Thursday, March 7, 2013

Challenge Cards


Here's my card for the Merry Monday 52 to use River Rock, always artichoke, and cherry cobbler. The card base is river rock, and I made the circle panel with vanilla, stamping text with river rock ink in the background. I sponged the edges with antique linen ink and matted with cherry cobbler. The holly leaves are really made from artichoke cardstock, and I don't know why, but I coated them with glossy accents to make them shine, and then added dazzling diamonds glitter to tone down the shine! LOL I hate using glitter so I grumbled the whole time I made this card, but I'm sure someone will like the sparkle :) I added some red gemstones from Pizzazz Aplenty in 3 different sizes along with a snippet of ribbon. The sentiment is from SU! More Merry Messages, and the holly leaves were done with a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die.



This card combines 2 challenges. I used the Freshly Made Sketch 76, along with the Simon Says Stamp challenge to use a bit of green. For the sketch, you can use any shape for the trio, and I used SU!'s petite curly label punch, along with the pretty petites stamp set on scraps of green gingham. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this mini punch in the future, but I love it and had to order the punch and coordinating stamp set as soon as I saw them. I put little button brads in the centers and matted with some neon green card stock that was embossed with a square lattice ef. The sentiment is SU! and the white embossed panel was done with the CB decorative tiles ef. I added a piece of ribbon from my stash along with a piece of Basic Grey dsp.



That's going to be all for me today but thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful day!

Carol


19 comments:

jimlynn said...

Love the shine on that first one, Carol, and that plaid ribbon just makes me smile all over since I LOVE plaid! This is a perfect card for Christmas! The colors make it look so elegant too!
The second is adorable. The little squares and that punch - AND the lime green color are fabulous!
Love both of them.
Lynn

Benzi said...

Oh, I thought those holly leaves were like mine. It was a Sizzix holly and berry branch die. I love these leaves and how you used them for this Christmas card. I used glossy one mine (one before Christmas) and it was really shining, too Maybe I should have glittered it down. LOL

Your punched pieces are so cute on the next one...looks like inchies. I love the little dots inside.

Rita T said...

Love both your cards. Really like your take on the freshly made sketches card - and the green worked really well. Thanks for sharing

Notes by Nina said...

Both card are wonderful, I love the glittery holly leaves. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

JD said...

Both are great cards, Carol, I know what you mean about glitter. I really like the look of glitter...However, I don't like to wear glitter, or having it end up on my table, on my floors, my clothes, I think you know what I am talking about...smile...

LeAnne said...

Gloriousity, that MM card is fabulous! Love those glittery leaves!

Lesley said...

Wow, stunning MM card Carol, you have created a real beauty here with your sponging and stamping and those holly leaves.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Two beauties!

Linda Callahan said...

Great cards for the challenges!

Wendy said...

Oh you better believe that I love that Merry Monday card with all that glitter! I hate using it to but sometimes it just makes a card stand out! Love those holly leaves & pretty ribbon!
Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

Donna Hanley said...

Oh so pretty and I love the gloss and glitter on this first card. I know you hate glitter, but it really makes this card, Carol. That plaid is beautiful. Your second card is stunning with those shades of green against the white. Awaiting more snow tonight. Maybe 5-9 inches.

Jen Brum said...

Great cards Carol! I love all that green on your thank you card! The embossed background is lovely! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Sherry Eckblad said...

Love the glitter leaves! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Susan (rainy) said...

Beautiful Christmas card, Carol. Your sketch challenge card is so sweet, too. Great sketch this week!

Bonnie said...

What pretty holly, Carol! And I love how it hangs on the scalloped and stamped circles! Love the berries too! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Angie said...

Gorgeous card! I love the colors! Pretty ribbon!! The leaves are fabulous!!!

Allisa said...

Raising hand here..........love the sparkle! I think everyone else does too! Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

Tracey McNeely said...

Your Christmas card is fabulous, I love the glitter leaves and the fantastic ribbon. Thank you so much for playing with us at Merry Monday this week!

debby4000 said...

Love both your cards, great idea of the holly leaves and fab embossing with the second card.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.

luv
Debby