Hello my friends! I truly hope you are all doing well. I have talked to a few friends this week and we are all tired of having to social distant and not see our friends and family. I feel the same way but we still need to play by the rules until things are better. I know for myself, with the weather getting nicer, it definitely raises my spirits and makes things easier. I hope it is good that way for you as well!
Today I am going to share three cards from last weekend's Business Expo and Creative Party. It was an all day training and idea share. Of course we had to make some cards (which I posted on my Facebook page) and there were some challenges as well. The gal that hosted the training gave us three challenges to turn into cards. The first one had to have balloons and clouds, the second one was a sketch challenge and the third was a colour challenge. One thing about these challenge cards is that we only had about half an hour to make them and get them posted to the team site. It was definitely a challenge!
Here is my first challenge card:
I started with a Balmy Blue card base. I added a layer of Just Jade cardstock on top of this.
I cut a scalloped circle (from the Layering Circles Dies) out of some scrap cardstock. I added some Balmy Blue ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using our Blending Brushes. I used the scalloped circle and sponged the ink along the edge of the circle to make it look like clouds.
I then used the Balloon Bouquet punch to cut out some balloons from the Fine Art Floral DSP. I added these to my card front using dimensionals. I added the strings for the balloons using my Basic Black Stampin' Marker and just drew them. I added a bow using the Just Jade ribbon in the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack where the strings joined up.
I then stamped my greeting from Timeless Tulips stamp set onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I cut it out using a die from the All Dressed Up dies. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.
What I used for my first card:
Here is my second challenge card:
This challenge was a sketch challenge. We had to use the two rectangles at angles, the circle, the bakers twine tied into a bow and the thin sentiment.
I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing folder. On top of that I added my two rectangles of DSP from the Fine Art Floral DSP package. I wrapped a piece of white baker's twine around this and tied it into a bow. The bakers twine was from the Snail Mail Twine Combo pack.
I stamped a floral image from the Pretty Perennials stamp set onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Poppy Parade ink. I then cut it out using a stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies set. I added this to my card front using dimensionals. I added an Opal Round to the center of my flower to give it some pop. If you have not seen the Opal Rounds in real life, they are gorgeous. They are like our regular pearl jewels but with sparkles inside of them.
I stamped my sentiment from the Here's a Card stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a scrap of Basic White cardstock. I used my paper snips to cut out the sentiment. I added it to my card front using pieces of dimensionals on the ends and some adhesive where it attaches to the circle.
I attached my entire card front to a Poppy Parade card base using dimensionals.
What I used for my second card:
Here is my third challenge card:
This challenge was a colour challenge. We were to make a monochromatic card using only pink. We were also allowed to use either black or white along with our pink but not both. Of course I thought of my little Paisley. She loves anything pink. I will be sending this card to her.
I started with a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock for my card base.
I stamped the three different sized flowers from the Pretty Perennials stamp set using Melon Mambo ink on Melon Mambo cardstock. I used the corresponding dies from the Perennial Petals Dies set to cut out the flowers. I also cut the thin detailed images out from the Melon Mambo cardstock and attached them to their matching flower image.
I stamped my sentiment from the Pretty Perennials stamp set using Melon Mambo ink on to a piece of Basic White cardstock. I tied a piece of Whisper White Crinkled seam binding ribbon around this piece of cardstock and tied it into a bow.
I then added my various flowers using dimensionals trying to make a nice grouping. I added a pearl to the center of each flower. I attached my card front to my card base using dimensionals.
What I used for my third card:
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed these cards. It was a lot of fun to do these challenges. Even though we didn't have much time to make the cards, I am pleased with what I came up with. Have you ever tried a challenge like this? It really makes you think in a hurry. My challenge to you is to try a challenge if you haven't done one yet!
Stay well and keep creating!