Monday, September 24, 2012

September Challenge Cards

I have a very busy schedule coming up this weekend, so I'm posting the challenge cards a little early. A huge thank you to Debbie and Regina for joining Michelle and me in this month's challenge. Both Debbie and Michelle were ambitious and did two cards each for this challenge! Here's the challenge:
First up are Michelle's cards.  This first one is such a fun and happy card!  I love all of the different circles and layers Michelle used on her card.  It just reminds me of bubbles in a bathtub, an old cassette tape, or a robot's smile - all things that make me happy :)  I think the ribbon separating the turquoise and pumpkin is such a great touch!  Nice job always!

Next is Michelle's second card.  She created it using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio.  Isn't this great?  I love how the doggie image looks like her fuzzy - it's perfect!  It's a great card that can be used as a card or a great start to a scrapbook page.  I love the texture you get from the designer paper and ribbon.  It's hard to believe it isn't the real thing!  Great use of MDS Michelle!  For more of Michelle's wonderful creations, please visit her blog here.
Next are Debbie Naylor's two great cards!  I think this is sooo cute.  Debbie is the queen of color usage.  I mean, I struggled with these colors, but look how simply Debbie put them together!  She does it so easily and it just plain works!  I think this owl card is adorable - I mean, who wouldn't want to receive this on their birthday?  I love the googlie eyes and bling on the hearts.  It is just the perfect touch for this adorable card.

This next card is near and dear to my heart.  Debbie sent this for my recent Anniversary.  I just love it!  I think the two owls are super cute on that branch and the placement of the sentiment is great.  I wouldn't have thought to put the sentiment under the image!  Thanks, Debbie - we loved the card!
For more of Debbie's fantastic creations (cards, scrapbook pages, and so much more!), please check out her amazing blog here (this link takes you to the post about this card).
Next up is Regina's card.  I absolutely love this card!  It's simple, uses all of the colors and design, but is so happy and elegant all at the same time!  Regina, how do you do it?  I love the popped up flower and the pearl on the end of the sentiment.  I also like that you used the sentiment as the main focus of this card.  The prop of the plant is brilliant!  The card looks like it belongs with the plant :)  To see more of Regina's wonderful creations and to read more about this card, hop on over to her blog here.
Weiter oben ist Regina's Karte. Ich liebe diese Karte! Das ist einfach, das alle Farben und Design, ist aber so glücklich und gleichzeitig elegant! Regina, wie machen Sie das? Ich liebe die erschien, das Blume und die Pearl auf das Ende der Stimmung. Ich möchte auch, dass sie das Gefühl als der Schwerpunkt der dieser Karte.  Der prop der Anlage ist genial! Die Karte gehört mit der Anlage :) Wenn Sie mehr über Regina wunderbares Werk zu lesen und mehr über diese Karte, zu Ihrem Blog hier.

Finally, we have my card.  I had to really think on this one because the combination of colors threw me!  But, I decided I wanted to use DSP in each of the colors and go from there.  So, that's how I started.  I then started to pull out my matching buttons, but they didn't work for the two sides.  I found these metal embellishments and thought they looked good.  I then decided that I should use the Button Buddies stamp set that I haven't used yet ;)  So, I saw the flower vase stamp and knew I'd found my image!  I used marker to color in the image.  I didn't know if any of the flowers would show through after placing the flower buttons, so I colored them in their respective button colors.  You can't tell though :(  I think those flower buttons are the cutest!  I love them.  And, I didn't use ribbon for a change!  Overall, I like how this card turned out.  These colors turned out to be a great combination (thanks Lindsey!) and they are just happy together :)
I can't believe another month's done!  Please join us in the October challenge that will post on Saturday, October 6.  We'd love to see what you do!  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

3 More August Challenge Cards!

Kathy and Michelle did send these before the end of the month, but I'm so busy, I'm just now able to post them.    Here's the challenge again:

First up is Michelle's card - WOW!  Isn't this beautiful?  I wouldn't have thought to use the ribbon diagonally on the card.  I love that die cut too - so flowery and nice.  Michelle did such a nice job coloring in the cute image using her ink pads and blending pens.  The little pearls add such a sweet touch.  The sentiments are perfect too!  Love it, Michelle.  To read more about Michelle's card and to see her other awesome creations, please check out her blog here.

Next up are two cards from Kathy Kennedy.  The first card Kathy created uses the sketch and colors exactly.  I love that die cut set she used and I keep looking at that one stamp set with this awesome image.  Isn't it beautiful?  I like how Kathy cut up the Happy Birthday sentiment to use on the corners - very clever! 

Kathy's seond card is actually a gift card holder she made for a swap she participated in.  Isn't this a cute gift card holder?  I love that she used the leaves in place of the sentiment and the sentiment in place of the main image!  Fall is such a great time of year and the colors are just awesome.  I love how this turned out Kathy.  To see more of Kathy's creations, head on over to her blog here.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the challenge and hope you'll play along in September, posted today!  Have a great day everyone and thanks for looking!

September Simply Paper Design Challenge

Here we go again - here's September's challenge.  I see lots of potential for this one.  Please join us!