Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Couple Contests

Today I'm sharing with you a couple cards I made for some blog contests.

This first one is for Taylor's cupcake sketch challenge, here. As her expression goes, "You don't have to use cupcakes for the challenge, but if you got 'em, why not use 'em!" Well I looked and I guess I don't really got 'em! (Although, I really want the Hey There, Cupcake set by Stampendous.) Anyways, I thought these Elzies were just as cute as cupcakes!

I started by stamping the Elzybells image and coloring it in with Prismacolors and Gamsol. The circle was cut out with my Coluzzle and the mat was punched with a Giga Marvy punch. I wanted to make it *pop* a little so I pierced around the punch-out and adhered some Dew Drops around the frame.

For the base of the card, I chose some Basic Grey paper from the Blush 6x6 pad, (I had colored my Elzies to match) and after it was glued down, I scored two lines on each side with my new toy, the Scor-Pal. I stamped the sentiment with a Studio G alphabet and then added some polka dots to it with the fine point end of a Regal Rose marker. It was then punched with a Word Window punch. For the finishing touches, I added a brad to the sentiment and tied around this fun polka-dot ribbon. I think I'll send this card to my sister, to let her know I'm thinking about her!

My second card was made for a mojo sketch challenge over at Julee's blog, here. I knew I wanted to use this cute little owl, so at first I stamped him and then picked out some markers to color him in. On my GP cardstock, the markers looked awful. So I got out some watercolor paper, and found that the difference was amazing! No streaks on the watercolor paper!

I also tried to add in the Splicoast Ways to Use It challenge to use wire. My idea was to make this little guy a branch to stand on. It took a couple tries to get it to look right...but I think it turned out really cute! If you're wondering how I attached it, I just stuck the ends onto some Zots glue dots and covered the spot with the flower.

Again, I cut out the circle with my Coluzzle and then matted it with a Giga Marvy scalloped circle punch-out. I really liked the piercing from before, so I added it to this one as well. Then I started on the background. The bottom layer is just one of the plain color sheets from the Basic Grey Sultry pack. Then I layered on the Summer Sun that had been embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. Some more fun polka-dotted ribbon, a scalloped border made with my corner rounder, and the marker-highlited sentiment rounded out the layout requirements. For fun, I added a line of Dew Drops to the bottom, as well as one for the flower center, and two clear drops for the owl's eyes.

Supplies for card 1:

Elybells Hugs stamp by A Muse, Studio G alphabet, Versafine onyx black ink, GP white cardstock, Cool Carribean cs, Creamy Caramel cs, Basic Grey Blush 6x6 patterned paper, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Lily Pad Dew Drops + Zots, paper piercer, American Crafts ribbon, Scor-pal, Word Window punch, silver brad, Regal rose marker, Coluzzle and Marvy Giga scallop circle punch, pop dots.

Supplies for card 2:

Just Celebrate SU stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, SU watercolor paper, Pumpkin Pie cs, Summer Sun cs, Creamy Caramel cs, Basic Grey Sultry 6x6 patterned paper, SU markers in Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, and Really Rust, brown wire, Coluzzle and Marvy Giga scalloped circle punch, paper piercer, Making Memories paper blooms, Lily Pad Dew Drops, Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder, American Crafts ribbon, Word Window punch, pop dots.