Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cyclamen from the Garden

This week the hostess of the Stampin' B's Design Team, Faith, asked us to use two different dies and piercing on our card. Well, I ended up with three dies but because there are no rules on our challenge, I'm A-OK. The piercing was done with the die still in the nestabilitie making it really easy.  This is for challenge #117. We hope you'll play along. If so, just use the inlinkz tool to upload your card.

I'm using a Flourishes image called A Year in Flowers-calendar set 3- for my image. I chose Cyclamen and did a bit of masking and stamped the image twice. I really love it. I colored with Copics and gave the white area some sponging with Memento Dandelion ink. The sentiment is also from a Flourishes set called Seeds of Friendship. I am entering my card into the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday blog challenge #124. Tammy Hershberger gave us this wonderful sketch this week. Oops! I guess I didn't exactly do the circle as shown on the right side.

Over at Mark's Finest Papers, Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge is given by my good friend, Carol Hurlock. She asked that we use a lot of sparkle and bling. I have added the green rhinestones and some sparkle (which may or may not show up very much in my photo) from my Gelly Roll pen, along with a flower button.

For Your Inspiration #8 has a lovely scene for getting you inspired: I loved the earthy tones of the cliffs along with the  green bushes and vines.

Also, my card will be entered into the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club challenge. Their monthly them is 'Text Me'. I computer generated my text which was found at Wikipedia.

Stamps: Flourishes-A Year in Flowers-calendar set 3, Flourishes Seeds of Friendship
Paper: PTI white cardstock, ColorMates Deep Caribbean Coral, designer paper is BasicGrey/Curio
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Dandelion
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle nestabilitie, Spellbinders nested pennants, green rhinestones, button from Jo-Ann Stores, piercer, text from Wikipedia, Celebrate It ribbon

Two Blog Awards

The first award I'm showing is from Dr. Sonia S V at Cards, Crafts, and Kids Projects. Thank you so much Dr. Sonia! You should visit her blog as she has some very interesting projects. I'm thinking soon she may start stamping cards as her interest may have peaked on that craft after winning some stamps from blog candy, Right, Sonia? I say that with a smile.
I am to list 7 things about myself and pass on to 7 others bloggers.

1. I love needlepoint pillows and framed needlepoint.
2. I sing in two choirs (sometimes just one) as I have been slack in my church choir recently.
3. I don't really like to cook...just eat.
4. I have three grandchildren 2 yrs. and under.
5. I love to work in my yard.
6. Love Mexican and Italian foods.
7. I love shopping for just about anything...crafts, decorative items for my house, baby items, clothes...on and on.

On to the next award:

This award is from Asmita at Ruchi Art and Craft. Please visit her blog as she makes some lovely things, too.  Thank you so much for this Award! I am glad you thought I was deserving.  Gosh, it makes me want to go the market and buy some luscious strawberries and make a pie or whatever. There is so much to do with those wonderful berries.
Now, I am to do the same thing to accept this award as with the first one.

1. I don't watch much tv but listen to the tv news all day.
2. My favorite color is..........hmmmm..maybe turquoise.
3. I LOVE going to the beach.
4. I don't have any pets, but love dogs.
5. I am trying to quit staying up so very late at night commenting on cards and uploading (bad habit).
6. I don't get a lot of sleep.
7. I have never had a hobby I like as much as card making.

Now, as I am not sure I can narrow this down to 14 people and not leave out anyone, I am just saying to each person that visits my blog, consider yourself deserving and pick up the award if you like because I know you are all very talented.
Hope that is o.k. with you Dr. Sonia and Asmita.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday Throwdown-MyGrafico--double flap card

Good Tuesday morning to you! This morning I have some good news to share. I have been asked to join the Tuesday Throwdown blog challenge girls as a Design Team member and I look forward to working with each one.
This week MYGRAFICO is our sponsor and gave us some lovely, pre-colored florals to work with. The name is called Spotsy Dotsy Floral Collection.There are a lot of elements, borders and papers in the collection.
I saw this double flap card at Dawn's Stamping Studio and wanted to give it a try. There is a video and the card is really easy to make. I curled my flower a bit with the stylus, put some greenery behind it that I punched out, and added a butterfly punched out of red glitter paper.
I'm using my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots  and my favorite, Textile, embossing folders.

My left flap opens and show the sentiment. I used a Happy Birthday sentiment and it could be Happy Birthday America (as we are doing red, white, and blue) or it could just be a birthday card for anyone.

You can open the right flap and this is where you can write a note. I added some plain paper for writing as I had embossed this area. I also printed out the same flower as on the front, just a smaller version, and added to the top of the notecard...just for a pretty touch.
Hope you'll join us at the Tuesday Throwdown challenge.

Challenges I'm entering:
Sentimental Sundays #61-Use patriotic colors and a sentiment
Penny's Paper Crafty #56-red, white, and blue
Scrapbook Sisters #41-card challenge/Anything Goes

Image: MYGRAFICO-Spotsy Dotsy Floral Collection, Mark's Finest Papers-Hearts, Hearts, Hearts (sentiment)
Paper: PTI white cardstock, Stampin'Up! Night of Navy, Old Olive, Baja Breeze,  Real Red, misc. red glitter paper
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folders-Swiss Dots and Textile, Martha Stewart fir punch and classic butterfly punch, Spellbinders nested pennants