Monday, October 31, 2011

Joan's Gardens Card Challenge

Good morning!  Happy Halloween to those that celebrate the spooky holiday!  I've got a ton to do today, but before I get to it, I'm popping in to share the card I made for this week's card challenge on Joan's Gardens' blog.  The requirements this week were to use Selma's snowy background technique, a tree, a flourish and a combination of colors.

Here is my card for the challenge:


I started with a card base of GKD Heavy Weight White and embossed the front using the Stampin' Up Tulip Border folder.  I followed Selma's instructions to create the image panel.  Briefly, I cut a piece of glossy cardstock.  I sponged it with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  I then stamped the smaller trees from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3432 Magnificent Spruce Trees set with Versamark and dried the image with my heat tool.  Then I sponged on Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I stamped the larger tree from the same set and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.   The sentiment was also heat embossed with white.  I added a few red rhinestones to the big tree and a bit of Polar White Flower Soft at the tree bases.  A flourish cut with HCD 711 Decorative Dutch Iris Die from patterned paper finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to see you again soon!  Have a wonderful day!
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Color Me Creative Classroom - Copic Challenge Guest Designer

Hi again!  This is my second post today, so if you are looking for my Card Patterns DT card, please scroll down one post or click here.  I have some super exciting news to share with you!  I was invited to be a Guest Designer for the Copic Challenge over on Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom site!!  I couldn't be more thrilled than to have my project for the new challenge posted alongside the fabulous creations from the amazingly talented design team!  I am still pinching myself!


The new challenge (#30) theme is "Boy Inspired".  The challenge is being sponsored by Mo's Digital Pencil.  I was even more stoked to hear that because I absolutely love Mo's images!  Of course, I just had to use one (or two) on my card! 

Here is my "boy-inspired" card:


I merged these two adorable Mo's images called Two Conner and Two Toby.  They can be found in Mo's store here.  I printed them on Cryogen White and colored with Copics.  The card base and mat are SU Lucky Limeade and the patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Oxford Collection.   The sentiment is computer-generated and cut out and matted with Spellbinders Labels Four dies.  I kept my embellishments simple - just a few BG buttons and some twine finished off my boy card.

I am also entering my card into the Basic Grey Challenge #56.  The theme for that challenge is "anything goes". The Basic Grey products I used were patterned paper from the Oxford collection and buttons. 

Thanks for stopping by!  And a huge thanks to Suzanne, Charlene and the whole design team for giving me the opportunity to join you as Guest Designer.  Be sure to visit the Copic Challenge Group on the Color Me Creative Classroom site and check out the awesome projects from the DT!  I'm sure you will be inspired to grab your Copics and submit your own card for the challenge!

Have a great day!
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Card Patterns #139

Hi there!  Hope your weekend is off to a great start! The temps have taken a big dive here, but at least there is no snow in the forecast!  Before getting on with the day,  I'm here to share my DT card for this week's Card Patterns Sketch Challenge



And here is my take on the sketch:


I went quite literal with the sketch this time.  I wanted to make another Christmas card to add to my stash and I decided to keep it simple and let the beautiful patterned papers from Webster's Pages Waiting For Santa/Sweet Season Petite Papers be the focal point.   The card base and mat are GKD Fresh Asparagus. The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Festive Frame set and it's embossed with gold embossing powder. I added some dyed seam binding, a Webster's Pages Sparkler (to which I added a pearl) and a few extra adhesive pearls to finish my card.

Thanks for dropping by!  I really appreciate it!  Be sure to visit the Card Patterns blog and feast your eyes on the gorgeous creations from the rest of the DT and our two very talented Guest Designers, Lori and Sabrina.  We hope you'll love what you see and you'll be inspired to play along with us!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Copic/Promarker Challenge - The Outlawz

Good morning!  It's Friday and time for another fun Copic/Promarker Challenge at The Outlawz site!  This week's theme is Halloween.  Halloween is just around the corner, so this is a great chance to make those last minute projects you've been putting off! 

Here is my DT card for the challenge:


I started with a card base of Bazzill Purple Pizzazz and layered with Bazzill Painted Desert and patterned papers from the K & Co. Kelly Panacci Halloween collection.  I chose to use this fun image from Make it Crafty called Witchy Wanda.  I printed her on Cryogen White and colored her with Copics.  I kept my embellishments simple, only adding a couple of black rhinestone flourishes and a black bow to finish my card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Be sure to visit the new Copic/Promarker Challenge thread and check out the fabulous samples from my amazingly talented teammies, Lynne, Jo, Aletha and Dawn!  We hope you will decide to play along with us!  You have the chance to win some awesome prizes when you enter the challenges at The Outlawz

Have a great day!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

CASE Study #63

Hello!  I'm back with a second post tonight!  I promise to keep it quick.  I'm back because I wanted to share the card I made for this week's CASE Study Challenge #63.  This is the final week for the fabulous October muse, Niki Estes.  I've really enjoyed CASEing Niki's beautiful cards this month!

