Saturday, June 23, 2012

June Challenge Cards

It isn't quite the end of the month, but I wanted to get these challenge cards posted!  This was certainly a challenge for me this month in terms of the colors, but I loved them.  I really need to get back to color challenges!

Anyway, here was the color/sketch challenge:

First we have Michelle's card.  Isn't this beautiful?  It really does make you think of summer when you look at it.  I love that stamped image and she did such a nice job coloring the flowers in and adorning the image with die cuts in the challenge colors.  The ribbon integrated with pearls is another lovely touch.  Wow, Michelle!  That's all I can say :)  Oh, please check out Michelle's other lovely creations on her blog here.

Next is my card.  Instead of using the sketch as it is, I reversed it.  These colors are all about summer and I wanted to do something cheery and flowery!  So, I used my herb set and colored in the image with my markers.  You can't really see it, but in the middle of the flowers, I first colored Daffodil Delight, then Melon Mambo.  I love accessories and never got around to using my In Color brads.  So, I pulled those out and decided to incorporate them.  My sister was so generous as Christmas and got me all of the colored threads.  Lucky Limeade was one of them, so I was happy to use it here.  And I just love buttons!  So, I pulled my stash and decided on these :)  Done!

My sister and upline, Debbie Naylor, joined us again this month and I have to say she blew me away with this beautiful card.  Debbie's style is simply beautiful.  I tend to overwork every card with so much on them as I just don't know any other way!  Debbie likes to keep it clean, simple, and so tasteful.  I love her style.  Anyway, she loves Pool Party and look how great this card is!  She nailed this challenge with texture, bold color, and beauty.  I sure do love it.  Thanks for joining us, Debbie!  Please check out more of Debbie's beautiful creations and read more about this card on her blog here.

Lastly, Kathy Kennedy made another challenge card - thanks, Kathy!  I love the DSP she used and she did a lot of work cutting out those cute leaves and flowers.  The bird image is so cute!  She did a great job following the sketch!  To see more about this card and other Kathy creations, please check out her blog here.

I can't believe another month's challenge is complete!  Where did the year go already? 

Thanks so much for looking and please feel free to join us in upcoming challenges.  I'll be happy to post your creations with a link to your blog too!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hi Ma!

I recently took a Copic marker class.  I had taken one a couple years ago, but forgot what I learned :(  So, I decided I needed another!  I fell in love with this one image we used and had to get it - sucker!  I know, I know....  I had to use it right away because (1) I love her and (2) I wanted to practice what I had learned.  I knew my mother would get a kick out this card, so I made it and sent it to her.  I had a hard time deciding which colors to use until I went to my favorite thing - DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Man, I love DSP - it takes all of the guess work of deciding colors!  So, I found a sketch challenge (sorry, don't remember which one now!) and went to work on this card.  Isn't she the cutest?

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, June 2, 2012