Sunday, May 15, 2011

Catching Up

Happy Sunday, my friends!  We've gone from sunny, 80 degree weather to a rainy, 41 degree day here in Michigan.  Talk about drastic temperature changes!  Since it's cold and rainy, I thought I'd take the time to catch up with my blog.  What with Blogger being down for a couple days this past week, I have three cards to share with you today that I did over the course of the last few days.

The first card I have to show you was one I did for the Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoaststampers to make a design with a tree.  This flourish by Rubbernecker looks like a tree to me.  I stamped the image in white craft ink onto black cardstock, heat set it, and then colored it with metallic art pencils (known as black magic technique). I then sprayed shimmer mist over the entire black panel.  Supplies I used are:

Stamps:  Flourish (#503-14)
Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Black
Ink:  White Craft
Accessories:  metallic pencils, black brads, white acrylic paint, embossing folder, Spellbinder's Fleur De Lis border die, heat tool, shimmer mist, octagon Nestability

My second card was for the Free for All challenge to make a sentiment the focus of your design.  Again, I used a Rubbernecker sentiment stamp.  Rubbernecker really has a great collection of sentiments, and I think this expression of sympathy is especially well worded.

This card came together very quickly, which is not typical for me.  I always seem to labor over every little detail, finagling this and that until I almost drive myself crazy!  LOL!  Anywhoo, I stamped the Fall Trilogy leaves in River Rock on the background for a watermark effect, and I crimped the bottom River Rock panel for some added texture.  Added this rich, black satin ribbon and adhered my sentiment panel and I was done!  Supplies I used for this card are:

Stamps:  May Time Bring (#824-SO); Fall Trilogy (#480)
Paper:  River Rock, Black, White
Ink:  Memento Black, River Rock
Accessories:  black ribbon, crimper, Long Classic Rectangle Large Nestabilities, dimensional

My third, and final card, was also made for the Free For All challenge to make a sentiment the focus of your design.  Obviously, I went with a Christmas theme.  I just received my new Film Strip Shapeability by Spellbinder and was anxious to use it.  Here I stamped the three different sentiments from Stampin' Up's Perfect Ending.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but I made faux buttons with my 3/4" circle punch and paper piercer.  Other supplies I used are:

Stamps:  Perfect Ending (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Old Olive dp
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Film Strip Shapeability, 3/4" circle punch, paper piercer, wide lattice border punch, markers

Also, if you're interested, Rubbernecker is having a new release of stamps on Tuesday, May 17.  Some of the design team members have previews to show you today.  I'll have previews to show you tomorrow.  Stop by the Rubbernecker Blog for all the details.  There's opportunities to win gift certificates, too!  Woo-hoo!



Celeste said...

Gorgeous cards, love the first one the best! I am so in love with Rubbernecker stamps! I have alot of them. I only need the time now to create...LOL

Pat (mspfd) said...

These are all fantastic creations, Charlene. I especially love the clever and superb design for the free for all challenge.

Traci M said...

Hey, Charlene!! Your weather sounds just like ours...and we had a ton of rain this week! I am ready for a nap here, but wanted to say I love all three of these cards!! Your first one is really intriguing though...the metallics are brilliant with this flourish tree, and love the sympathy card as well!! Stay warm, and hope you're feeling better!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Stunning creations Bert!! LOVE your gorgeous tree!! WOW!!! Love the tone on tone on your second also!! And your third, is just super charming!!

As for weather, we're experiencing the same. Even had rain last night and today. LOVE all the changes!! No monotony here. :)

Charlene said...

WOW...they're all gorgeous but that first one is absolutely stunning!!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the one in river rock, black & white. I have always loved the color combo. I like the BG and texture on your card.

Joanne (jojot) said...

each and everyone is beautiful...especially like the bold blue and black of the first.....

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