Wednesday, February 15, 2012

thank you (sentiment embellie)

Three more cards for the CPS anniversary challenge!  Havin' a blast with this mega challenge.  15 cards to make before Saturday and I started late...

The first:

Based on sketch #45 from day 14:

Doesn't get more literal than this.  I kept it plain and simple to let the beautiful watercolored-with-markers Hero Arts image stand front and center.  Mounted on CS.  Added one strand of shiny twiny to mimic the grass and then a handmade red poppy.  I know a lot of people can't handle the combo of red and pink, but I happen to love it.

Red, pink and green are on the palette at Kathy's Lily Pad Challenge.

And I made it a "Hello" card and used Hero Arts stamps for their monthly challenge.

The second:

Based on sketch #118 from day 12:

This was a stretch of the imagination, inspired by Vicky's "Hey Chickie" card here.  My uncle had a rough year.  Lost his wife.  Moved out of their home.  He's finally in a place closer to his caregiver and I hope this card finds him happy in his new home tweet home.

I picked the colors from The Play Date Cafe's challenge #118:

Tip:  What to do with the ends of twine on your card front?  I glue them down with Glossy Accents and rather than adding another piece of CS inside to cover up the end (I have to pay airmail rates), I add a little heart.

My third card today uses the embellies as my "thank you" sentiment.  Based on sketch #5 for day 9, here it is:

Here is the sketch from CPS and the color inspiration from Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #16:


I love rainbows.  And these Versamagic chalk colors are so cool.  Not the standard RAL colors.  Before I started I pencilled a curve to follow when stamping.  I stamped with a small clear stamp which I curved on my acrylic block to match my pencilled curve. 

First I was going to punch the embellies as circles like in the sketch.  The sentiment would have been readable-er.  But I chose to punch butterflies.  Less text to read, but I love the light and airy feeling.

I'm not happy with the faux stitching around the edges - wrong color gray and old marker.  Why didn't I stitch it for real?  I overlooked that rounded edge piece in the sketch and didn't want to pull the card apart :( 

As they say, haste makes for ... suboptimal cards.

Thanks for visiting today.  Happy Valentine's Day.

Supplies Hi:
Paper: Neenah; CS American Crafts
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: markers, black Versafine
Tools:  edge punch EKS
Other:  twine, fabric flower

Supplies Home Tweet Home:
Paper:  CS American Crafts and DCWV, woodgrain PP Bringmann
Stamps: clouds Sassafrass; birdhouse/bird Inkadinkado; sentiment Technique Tuesday; inside EKS
Ink:  Aladine,  black Versafine
Tools:  die Spellbinders; corner rounder EKS
Other: twine Sew Sweet

Supplies thank you:
Paper: Neenah
Stamps: Artemio; sentiment SU
Ink: Versamagic; black Versafine
Tools:  punch Martha Stewart
Other:  satin ribbon, bling


Silvergirl said...

Such amazing cards! I just love them all!

Thanks for joining in my CPS challenge day! ~hugs

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh my word these are all awesome! Thanks for playing along on my day at CPS this week! (I think that's my fave one!!! LOL )

Ange Kelley said...

All lovely cards Maria. Thanks for playing alongwihus us this month.... Ange

Deb said...

Love all of these! You have a very versatile style! Thanks for playing my CPS Anniversary Challenge!

suzARTe said...

Such lovely cards, I love the red and pink combo and the water coloured image is just beautiful

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a great lot of cards! THe one you made for your uncle is sure to bring a bit of sunshine (literally and figuratively) into his heart. :)

THanks so much for playing with us at THe Play Date CAfe!

Jay Gee said...

Wow, you have been busy with this mega challenge Maria! LOL, it would take me much longer to make 15 cards :) You have done such a great job with all the cards and the challenges. Thanks for joining us at Jay Gee's :)

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