Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a super fun day with an offer from my publisher (Penguin NAL/Signet), for a 2014 Shelter Bay Christmas novella, then a Japanese sale for four books I wrote in the mid '80s, and finally learning that Moonshell Beach is spending its third week on the New York Times bestseller list! I celebrated with wine, lovely grilled prawns topped with lime cilantro butter, along with steamed asparagus and brown and wild rice. I did the cooking, which I love to do anyway, and it was even better not having to put on makeup or shoes to enjoy a yummy dinner, lol.
Now to the cards! This one is for my first time joining a MoJo Monday sketch challenge and I really enjoyed making it. Especially since it was one of the stamps I colored while on our trip to the Oregon Coast.The star paper is from Graphic 45, the small pumpkin paper from Basic Gray, and the polka dots are from Echo Park. The stamp is a Penny Black, and the paper brads are Candis popped with foam. I also put just a touch of Glossy Accent on the darker areas of the purple hat band to tie in with the shine of the brads. This is card #50 for Tartan Magnolia's 100 cards in 100 days challenge, so YAY, I'm halfway there!
This card was for a CASology challenge that called for designing a card around the word fruit.
This one was tricky for me, since even though I don't use a lot of embellishments, I discovered that deciding how to stamp on a blank white card is a lot trickier than it sounds. As you can see, I caved in and used a muted yellow cardstock from DCWV for a narrow border, but I still really like how it turned out and plan to try some more CASology challenges.
The stamp, which I colored with Copics, is from Mark's Finest Papers, as is the sentiment, and because there were no layers or DP paper distraction, the cardstock had to look beautiful by itself, so I used Mark's 140# Premium Heavy White. I'd planned to use foam squares to pop the image, but I make most of my cards for Operation Write Home and the raised branch and leaves turned out too delicate to make it all the way to Afghanistan, then back home to a loved one without getting ripped apart. So, I double stamped the image, cut both out and glued the layers together to give some the lemons some dimension. Card 100.51
Next to Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwndown Challenge to make a card of encouragement. This first card was inspired by the CASology card.
Again, the stamp, which I colored with copics and double layered, is the same one from Mark's Finest Papers, as is the sentiment and the cardstock. The border is DCWV. Card 100.52
This ship stamp and sentiment for my second encouragement card are both from from Impression Obsession, the paper is from Tim Coffey for K& Company, and the cardstock and ink are Midnight Muse from Stampin' Up. Card 100.53
This card is for Speedy TV's Sketch with a twist challenge #4, which presents a sketch, then requires an animal. So, since I'd colored this stamp at the coast, I went with five animals. :)
I LOVE this Penny Black Stamp and think the Penny Black sticker sentiment works well with it. (The red Copics on the toboggan, scarves and gloves look deeper in real life.) The paper's from North Country and the cardstock is Stampin' Ups' Cherry Cobbler. Card 100.54
This card, which was another stamp colored at the coast, was supposed to be for Speedy TV's Simple Solutions tree challenge, but life suddenly became distracting and I got confused about the deadline and missed it by a day. But I'm still happy with how it turned out and hope some hero's child will enjoy receiving it.
The cardstock is Cherry Slush from Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps; the stamp, which I colored with Copics, is from Penny Black, the papers are from EP and Creative Imaginations, the paper brads are from Candi, and I put a bit of Glossy Accent on the tree bulbs for a glassy shine. Card 100.55
This final card is another that missed the tree challenge. It was a nice change because I tend to make more kids' cards, which use brighter colors.
The two layers of cardstock are from DCWV; I also stamped the Stampendous! image and Unity sentiment with Versafine's Vintage Sepia on DCWV linen stock. The paper's from BoBunny's Forever Fall collection. Card 100.56
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