Here is this week's inspiration card from Niki:

Here is my CASE card:


I was inspired by Niki's layout and the large stylized flower with a stamped background.  I changed up the colors and images on mine. I started with a card base of GKD Lipstick Red and layered with GKD Green Apple and Cryogen White Iridescent.  I stamped the background corners with the holly image from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 set and colored the images with Copics.  I stamped the large poinsettia from the same set onto Cryogen White with Memento Tuxedo Black and also colored with Copics.  I cut out the poinsettia and a few leaves and popped them up on foam tape over circles cut from Spellbinders Scallop and Classic Circle Nestabilities.  I did a bit of machine stitching with gold thread around the background and image panels.  Some red and gold rhinestones finished my card.

Thanks for visiting again!  I'll be back tomorrow morning with my DT card for the Copic/Promarker Challenge on The Outlawz site!  Have a great evening!
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Mo's DP2 Challenge and Sketch Saturday Week #178

Good morning!  Hard to believe it's already Thursday! Is it just me or does the time seem to fly by?  Anyway, you know I love Thursdays because it's time for another Mo's DP2 Challenge!   Elaine is our hostess again this week and the theme she chose is "any holiday or celebration".  I decided to also enter my card in the Sketch Saturday Week #178 challenge.  That challenge is being sponsored by Mo's Digital Pencil - how perfect!



Here is my card for the challenges:


I chose Christmas as my holiday/celebration.  I merged two of  Mo's wonderful images - Door With Wreath and Noelle Bearing Gifts.  They can both be found in Mo's old store here.  I started with a card base of GKD Red Hot and layered with patterned papers from the Basic Grey Jovial collection.  I machine stitched around all the sketch panels.  I printed my merged image onto Cryogen White Iridescent and colored it with Copic markers.  I added some Polar White Flower Soft for the snow and a few red pearls for the ornaments on the wreath.  The image was cut out and matted with Spellbinders Scalloped and Classic Petite Oval Nestabilities.  The sentiment is from JustRite Stampers Christmas Nested Sentiments set.  Two rows of gold pearls and a few Basic Grey buttons from my stash finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I really appreciate your visits!  Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday At Heartfelt Creations

Good morning! It's Wednesday and time for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team to share new creations with you.  Today's post is bittersweet for me as it is my last one as part of the current design team.  For a number of personal reasons, I decided not to try out for another term, but I am surely going to miss working with Linda, Emma Lou and my wonderful teammates. Linda and Emma Lou have been so very generous and inspiring and I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to design for such a fantastic company!  Of course, I will continue to follow the Heartfelt Creations blog and the blogs of the new team.  Congratulations to those on the current team who are staying on and to the very talented new members that were announced today!

Here is one of my projects shared on the Heartfelt Creations blog today:


All of the instructions for creating this card can be found on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  Briefly I started with a card base of GKD heavy base weight white CS and layered with a Lipstick Red panel embossed with one of the Sizzix Ornate Frames embossing folders.  I added a doily created with the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die.  I stamped the candle from HCPC 3419 Holiday Poinsettia Candle several times onto GKD Lipstick Red, Fresh Asparagus and Sweet Corn CS.  I cut out the green holly leaves from Fresh Asparagus and the candle from Sweet Corn with scissors.  I cut out the poinsettias from Lipstick Red with Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities.  I sponged the pieces with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Fired Brick Distress Ink and paper pieced the base image.  The poinsettias were popped up on foam tape.  I added some gold seed beads to the flower center.  I added Liquid Applique to the candle to look like melting wax and Scattered Straw and Gold Stickles to the flame.  The sentiment from HCPC 3430 Shepherd Scene was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Cryogen White and added to the card with Scor-Tape as shown. 

My card is also for the current weekly challenge on Joan's Gardens' blog where the requirements were to use a die, use a Christmas sentiment, use some kind of light and use red and white as the primary colors.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog to see the gorgeous creations from the rest of the design team and to see the announcement about the new design team!
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch #138

Hi again!  This is my second post today so if you are looking for my Guest Designer card for the Our Creative Corner challenge, please scroll down one post.  I'm back to share my DT card for this week's Card Patterns Sketch. (#138).  This week we are once again being sponsored by Catherine Pooler, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator. 

