Monday, November 21, 2011

Lazy, Lazy!

I must admit to laziness occasionally when it comes to posting my creations to my blog.  I'm pretty good about uploading them to my Splitcoaststampers' gallery.  Sometimes it's all about lack of time to keep up with both and sometimes I honestly wonder if it's worth all the work to maintain a blog.  My days just get away from me with all the things to do, and I just don't get all the time I'd like to visit and comment on the blogs of my stamping friends.  If I've missed yours lately, I do apologize.  Too bad I don't have a Mini Me who I could assign this task to---ha!  ha!  Seriously, I know how much I value the input I receive, so I really do try to support my blogging friends as much as possible.  Anywhooo, here are three creations I've made in the past couple days.  I've also been designing some clean and simple gift sets for a customer that I'll share with you soon.

First up is a very clean and simple (CAS) card I made for submission to the Winter CAS design team.  Our challenge was to use designer paper and ribbon.  I stamped my butterfly onto this pretty polkadotted designer paper and punched it out with my butterfly punch.  I added the 1/8" black/white tafetta ribbon for it's body and silver cord for the antennae.  This card is actually one of five that I made for one of the gift sets I referenced above.  (Stamp set used is Flight of the Butterfly by Stampin' Up).

I love the challenges at Splitcoaststampers as they help to get my creative juices flowing.  My friend, Joan, challenged us technique lovers to make a card using snow.  I went with a gray tone card with just the one splash of color for the tree in front.  In real life, it sparkles and has a soft glow to it.  I stamped the images in Going Gray and sponged Going Gray and Basic Gray for the sky.  I used Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter for the snowy hills, and added red stickles for the ornaments on the green tree.  I also used icicle stickles for the roof top and some of the falling snow in the sky.  (Stamps used are The Moose is Loose Kittie Kit and Christmas Phrase Set by Rubbernecker).

My third card is one I made as a guest designer for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  We were given the colors of Marina Mist, Pear Pizzaz, and Blushing Bride with a dessert option to make a Christmas card.  Well, I obviously forgot about the dessert option, but I suppose I could still use this for a non-traditional Christmas card.....maybe????   I had to substitute Blush Blossom for Blushing Bride. I did add just a hint of Pink Pirouette to my Blush Blossom watercoloring because Blushing Bride looks like it has more of a pink cast to it. I also don't have Pear Pizzaz so I used a mixture of Certainly Celery and Old Olive to get as close to Pear as I could. I used Glossy Accents on the Embrace bloom after I was done watercoloring.

You may have noticed that these cards are all pretty clean and flat.  I'm trying to be better about not adding too much bulk to my cards because they are easier (and less expensive) to mail that way.  (Stamp set is used an oldie, but goodie called Embrace Life by Stampin' Up).

That's it for now as I need to get some beauty sleep.  Thanks for visiting and your comments.  I really do appreciate them!


Joanne (jojot) said...

wow, WOW, WOWZA.....three beuaties...each so unique and equally fabulous....you are a rocking those chaqllenges

I know how you feel about the lack of time.....I can't seemt o get time to stamp lately.....I am commenting tonight as I woke up at 2 AM and just couldn't get back to sleep....so figured I'd spend the wee hours of the night catching up on some blogland posts.....

I too LOVE the challenges and hope to get to more of them soon....good luck on the Winter team submission

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

it seems all i have lately is time - go figure! love the cards - especially the butterfly and may have to case it if you don't mind.

sheesh, i started out 3 yrs ago at SCS and now i'm rarely there. i really should drop in because deep down i miss that place - lol.

otherwise... how the heck r ya? i saw you over at SISTERHOOD and then there you are - visiting me - now how fabulous is that?

anyway, it's so good to see you. hope all is well and i wish you and yours a truly blessed holiday season.

hugs :)

Benzi said...

Charlene, this is a trio of beautiful cards. You really do CAS well. LOVE the Christmas card and your lovely card for the color challenge.

Oh, I know what you mean about the time spent with all the uploading. But, I do enjoy it so much. However, it does seem as if my day is gone before I get started. Just not enough time to do all I want.

Hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family....and, of course, good food.

Judy Rozema said...

Goodness, what a trio of beauties here!! The CAS just blows me away. I have such a hard time with CAS and how to make it look good, but simple! Yours is DA BOMB! And the snow scene is just lovely!! I need to try my KK - I just told Fran that I am skeeered! And the Embrace Life set is one of my favorites of SU! Lovely work, all!

We never have enough hours in our days, do we? I love coming to your blog and seeing what you have made! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Cook22 said...

That CAS butterfly is fantastic - such a creative use of ribbon! And Embrace Life is one of my favourite sets, I always like to see it. I think, reading your post, that I am confirmed in my abstinence from the colour challenges, LOL - too much work for me to work out what is close to which SU colour!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family for tomorrow.