Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Catching up with Challenges

I have two cards today that meet a few challenges. The challenge over at the MoxieFab world blog here is to make a card using scraps in an innovative way. The challenge over on the OWH Stars and Stamps mid-week throwdown is a color challenge to use green and yellow. I grabbed some yellow and green designer paper scraps and snipped them into random shapes. I ran a piece of card stock through my Zyron, and then placed the scraps randomly on the adhesive side, leaving spaces between each piece on all sides. After all the pieces were adhered, I sprinkled gold embossing powder over everything, and heat embossed it. For the final touch I embossed the whole panel with a Sizzix Damask ef. The border was done with a SNSS border die from a scrap of coordinating dsp, and the yellow gingham ribbon was from my stash. I embossed the SU! sentiment with gold ep and here's another birthday card for my stash. I also got to use up some of those precious smaller pieces of dsp that I just can't seem to throw away!
 I combined 3 challenges for this card. The Stamping our Stash #44 challenge is to use buttons and/or bows. I chose to use some long-hoarded buttons which I don't often use on cards. I also played along with the Tuesday Throwdown #90, which is to do some spring cleaning and use something you've been hoarding. I've been hoarding this PTI bitty box basics designer paper for several years now, so I used 4 different colors of it for the flowers and leaves. Lastly, I'd like to enter this card into a new challenge I've wanted to play along with for some time now and simply never made the time. That challenge is Perfect Sentiments PSC24, and their challenge this week is to use a thank-you sentiment along with some distressing. I distressed the lattice punch "trellis" with ranger pumice stone, peeled paint and tattered rose inks, and sponged the brick embossed panel with pumice stone ink. I used a Memory Box Willow branch cut from chocolate chip and punched the flowers using a SU! 3 flower punch. The leaves were done with an EK rock fern punch in 2 shades of green dsp. The sentiment is from SU! and was done with chocolate chip ink.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your kick-off to spring has you feeling well and energized :)

Carol

38 comments:

Jen said...

These are both gorgeous, Carol, but that first one is just STUNNING!

Sarah said...

Wow....love. These are stunning cards.

Linda said...

Way to go Carol...both cards are stunning! TFS!!!

cindyann said...

Gee, how did you come up with such a creative technique? It looks awesome!

Sue from Oregon said...

so glad to see you cut loose and used some of your fun goodies! Lovely creations! I want that brick embossing folder...very cool!

Lee Mae said...

Wow! Two fabulous cards! I want to come to your house and play! Love the technique on that first card and the trellis of flowers on the second is so pretty with the buttons. Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!

jimlynn said...

BOTH are fabulous! Love the unique look of that first one - so creative! And the second one has the prettiest flowers and paper! Just gorgeous.
Lynn

Margaret said...

Beautiful embossing on the first card. I love how you threaded the ribbon through the border punch.

Donna Hanley said...

Carol, both cards are outstandingly beautiful. I have really got to try the mosaic technique someday soon. It came out gorgeous. Your second card is just delightful. I love the sponging on the brick wall and the trellis. Your button flowers and the two toned leaves give the whole card a soothing look to it. Have a great night.

JD said...

Very creative! Very nicely done!

Shari B said...

Beautiful cards! That flower trellis is AMAZING!

Karen Conner said...

That flower vine on your trellis is simply divine! I LOVE IT! It's interesting as well as colorful. Anyone would love to receive that card. Thanks for playing @ the Perfect Sentiment.

Krista Quick said...

This is so beautiful! I love all the detail here! :)

Jennipher said...

wow Carol these are both gorgeous! I'm in love with all those flowers. Thanks for sharing at The Perfect Sentiment.

Sara Tieszen Paschal said...

I love the flowers for the OWH color throwdown, STUNNING;)
Great job on the challenges.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I promise that as soon as things calm, I am going to try your torn paper technique! It is amazing! Both creations are totally gorgeous!

tweetybugshouse said...

what a pretty card thanks for joining us this week at the perfect sentiment.

The Paper Peasant said...

Beautifully created cards! I love the brick wall with distressing and flowers! Thanks for playing along with Perfect Sentiments!

Leslie Hanna said...

I love both of these - very creative! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Lisa - papergrace said...

Beautiful cards! I love how you have the "vine" climbing up your faux wall. So clever. Lovely use of your buttons for the SOS challenge.

Donna Nuce said...

Your cards are fabulous! I love the top card with the scraps so much. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Your cards are so cool - love the brick wall :) Thanks for joining us this week at Perfect Sentiments!

Scrappin Abby said...

Beautiful cards Carol..I love the flowers & your use of using up your scraps..great job. Thanks for joining us at The Perfect Sentiment : )

Jessica Pascarella said...

Love it! Great job and thank you for sharing it with us at the Perfect Sentiment!

Benzi said...

What a very interesting first card and it turned out so pretty. You are too creative, Carol.
Your 2nd card is beautiful with a capital B. Wow

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Both cards are very pretty. I love the first card -- very interesting technique. I think the gold embossing gives it the perfect touch. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandy said...

Two more beautiful cards but I have to tell you that the second card is just so amazing! I love the embossed brink look in the back, the lattice border punch and then the way you did the flower and leaves withteh buttons......Beautiful!!!

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Carol both your cards ar beatiful and I love how you used your scraps in the first one. Thanks for joining us this week at the Perfect Sentiment.

Shannon White said...

Wow Miss Carol this is just Awesome!! 8-) Love the Wonderful vining flowers climbing up your Fabulous trellis over the brick wall! Just So Beautiful and so Creative Lady! Love it! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Shannon White said...

Goodness Miss Carol, I was so mesmerized with your trellis card I completely forgot to comment on the top card! Which is also Fabulous! 8-) Love the innovative way you used the scraps and it looks just Gorgeous! I just might have to give that technique a whirL, I do have a xyron machine on my wish list! lol hmmm, thanks for the inspiration my friend!8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Margaret said...

Gorgeous card. I love your brick background and how your flowers just climb up. Very striking. Thanks for playing along at Perfect Sentiments.

SusanS said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! You have extremely creative ideas. The second card is breathtaking!

Paige said...

Two beautiful cards! love the background on the first one and the gorgeous arrangement on the second card. Thank you for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

Sassy said...

Gorgeous doesn't even come close to describing your cards. Thanks for playing at Perfect Sentiments.

Sam Pirkle said...

I love your cards. The flowers are just awesome. Great job and thanks for joining us at The Perfect Sentiment.

Elise said...

BOTH of these cards MADE MY EYEBALLS BULDGE out of my head! {I looked like a cartoon character, for a second!} I how INVENTIVE and elegant you are, consistently, my super crafty friend! These are VOON-DA-BAH! xoxo!

Soni B said...

I so love this card yes I see distressing but I also see a touch of freshness and beauty...

Cath said...

Hey Carol! Thanks for linking this up to the Paper Scraps Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)