Here is Sketch #138:


Here is my take on the sketch:


I flipped the sketch to vertical for my card.  Catherine generously provided the DT with some great Stampin' Up products for our samples.  I started with a card base of Concord Crush CS and layered with Pretty in Pink and patterned paper from the Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper collection. I created the semi-circle panels with Spellbinders Scallop and Classic Circle dies and another pattern of the beautiful Lap of Luxury DSP.  I stamped the sentiment from the SU Birthday Greetings set with Concord Crush onto Very Vanilla and cut it out with a Spellbinders Labels 4 die.  I sponged the sentiment panel with Pretty in Pink while it was still in the die.  I used the coordinating Concord Crush Poly Twill Ribbon for my bow and added a pink button from my stash.  A few pink roses and  pearl accents made with a Viva Decor Rose Paper Pen finished my card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the Card Patterns blog to see the fabulous creations from the Card Patterns DT and our wonderful Guest Designer, Berdien.  I know you'll love their creations and hopefully, you will be inspired to play along with us, too!
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Our Creative Corner Challenge - Fabulous Faces

Good morning!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  It has been quite chilly here over the last few days but still nice enough to get out and enjoy the fall sunshine!  Before I do that, I am popping in to share the card I made for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner!  I am super excited because I was asked to be Guest Designer this week!  Marjie is the hostess this week and the theme is "fabulous faces".

Here is my card:


I decided to do a collage of faces.  I started with a card base of SU River Rock and layered with papers from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden collection.  I stamped the faces with SU Soft Suede onto Cryogen White and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Tattered Rose and Tea Dye).  The faces are from Rubber Stampede (Woman in Repose), SU (Days Gone By) and part of a vintage stamp from Crafty Individuals. I stitched these to the patterned paper.  I used my Copic airbrush system to lightly color a few white roses from my stash.  Some Spring Moss seam binding from My Craft Spot and a Webster's Pages Sparkler finished my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the Our Creative Corner blog and see all the gorgeous creations from the DT!  I am sure you will feel inspired to play along!

Have a great day!
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Copic/Promarker Challenge - The Outlawz

Good morning!  Finally, it's Friday!  I'm so looking forward to the weekend!  I hope you've got some fun things planned for yours!  I'm here to share my DT card for this week's Copic/Promarker Challenge on The Outlawz site.  The theme this week is "Asian Inspiration".

Here is my Asian-inspired card:


As soon as I saw the theme, I knew I had to use this pretty Mo Manning image called Kimono.  You can find her in Mo's old store here.  I printed her on Cryogen White and colored her with Copic markers.  I added some Stickles hee and there for some sparkle.  The Asian lettering is part of a stamp from an old SU set - sorry, but the stamp was in a plastic bag with no markings as to its name.  The papers are from the Prima Melody 6x6 pad.  Some dyed seam binding and a Prima flower airbrushed with Copics finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the Copic/Promarker Challenge thread and feast your eyes on the fabulous creations from my super-talented teammies Lynne, Jo and Aletha!  We hope you'll be inspired to play along with us!  Have a a great day!
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Card For a Couple of Challenges

Hi there!  I'm back with a second post today because I wanted to share the card I made for two challenges I like to do.  I knew I'd get busy and miss the deadlines as I so often do, so I'm loading my card right away! My card is for The Play Date Cafe #104 and CASE Study #62Niki Estes is the fabulous October muse at CASE Study. 

Here is Niki's beautiful inspiration card:

And here is the PDCC104 Color Story:


Here is my card for both challenges:


I started with a card base of GKD Green Apple and layered with patterned paper from the Bo Bunny Jazmyne collection.  I thought it would be perfect because it has all three of the challenge colors.  I kept the same layout as Niki's card.  I stamped the sentiment from a very old SU set called Lexicon of Love with Pale Plum then stitched around the image panel.  I spritzed a Prima flower with Sugar Plum Fairy Glimmer Mist to make it a shimmery mauve color then added a yellow pearl to the flower center.  I finished my simple design with a couple of leaf branches cut from Green Apple with one of the Spellbinders Foliage dies.

Thanks for stopping by again!  I'll be back tomorrow with my DT card for the Copic/Promarker Challenge on The Outlawz site!  Have a great night!
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Mo's DP2 Challenge #105

Good morning!  Is it the weekend yet?  No, I guess not, but it is Thursday and that means it's time to play in this week's Mo's DP2 Challenge. I really try not to miss this challenge each week because I love Mo's images and they are so fun to color!  This week's theme was to use a favorite Mo's image and a sentiment on our card. 

