Thursday, March 17, 2011

Anything But a Card Challenge

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today, the IO challenge was to make "Anything But a Card." Of course, I had to make something for St. Patrick's Day! And what says St. Patrick's Day more than...a Chinese takeout container? :) Oh well, at least it is green.

For my project, I ran white cardstock through an Accucut machine and cut out a takeout container. I stamped the Gingham Cover a Card background (CC006) on top with Colorbox Chalk Lime Pastel ink and added an image one of the Sarah Phelps clear sets (CL216 St. Patrick's Day). I colored the image with Copic markers, added some wire to look like a takeout container, and finished with some green bows on the side.

Need some ideas that aren't cards? Check out what Daniela, Dina, Jeanne, Julie, Kathy, and Shirley created. Be sure to visit the various blogs since many of us chose to use some of the new stamps.

Want to play along? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tuesday Trigger and Birthday Card

Today's card serves a couple of purposes. First, I wanted to play along with the latest Tuesday Trigger over on the Moxie Fab blog. I just loved the flowers and colors in the picture. Here is the inspiration photo:

Second, I wanted to make a birthday card for my friend Hare. Even though her favorite color is red, I thought she might like this color combo too. If you squint REALLY hard, you might be able to see a faint wood grain on the kraft cardstock. I used a really light blue ink, which looked pretty good when I stamped it. Then I watched as the pattern slowly disappeared as it dried. Oh well! I think using a light color of ink only really works if you stamp on white or stamp tone on tone. Live and learn...
I took a close-up of the flowers to show you that I watercolored the petals with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush then added some Distress Stickles for sparkle and Glossy Accents to make the cup look like porcelain.

When I got home today, I saw that my photos from Snapfish arrived. I have plans to make some photo cards, so I will let you know how they turn out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feeling Blue...

Well, at least inspired by the Impression Obsession blue challenge. The nice thing about this card is that it really takes no time at all to make. I used three stamps and two colors of ink. I didn't do any coloring, which really cuts down on card making time. Here are step by step pictures of the card:

Step 1- start with a medium blue notecard:

Step 2- Stamp the Denim Cover a Card (CC051) onto the blue card:

Step 3- stamp Newsprint Cover a Card (CC068) on top of Denim background:

Finally, I stamped the Ocracoke Lighthouse (F1814) on blue paper with the same blue Versafine ink. The Versafine pads really do pick up small details on stamps!

Are you feeling the blues? Check out the blue themed cards by Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, Kathy, and Shirley created.

Want to play along? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!