Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dolce Stamps & Cards, CCEE Stampers & Pals Paper Arts Challenges

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!  I, like many of you, will be enjoying time with my family today.  However, I do have a couple posts to share with you beforehand.

First up, Edna from the Dolce Stamps and Cards Design Team challenged us to make a center step card.  You, too, can join us in this challenge and enter your card on the Dolce blog for a chance to win a gift certificate!!

I did mine using this adorable Merry Mouse image by Impression Obsession.

I colored this adorable mouse image with Copic markers.  I added lavender glitter to the small stripes on his scarf and dots of champagne glitter on the tree.  After I embossed the blue panel with a dotted swiss embossing folder, I went over the raised dots with a sanding block to whiten the dots so they appeared to be falling snow. 
Here's a list of the supplies I used:

Stamps:   Merry Mouse and May Your Celebrations sentiment by Impression Obsession
Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  White, We R Memory Keepers dp
Embellishments:   lavender and champagne glitters, white snowflake brads
Tools:    Copic markers, Big Blossoms and Classic Square Nestabilities, dotted swiss embossing folder, 3D Dots, sanding block

Next is my weekly CCEE Stampers challenge card.  Tosha has been doing a 4, 3, 2, 1 countdown for the challenges in November, and we are now on 1.  Tosha asked us to make a one-layer card.  I kept mine VERY clean and simple with this cutie-patootie snowman image from Close To My Heart, their So Sweet Seasons stamp set.

I heat set the image with white embossing powder.  Then I colored the image with light shades of gray on the snowman's body, blue for the sky, red for his scarf, and black for his eyes and buttons.  I used my Copic markers which did not resist the white embossing!  Cool, huh?  I framed the image with the rectangle frame from this same stamp set and then added the little "brrrr" sentiment.  Lastly, I put some Star Dust Stickles on the snow on the ground.  You can't see the sparkle in my photo, but it's there!

We'd love it if you joined us in our CCEE Stampers challenge.  Just go to our blog to get all the details and check out the fabulous one-layer creations from Tosha, Cindy, Frances, Shirley, and Joanne!

Last, but not least, is my submission to this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge to use pearls in our design.  I used pearls for the center of my poinsettia.  I also made this card for the Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoaststampers to use ribbon in a fancy way.  I did a ribbon weave around very vanilla cardstock.

I used Cherry Cobbler for my poinsettia (Spellbinder's die) and River Rock for the holly leaves and card base.

Thank you for stopping by and blessing me with your cyber friendship and comments!


wannabcre8tive said...

Charlene, I love this sweet little card. That little shivering snowman is so cute.

StampOwl said...

Gorgeous cards Charlene. No wonder that snowman is shivering with only one layer ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

Ellen said...

Love your center step card Charlene! The coloring pops terrifc job! Love the papers too!!
I have such a hard time with one layer cards! This cute card has inspired me to give it a try again! Have a marvelous day!

Julia Aston said...

Three lovely creations Charlene! love the center step card with that sweet little mouse - and your super CAS snowman card - your woven ribbon card is wonderful! you've been a busy stamper on Thanksgiving! Hope you had a nice turkey day!

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful holiday cards! Love that poinsettia!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Charlene, each and every creation is spectacular. Talk about eye candy! Love the variety of styles, and I must say that poinsettia and ribbon weaving on the last card is breathtaking!

Nina Dee said...

Such fabulous cards! Thanks for joining us at Pals Paper Arts! :)

Traci M said...

Gorgeous cards, Charlene!! Your ribbon weaving and poinsettia are so beautiful!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

they are all fabulous, but that last 'ribbon' one positively glows

Edna Morrisedie said...

Love the centre step card, the mix of papers with this images is just fabby, gorgeous image too!