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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Two Inspired Features

I've been pretty busy this weekend filling an order for sympathy cards, which I'll probably get uploaded tomorrow, and hubby and I were gone most of the day today. However, I did manage to squeeze in some time to case two featured stampers this weekend.

My first one is in honor of our Doubledog Dare Challenge leader, Julia (aka artystamper). Joan Ervin challenged the Doubledog Dare Challenge group to case a card from the gallery of our fearless leader, artystamper (Julia). Julia started the group almost two years ago, and we rotate issuing our weekly challenge every Tuesday. As Joan wrote:

"We have been together for almost 2 years and there is one super AWESOME lady who had kept us on our toes!!! This particular lovely lady has kept up with the challenge schedule, created a database with birthdays, addresses, and much more."

Here's the beautiful card of Julia's that I cased. I was drawn to the clean, simple lines and the purple!!

And here's my case of her card. I stamped my A Year of Flowers tulips on Ridinghood Red polkadotted designer paper and cut them out. I used a Marvy LePlume black fine point marker and a rectangle Nestability to draw my black frame around the flowers.




My second card is in honor of the featured stamper this Sunday over at Splitcoaststampers. I met Jen (aka Miss Boo) a couple years ago at a Michigan Mingle event. She has such a sweet smile and personality, and she makes some of the cutest and prettiest CAS cards ever. I chose to case her strikingly pretty Have a Terrific Day card. I was so drawn to the pink and black combo, as well as her use of the topnote die.

Here's my case. No stamps....just the circle scalloped punch embossed with my dotted swiss embossing folder and lightly sponged on the outer petals with Ridinghood Red ink. I cut between the scallops toward the center of the punch to create flower petals that I could bend for greater dimension. The pretty designer paper is Bella Rose by Stampin' Up. Oh, and see my black buttons? They were made with the little Sizzlit button die from Stampin' Up. I know I'll get a lot of use out of this die making my own buttons to fit the colors or patterns I need at any given time.


I hope you've had a great weekend enjoying the things that make you happy. As always, I appreciate your visit to my blog!

Snugs, snorts, chuckles, and giggles!



10 comments:

Connie M. said...

These are both so pretty, Charlene!! I just love your beautiful flowers on the first, and sweet simple layout on the second...so wonderful!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Your tulips are super gorgeous Charlene!! OH MY!! What a stunning card!! Your second card is fabulous too with the awesome textured flower!! LOVIN' all the white!

Cindy Haffner said...

Your cards are so pretty Charlene. Hugs Cindy

StampOwl said...

such pretty cards Charlene. And yes I agree I did feel very strange not having to do my posts for our challenge today .... roll on January hehe (but not too quick LOL)

Joanne (jojot) said...

Char-Char.....these are both so beautiful....both are clean, crisp, and beautiful.....loving those button details....hmmm...may have to think about that purchase...

Joan Ervin said...

WOW, girl...your cards are sooo beautiful!!! The paper pieced tulips are gorgeous and I love the little flower and pretty paper on the second one!!! I think a little of Anne's love of red has rubbed off on you...red, red everywhere...I suppose you pick out the red M's first!!!!

Dawn B. said...

These are so beautiful Charlene.. I love the red tulips.. My favorite flowers.. Super job..

Traci M said...

You squeeze really well, Charlene. It sounds like you are doing well achieving that balance in life we all long for...and your stamping isn't suffering at all! Hope your weekend was fun! Your red cards just make me happy!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Charlene, I love the style of these cards. They are crisp, clean, bold and elegant!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Both of these are very pretty. I love the tulips in the first one!