I took a very short break from challenges to make a few swaps, including this Ketto card for my friend Michele's Ketto card swap on Splitcoaststampers. Michele & I knew each
I decided to use the same materials and layout to complete a challenge as well as a swap for another good friend - DJ. 'Deej' recently opened a fun new swap featuring Riley and Sophie, the moose from Hanna Stamps! My mom and I practically squealed in delight to get to ink up our ever increasing Riley and Sophie collection! I used Ballerina Sophieto create this card for the swap. I colored her with my Copics, set her upon a nest of Nestabilitie'd Ovals, and mounted them onto a Cuttlebugged, pink, card blank. I added some coordinating ribbon from American Craft and double stacked some Primas and a brad to complete the card. But ...I wasn't satisfied with it like that, and was about to scrap the entire card. Until I added the tiny dotted trim on the white oval and the outer edge of the card. Then I decided to add tiny white accents with my milk pen on the burgundy oval. Finally, I glittered it all up - including the flower- with my clear stardust pen! I LOVE the way she came out! I'm so glad that DJ opened this swap! She ROCKS!
So when the challenge to create an invitation using any Hanna Stamp came out, at the same time I needed to make invitations for Annabella's First Ballet recital I figured the stars had finally aligned! I created the same card, with a few small changes! I eliminated the large stacked Primas, and the bold doted ribbon, and replaced them by threading in a fine, pinstriped, pink ribbon. I topped it with a computer generated sentiment, which I cut out with a scalloped Nestie, affixed to a scalloped oval disk of burgundy cs. I finished then with a mini Prima and a mini brad and the matching treatment as the main oval of tiny dots.
Another fun Hanna challenge was next on my list! I needed to make a card for a coworker or other pro. So I was again laughing maniacally when I chose a new professional to make a card for... a Stripper!
I used Busted Hanna, paper pieced her to eliminate her tie and to leave her shirt open to expose her...uhh...attributes. I inked a faux brick 'wall', & sketched in mortar marks. I double mounted a black 'window' & put glittering 'lights' around the edges of the 'glass'. I freehand wrote 'Girls! Girls! Girls! on the 'glass' & attached it to the 'wall' I put my paper pieced Stripper in front of the window, & added the double mounted sentiment. Then I glitzed & blinged up her outfit until I felt it befit a woman of her profession. Due to all of the glitter & bling it took me NINETEEN tries to get a picture! Hope you can imagine the super glittery outfit without being able to see it well in this picture!
Another of the MFT Idol Challenges was to make a card using a floral set from MFT. I chose this new set, Spring Sprouts and made this fun, bright card for my daughter. This stamp set reminded me of my childhood as well as some of the cartoons, ads, and fashions of the 60's and 70's. Thus, I added the green CS 'grass', by folding over a strip and clipping the grass blades like I did way back in grade school. I added the faux stitching around the edge, popped up the sun and the sentiment and affixed a solid yellow button to the center of the sun for more dimension.
I created the next two cards for Wendy's Cookies, Cake, and Cupcake Swap on Splitcoaststampers. I'm looking forward to meeting her, and maybe even getting to stamp together sometime soon since we live pretty close to each other here in North Carolina! I have a third card spot in the swap, but accidentally deleted it from my camera before I could upload it tonight!
This card featuring Cake Riley by Hanna Stamps was a simple & easy card to create, despite all the layers I used. It is difficult to see how sparkly Riley & the cake are in this picture, but after coloring them in with my Copics, I also added shine with my Spica pens. The lovely brown DP is made by K & Co. My base/layering CS was from my good friend, Yoorah & is made by PaperTreyInk. The Prima added the perfect shiny touch. The satiny ribbon was part of a lovely Birthday gift from my friend Michele, & is made by May Arts. The Rick Rack ribbon is made by Offray. The sentiment is made by Stampin' Up.
This is the last project I made and it
garnered me a top ten spot in the MFT Idol Judges competition this past week! I made this Gardening Journal using the Spring Sprouts set from MFT, along with some of Stampin' Up's new In Colors, DP by Frances Meyers, Nestabilities, & some coordinating ribbon by American Craft, and Offray. The pages inside the journal have sections for comments, seed calendars, planting info, gardening layouts, even a space to insert photos from your garden! Wouldn't you love to have one of these?
Well! I'm amazed that you are still reading at this point! I know this has been a REALLY LONG entry on my blog, and truly appreciate your interest in what I've been up to. As a thank you, I have some blog candy that I will give to one of the people who comment on this entry in the next seven days. You can enter up to once a day for the next seven days, for a total of seven chances to win! Good Luck! Oh...and the blog candy? It's the Garden Journal pictured above of course!
Much love to all of you! Scrappy