Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Couple of Color Challenge Cards

Here are two cards that I had done a couple of weeks ago using a Color Challenge from the Play Date Cafe - PDCC94.  The Colors to use were Fudge, Goldenrod and Teal.  Definitely a stretch for me but I have a couple more cards to add to my stash :)  I love the saying from the GWP stamp on the card above - what a great reminder.


And this one uses one of the last sketches we had on our Angel Company Web site.  :(  I also had to try the gathered ribbon technique since I hadn't tried it yet.  It was kinda fun and I can't wait to use it again....stay tuned!

Have a great week all!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kerry's Color Throwdown #7

Here is a quick card I did using the OH SO CUTE stamp set Emma's Cheese - I am so glad that I got a chance to get this set before it was too late.  She is adorable.  Kerry posted a Color Throwdown Challenge that used 2 shades of Gray and Yellow with ivory - didn't have any ivory with me so used the white.  It was a challenge for me but I think it turned out pretty well...  Hope you like it too!

The inside has the greeting that comes with cute little Lucy that says " Age doesn't matter unless you are a cheese"  Love it!

Have a great week.  I'll be back with another posting this weekend - I will be gone but have it scheduled.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

August Christmas Card Challenge Cards

Over at Paper Wings some of us have gotten together to have a "Challenge" to get our Christmas Cards done a little at a time so we aren't scrambling at the last minute to get them done.....  My (realistic) goal was 8 cards per month and in August I did 10 (my actual goal) They don't have to all be the same or all different so I mixed it up a bit... And counting the ones I did for the July Blog Hop I am making some progress :)

Here is the group picture of 7 that I did all alike.  Love this Santa head that was a Level C hostess set "Love This Day"  Pretty simple but I like how they turned out.  The first one is a little different as it was my "trial" one. I liked it so made 6 more but had to use a different red. 

Here are a couple that I did using up MORE scraps and the cute little reindeer from the Jingle Jolly Set.  Again pretty simple but fun to work with.

And this last one was just a fluke.  I was working on another card with Lucy's Cheese and thought I would see if I could make it into a Christmas Card.  Nothing Spectacular but an easy one to mail - not much layering and no thick embellishments.

Hope you enjoyed.  Off next weekend to a stamping/scrapbooking retreat and going to work on my September cards!  Have a great week!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Paper Wings Final Farewell Blog Hop

A Final Farewell Tribute to The Angel Company.....

As most of you know by now we have received very bad news this last week.  The Angel Company is no longer in business.  As hard as we all tried, this economy is getting the best of several small businesses and we were no exception.  This has been a tough week for many Angels but we will be forever grateful for the blessings we have received, the people that we have met and also the people we have grown to be become being part of an amazing company.  More than just a company, more than just a business adventure but a family and community.

Here are a few cards that I did using some images from a set called "Beautiful Lace" that I received from a very special Angel - Angela Kelly - an amazing lady who also designed our last catalog cover card.  Thank You Angela - you are truly inspiring....

Pink and Black - one of my favorite color combinations.....It is hard to see the true soft pink of the washed out pretty bad in the photo.  There is a heart pearl by the sentiment and a teeny tiny one on the bow of the dress....

This is actually one of my favorites.  The green strip through the center of the card is done with glitter on scor-tape, and the dots on the top half of the card are from glitter on glue dots.  I hadn't done this before it is was so easy and fun :)  Again kind of a washed out picture but I think you get the general idea....Love this card.

I never really thought I would get into the Victorian kind of cards, but this didn't turn out too bad.  Reminds me of an old photo of my Grandmother.  It is all done in a very soft peachy pink with brown and gold ribbon.  I sponged some Desert Sand Ink over the cuddlebuged background to age it a little and soften it up.  And even though you can't see it - I used the paper piercer to go around the lace edges.  Looks really cool in person.

I hope you enjoyed my cards for this blog hop- things that remind me of The Angel Company - Simple -Smart -Sophisticated and best of all fun.  Thanks for everything Mischelle - you have definitely made a difference in my life....

Ok Done with the mushy stuff now......

So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, check out the blogs below and prepare yourself to be inspired....

