Wednesday, February 22, 2012

late for the party

I cruise the Internet taking notice of various challenges.  They roll through my mind over and over.  Keep me awake sometimes at night.  Then I get an idea.  Make a card.  And when I go to post I'm late to the party.

First example:

The Play Date Cafe challenge 119 was to use black and white with a splash of hot pink.  Was beyond me until I was flipping through my stamps last night looking for something else when this Martha Stewart set jumped out at me screaming "make me black and white and let the tulip be hot pink."  OK.  Seriously, probably the quickest card I've ever made.

Late to the party.

Remember this inspiration photo?  The last  Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger maybe.  Tuesday.  Unfortunately due on Sunday!

But, I decided to go with the "Chicletic" anyho.  I had thought about this Trigger photo awhile.  Knew if I touched it, it would be with distress inks.

 Then I saw the Simon Says Stamp challenge to make a tag (too late for this one too I just saw :().  And the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge to include N.Y., London or Paris.  And the girls at Lawnscaping want you to distress.  And CPS has another cool sketch that fits the headboard idea of the Trigger.

This Week's Sketch

OK, so this actually came together.  Girlfriend's bday approaching.  She likes to read.  Enter tag/card/bookmark.

Stamped tag with BG stamp using pigment ink and heat embossed with clear.  Applied Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  Stamped white CS with distressed harlequin BG and cut strip. Had to make my own Eifel Tower out of foam... stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black. 

Die cut the half-circle from gold hammered CS and stamped with ticket stamp using Stazon.  Applied letter stickers and teal (looks blue) seam binding.  Stitched it a few times with gold metallic thread (by hand - my machine won't work with it).

Distressed tag edges.  Applied Vintage Photo to edges.  Stamped with French text BG, Tim Holtz spots and some swirls.  Used bubble wrap to hit it with some white acrylic paint.  Added seam binding and ribbon to hole and tied with gold metallic thread.  Hung two beads on thread.

It's fully loaded.

Notice the blue around the top of the tower?  Tried to freehand it first, using an embossing pen.  For some reason the embossing powder didn't stick, thus the homemade foam stamp.  The blue?  Hey, it's a distressed card.  I don't care.

OK, so important question for you.  How do you keep track of challenges/due dates?

Supplies feel better soon:
Paper: Neenah,  pink unknown but cute embossed with hearts
Stamps: Martha Stewart, text WMS
Ink: pink Cats Eye; black Versafine
Tools:  clear embossing powder,sewing machine

Supplies  Paris tag:
Paper: Neenah
Stamps:  backgrounds CHF, Tim Holtz, Crafty Secrets
Ink: black Versafine and Stazon, Distress Inks
Tools: die Spellbinders, edge scissors
Other:  clear embossing powder, bling, metallic thread, seam binding, beads, letter stickers KI memories


Ruby said...

I often do this too, but I'm SO glad you decided to play! Your card for our colour splash is lovely! LOVE the circles, they look great! Your other card is really pretty too! Thanks for joining in the fun with us over at The Play Date Cafe!

Linda Elbourne said...

Glad you were n't too late for this party ... lovely work! Thank you for joining in with the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week!

lostinpaper said...

These are fantastic! LOVE your pink tulip in those fab circles!

Jennie said...

Lovely projects and great tag!!! Love how you used the CPS sketch and thanks for playing along with us this week :)

Denise said...

"... I hate lima beans and housework." Ha! Love it. I also love your card... so glad you decided to send it in a bit late because it is really lovely. The plaid circles are so original and eye-catching. We hope you will join us again soon in the Play Date Cafe!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hi! So glad you thought our colors at The Play Date Cafe meshed nicely with your Martha STewart stamps and you wanted to play along! I love that pink embossed tulip, and the stitching all 'round the card.

I keep track of challenges by using a notebook right next to my computer. Any challenges I always like to play in are listed by the day of the week that they begin on. And, if I've actually played along in something, or commented to win something, I log that onto a page with the ending date of that challenge/comment. Does this make sense? It's early, and I've not had enough coffee yet. LOL

Anyway, thanks for trying to play with us at The Play Date Cafe, and hope to see you in the new challenge!

Laurel said...

Hi there! I'm so glad you found so many challenges that inspire you! Lawnscaping being one of them! I love your first card with the splash of hot pink! So cute!! And your second project, the tag! WOW!!!!!! That's all I can say. It's fantastic! Thank you so much for joining us at Lawnscaping this week! :)

Jinny Newlin said...

Fabulous projects, Maria! LOVE that embossed tulip, framed by your plaid circles. So perfectly CAS, and yet so full of texture! LOVE! Thanks so much for using the PDCC color splash as your inspiration!

Alicia said...

What a fantastic card... the circles are brilliant. Nicely done! and thanks for playing along at The Play Date Cafe. :)

Julie Ranae said...

We're so happy you found our challenge over at The Play Date's ALWAYS better late than never when it comes to playtime! Your card is a terrific interpretation of 'splash'! Hope you are able to join us again...a new challenge goes live at midnight tonight!

Ardyth said...

Just found this and I adore it!

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