Virtual Stamp Night!!!
Are you ready for this? There are a total of 9 cards that I completed over the weekend. Even after being gone pretty frequently. Amazing. 8 of those cards are for the VSN challenges over at SCS. The other was a Wish RAK February card contest. So, let's get started, shall we?
First up: the challenge was to use something new that you haven't used before. Everything but the cardstock must be new. So, I just got this Sizzix die from SU and I LOVE this thing! It's so versatile and just plain beautiful. One of my favorite color combinations is black and white and this die just fits perfectly for that. The white cardstock is actually a shimmer cardstock. I just bought this ribbon and the fibers recently and hadn't even opened them until I did this card. Amazingly, the fiber and the ribbon matched each other perfectly even though I bought them both at different places and times.
Next Up: The challenge was to make a monochromatic card. We were only allowed one neutral of white or vanilla. So I had a lot of fun with excessive and maybe even ridiculous amounts of pink. This card also features some things I haven't used or haven't used very much. I used my new border punch to do the eyelet edge and the dandelions are glittered with Martha Stewart glitters I've had for a while but not done much with. It may have been better without the glitter, but, hey, a little bling is always nice, especially with this much pink. LOL. The butterflies are from Dreams du Jour and the sentiment is from small script. The dandelions are from Happy Harmony. I can't even begin to tell you the names of all the pink colors. the inks however are pink passion and and regal rose (I think).
Card #3: This challenge was to use the split negative technique. I LOVE this technique and the card itself. I took the scraps from the first card when I made the die cut and used them in the background here. This is also on shimmer white cardstock. It's a very simple card. The butterfly is from God's Beauty and it is just perfect for this technique. This one did take some doing to get the placement just right, but I won in the end. mwahahah. Two way glue is a girl's best friend here. LOL.
Card #4: This was a card to make with the help of a child and was to feature things you love. So I made my 3-year old's hand print in red ink on the red paper. Now, for those of you who have ever tried to craft with a 3-year old, you can truly appreciate the mess that came next. I mean, honestly, what was I thinking?!!! Oh, well. Nothing a bath and a lot of ink remover can't cure. Anyway, back to the card. The other part of the challenge was to use a heart, a circle and a square on a standard size card. Since red is mine and my child's favorite color, there is a lot of red on here. My DH loves navy blue, but it just didn't look right on this card. So the background square is chocolate chip, which come to think of it is a definite favorite of his especially in the form of cookies. I made the hand print make and impression on the heart. Kind of symbolic. Then in the circle I took people out of the All in the Family set and put one for each member of our family in there.
Card # 5 This was a card that was all about chocolate. The hostess gave us several choices with color combo challenges and we were to pick our favorite kind of chocolate and use that combo. I love dark chocolate so I chose that one. It was close to cocoa, apricot appeal, and cameo coral. An absolutely beautiful color combination. This one also uses some new things I haven't gotten around to using yet. Sounds like I have a lot of new things lately, LOL. Shhh...Don't tell DH. :D Well, this on uses my butterfly dies from SU, a cuttlebug embossing folder (the name of which eludes me at the moment), and a new stamp set from Unity Stamps called Something Within.
Card #6 Now this is the one that is for the February Wish RAK card contest. I had a lot of fun with this one. The dog I got as a wish RAK and thought he was so cute and would go perfectly with my Cowboy Kid set. So I looked up a sketch (brain too fried at this point to come up with one on my own, LOL) and found a sketch challenge over at SCS and the sketch number is SC207 if you want to look it up. I used some pretty yellow I had in my paper stash, old olive, chocolate chip, and really rust. The read was markered in. Turned out really cute!
Card #7 This was a fun and very quick card. The challenge was to use acetate to make a card. Seriously, this took about ten minutes tops to do! I used a wheel stamp I have that is a new one in the catalog and matches the always set. The butterflies on the side are from Butterfly of Happiness, and of course my new butterfly die. that's about it. I have no idea what color of green that is, but it goes well with the cameo coral paper. The sentiment stamp is a dollar stamp from Michael's.
Card #8 Here was a really cool technique I had seen but never tried. The challenge was to use the melted crayon background technique. Granted, this is a stinky one, but the results are amazing. The tutorial for this can be found at splitcoast stampers, as usual. I used metallic crayons and then added in some purples just for a bit of variety and it looks like a piece of shale or some kind of rock. Then I took my Staz-On and stamped the deer image on top of it, tore the bottom and put it all together. Now, this card still needs some kind of work, but I'm not sure what it might be. So I'm open to constructive suggestions to this or any other card on my site.
Card #9 Now this was a new technique to me. It makes awesome cards, but is a bit more involved than a regular card. The challenge was to use a joy fold card. You can find the tutorial over at splitcoast. It's not hard, just has more paper and steps. Again, I went a little overboard with the pinks, but it was fun. I especially like the pearl closures I came up with. the paper is the new Raspberry Tart paper, and I had fun once again with my new eyelet punch. ;) there are several pics with this one that shows how the card works.