Sunday, January 9, 2011

C-A-R-D-S Cards! Cards! Cards!

Anybody know that cheer ; )??
Just a little shoutout to basketball season, which is in full swing around here. I finally got the chance to break out some of the many MANY stamps I have purchased recently. I also played around with my new Cuttlebug (purchased with a Christmas gift card). I am kind of in love with the stamps and the look embossing gives the backgrounds.

For inspiration, I used a few of my favorite challenge sites. Many of these do not follow exactly, but they were the jumping off point, so I figured I would still share them.


{Typewriter Set- GS #69}


The herringbone background was an embossing folder I found way back in the Clearance section at Michael's. And I love him. A lot. You will see him again, for sure.

The background paper is brown with a blue core from Core-dinations, and I didn't do anything but emboss it. So cool how the core pops out like that!the stamp set is this one from Hero Arts. I love that sentiment, and the typewriter is the classic kind of image I could use over and over. I finished the card off with a scrap of blue ribbon I had leftover (maybe Making Memories?)


This second one is obviously the same design, and stamp set. I just wanted to play around with another embossing folder. Again, I love how the blue pops out of the brown.



{Winter Note Card Set-LawnScaping #1}

I was inspired to make these by a brand new challenge site, Lawnscaping Challenges. They use and promote Lawn Fawn Stamps, which I love but don't own a lot of. However, I had my 2010 calendar sitting on my desk and these images are two of my favorites, and they fit the winter theme-so I cut them out! I really, really love the simple classy look of these cards. Thanks to the folks at Lawn Fawn for the inspiration!


close ups:





{Butterfly Smile-GS#69}

I have had these butterfly stamps from Studio G since last fall, and I was jazzed to pull them out! The sentiment is a tiny stamp from Studio Calico.




{Winter White Note Card}- Get Sketchy #69, SPCC #81, Lawnscaping #1

What's that I see? Another embossed background?? lol This one is from Basic Grey and after I embossed it, I sprayed it with White Glimmer Mist. Tried to capture that in the picture, but it is soooo pretty in person. The SPCC color challenge included two tones of white with a pop of soft orange. Definitely not what I would normally use, I think it's kind of pretty and subtle.




{One Of A Kind Birthday Card}

This last one was not for a challenge, but for a very special girl's 10th birthday! She is a funny, silly girl-I thought she deserved an equally silly card. I kind of love these monsters. I have used them in all sorts of cards, always love the way they turn out. You can find them here.The patterned paper is a scrap of Cosmo Cricket. And the ribbon is American Crafts. Google eyes from my personal stash ; ).



And this is my niece Suzie, officially age 10!! Double digits baby!
That's it for now. Have to jump off and get ready for the work week. They are predicting snow here tomorrow......Am I too old to hope for a snow day?!?
Later,
Michelle


























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