Friday, October 7, 2011

Two Posts in ONE DAY?!? Best Wishes

Okay, so I really did this all wrong.  I suppose I should have been working on the Paper Players challenge FIRST since the deadline is TONIGHT.  Oops.  So, instead, I'll do two posts in one day.  I'm sure nobody minds. ;o)

The challenge the Paper Players have going on is:
Well, my sweet cousin, Emily is being married next month and I needed a card to send.  The music that has been cruising through my head since the invitation arrived is, "Going to the Chapel", hence, my card. :o)

Is my stamping drought coming to an end?  Oh, I certainly hope so!

This card uses:
Stamps: "Short and Sweet"
Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Sahara Sand
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Elegant Lines embossing folder

I wanted something clean, simple and elegant and I do believe this fits the bill.  :o)


Trying to Find the Groove with "Just Believe"

Lissie is here and when get together, card making usually ensues.  However, (as I posted over on my personal blog), when I haven't made cards in a while, I find the mojo has deserted me and I struggle to get going.  This card took me an hour and a half to pull together--sheesh!

GG's birthday was Monday and I needed a card to send (that's me, right on top of birthdays...).  She loves pink and butterflies and I wanted to pull those two elements together. 

I follow Jaydee religiously, and found a new challenge site through her.  This one is Freshly Made Sketches, a site dedicated to " clean-lined creations but unlike Clean and Simple challenges, we encourage lots of detail and embellishments as long as they maintain a "clean" look to your card."  Okay, I can get behind that.  I needed a sketch, they had one that looked promising so I decided to see what I could come up with.  

I'm pretty pleased with how it all came together, from the Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake color combination to the double butterfly I mounted just to the left below the focal image, to the little pearls I used as accents.  It's a pretty little card and it makes me smile.  Let's just hope it does the same for GG. :o)

This card uses: 
Stamps: "Just Believe", "Sincere Salutations"
Papers: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (Whisper White was just too harsh)
Inks: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake 
Accessories: Beautiful Wings embosslit, Lace Ribbon Border punch

Subtle techniques used:
*Instead of mounting the circle on a piece of Crumb Cake, I instead used the marker to color around the outside.  

*Because both the Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake butterflies got lost when used individually, I mounted the CC butterfly on the bottom and the BB on top of it.  It was perfect and nearly impossible to see in the photo due to the shadow.  Oh well.