Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Love a Challenge!!

What a fun time I had at the Gina K. release party on Monday. If you can keep up, which is terribly hard to do on dial-up(I know wahhh-wahhh), it is a ton of fun, and the conversation is always interesting. The design team had some fabulous samples, and the new sets are awesome!! During the party there were 4 challenges issued. The first was a sketch challenge, the second was a scrapbook sketch challenge, the third was a color challenge, and the last one was to make a scene. I am not really a scrapbooker, so I only participated in three of the challenges. You can check out the challenges in the Gina K. member forum over on SCS. You have until tomorrow night to upload your cards, so there is still time to enter!!! I may get brave before then and make a scrapbook page, but it doesn't seem likely!! Anyway, onto my cards!! The first on was made using the Gina K. stamps for a cause stamp set How Sweet It Is. My cousin Mandy just had a baby boy, so I am going to send it to her. I stamped the stork in black Stazon on Whisper White. I colored it in using my SU markers and my aquapainter. I then outlined it in Prismacolor cool grey marker. It was matted with Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue. I ran the white piece through my cuttlebug with my new Perfectly Paisley folder. The bottom sentiment was also stamped with black Stazon and layered the same. The brads are from SU Soft Subtles and Rich Regals brads. I used a strip of paper from the SU Prints Pack and created the layered scallops with my corner rounder. I thought it needed a little, so I added the silver clips with ribbon on them. All of the ribbon is SU except for the dark blue gingham, which is by American Crafts.
The second card was for the third challenge which was a color challenge. I will go ahead and say that I don't like this color combo, BUT I do LOVE my card!!! I stamped the kangaroo from the Gina K. set Just So Hoppy. I colored it with my SU markers and blended it with my aquapainter. I outlined it too, because I really think that it makes it pop!! The balloons were stamped separately, colored with markers, and then had crystal effects put all over them. I don't know why, but the photo looks a little wonky, but it looks really good in person (IMHO). I hand drew in the lines for the balloons. The sentiment is from the retired SU set Riveting. It was stamped once in Taken With Teal and once with Pumpkin Pie. I layered them all together along with the other challenge color Soft Sky, punched holes in the scallops, and added a couple of silver brads The top panel is the challenge colors plus a piece of DP from Bali Breeze(SU). I put three white brads in the top and it was done!! This card measures 5 1/4square by the way!!
My final card is for the fourth challenge, which was to make a scene. Well, we all know I LOVE to do that. I stamped the image with black Stazon on watercolor paper. I used the bunny and tulip from Just So Hoppy, the grass stamp is from the Whipper Snapper set Spring has Sprung. I colored it in with SU markers and blended it with my aquapainter. The colors on this are Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Lavender Lace. I think it is pretty easy to figure out, and this post is terribly long, so I am going to leave it at that!! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!! Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!!!

14 comments:

  1. Your cards are lovely. My sister makes cards, it relaxes her after everthing is done and her children are in bed. I on the other hand have no patience to sit and stick, and think of lovely things like my sister and you have done. So keep it up, they are really pretty cards. Just felt I had to tell you that,

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  2. Jessica - OMG....all of your cards are super cool!!! I love the *Baby* card especially!!! It's awesome - you are just tooooooooo freakin' talented - hope you don't mind me saying that - LOL!!!

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  3. What a triple treat!!! The baby card for your cousin is beyond adorable - hope she's going to make him a scrapbook so that she can include this sweet card.

    The kangaroo card - love, love, love the balloons - they're really amazing. Gotta agree with you on the color combo, but love how you rocked it!

    The Easter one...well what more can I can say other than another darlin' card! Your coloring is just perfect - I swear you could frame these sweeties and sell them!

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  4. Laura (scrapnextras)March 12, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    WOW Jessie...these are all amazing! Love everyone. The balloons on the 2nd are awesome, love the scallops on the first and all those brads really work on the third! I hope there's a prize, because these are all winners!

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  5. Wonderful cards. Your layering is superb. I love the top card and that cb bg.

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  6. AWE----------SOME!!!!! I'm working on my challenge cards now!! You're right.....it's hard to keep up with Gina's parties even with DSL!!!! LOL I think these are so wonderful.....the Easter card ideas are phenomenal.....I can't believe how many different designs you've made!! It's amazing!!! That Kanga is just so adorable with the balloons!!! And what a sweet baby boy card!! Love it!!!

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  7. Great great cards!! You did such a good job with those stamps! :)

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  8. Great cards for the challenges! The balloons look so cool and the baby card is awesome!

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  9. The layering of colours on all of these cards is beautiful. I love the scalloped edges on the baby card too. Joan

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  10. all 3 cards are fabulous!! I really love the colors and the layouts you used...and all the extra little details (like the shiny balloons!) Great job on all 3 of these challenges!!!

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  11. OMG! Quickdraw! You have wowed me this morning! First with your freaking ADORABLE baby card (I can never get my scallops to look right with my corner rounder....) and then you actually made the words "WOW" come out of my mouth with the kanga color challenge one! I agree, I'm not a fan of the colors but holy crap girl, you made it WORK! And of course your bunny scene is super too! Dang! You've got my mojo going crazy this morning! LOL....;) did that sound almost dirty?! ROTFLMAO!

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  12. Oh my, these are just FANTASTIC, love them all!!

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  13. All of your cards are awesome girl! Each are beautifully made. Good luck on the contest!

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  14. All three of these card are darling! I love the stork image on the first card...and your coloring is fantastic!!

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