Friday, June 15, 2007

Caardvarks "Mix It" Challenge- Father's Day

The latest challenge over at Caardvarks is "Mix It." The challenge is to use patterned papers from three different manufacturers on the front of your card. I decided to submit the card I made for my husband for his first Father's Day.

Our son was born in September of 2006--I can't believe he's nearly 9 months old already, and he's cutting 4 new teeth all at once today! He's getting so big and has learned to wave and clap and loves to play peekaboo on his own now with anything he can hide his face behind. It's so cute to see him learn something new everyday.

For the front of this card, I chose a photo from when our big 9 month old boy was just a little newborn peanut in his Daddy's arms.

I printed the photo on vellum and mounted it using 3M Artist's Mount spray to a piece of "Father and Son" themed patterned paper. There are five layers of mat alternating between brown and blue patterned and solid papers behind the vellum photo. The card base is white card stock. I punched holes in the top of the card and used a white ribbon to embellish the top like I often do on invitations.

Patterned papers used:

1. American Crafts (the goods series): 2-sided dark chocolate brown, blue, and white large polka dot pattern. Reverse side is solid blue.

2. Frances Meyer: Light blue with small white polka dots

3. Masterpiece Studios (Stemma series): Pale blue paper with brown "Father and Son" themed script pattern

Solid paper used:

1. Making Memories (Watercolor Collection): Solid Dark Periwinkle

Time to submit!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Hello Bling Caardvarks Challenge

I made this card for Caardvarks Challenge 6. The challenge is to create a "Hello" card using Bling. I think I just may be hooked on using Bling in my cards and layouts after this challenge!

The card base is two squares of solid blue textured cardstock. I punched holes down the left side to bind the front and back of the card with ribbon. I use this binding technique to make brag books and scrapbooks, so I decided to try it out on a card and I LOVE the result!

I cut flower designs from a piece of patterned paper. Some are mounted flat and some are mounted with pop dots to give the card more dimension. I used blue and yellow glitter glue to add a little subtle Bling to the patterned paper cutouts. I added round blue and aqua rhinestones to the center of each flower cutout and one rhinestone dragonfly. I stamped and embossed "hello!" in white ink on the right side of the card.

Blues, greens, and aqua are so calming and pretty. Definitely my favorite colors. This card will be going to my aunt who loves dragonflies.

Time to submit my design!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Orange Card Challenge-"Just a Little Note"

I stumbled upon a great little card challenge blog called Caardvarks tonight and I'm so glad I did! There's an Orange Card challenge due by midnight PST tonight. At first, I thought, no way I have time to do this, plus, I'm not used to working with orange all! But, that's why they call it a challenge, right? I was up with my 8 month old anyway, so I began working on a design while he was still awake and started making the card once he was back to sleep. The first inspiration for my design that came to mind was stringed instruments because I play violin and viola. I love the vibrant, natural hues of orange, yellow, and red in the wood used to make these beautiful instruments!

I drew and hand-painted the violin with water color pencil on watercolor paper, and I tore and painted the edges of the water color paper and musical note patterned paper. The design is mounted on vertical striped patterned paper in different shades of orange and a base of solid orange card stock. I then hand-stamped and embossed the cover message"Just a Little Note." Over sized light orange brads frame the corners of the card.

Time to submit my design!