Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Couple of Challenge Cards

Well, now that I'm a 'working woman' I won't be able to post everyday like I have been. I really enjoyed my first full day of work yesterday, but, it was quite the work-out! We spent the whole day unloading big heavy boxes and reloading them or moving them to another location as we began setting up the new store. My legs and arms were really feeling it by the end of the day! But the good news is that I lost 2lbs in one day! That's a rarity for me! LOL!

So for today's post I'm going to show you a couple of cards I made about a week ago. The first card I made for a design contest I entered where they wanted you to make a card using mostly die cuts. I used the Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss Flower Die for the large flower. I sponged the edges with 'More Mustard' ink and the flower center with 'Close to Cocoa' ink. The tag is also a Cuttlebug die, and I hand-cut the stem. The Bee is a Sizzix Die. The background is stamped in 'Brocade Blue' with the retired Stampin Up! Background Stamp 'Stitched'. The Card stock Colors are Brocade Blue, White, So Saffron, black, and Wild Wasabi.

The second card I made was for a sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers. This was probably one of the more difficult sketches they have had in a while. Because I didn't see much room for an actual image, I used a die cut by Cuttlebug in place of a stamped image, and lots of patterned paper from "The Pet Stack' by DCVW. The sentiment is from the retired Stampin Up! set 'So Very'. I sponged the kitty with 'Chocolate Chip' ink. Other card stock colors used are: Wild Wasabi, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, and Naturals Ivory.

Have a wonderful day! I'm back at work tomorrow, hopefully we can start unpacking the 'goodies' and loading them on the shelves! Yippee!


  1. Both are cute cards ... I'm going to miss your daily posts but understand completely!

    WOW ...2 lbs. in one day ... maybe I need to go back to work ... let me think about that ... okay I've thought about it ... NO!! LOL!!

    So glad the job is working out for you ... and you get a discount too ... cool!!

  2. Fab card I have just been reading about your garden and house, it sounds like you are in the country! so do you get a problem with deer and if so what plants do you grow that they do not eat!!

  3. These cards are so precious! I was just thinking what a wonderful thing it is to make beautiful things. Even if cards aren't nature, they are beautiful, and so many cards are direct reflections of nature. Here's a nice quote that I found:
    "Every experience of beauty points to [eternity].
    ~Hans Urs von Balthasar.

    This quote comes from a book I'm reading that addresses the effects of beauty. It is wonderful that you are reflecting God by creating beauty just as he has.

    Love you!

  4. Ohhhhhh, I totally need that cut and emboss flower die. It's toooo cool!!

  5. These are both great cards. I like the embossed flower petals on the first card and the kitty theme on the second.

    How about that? You get a job and a workout program all in one!


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