Friday, September 4, 2009

How many challenges can I fit in one day?

I think I can count FIVE! Three cards, Five challenges or sketches. We have been doing some major projects here at our house so that has really cut into my creating time but at the end of the day, I just have to find myself in my craft room to create at least one card. Of course, I turn right away to sketches and other challenges to figure out what direction I should go.

For this first card, I started out to use the challenge at Hero Arts this week to create a card that fits with "Man Week" and as I was doing that I pulled up the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch #34 to figure out how to put my card together and then a first for me, I used the color scheme at Raspberry Suite color inspiration #16. This color scheme is a natural for FALL but it was the perfect thing for my masculine look card.
The focal point of my card is my little label piece. This is actually where I started because I wanted to use my wood pattern stamp from Hero Arts so I stamped it on white paper with black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I pulled out my newest little set of alcohol inks and started coloring that piece. I wasn't totally pleased with it but I thought if I cut it smaller and in a shape, I would like it. SO, I pulled out my new label shapes of Nestabilities by Spellbinders and cut and embossed my stamped piece. I used my Copic markers to add a stronger color to the cut edges of this piece and now I LOVE it plus it is a perfect fit for a masculine style card.
These Jillibean Soup papers were the perfect match for finishing the card. I stamped the reverse side of one piece so I had a solid kraft colored surface and stamped the leaf stamp on that and then put the card together to match the sketch. The little "you & me" is also a Hero Arts stamp and it is stamped on one of the brown circles in the Jillibean Soup paper and I punched that out with a circle punch.
My first inspiration for this card was to use my new ZING embossing powders. I don't really know what makes these powders different then others on the market but I do know I fell in love with this great green and turquoise. I was already using this butterfly stamp by Stampin' Up and so I stamped and embossed it in these three colors and cut those out. Next, I pulled up the Unscripted Sketch #21 and what do you know? The perfect fit for my three stamped and embossed butterflies!
For the bottom edge accent, I just used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing plate to emboss the bottom edge of my card. I cut that edge with a large scallop scissors and sanded the embossed area. Because the cardstock is Core'dinations, the sanding exposed the core of the paper and really made those dots stand out. The little word stickers are from a package by Sticko.
I just had to use the Card Patterns sketch #30 too, so here is what I ended up with. These Cosmo Cricket papers along with my die cut flowers from old dictionary pages were sitting on my desk so there were put to good use to fit the sketch.
I wanted the flower color to match my papers better so I just rubbed it with chalk stamp pads. These pads are Powder Puff by Quick Quotes. And, this is the funny part of this card, the middle of the flower was a small scrap sitting on my desk. It is a piece of Black Magic by Core'dinations that I had previously embossed and sanded. Right then and there I realized if I punched it in a circle shape, it would make my flower look like the flowers in the paper!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

YOU & ME card
Patterned paper – Jillibean Soup
Wood Grain and Sentiment Stamps – Hero Arts
Alcohol inks and blending solution – Ranger
Label die cut – Nestabilities/Spellbinder
Black Versafine stamp pad
Chalk stamp pads – Powder Puff/Quick Quotes
Copic Markers
Brads – Bazzill

Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Cosmo Cricket

Butterfly stamp – Stampin’ Up
Black Versafine stamp pad
Watermark stamp pad – Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder
Zing colored embossing powder
Word stickers – Sticko
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing plate
Scallop scissors
Foam tape – 3M

Materials: Cardstock – Core Essentials and Black Magic/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Easy Bird: Brunch/Cosmo Cricket (both sides)
Chalk stamp pads – Powder Puff/Quick Quotes
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Self adhesive pearl – Mark Richards, Inc
Old Dictionary pages
Foam tape – 3M


Savitri said...

Gorgeous gorgeous stuff here!! Love the colors on all the cards and the design's just lovely too!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Linda.. I love them all.. you are so creative. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sarah said...

WOW...these cards are all beautiful! You are super talented.
Your Unscripted card is perfect I love the colors and the butterflies! Thanks for playing along with us at Unscripted.

Linda Rodriguez said...

You are so dang creative - wow! These cards are gorgeous, and you are inspiring. :)

Kelly said...

Linda, your cards are wonderful! Love all of the colors you chose and LOVE the US sketch interpretation thisweek. thanks for stopping over at US- come back next week!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is impressive! I am planning to watch and learn!

Hilary Kanwischer said...

Gorgeous as always!! And 5 challenges in a day??? I'm lucky if I can do any 5 things in a day. Amazing you are!!! :) Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. :)

Heidi Van Laar said...

All just gorgeous Linda! I am really in love with that woodgrain label!

(-: Heidi

travelingmama said...

Way to rock the challenges! These are all awesome!!

Stacey Michaud said...

awesome cards! I love what you did with the Jillibean!

Anabelle said...

These are awesome, Linda! I love what you did with the alcohol inks on the first one. That woodgrain stamp is so cool!!!

toners said...

AMAZING job - my favorite is the first one with those beautiful colors!!

I AM A Scrapaholic said...

Amazing as always!!!

ellen s. said...

linda, these are just amazing. just amazing! you are such an inspiration

hoping to see you over at the cuttlebug birthday bash! that would be another challenge, loL!

Debbie Olson said...

Linda, these are both fabulous! I love the clean fresh look of the first one, but I also love vintage and Cosmo Cricket-y goodness!

wendyp said...

Wow! The technique of those colors on the woodgrain tag....LOVE it!

and that butterfly card! I gasped when I saw it! I'm such a sucker for butterflies, but the green, teal and black is just stunning!