Friday, April 11, 2008

Oh What a Night!!

If you didn't make it to the pj party tonight, you missed a great time!!! Charmaine hosted three fantastic challenges and Christie made a big announcement!! Christie has asked me to join their design team and be an official Prettie Girl!! YAYY!!!! She asked if I wanted to finish my guest designer term and I told her it was up to her! She officially promoted me and found herself another guest designer. The new guest designer is Jackie Rokowski and she is super talented, be sure to check her out in the guest room!! Also, be sure to read the note about shipping on the front page of the Paper Pretties site when you go shopping. There are a few glitches, but I assure you Christie will make it right!!

On to my challenge cards!! The first challenge was to make a card with Bold and Bright colors-gaggg!! I loathe the Bold Brights, but I sucked it up and eeked this card out. I tried to make myself feel better by using mostly purple since it is my favorite color. The colors on this are Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, and Gable Green. I colored the image from Simply Special with my SU markers and blended it with my aqua painter. I then outlined the whole image in Prismacolor Cool Grey marker. To make it pop out, I covered the whole thing with Crystal Effects. To offset the bright colors, I used mostly white on this and added some texture with my Swiss Dots embossing folder.
stamps-Simply Special and Warmest Regards(SU)
paper- Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green and Whisper White
ink-Black Stazon
tools- SU markers, crystal effects, perfect pearls, swiss dots folder, cuttlebug, narrow organdy.

The second challenge was to make a card using glossy cardstock. You could use any technique you wanted, so I chose to use the faux linen technique. I got the instructions for this from a wonderful tutorial over on SCS by Beate. She really is a master at that stuff!! I started with my glossy paper and then stamped the Filigree background stamp in Rose Red. I sanded my paper going in both directions(up and down, and across) and then sponged on some So Saffron ink. I then sanded it again to soften it. I was surprised, but it really does feel like linen, who knew!!LOL!! I then stamped Cuddle Me Sophia in Black Stazon on Whisper White and colored her with my SU markers. Lucky me, my oval Nestabilities got here today, so I used them to cut her out.
stamps-Cuddle Me
paper-Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White and Glossy White
ink-Black Stazon, Rose Red and So Saffron
tools-Cuttlebug, Nesties, SU markers, wine organdy, gold brads, sanding block

The third challenge was to make a long card. I have to say, this one hurt a little!! I started with this paper that I was dead set on using. I picked colors to match it, and then COULD NOT get it to work the way I wanted. I ended up some how keeping the colors of the paper, but not using the paper. You only have an hour to finish these challenges, so I really didn't have time to scrap it and start over so I had to make it work. So what did I do, I covered it with ribbons and white brads and called it good!! This card is HUGE by the way, 4x9. It will fit in a business sized envelope. I colored Lexi with my SU markers and silver pen and cut her out. She is layered on Real Red, So Saffron and Regal Rose. I used some Real Red and So Saffron DSP too. Thanks for looking and have a great day!! I have a bunch of RAK's to post, but they may have to wait until tomorrow!!
stamps-Made With Love
paper- Real Red, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Prints Pack and So Saffron DSP
ink-Black Stazon
tools-SU markers, silver glitter pen, rose grosgrain, white taffeta, white brads

DIY DP LSC.......

I don't know about you, but that is a few to many initials for me!!LOL!! To spare you the phone call Mom, it means "do it yourself designer paper". Friday's limited supplies challenge was to make your own DP. I love it when they post the challenges early, so I got right to work. Tomorrow night is the Paper Pretties Pajama Party, so I will have some cards from that to post tomorrow night. We would love to have you join us tomorrow night for the party. It starts at 8pmEST(7pmCST) and will have a challenge posted every hour for 3hrs by Charmaine and there will be prizes!!! I wanted to do something for my SU friends, so I decided to use some SU stuff for the LSC. I started with a piece of Very Vanilla and drew my lines on it with my Pale and Perfect Plum markers. I used a ruler to keep them straight and my grid paper to keep them evenly spaced. The flower was stamped three times-once with Pale Plum craft ink, once with Perfect Plum, and once with Pale Plum and then I rolled the edges around on the Perfect Plum pad. I then embossed all three with clear embossing powder and cut them out. I used pop dots to separate the layers. I colored my hummingbird with my SU markers and then added some glitter to the belly and wings with my Sakura glitter pen, although you can't see it in the picture. I thought it was missing something, so I stamped the sentiment from the SU set Warm Words and then added pewter brads to all the corners. That's it for me now!! Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!! BTW, the storms weren't nearly as bad here as they predicted, thank goodness, but thanks for all the concern!!
stamps- Pretty Amazing and Warm Words
paper- Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
ink- Pale Plum and Perfect Plum craft ink
tools-clear EP, SU markers, organdy ribbon, glitter pen, and pewter brads