Here is my card for the challenge:

It sure was hard to pick a favorite with so many awesome Mo's images to choose from! In the end, I chose this fun image called Checking FB.  You can find it in Mo's store here.  It's scary how much it reminds me of me (and also a lot of my friends, BTW)!  I wanted make a card for a good friend of mine who recently moved to Sweden.  We haven't had a chance to catch up since she got there, so I thought this would a fun card to send to her.  I started with a card base of SU Baja Breeze and layered with patterned paper from the Basic Grey Marjolaine 6x6 pad. I printed the image on Cryogen White and colored her with Copics.  I added Glossy Accents to her mug and glasses.  The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Fine Furnishings Additions. A Baja bow and a couple of buttons finished off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I really appreciate it!  Hope to see you again soon!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday At Heartfelt Creations

Good morning!  Can it possibly be Wednesday again!  The time has flown past since last week, but I always love Wednesdays because the Heartfelt Creations Design Team gets to share all new creations with you!  As always, my teammates have outdone themselves with their gorgeous projects so you won't want to miss stopping by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see their inspiring designs!

Here is one of my projects that was shared today:


All the details for creating this card are on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  I kept this one very simple.  I started with a card base of GKD Heavy Base Weight White and embossed the front with the SU Tulip Frame embossing folder.  I made a mask from scrap paper using a Spellbinders Classic Circle die.  With the mask in place, I stamped the row of trees from HCPC 3432 Magnificent Spruce Trees onto the card front with Memento Bamboo Leaves.  I highlighted the image with Copic markers.  With the mask in place again, I sponged the background with Memento Summer Sky, New Sprout and Dandelion.  I added some Aleene's Tacky Glue to the bottom of the masked circle and added Polar White Flower Soft for the snow.  I used my Sharpie White Poster Paint pen to add the effect of falling snow.  I finished my card by stamping the sentiment from HCPC 3421 Dove Of Peace set with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to see you again soon!
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

CMC Copic Challenge - Halloween Fun

Hi there!  Hope you had a great weekend!  The weather was gorgeous here - two wonderful fall days!  Before the weekend is done, I'm popping in for a quick post to share the card I made for the current challenge (#29) in the Copic Challenge group on Suzanne Dean's Color Me Creative Classroom site.  The challenge is "Halloween Fun" - our images had to be Halloween or fall-themed and we had to use orange tones on our creations. 

Here is the inspiration photo:


Here is the card I made for the challenge:


I started with a card base of SU Eggplant Envy and layered with Pumpkin Pie and some fun Halloween papers from Recollections. I had to search my stash for a Halloween image that could have a bunch of orange on it.  I remembered I had this super cute trick or treat digi image from Anne Fenton.  I printed her on Cryogen White and colored her with Copics.  I added some glittery spider web photo corners and a bright orange rhinestone flourish.  A purple bow, a few more sparkly gems and some Purple Stickles on the scalloped frame finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your evening!  I hope to see you soon!
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch #137

Hello, there!  Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  It's another nice fall day here in AL!  I can't wait to get outside to enjoy it!  Before I do, I am sharing my DT card for this week's Card Patterns Sketch.  This week, we are being sponsored again by Sparkle Creations.



And here is my take on the sketch:


Sparkle generously provided the DT with some images to use for our cards.  Just in time for Halloween, I chose this fun image called Broomstick Lucy.  I colored her with Copic markers and added Stickles here and there for some extra shimmer. She was cut out and matted with Spellbinders Scallop and Classic Circle Nestabilities.  I used fun papers from the K & Co. Kelly Panacci Halloween pad for my background panels.  Some Halloween ribbon and a few purple gems finished my card.

My card is also for this week's challenge (#106) on the Just Us Girls blog ,which was a color challenge. 

Here is the color inspiration:


Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to will visit the Card Patterns blog and check out the fantastic creations from the rest of the Card Patterns DT, Sparkle and Peggy, and our very-talented Guest Designer, Jeanne!  I know you'll love their creations and we hope you'll be inspired to play along with us! 
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Show Your Stuff Saturday - Create With TLC

Hi there!  It's my second post today, so if you are looking for my Outlawz Copic/Promarker Challenge card, please scroll down one post. I'm back to share a card I made for "Show Your Stuff Saturday" on the Create With TLC blog.  Paulette is giving everyone the opportunity to design a project with a TLC item from the last two weeks and link it up over there for the chance to win a special freebie and a gift certificate for her store. How cool is that? 

