Hello Stamping Friends!! I am FINALLY posting some cards! I actually made 15 cards this past weekend, and 30 the weekend before! Many are in simple sets, but today I am featuring 2 challenge cards. It felt great to visit the Friday Mashup (couldn't stay away long!) and Paper Players challenges again. It was also nice to bring out some new Stampin' Up stuff. I am winding down my days as a demo to put more energy and time into my speaking events. But of course, I had to place a BIG order first! LOL!
The Friday Mashup challenge uses this fun sketch combined with a bird theme. The hardest part was deciding which bird to use! The Paper Players challenge gave us a fun and playful color combo. I decided to flip the sketch and put it all together!
My first card has a basic gray card base with a layer of lucky limeade from the patterned paper stack. This stack was available last year, but I just ordered it...how fun to tear into a new stack of paper!! I added two strips of retired melon mambo ribbon...it's almost gone! I nearly forgot the center piece, but decided to make my own DP using the challenge colors with these cute birds from "Aviary." The many image is NEW...from the set "For the Birds." I used blender pens to color it, then layered it on basic gray and black. The gray layer is wide enough to add a row of rhinestones, which go perfectly with the retired "You're a Gem" set. The inside piece of dsp is from an old SAB stack. Feels good to use retired goodies, along with the new stuff! This card will be perfect for one of my minstry donors...they support us soooo much! Hope you like it!!
I made another card for the Friday Mashup. I just had to play with some of the new colors! The colors come from this new DSP called Comfort Cafe (I think...since I am not selling stuff now, I am not memorizing names!) The card base is soft suede, with a layer of very vanilla, embossed with the Big Shot and new chevron impressions folder. I used this new stitched satin ribbon in the new Midnight Muse color...pretty! I used 3 patterns from this new dsp...the vertical stripe, the layer under my image, and a piece inside. I think it's my favorite new pack! The floral image is from Sale-a-Bration, but I think it goes well with the paper. I used markers in soft suede, pool party, cajun craze and NEW midnight muse and summer starfruit to color it. My bird is from "Elements of Style" in pool party and midnight muse, using the rock and roll technique. My circle punch and sizzix circle die came in handy for the sentiment again!
It feels to post to the blog again! I'll be sure to come by again soon!