Friday, October 31, 2014

SOTC Favorite and Fabulous



Happy Halloween!  I do not have a Halloween card,
but a very special card for you today...................

This is my card for our every other month swap for an awesome group of ladies on SCS--the SOTC--Sisters of the Traveling Cards!  Jeanette is our hostess for October and she posted the following:

First, let me tell you with all sincerity, you are some of my favorite people! I want to thank you – my dear Sistahs – for being the fabulous group of women that you are! You are my inspiration in so many ways, but here are just two of the ways…

• Your talent, of course, is unsurpassed. I literally get goose bumps when I see the cards you make! You inspire me creatively. • The way you love me and one another – unconditionally! You inspire me to be a better person, more loving and kind.  I am truly honored to be part of this group!!!

My theme for September/October is inspired by those very thoughts. The theme---Favorite and Fabulous!

Let me explain:
--Favorite = Use one/s of your favorite things on your card. It might be your favorite stamp/image, your favorite embellishment, your favorite color, or any other “favorite” that you choose.
--Fabulous = I know we always use at least two layers and one embellishment, but for this time I want you to do something a little extra to make your cards fabulous. It might be simply adding another layer to your card, using a handmade embellishment, creating your own designerpaper,using a unique fold, or any other “fabulous” feature you choose.

I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with! I hope you’ll have a lot of FUN creating!


I love making gate-fold cards and I recently used this Stardream blue shimmer cardstock on another card.  I just love it, so I wanted to highlight it and did not cover any of it up with patterned paper.  If you also visit my blog often, you know I love these Paper Inspirations Sentiments--and use them often. I think this card can be used for many occasions.

 
Here is my card as it is opened--the button holds the flap in place.




Image/Sentiment:  Paper Inspirations Celebrate Calligraphy 

Cardstock:  Gina K White, Black, All Spruced Up; Stardream Blue Shimmer


Ink:  SU Handsome Hunter


Accessories—SU Black Button with Blue Twine; Black Brad




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calendar Girls ~ Black Plus One!



It is the 28th of the month, so I am here to welcome you to another round with the Calendar Girls! We are now well in our fourth year of posting and it has been a blast.  Wonderful Challenges--Great Fun--Sweet Creations--and Awesome Friendships!

Who are the Calendar Girls? We are a group of bloggers who want to have a place where friendships blossom, creativity abounds, and encouragement prevails! In keeping with that dream, this blog group has been created so we will have a place to interact and enjoy being fellow bloggers.  I get to be the hostess this month and this was my challenge:


This month we are going to do a color challenge. Since this card will be posted a few days before Halloween, I challenge you to make a card using just two colors--Black and One Other Color. I also challenge you to try to not use white or ivory as a base for your image. If you do, it does not need to count as your second color--or it can...... Your card does not need to be a Halloween card--it can be for any occasion. Get your thinking caps on and limit your colors to just two!

Then--I also added a bit of clarification............. There was a question about the limit of two colors. Does that mean just the image, or does it include card base, paper, embellishments, etc.?

Yes--it means everything on your card can only be one of two colors--Black and something else. Your image can be stamped or printed on white or ivory if you want and that base does not count as one of the two colors--unless you wanted to go Black and White only. So all of your cardstock and any designer paper and any/all embellishments need to be one of the two colors you choose. Yes, this is thinking out of the box and I am guessing our markers will not be used this month! That is why it is called a "Challenge"!


I knew I wanted to do a Halloween card and I wanted black to be the main color.  I originally stamped and embossed the image on white cardstock, but it was to stark.  So, I tried stamped and embossed on Basic Gray and I liked the look.  So--my two colors are Black and Gray--just like the colors Jeanette posted in the directions I gave her when I sent the challenge.  I did not highlight the colors--she did and I followed her lead!  Yes, I did obey Jeanette........... shhhhhhh--do not tell her!

 
 
Here is the inside of my card, still saying with the black and gray colors only!



 
I hope the other Calendar Girls like my card!  AND--they enjoyed a challenge this month to stay true to two!

Image/Sentiment:  Stampabilities Flying Witch/Whipper Snapper Designs Good/Bad Witch Sentiment

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Basic Gray; Gina K White

Ink: Versamark; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  SU Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon, Gray Brads, Black Embossing Folder; Cuttlebug Spider web Embossing Folder



Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us.  I am sure you will enjoy all the wonderful creations!  All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us this month.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Melonhead Halloween Challenge



I am back again with another card for this weeks Melonheadz Challenge.

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/

 
The theme for this challenge is Halloween or Colors of Black, Orange, Purple or Green
 
It runs from October 27th to November 9th  
 
I love Halloween and making Halloween cards--and Melonheadz has some awesome Halloween images.  There are some wonderful costumed kids--so darn cute! 


 
Here is the inside of my card with more characters:
 
 
 
Image/Sentiment—Melonheadz Costume Parade Owl and Banner Digital Stamps

Cardstock/Patterned Paper—Gina K White; Stampin' Up Black, Pumpkin Pie, Smokey Slate; Reminisce Trick or Treat Patterned Paper

Accessories—SU Pumpkin Pie Brads, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; Cuttlebug Spider Web Embossing Folder; Black Button with Orange Fiber

I hope you will play along this week with the Melonheadz Challenge too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.



Friday, October 24, 2014

With Sympathy


This card is for the monthly swap that Pam hosts on SCS.  Each month we make 10 cards and include a matching envelope.  They can be any theme for any month.  All of the swappers are wonderful and I have receive awesome cards each and every month.  I really like this Whipper Snapper Designs stamp-and I think it makes an elegant, yet simple, sympathy card.