Here is the card I made:


I colored up this fun Mo Manning image called Big Guy Golfing with Copics.  I paired him with this clever Create With TLC sentiment that I received from Paulette as a freebie last week.  The card base is SU Ruby Red and the patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Mini Deck 6x6 pad.  Since it's a guy card, I kept the embellies simple - just a button and some twine.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out all the awesome images and other fun stuff on the Create With TLC blog and in Paulette's store!  See you soon!
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Copic/Promarker Challenge - The Outlawz

Good morning!  Happy Friday!  I hope you're ready for the weekend!  I know I am!  Before getting started with the day, I'm here to share my DT card for this week's Copic/Promarker Challenge at The Outlawz site.  Our theme this week is "Think Pink and/or Breast Cancer Awareness".

Here is my card for the challenge:


I started with a card base of SU Blushing Bride and layered with papers from the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hazel 6x6 pad.  I chose to use this adorable Mo Manning image called Big Girl Pants.  She can be found in Mo's store here.  I printed her on Cryogen White Iridescent and colored her with Copic markers. She's framed with a Spellbinders Lacey Circle.  The sentiment is computer-generated and frame with a Spellbinders Lacey Oval. I added Mint Green Liquid Pearls around the frames.  A pink satin ribbon, a few flowers and a blingy flourish finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to visit the Copic/Promarker Challenge over on The Outlawz to check out the fabulous pink creations from my amazingly talented teammates!  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us!  There are always awesome prizes to be won at The Outlawz!

Have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mo's DP2 Challenge #104 - Inspired by A Song

Good morning!  Happy Thursday to you!  Hope you've had a great week so far!  I've got lots to do today, but before I dive into it, I wanted to pop in and share the card I made for this week's Mo's DP2 Challenge.  Elaine is our hostess again this week and the theme was to create a project "inspired by a song".

Here is my song-inspired creation:


The song I was inspired by is David Bowie's "China Girl".  I chose this adorable Mo's image called Fan's Cricket.  She can be found in Mo's store here.  I printed her onto Cryogen White and colored her with Copics.  I added some Stickles here and there.  The patterned paper is from the DCWV Mariposa stack.  I thought it had a bit of an Asian feel to it and I love the sparkle on it.  A triple-loop red silk bow and a little airbrushed flower from Mike's finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a fantastic day!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday At Heartfelt Creations - Classic Christmas Collection

Good morning!  It's time for a new release at Heartfelt Creations!  Today, on the Heartfelt Creations blog, the design team are sharing projects they've created with the new Classic Christmas CollectionThe Classic Christmas Collection  features 6 new precut stamp sets that coordinate with Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011 and Labels Seven dies. The images in this collection are perfect for your Christmas projects, but are also so versatile they can be used for many other projects throughout the year.  Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog and feast your eyes on all the gorgeous projects created with this collection!  While you are there, make sure you leave a comment (by October 18) for a chance to win the entire release valued at $89.99!

Here is one of my projects that was shared on the blog today:


All the instructions for creating this card are on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  Briefly, I started with a card base of GKD Cranberry Tart and layered with patterned paper from the Webster's Pages Waiting For Santa/Sweet Season Petite Papers pack.  I stamped the book and music from HCPC 3433 Book Frame 1 PreCut Set with Brilliance Graphite Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The book was cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Seven die.  I added a narrow mat of Cranberry Tart and popped it up on foam tape.  A satin ribbon bookmark, double-loop satin bow and Webster's Pages Sparkler finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for lots of inspiring samples with the new collection and the chance to win the entire release!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Card For A Couple of Challenges

Good morning!  I hope you've had a nice weekend so far!   I plan to get out and enjoy what's left of it!  Before I do, I'm popping in to share a card I made for a couple of my favorite challenges.  I've been so busy lately that I haven't had enough time to play in all the challenges I love.  My card is for CASE Study #60 and this week's Our Creative Corner challenge which was a color challenge.

Here are the OCCC colors:


The new muse for October on the CASE Study Challenge blog is the super-talented Niki Estes!  I love Niki's work!  Here is Niki's gorgeous card we had for inspiration:


Here is my card for both challenges:


I started with a card base of Chocolate Chip and layered with Pool Party and papers from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Breeze 6x6 pad.  I followed Niki's sketch pretty closely but changed up the colors and theme a little.  Some lace, dyed seam binding and a few adhesive pearls finished my card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Your visits mean a lot to me!  Hope to see you again soon!

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