Sunday, August 26, 2012

CASology Challenge card 2

Here is my second card for the CAS-ology Challenge.  It's even more green!

I hope you can see how sparkly that sticker is. It's from Sticko.  The sentiment is Studio G, and the background stamp, which mimics the sticker, is from the Ditto line by Hampton Arts.

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Challenge

I am submitting this card for the CAS-ology challenge.  The prompt word is "green."

Here's the card:

The word "green" made me think of this paper with textured leaves on it that I bought a couple weeks ago.  It's from Bazzil.  Looking through some things I had recently purchased, I found a green sentiment to go with it. (Making Memories)  I highlighted some of the textured leaves with a gold paint pen.

Green is my favorite color, so I may add another card before submissions close.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Second Card for Challenge

Here is my next card.  As mentioned, I am going to enter this in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge and the Platy Date Cafe Challenge.

It fits the "Splish Splash" theme of CAS-ual Fridays.

And it is based on the color scheme of the Play Date Cafe.

Let me explain the genesis of this card.  I wanted to enter the Play Date Cafe challenge.  But when I went to see the new challenge, I thought, Ugh, not my favorite color scheme by any means.  I do think I have some cardstock in that color, though.

Looking at the necklace shown in the middle example on the left, something about its texture and colors made me think of seashells. And the blue-grey "slate" color also made me think of the sea.  I thought, I could use those seashell stamps I got recently, I haven't used them yet.

And then I thought, Distress Stickles when dry look like sand -- beach sand.  And I think I have Distress Stickles in those colors!

So I rooted around to see if I in fact did, and I did.  And so then I could see how it would come together.

It's rather subtle, more subtle when it's all together than the components looked separately.  The trumpet shell and the cockle shell are "burnt sienna" and the starfish is "mustard." And the card base of course is "slate."

And the Stickles really do look like sand.  You have to let Distress Stickles dry completely -- a day or two, to really see the mica particles stand out.

For the record, the Distress Stickles colors I used are Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade. And the ink colors on the shells are Inkadinkado pigment inks Ochre and Terra Cotta. I heat-embossed the sentiment in white.  I put two of the shells on pop-dots and glued one flat for contrast.  The inside of the trumpet shell looked very white, so I colored it in with a slate colored pencil, to take the starkness of the white away and complement the card base.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. It is just a happy coincidence that I can also use it for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge as well.

Well, enjoy, and thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My First Card Challenge

So I said I wanted to try entering some card-making challenges on the Internet.  But I bumbled around and I missed the deadlines for the first two I wanted to try, CAS-ual Fridays and Less Is More, which are both "Clean and Simple" style challenge blogs.  So today I have worked really hard to get it together for the next weekly CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which is "splish-splash," a card with something seen in or near the sea.

So here is my card:

I hope it's obvious that this card is embossed with nautilus shells.  That's what's from the sea.

I embossed an aqua card base with a Spellbinders Embossabilities sea-themed embossing folder.  They I dusted the whole card liberally with Perfect Pearls, to give it that mother-of-pearl sheen.

The sentiment is a vellum sticker, which I pasted onto more of the same aqua cardstock (Recollections brand), cut down to size, and them mounted with dimensional adhesive.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

So there it is, my first card challenge.

I also am working on a card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge which involves shells, so if that turns out well, I'll post it here as well.

UPDATE: I just wanted to say Thank You for all the lovely, kind comments on this card.  It means a lot to have people appreciate my work. Thank you.