Monday, March 31, 2008

Caardvarks Purple Snurple Micro Challenge


Here's my card for the Caardvarks purple challenge. It was an idea I've been meaning to make for awhile, so I made it with purple paper to make it suitable for this challenge. The flowers are a $1 Michael's rubber stamp I colored with chalk. I think it's a perfect card for spring, and it will make a lovely Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law. I'll probably end up making another one like it to put in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Caardvarks Homegrown Card Challenge


The current Caardvarks challenge is to design a card with fruits or veggies on it. Part of the prize for this challenge is a guest card designing spot at Itty Bitty Scrap Shack, so I had to give it a shot. I'm also using this challenge to start building up my supply of cards for the upcoming EtsyGreetings Mother's Day promo. Mine barely qualifies for the fruits & veggies category, but there are strawberries on that ribbon! I know I'm not being very modest, but I LOVE this card. The red and green are one of my favorite color combinations, and the ribbon I found at Michael's is too cute. I've already made another for my mom, and this one is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My Creative Rut and the Caardvarks Transportation Challenge



The newest Caardvarks challenge is to make a card with a transportation theme. This was a tough one for me since I am in a creative rut. I should be totally inspired with the impending arrival of spring and the holidays it brings--Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, showers, birthdays. . .but I'm not! I was able to come up with two cards suitable for the transportation challenge. Card #1 is made of ivory cardstock and a sage green patterned paper. I used textured cardstock to make something that resembles a truck (complete with button wheels) hauling a birthday gift. Card #2 is made of green cardstock and some some stickers I found in the $1 bin at Target. I stamped "happy, happy, happy, happy birthday" in blue ink, and my stamping really needs some work--it's far from perfect! Oh, well. These cards would be nice to celebrate a little boy's birthday.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Caardvarks "Just Say No!" Micro Challenge


I have been participating in the Caardvarks card challenges for about six months now, and I absolutely love them. They always get me thinking in a different way, and I'm able to create cards I never would have come up with on my own. The current challenge is a one day challenge to create a card WITHOUT using patterned paper. Is this even possible? After some thinking, I was able to come up with this card. I made it using leftover strips of textured cardstock (I knew I was saving them for a reason) that I machine stitched to a piece of white cardstock. I then stitched that cardstock to a white card. I didn't want all the zig-zag stitching to show through on the inside of the card. I apologize for the poor picture--not much sunshine today! Making a light box will be my next project, and hopefully it will greatly improve my photographs.