I recently saw a list of Stampin' Up ink colors that can be used with Copic Markers or the SU Blendabilities and not bleed.  I used my Baked Brown Sugar ink to give the image a softer look than my usual Memento Tuxedo Black that is use when I color with markers.  I really like the look and will use some of the other compatible ink colors in the future!   

I hope Pam and the others swappers like my card this month!
 
 
Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs-With Sympathy Rose

Cardstock:  Gina K White; Stampin' Up Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe; My Mind's Eye Tres Jollie Mon Cheri-Baby Girl Floral Patterned Paper

Ink:  SU Baked Brown Sugar

Accessories:  Brown Brads; Cantaloupe Shear Ribbon



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TCCCB Challenge ~ Spookable



I am back with another card for The Crafters Café Challenge Blog (TCCCB).  

http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/

Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles.

The challenge runs from October 22nd to the 28th

The theme for this challenge is Spookable!
 

 
 
Image/Sentiment:  Delicious Doodles Digital Stamps-Halloween Ghostie
 
Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Gina K White; Stampin' Up Black, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant; Kaisercraft 13th Hour Designer Series Paper Pack

Accessories—Copic Markers; Purple Button with Orange Baker's Twine 


I hope you will play along this week with The Crafter's Café Challenge Blog too! Be sure to go to the blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.



Monday, October 20, 2014

The Newborn King


This is the second card I made for Debbie's Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog Swap on SCS.  I love so many of the stamp sets in this catty and was so happy to be hostess for our club for October!  Free sets are even better! I am sure I will get back some great cards in the swap!

I layered two Stampin' Up ribbons with baker's twine over the top--I really like the look!
 

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up The Newborn King

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  SU Smokey Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, All is Calm Designer Series Paper

Ink:  SU Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  SU Deco Labels Framelits, 1" Cherry Cobbler Sheer Ribbon, 5/8" White Organza Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; Pearlized Brads



Friday, October 17, 2014

Bright and Beautiful


This is one of the two cards I made for Debbie's Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog Swap on SCS.  I love so many of the stamp sets in this catty and ordered one last month. I was hostess for our club for October and the order has not come in yet. So--I had to head over to Sarah's to borrow this set to use before mine comes in--hopefully tomorrow when I head over for a stamp class!  I am sure I will get back some great cards in the swap!

The blue background is a shiny cardstock I got a few years ago and I think this is the first card I used it on.  I think it is from Paper Temptress and might be an Incandescent Cardstock.  It is so pretty in real life! 
 

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Bright and Beautiful

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  SU Black, Basic Gray; Blumarino Incandescent 

Ink:  Brilliance Starlight Silver; Black Stazon

Accessories:  SU Stars Framelits, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Square Punches; Gray Pearl



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Witch Way is the Candy?


It is the 15thof the month and that means we get to show off another Dueling Darlings challenge. Laura Jean and Terry are the Darlings who came up with the challenge and theme for the teams this month.  LJ is a Diva and Terry is one of the Dazzlers.

The theme is Eat, Drink and be Scary!
LJ sent a sweet My Favorite Things image and matching sentiments. I loved coloring her up and designing my cards will some of the many great embellishments that LJ sent!

Here is the inside of my card:

 
We were also asked to share what our favorite treats were that we received when we were trick or treating as a child.  Mine--a plain 'old Hershey Chocolate Bar.  Almonds in it are OK!
 
Image/Sentiment:  My Favorite Things-MFT Set-Witch Way Candy

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Basic Grey Eerie Collections Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories--SU Ticket Corner Punch; Copic Markers;  Black button with 3 different Baker's Twine

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month. All of the blogs are on the left sidebar of my blog. I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful recipe cards that have been created this month!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

{PIN}Spirational Challenge ~ Autumn



I am back with another {PIN}Spirational Challenge


The Challenge runs October 14th to the 27th 
 
Here's the photo to inspire us:
 
 
I just love the fall colors.  It is very colorful here in Wisconsin right now and we took a hike both days this past weekend in two different state parks that are close.  Awesome Colors!   One of our sponsors this week is QKR Stampede. 
They have some great images, so please be sure to go and check them out!

 
 
Here is the inside of my card:


 
Image/Sentiment:  QKR Stampede Pumpkin Vine Digital Image

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Gina K White; Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry;  Doodlebug Happy Harvest-Autumn Leaves Patterned Paper

Accessories:  SU Chocolate Chip 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Copic Markers; Red Button with Brown Baker's Twine

I hope you will play along this week with the {PIN}Spirational Challenge, too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Birthday

 
I am back again with another card for this weeks Melonheadz Challenge.

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.com/

 
The theme for this challenge is Lots of Layers
 
It runs from October 13th  to the 26th
 
I am sure many of you who visit my blog often know that this was not too hard of a challenge for me as layers are a part of all of my cards.  However, the challenge for me was trying to find some patterned paper to go with the great images I picked.  Many of the papers would have made the card too busy with lots of colors and patterns--so I went with an embossing folder instead.  I think the party hats on the background are a close match to the hat on this cutie!
 

 
Here is the inside of my card with more layers:
 
 
 
Image/Sentiment—Melonheadz Happy Birthday Bundle Digital Stamps

Cardstock/Patterned Paper—Gina K White; Stampin' Up Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight

Accessories—SU Real Red 3/16 Brad, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Cuttlebug Birthday 5 Embossing Folder

I hope you will play along this week with the Melonheadz Challenge too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.