Sep 6, 2007

Blogger's Challenge Week 11




This week I actually didn't "whine" about the sketch challenge although I did "alter" it a little. For this weeks challenge we were to use the layout from Pg. 12 of the Holiday Mini Catalog (Star Card).

You can view that sketch on Stampin'Up!'s website.

I actually did 2 cards this week!
For Card #1 I wanted to do a Fall/Autumn theme so I chose the Apple Cider designer series paper from the Holiday Mini for the color scheme. I started by tracing a leaf on some chipboard and cutting it out with an X-acto knife then glued on a piece of textured Really Rust card stock that I stamped the Sanded background stamp on. I stamped the 2 small leaves (Great Impressions) with Rust ink on River Rock cardstock & then embossed the word "Hello" from Autumn Leaf Prints (now retired) with a Garden Green stampin spot & embossed with clear EP. I punched that out with a 1" Circle Punch and layered it to a 1 1/4" Circle of Garden Green that I pierced with the Crafter's Tool Kit. I added a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware, a Old Olive Brad and tied on some Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon.

My card base: Really Rust, followed by a layer of Garden Green that I stamped the Sanded Background on in Garden Green ink. Then I layered my 3 pieces of designer paper on slightly larger pieces of River Rock card stock. I ended up tying my bow at the bottom of the card instead of the top because I did an "OOPSIE" at the top and had to cover it up with my leaf so there wasn't room to put the bow at the top of the card. I added 2 small leaf charms on the side to complete the card.
For card #2 I used: Real Red Card stock followed by a layer of River Rock stamped with the Linen BG stamp in Old Olive ink. I used the "Dashing" designer paper mounted on Old Olive and added 2 Real Red brads to one side. For my focal point I punched a Giga Scalloped oval of Real Red dotted with a white gel pen. Then I layered a Mega Oval of Old Olive stamped with the Linen BG stamp on top of that. I bought a bunch of little wooden ornaments from JoAnn fabric last year and never used them so I thought this would be the perfect way to show them off so I used one of the little Santa Images. I tied a bow of Olive Green ribbon (May Arts) at the top this time. I did add the sentiment (Perfect Ending - retired) at the bottom right corner which wasn't part of the sketch but I like how it turned out.

So there you have it for this weeks challenge. Don't forget to check out all the other great blogs to see what everyone else came up with for this challenge. They are listed on the right side of my side bar under Blogger's Challenge Group.

21 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow...fabulous cards. Like I told Lisa, I feel like such a slacker because I only did one card! Love all of the dimension of your cards.

Lynn Mercurio
http://stamperosity.blogspot.com

Stefanie said...

Great cards Ida! I especially love the autumn one. What a great idea to trace a leaf on chipboard!!

Connie said...

Love both your cards, Ida! You chose Dashing, too!

Connie

Basement Stamper said...

You definitely outdid yourself this week, the cards are great!!!

Jane said...

Awesome, Ida! Also love the Papertrey Card below!

Lori said...

Both cards are great!

Pat Huntoon said...

Both cards are great!

Lisa Bohler said...

I like both cards!!!

Lisa said...

Both card look great Ida

Julie Campbell said...

Love your altered sketch! It looks great! I love fall!

Sheryl said...

Both cards are great. I like the leaf in the upper right corner too--layout works well that way too.

debbiedee said...

ahhhh my computer likes this much better. Ü
I love both of your cards!

Leigh said...

Terrific cards, Ida. I especially love the Christmas one! Great job.

Lila H said...

I love that little Santa!!! great samples.

tonistamps said...

Love your cards Ida! Especially the fall one...I so wanted to do a fall with those papers, but couldn't think of something cool enough. You hit it right on!

Barbara said...

WOW!!! Glad I don't have to choose a favorite, because they are both wonderful! LOVE them both!! Fun challenge, wasn't it?!!

Summerthyme Studio said...

I really like both of your cards. They are really cute and I like the scallop Oval as a base for the little ornament. At first glance, it looked like paper tole!

Vicki

astampingteddy said...

WOW you did 2 cards this week! The are both great, but my personal favorite is card #2, the santa is just too cute!
Claudia

joslyn said...

cute cards! i like both.

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

totally cute cards! I like your fresh take on the layout.

Lauren (mytime) said...

I dont think I saw this last week! Awesome job. Love the leaf one-genious!!!