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Saturday, February 19, 2011

S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Masculine Theme

I'm back on schedule and getting this post done while the challenge is still current!  Hooray!

This week's S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make a card with a masculine theme either for an adult or child as the recipient.  I had no difficulty with this one at all!  I have had my creative eye turned to the masculine images of the motor vehicle industry frequently lately and knew exactly what image I wanted to use.

Isn't this motorcycle cool?  I first saw it used on a card that Sandy posted on the Operation Write Home website during January.  I did some research and found that it is a digital image available through (believe it or not) Stampin' Up! and is available here.  I have seen this image colored and it looks really nice but for those of you who know my work I am sure you are not at all surprised that I elected to use the monochrome image!

The silver card stock is also from Stampin' Up and I ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  The layout and embossing idea was CASEd from this image on SCS (thank you for sharing Shelly923.)

I don't make it a habit to put horizontal words vertically on a card but felt that in this case the sentiment did not detract from the focal image and may even compliment it.  What do you think?  Please leave me a comment :)

Happy Stamping and God Bless.

S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Red, White, Blue, and Kraft

I'm back!  After over a week of the flu I have finally prevailed and am back to post my creation for the S & S Midweek Throwdown posted on February 9, 2011.  This is a color challenge calling for the use of  four colors: red, white, blue, and kraft.  For anyone new to crafting the color "kraft" is best described as paper sack brown.  At first I typed "grocery bag brown" then realized that anyone under the age of 25 probably has never used a paper grocery bag in their life time.  How funny is that to us over  40 ladies?

My card this week not only meets the MWT r/w/b/k but also that particular week's Sketch Challenge #55.  I knew I was too late to post to the MWT but thought I would make it for the SC - sadly not so.  However, not to be daunted I post it now just for posterity!  Here is Sketch #55:

And here is my red, white, blue, and kraft version:

This is the first card I have made with my newly acquired Fiskar star punch - and I really like it!  The bp is from JAS but the card base (white) and kraft card stock is from Stampin' Up.  The kraft piece was actually in my scrap file from a previous project that went in another direction.  Gotta love using up the scraps!  The "Thank you" stamp was a freebie from Verve Stamps included with my first order and I have used it several times.  If you like it I am certain that you can purchase it for a very low rate.

I liked this card so much I have made a total of 12 to include in my 2nd Spring Thaw Challenge box that will go postal by February 25 (the deadline is Feb 28th but I try to allow for shipping time.)

I am very encouraged by your comments and would love to visit your blog as well if you will leave me your address.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

S & S Midweek Throwdown - "On the Farm" Post #2

I had so much fun with my last post and all the cow cards that once I made it back to the craft table (aka dining room table) I just had to make something with the cow stamp from the same SU "Very Punny" set!  I remembered purchasing the red checked background paper from JoAnn Stores (when I was unsuccessful finding anything with a cowhide print) but had not taken the initiative to put it to use yet.  So, here is what I came up with....

I am not sure if you can read the sentiment but it says "Like no udder" which actually kinda confuses and frustrates me.  Couldn't they have squeezed in a "u r" ?  Despite that, I really like the way this card turned out.  All of the products are Stampin' Up! (or at least a generic variation thereof, lol) except for the background paper.  I colored the cows with SU! markers after stamping them with Stazon ink.  The "bows" are held on with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by!  If this is your first visit please scroll down to the previous post to see my other "On the Farm" cards.  I thrive on your words of encouragement and would love to know what you think so please leave me a comment!

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

S&S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - "On the Farm"

What a fun challenge this week over at OWH Stars and Stamps Blog called "On the Farm."  I honestly thought it would be easier than it was - I think I was having a mojo-less snow day but was unable to admit it!  But, when I thought about putting together this blog I remembered a few more farm related cards in my stash (some physically some digitally) that I could share with you for more inspiration.

Here is the card I came up with yesterday:
 The photo is a bit distorted but the card is actually 4.25" square, not rectangular, and it fits perfectly into the A2 size envelopes.  The image is from the Stampin' Up! set "Very Punny" and the dp and cs are also SU.  The ribbon is from the $1 bin at JoAnn Stores.  The circle and scallops were cut with Nestabilities and my Cuttlebug.  This is the card I will submit for the MWT Challenge but I have some other fun ones to share with you.

I made this card about a year ago and just haven't found the right person to send it to yet.  The image is from Gina K Designs appropriately named "Down on the Farm."  The sentiment I hand wrote (which I will never do again!) because there wasn't a computer/printer handy at the time.

This card was a total CASE directly from the Stampin' Up! catalog a few years ago.  I purchased a white marker just for this cow and have found many other uses for it since.  The SU set is owned by a friend so I don't have the info to list here but if you are interested in it I can find out the name/year for you.

This card I am "publishing" with special permission from the maker, my best friend and stamping buddy, Lucy.  This is one of Lucy's all time favorite cards and probably THE card she had the most fun making.  The idea was a CASE from Splitcoast Stampers (sorry I don't have the original post/info) and the tools are from a Stampin' Up! set of Lucy's.  Again, if you would like more detail I can ask Lucy and get back with you.)

Now for MY favorite!  This card was made by Lucy's Mom...and I will cherish it always.  The picture and sentiment come to mind frequently but I just grin with "tongue in cheek" and keep the snickers to myself.  Not so sure the people in my immediate circles would/could appreciate the humor as much as I do.

I hope these photos have given you some inspiration to jump start your next project.  I am off to see what I can create to complete my Spring Thaw box today!

Happy Stamping and God Bless!