 5 of them posted.  Here's the rest of them!

First up is HYCCT12 which was to make a birthday card using paper piecing.  I selected part of the striped dp that had glittery flowers to use for my cake.  I used the cake from Verve's "Birthday Bash" and the sentiment is from Verve's "Framed Wishes."  The dp is from DCWV.  I also used a MS border punch and assorted flowers.  The layout is from last week's Friday Sketchers.  I loved the sketch, just didn't have time to play during that challenge's timeline.

The second card is for HYCCT10, a card inspired by what we see as we take a walk.  I tried to create a little scene of fall trees.  I used SU! "Lovely as a Tree" and the sentiment is from SU! "Friends 24-7."  The dp is from DCWV's "The Fall Stack."  The ribbon is a very thin organza and didn't hold its shape especially well.  I sponged the sky using SU! Bashful Blue, and the trees are sponged in SU! Really Rust and SU! Saffron.  I think I used SU! Old Olive (really lightly) for the ground.

Card 3 is for the HYCCT02C pink and brown challenge.  The papers are from DCWV's "The Glitter Stack."  I added some rhinestones to the butterfly's antennae (Shapeabilities die), and the sentiment is from Verve's "Believe."  The sentiment is stamped in SU! Mambo Melon and cut out using Nestabilities and then embossed.  I used SC302 as the basis for the layout.  I punched both the brown mat and a pink strip with the same MS border punch and then off set them.  I think it looks like a row of paper dolls holding hands.

For card 4, the HYCCT03 challenge is unsentimental (no sentiments on front).  The image was one I got last year from My Favorite Things as a free digi download.  I colored using Copics and just simply mounted the panel directly on some DCWV "The Glitter Stack" paper.  I thought that the thin white edge was enough of a mat for the image.  This card is 5" square.

The final card is for HYCCT06 to use something old and something new.  The something old is the DCWV Glitter Stack papers.  I've had them for ages!  The buttons are also oldies from Grandma's stash that I inherited when she downsized a few years ago.  The flower ("Great Friend") and sentiment ("Fabulous You") are both from Verve.  The new thing is the MS optic dots punch.  Even though I used it on a few other cards, it's still new, so I used it again!  I (kind of) followed the current SFYTT layout.

Thanks for reading through another marathon post!
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More HYCCT Cards

As I stamped this weekend, I tried as much as possible to combine challenges, and it worked out pretty well.

My first card is for HYCCT07 and the challenge involved something borrowed and something not necessarily blue.  So I started with a fabulous card by Leslie Miller that I found on the Flourishes website under the background tutorials section as the borrowed idea.

I used ODBD's "Brocade Background" as my top panel and stamped it in SU! Pretty in Pink.  Then I added a sentiment from Verve's "Believe" to PIP cardstock.  The lace is from my stash and the velvet ribbon is from JoAnn's.  I debated on adding the pink rose and finally decided that adding it would be imparting my own style to the design. 

My next card is for HYCCT15 which was a color challenge.  We were to use pink, aqua, and olive.  I combined this challenge with the VLV week 3 challenge to CASE Jackie Pedro.  I chose this card. 

I changed the sentiment and used paper roses in place of the paper pieced flowers.  I also left off the 4 corner brads as I didn't have any white ones.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Believe."   The dp is from the DCWV Butterflies and Blossoms stack.  I used a MS border punch for the scalloped edge.  It is an eyelet punch, so I just covered most of the punched design to give me the simple scalloped edge I needed.  I tied the satin ribbon with my Bow Easy.  The roses are all from Michael's.

My last card for tonight doubles for VLV week 2 and HYCCT14.  The VLV challenge was a sketch and the color combination of brown, orange, turquoise, and white.  The HYCCT challenge is to use any color of ribbon.

The sentiment is from Verve's "Believe."  The image is from Verve's "One Person."  I stamped a large and a small flower and colored them with Copics.  I cut out the smaller flower and mounted it on foam tape for dimension.  The edges are sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used an orange glittery organza ribbon that I had in my stash, think it was a clearance find at Michael's last year.  I cut a narrow band of white cs to put under the ribbon so it would appear more orange on the brown base.  I tied the ribbon with my Bow Easy.  This color combo really pushed me out of my comfort zone!  Orange is not a color I reach for very frequently.

That's all for tonight!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Also, a huge thank you to all of you who've left me such kind and thoughtful comments on my creations.  I really appreciate it!

Blessings to you!

HYCCT16 with Mojo Monday 160

I used the week 160 Mojo Monday sketch as the basis for my HYCCT16 card. 

This challenge involved using felt, so I hunted and hunted until I found this little felt flower that I know I've had for ages.  The dp are from DCWV's The Glitter Stack.  Most of the dp is covered, so you don't see very much of the glitter.  The bottom is a MS border punch.  I used one of the Nesties labels dies for my pink side piece and just cut it to fit the space.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Believe." 

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm going to do one more post tonight with 3 cards in it as they aren't going to be linked to other sites for challenges. 

The Shabby Tea Room Pumpkins

I had the chance to stamp this weekend, and I made 10 cards for HYCCT!  I know that I'm not going to get all of them posted tonight, so I'll probably split them into batches and add them as I have time this next week.  I'm happy to say that I'm down to just 1 previous HYCCT challenge card to go and then I'll be entirely caught up.

The inspiration photo this week at TSTR was this great fall scene of pumpkins.

I inked up a new C.C. Designs stamp and colored my image with Copics.  I cut out the image and then mounted it on a white oval and then on a yellow oval cut with Nesties.  The plaid dp is from DCWV's Fall Stack. 

The HYCCT05 challenge was to use twine on a card in a new way.  I crocheted some twine into a trim and then added some Favorite Findings maple leaves buttons tied with embroidery floss. 

Thanks for checking out my pumpkin card, and I'll be back shortly with another post!
Blessings to you!