Today I have cards for 3 different blog challenges that fit specific card needs I had. The first is from The Paper Players, which I need to link up in the next few minutes!
Several weeks ago, Splitcoast had a color challenge of black/white & red. I had a few ideas, but never put them together. Then, this Paper Player theme challenge to use a dog or cat came along and I decided to put them together.
I am a Lay Dominican, and Dominicans (friars and sisters) are known for their black & white habits. As a layperson, I don't wear a habit, but I received a pin which is black and white when I said my temporary profession. Anyway, one of our chapter's longtime members recently moved to Texas. He is an older man who told delightful stories at all of our monthly meetings. Our group is just a bit different without him. Why the dog? One of the symbols for St. Dominic is a black dog, running with a torch in its mouth (to set the world on fire with the Gospel.) I wanted to do a torch, but it didn't work with this puppy.
I dry embossed the black & white card front with this cute paw print folder from Darice. My image is from PaperSmooches "Cuddly Chums," stamped in black and colored with basic gray, smoky slate and real red markers, then popped up on a scallop circle. The sentiment is from SU's "Just Sayin'" with the coordinating Word Bubble framelit. Red candy dots finish it off.
Next, I have a Clean and Simple design using the palette from this week's ColourQ challenge. I am also submitting it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge...my first time posting there! I found it through someone else's blog. You know how that goes. Anyway, this week they are asking for a one layer card! WooHoo! They are also featuring Paper Smooches this wek, which aren't used in this card, but in the one above. I love that I found this challenge today! I actually made several attempts before coming up with this card. You see, I never finished my Christmas cards, so I am sending Valentines to some friends who didn't get Christmas greetings. I tried to combine a Christmas image with the colors, but I kept making a mess with the gold embossing powder. I finally decided less is more! I used the thick SU whisper white for a single layer card. Using the challenge colors and "Work of Art," I created a simple abstract background. The sentiment is from "Trust God," embossed in gold and on a scallop oval. I added gold cord behind it...which made it a real trick to adhere! LOL I am going to make a dozen tonight, simplifying the gold detail and give them to a few friends at church this weekend. Just wanted a different take on Valentine's Day!
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