Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bright for me, anyway


The SmArt-Word Challenge for July asks us to use "bright". Hmmm, bright colors are a little out of my comfort zone, so I've been pondering this challenge all month. As luck would have it, Kim's colors for this week's Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge (OTWC17) are bright pink, turquoise and purple (as you can see in the inspiration photo below).

Well, since I was prodded from two directions, I decided to have a go at it, but I counterbalanced the brights with a good bit of white to get more in my comfort zone. I CASEd a card at SCS by MariLynn (this week's Queen for the Day) and made it much more of a CAS than hers, in working on this card.

The fabulous pink butterfly came from a prize pack from Kim for winning a previous OTWC. (Thank you Kim!) It's from the Gilded Bee, an Etsy store. Once I decided to use the butterfly, it was fairly easy to add the other colors as accents/frames for my simple card. What do you think?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quick and Easy


I made this card for this week's MotherMark's Teapot Tuesday Challenge. It's for a little girl in New Zealand, daughter of an SCS member, who had her tonsils out. She loves hearts, so I'm giving her hearts. That explains why this card is much more "cutesy" than I usually do.

This was a quicky, using the current Card Positioning System Sketch CPS176. I used an old SU image, and an acrylic heart I've had for ages. The blue and green on the heart matched the printed paper almost perfectly -- how lucky is that? The lacy ribbon is an adhesive paper ribbon I picked up at Tuesday Morning, and it is pretty cool stuff. (I saw it one day, resisted the urge to buy it, then went back the next day to pick it up. Since it was Tuesday Morning and I only saw one package of the stuff, I knew it wouldn't last long. I'm still mad at myself for passing up some highly-discounted border punches at TM, which were gone by the time I came back for them.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sea-glass inspired


The shop for Etsy Inspired Challenge #97 (EIC97) is called Mermaid's Tear Jewelry. Isn't that a wonderful name? The store specializes in jewelry made from sea glass, and I love this stuff because most of the color palette is blues and greens, my favorite colors.
I was inspired by this lovely necklace in shades of blue. It inspired me to use my favorite two-toned blue ribbon; which also has a silver element for the silver in the pretty pendant.
The layout is the CAS sketch for this week at SCS, and I incorporated the "sea" idea as well by stamping seashells on a sand-colored paper. A button and twine finish it off.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gray and pink irises


This is my card for Off the Wall Craftiness challenge #16. The colors this time are pink and gray, which is a combo I love. Here's the inspiration photo on the right.

I used the colors to do a CASE at SCS honoring hobbydujour's work. I borrowed her layout and used a wide ribbon, which is kind of her trademark. She's also much better at tying wide ribbons than I am. Everything else is changed.

The iris stamp is one of the first I ever purchased. It's fun to pull it out every now and then and find new ways to use it. The two grays are actually two sides of double-sided printed paper, and they look much more gray in real life -- the photo made the colors a little off.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A three-fer


This is a simple card for three challenges.
The sketch is CPS175.
The colors were inspired by the Off the Wall Challenge, OTWC15, for this week -- teal and tangerine.
It's also for Etsy Inspired Challenge #96, an Etsy shop called Octavia & Brown, which sells vintage items, such as tableware. I was inspired by these lowball glasses, especially the color and the criss-cross pattern, which inspired the crossed twine on my card.

The details: Stamp is from Faerie Song's Michelle Perkett plate. Used colored pencils and OMS, and a spica pen for the glitter. Accessories include twine, mini tag punch and paper piercer.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A bright, sunshiny day


Let me just say, having kids out of school sure eats into the crafting time. And that's one reason I'm finally getting around to posting my card for EtsyInspired this week, even tho I actually started it Saturday when the challenge went up.

This week's Etsy Inspired Challenge (EIC95) uses the Etsy shop kimmieprout. Kimmie makes polymer clay buttons that are, well, cute as buttons. Seriously cute stuff in this shop.

I was inspired by a set called Sunshine, and pulled out this Michelle Perkett stamp from Faerie Song. Sun is stamped and paper pieced and matted on a scallop circle. The mini-tags are attached with twine. The card seemed sort of bare in the corners, so first I doodled in hot pink along the edges, and when that didn't seem enough, I added some corner detail using a doodling stencil. Not my usual style, but I think it's kind of cute.