Rita W.:
Angela K.
Rita K.
Deb Miller:
Betty G.:
Sandy A.
Diane H.
Chris F.
Rita H.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Circles Of Love Virtual Swap #4

A couple of things I did for a  Virtual Swap using the
Level A Hostess Set 
"Circles of Love" (TA-3480)

The first is a pretty card using Angelee SWIC (V843), The "Love You" sentiment, the scalloped dot border and the large dotted background are all stamped with Grape Jelly Memento Ink (SC500) and embossed using Transcendence Embossing Powder  (C-151) It is so easy to have embossing powder that works with ANY COLOR dye based ink - no special inks necessary! 
**The circle tag with the sentiment comes with the SWIC and worked perfectly with this card.  I punched a scallop from the dark purple coordinating Angelee CS (B322) using a Mega Scalloped Circle Punch (D-700). 
**I also used the dk purple for the card front and the card base is a pale green, also from the Angelee Cardstock Asst. 
**The ribbon is some that I had in my stash but have a feeling it may be some left from the Angelee Ribbon Asst.  The little purple floss is some "Sew Easy" Floss that we will have available soon - it is awesome stuff!  This shade is called "Lilac Breeze" and comes with 2 other coordinating shades (F-7677) 
**I added a few (OK a LOT) of pearls but I think it turned out well.  Might be a great anniversary card or just a thank-you-I-Love-You-just-because card.  What do you think?

These little 3"x3" cards would be great little "Lunch Box Love Notes"  Something fun and a little different.....  They are all made with basically the same supplies....
Scarlet Cardstock (V-237),  Kraft Cardstock (V-244),  Raven Bazzil Cardstock,
White Ultrasmooth Cardstock (V-222), Rhubarb Memento Ink (SC301) Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (SC900) Palette New Canvas white ink  (TT-185) and again Transcendence Embossing Powder (C-151)  I also used a 3/4" circle punch (D-94) and 1" circle punch (D-71)  The little black buttons on the center set of cards were punched with a 1/2" circle punch that I happened to have in my stash.....a little misc. ribbon, ric-rac, and a couple of clear vinyl stickers and wa-la.  Fun little "Lunch Box Love Notes"!

 For these two I embossed the bottom black panel with the New Canvas Ink and Transcendence EP,  added a little ric-rac and popped the little black embossed buttons up on red circles.  I didn't stamp sentiments on here yet because it will just depend on the day and who it goes to! ;)

These two have the "Love" circles embossed with the Rhubarb Ink, punched with the 3/4" punch and then matted on black 1" punched circles and popped up on pop dots.  The rest is pretty obvious :)

These two are similar but not quite a matched pair. Messed up a bit....oh well.  The 'You" is punched out with the 3/4" circle punch and has a clear vinyl sticker over it for a little extra attention.  They are also popped up on pop dots.  Although you can't see it very well in this photo, the cute scalloped border is embossed in Rhubard under the ribbon bow.  And the buttons are embossed with  holes poked in them and floss run through and tied in the back.  The black on the edge is punched with a border punch I found on a clearance rack at a local craft shop. I figured the punched out circles went well with the rest of the 'Circles of Love"

Hope you enjoyed this post.  They were great fun to make.  Can't wait to play with this set some more!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!  Have a great week!  Enjoy a little stamping time of your own!

Monday, August 8, 2011

A card for Christines Sketch Virtual Swap

Another quick card for Christine's Sketch Virtual Swap - Christine is an Angel that teaches classes based on using one sketch several ways - a different sketch each month - cool idea huh?  I did this card with an image that Angela had sent me to work with as shipping was a little slow in the beginning with the high demand and the new catalog :)  Thanks again Angela! 

I used the Maggie SWIC and PrismaColor Pencils with OMS for blending, a few pearls, and although I don't think you can see it there is some faux stitching and some outlining done on this little sweetie with my favorite Clear Star Gel Pen.  And I promise - she really isn't on there as crooked as it looks - must have been a wierd angle with the camera.  My photo opportunities have been few and far between with the wind and a few dreary days. 

Hope you enjoy - and check back later this week for a couple of more cards featuring Circles of Love - A level A Hostess set that you can earn with a minimum $100.00 party order!

Friday, August 5, 2011

A couple of cards for Kerry's Color Throwdown #6

Hey all, I've been MIA for a bit as hubby and I took a mini vacation, did a little boating, HE did a little fishing and I did a little reading, - stayed in a motel so no cooking, no cleaning, no dishes and no laundry (till I got home of course)  It was a great break.

But after the great Christmas In July blog hop from the previous post I wanted to play along with Kerry's Color Throwdown #6 and this great color combo.  Here are a couple of cards that use the August Card Club stamp set that is available for only $4.50 with any $30.00 order to all Card Club members!  It also uses one of the new Gift With Purchase stamps that are FREE with any $30.00 purchase - you can get a lot for your $30.00 purchase don't ya think?

This is the definition of simple stamping - no embellies, no bulk - and very little layering.....unusual for me :)

This one uses one of the new Tim Holtz embossing folders for the background and I sponged it with some brown ink for a little definition.  The "thank you" sentiment is from the "Apple of My Eye" set that I used for the card below too!

And of course I couldn't wait to ink up this sweet little bear from Maybelle's
"Apple of My Eye" set.

Hope you enjoy and can gather a little inspiration to get stamping!