Well, this weekend was a super fun weekend on the Studio Calico site. CHA winter was going on this weekend, so SC hosted a CHA 2014 crop with 10 different challenges of the weekend. AND… you know me… I adore challenges!! I got started right away and created this… based on Challenge #1 which was to use a card from your inspiration book and make one based on it, and Challenge #4 to use items from a kit that was 2 months old or more. Here is my card:
Ok, here is another card I made for the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch Challenge. This time I really wanted to use the big red ribbon from my Cuppa Kit (which happens to be from May Arts). The best type of card I could come up with to use it on was a Christmas card (yeah for another Christmas card). Anywho, the kit also came with a Prima Chalk Edger so I decided to use this on my blue card base to give the illusion of frost or cold. What do you think? Did it work?
I stamped the sentiment (from Stampin' Up!) in gold and then layered it with a gold glittered cardstock. I like the way it turned out. Simple and pretty I think! Thanks for stopping by!
Every Sunday at Studio Calico they give a sketch challenge on their blog. I adore sketch challenges, as you all know I'm sure. So, I try to participate every week. This past week, I wanted to make a card using only items from my Cuppa Kit and using the sketch… ooohhh, a double challenge!! Here is what I came up with:
Well, I freakin' love it! I double stamped the sentiment to give it a 3-D look. This is easily done by stamping your sentiment in a lighter color first. Then, stamp again right on top with a darker color, off-setting the stamp just slightly. I also love, love, love these stars I got in my kit!! WOOT!! And then, I added a punch of color with the gold bow. (and then, and then, and then!!) Thanks for stopping by.
Have you heard of the company Papertrey Ink? If you have not, you NEED to go check them out. This is essential!! This company has incredible beautiful stamps, cardstock that will blow your mind, and an amazing design team that is just crazy talented. Every Monday they have a series called Make it Monday that shows a video with a new technique or stamping trick to try. This Monday is was to create a stamped square frame. Here is my take on it.
I used an image from the Bountiful Banners stamp set to create the square frame. I then die cut a banner using the matching Bountiful Banners die. What do you think? I love the framed image!! Also, check out that cardstock base… it is Rustic White Cardstock and I have never in my life worked with such amazing cardstock. It is thick, cuts like a dream, and stamps beautifully. You have to try it!!!
I love sketch challenges. I mean LOVE them!! For some reason, sketches really help to jump start my creativity and I try to participate in them on a weekly basis. I've recently been participating in the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch challenges and I really like them. This particular sketch was based on a Maile Belles card (Swoon! Her work is fab!). This is my interpretation using items from my Antiquary Card Kit! The papers just begged for a Halloween/Fall type card. And, since I did just that, I went ahead and submitted it to Paper Crafts Monthly Gallery Challenge, which is a Halloween challenge this month. What do you think? Do you like the off-set layers? Thanks for looking!!
When I received my Studio Calico kit in the mail and I saw the stamp set, my mind immediately went to the banner image. And, I had this idea to create a large stamped "background" if you will, with the banner. I combined two of the WCMD challenges at Studio Calico for this particular card; the Mood Board Challenge, where I pulled the colors, and the Ombre challenge. This is a very, very different card for me with all the stamping and one-layer, but I am absolutely delighted with how it turned out. I am also going to submit this bad boy to the Color Media Challenge at Moxie Fab World. My color media is ink (obvi!) and embossing powder. What do you think? Do you like using stamps in a different way? Have a great day lovelies!!
I have been a crazy card making fool lately!! The Studio Calico blog has been hosting World Card Making Day challenges for the past week. There were 5 challenges in all and LOTS of wonderful prizes to be had. The best prize of all… A chance to be a guest designer for a 2014 kit (EEK! Fangirl moment!!) That would be so freakin' awesome!! Anyways, for some reason these challenges have just hit that crafting bone in my body with enthusiasm… and I've been going for it. Here is one for the "use your scraps" challenge. And guess what?!? Chicken butt! No, I'm just kidding… but I am ALSO going to enter this one into the Stickers and Tape Challenge on Moxie Fab World making this card a double hitter!! YEAH!! Stick around… I gotta lots more where this came from!!
There is something about a challenge that really just gets my creative juices flowing. And lately, I've been able to miraculously combine one or two or even three challenges together to come up with an awesome project. I'm really, really happy with this one and for a number of reasons. For one, I love the colors on this card. For two, I made a card with no stamping! (I know, right?!?) YES… it is a rarity for me, but I thought that the sentiment on the journaling card was perfect enough. No stamping required. So, this card was made combing the Sunday Sketch Challenge at Studio Calico and the Ready-Made Embellishments Challenge at Moxie Fab World. My ready-made embellishment… The journaling card of course!!
Do you like challenges? If so, try your hand at one of these. You might be surprised what you come up with.
I am going challenge crazy on this one. I created this card based on two challenges combined (that NEVER happens!). I used the sketch from the sunday sketch challenge at Studio Calico as well as incorported two cork elements for the Metal, Wook and Cork challenge at Moxie Fab World. Wow…look at me go!! Don't you just love challenges?!? I certianly do. What do you think? Simple and geometric… that is what I was going for. The papers are from Studio Calico Atlantic Collection, and the cork chevrons are from Studio Calico also. The "Thanks" is Rockabye thickers and the triangle stamp is from Pennant Parade Stampin' Up! stamp set.
The theme for this month's paper crafts gallery challenge was Chalkboard. This technique has really taken off lately, however, this was my first time trying it. I decided not to make the whole card with the chalkboard effect, instead, highlight one stamp that I thought would work well with it. What do you think? I had a lot of fun pairing the "vintage type" stamp and doily, with the modern print of the paper and the chevron ribbon. I think it works! The paper is from the amazing Atlantic collection from Studio Calico. The rest is Stampin' Up! Have you tried the chalkboard technique yet? Was it easy for you? Have you used it a lot? Let me know!!