Friday, April 4, 2008

Blogger's challenge week 41

At least I think it is week 41....they are flying by! This week our challenge was to use the long note sample on page 65 of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog as our inspiration. Kind of a cute little card. The first card I came up with used Kraft as the card base. I started with a square piece of cardstock measuring 6 x 6 and folded it over to make my card. This should fit in our long notes envelopes. I used the coluzzle to cut a circle from the Afternoon Tea designer paper and then again to cut a ring from chocolate chip cardstock. To get it to fit like it does, I stuck the ring onto the circle and then adhered them both to my card front with dotto. Love the repositionable adhesive! Then I simply cut off the overhang with my Craft and Paper scissors (aka the Holy scissors). I tied a strip of wide chocolate grosgrain around the front and then layered a piece of vanilla cardstock to the inside to cover up the ribbon. I stamped the branch and Thank You from Spring Solitude in basic brown. I stamped the bird in Groovy Guava and the leaves in Artichoke both onto Vanilla cardstock and cut them out. I gave the bird a bit of dimension with crystal effects. I added some blingage to the left with clear rhinestones from the Pretties kit. I wasn't sure if I really liked this one so I made another card. I mean, it was only 11pm....plenty of time, right?
I used a Kraft base again for this card. The designer paper I had used for the first card is two sided. I had this nice piece of paper with a circle cut out of it, so I flipped it over and used the other side for this card. I stuck the paper to the card base and trimmed off the excess again. I used my coluzzle to cut out a ring from white cardstock a bit bigger than the circle hole in my designer paper. I used some scallop shears to make my ring a scallop ring and then stuck it over the seam of the designer paper and card base. I stamped the hippo from Pun Fun with basic black right onto the kraft paper and again onto white cardstock. I colored the white hippo in using a blender pen and ink from my Bayou Blue ink pad and a cameo coral marker. I cut out the white hippo and stuck it over the hippo stamped on kraft. I didn't cut out the balloon or string, those could be in the background. I used a 1/2 pearl from the Pretties kit as the balloon. I colored directly onto the pearl withe the cameo marker to pull it together a bit. The scallops along the bottom are done with my scallop shears and the ribbon across the top is Blue Bayou. I think I like this one a bit better.
The reason I was up so late working on these is because I had a group meeting last night. We made this awesome little punch charts. It took a LONG time! I think they will be very helpful tho! You can lay the punch holes right over images to see how they will fit. I did these for my downline and don't want to make any more but if you would like the file for the labels, I would be happy to send it to you via email.
I'm still gathering goodies for Blog candy and plan to post it tomorrow. Stay tuned!

23 comments:

Nikki Bond said...

These both turned out WONDERFUL! Love the way you switched up the layout on the second one ! {SMILES}

Sheryl said...

Both cards are very cute. I love the hippo. It really looks good with the Afternoon Tea DSP!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Both are FABULOUS cards. Such detail and I love the sets you used...especially the bird one...it's one of my favorites BTW...I would really like to get a copy of your label file for the punch reference. You can send it to lynn(dot)mercurio(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks so much!

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh these cards a both just adorable. The hippo is toooo cute! The Afternoon DSP was an excellent choice for the cards.

Basement Stamper said...

Love both the cards but especially love the hippo card!!! Great job!

MJ said...

Both of these cards are great. I love the hippo in that color!

Connie said...

I love both your cards! I pulled out Spring Solitude, too, but didn't use it. It is cute the way you used it! And I like how you flipped the layout on the second card...WONDERFUL!

tonistamps said...

OMG Beckie! these are both gorgeous!!! I love seeing another use for the Spring Solitude set, and the hippo card is way cute too!

Michelle Tweedy said...

I love the bird card. What set is that little bird from? I'm a dunce and don't want to comb the catty to figure it out. You are so creative!

KimberlyG said...

These are both lovely! The Afternoon Tea paper works beautifully here, and that Hippo just always puts a smile on my face! Thanks for sharing! :D

amycara said...

Great cards but there's something about that happy hippo that's too stinkin' cute!!!

Ida said...

Great job on both cards (wow I barely managed to get 1 done). Clever use of the bird/branch image on your first card. Love the colors and the pearl for the balloon on card two.

Leigh said...

That little hippo is sooooo cute. I love that you flipped the sketch too and the dp is the perfect compliment!

Lisa Somerville said...

Both are wonderful cards - love the inspiration you had to flip the sketch on the hippo card.

Lori said...

These are fantastic! I love the pearl balloon with the hippo and how you placed the bird image.

Lisa Bohler said...

I really like that you used a border on the circle layers of your cards! Both are adorable!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Your cards are beautiful and your punch charts SO clever!!!!!

that is just Cool!!!

Vicki

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Both great cards, they put a smile on my weary face....the punch thingies are the cutest, great idea!

Anonymous said...

Wow, good job on those. Certainly something any mother would love...for like...mother's day or something like that...along with other samples...
:-)

Claudia said...

Wow - 2 cards! They are both great! But my favorite is the first one, it seems perfect for the layout...

Charlotte said...

Both cards are just lovely. Good job on both.

kitteykaty said...

Hi, I would love to have a copy of the punch reference! Might help me remember which punches I own and maybe I'd use them more! Please email to katy.young95@gmail.com

Thanks!

Debi said...

Love the little punch files on key rings and would appreciate the email of the copy of the label file if you can. Thanks so much.
Debi Pippin
canoemom@tampabay.rr.com