Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Challenge Cards


I made this card to meet several challenges.
Hero Arts January challenge to "try something new."
Perfect Sentiments PSC60 - birthday card with metal embellishment
{Pin}spirational Challenge #39 (photo inspiration)

The "something new" is this Hero Arts stamp called "Winter Trees" that I got just before Christmas and haven't had a chance to play with until now. Also, the Lawn Fawn trimmings are new, and I love the earthy, rustic look of that heavy twine that adds a real masculine look to this card. I used the colors from the {PIN}spirational photo for this card. I embossed the image using Ranger weathered wood distress ep and mounted it on ovals. The gold panel was embossed with a HA chevon ef and hand-cut to create 2 different panels. The gray panel was done with a MS arch lattice punch, and the metal embellishments are the 3 silver beads. The sentiment was computer generated and hand-cut.

And here is my card for the OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #154.
I used some papers and twill from PTI in Ocean Tides colors - something I've had for ages and never used until now. It's a very pretty greenish-grey color that really had to grow on me, but I'm happy with the results now that it's finished. The sentiment is from MFP, the little white flowers were done with a Fiskars punch, and the white background was from a BG basics white paper pad. I finished with black mini brads and used SU! square and scalloped square punches to create all the squares, along with spellbinders circle dies.

That's it for me today - I wish you all a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

Carol

18 comments:

Donna Hanley said...

Quick note before I head out. These two cards are just great. What a beautiful scene with that Winter Trees image. I love the gold and grey together and the twine and gems are the perfect final touches. Your OWH card is just stunning with that paper. I'm glad it grew on you. It's funny because I probably would have felt the same way about that color, but now that I see what you've done with it, I love it. Off to shop now. Have a great day.

BobbisTreasure said...

BEAUTIFUL layering! The warm greys and white and yellow accents are great.

jimlynn said...

Two great cards! Love the colors on the first one and Carol....that image is WOW! So pretty.
Like the 2nd one too with all the squares and then circle!
Lynn

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You have really paired up some amazing colors here. Both cards are brilliant. I am loving that Ocean Tides color, for sure.

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Beautiful cards Carol. I love the gray, yellow and black in the first one. I bought that same stamp before Christmas too, but haven't had a chance to use it. I might have to CASE this one. I loved the colors in your OWH card right off the bat. I love all the layers and cute flowers... Oh, I love everything about both of them. Thanks for playing!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Both are gorgeous Carol! TFS, I love the colors and the focus image on the first one and the colors and design on the second one, so elegant.

Jen said...

Both are wonderful - i love the yellow/gray of the first card!

Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

Both cards are beautiful. I especially like the second, pretty and "caseable"! TFS

Dixie Cochran said...

Beautiful cards! Goodness, the colors and layers on your first card are stunning!

Barb said...

I think that first card is so pretty--love the image.

Thanks so much for joining us in at the {Pin}Spirational Challenge this week—Good Luck!

Benzi said...

Carol, your 'winter trees' image is awesome and I love that chevron ef and the way you used it. Fab!
I really like the green-grey color on your second card and it doesn't even have to grow on me. :-) Very pretty card!!!

Sherry Hickey said...

Beautiful work, Carol! You should be very proud of these two cards. The layering and textures on your first card are fantastic and I love the scalloped squares on card two. Such fun to see everyone's take on the sketch!

Athina said...

What a great winter scene, I like the colors you have chosen. Thanks for playing with us at {PIN}spirational Challenges.

JD said...

Two great cards! I like the way that Yellow just pops right off your card, and the nice soft look of the white flowers on the grey in your second card

Wendy said...

Carol, both of these cards are gorgeous! I love the color combo on the 1st card and the embossing. I love the sketch of your 2nd card. I have some PTI Ocean Tides cardstock and have never opened it. I truely thought it would be more of a blue than the greenish-gray. I do love it on your card though! Nice job on both!!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow... I came over from the OWH blog to have a closer look at your wonderful sketch card, love it! The flowers in the small squares are a fun idea.

Your first card is gorgeous! I love how you've cut your dry embossed panel and used it again, the twine, the border punch, beautiful detail!

Sybrina K said...

Hi Carol,

As always, you've created two beautiful cards. I just love the layers, embossing, and details that bring so much richness to your cards.

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Both cards are gorgeous!!! Thanks for participating in the {PIN}spirational Challenge! Hope to see you again!!
~DEANNE~