Thursday, June 12, 2014

22 to go (CTS, Iron Craft, MIM,Colour Q)

Someone please tell me again why card challenges are only open for a week??? Seems I just saw this sketch at CTS, thought "oh cool, I like that" and today it's already closing!


Miss Ellie got spayed yesterday morning (poor groggy thing) and my day was crazy just watching/helping her. But I snuck down to the basement in the evening ;)  I made six cards. SIX. I'll keep it short.


Let's just call this first one Swiss Cheese. What can I say? Everyone was doing rectangles so I had to do circles! 


I'd remembered a great 12x12 paper pack (Seen and Noted by Pebbles) I'd won last year and pulled it out to combine with some bright colored CS for "Swiss Cheese". So then I opted for the PP rectangles myself on #2. Put some vellum behind the die cut to tone down the PP.


So what else could cascade down the side besides rectangles?  How about party balloons? After struggling with their placement in a vertical design, I figured out it was much easier if I flipped the sketch ;) Added wispy strings to each balloon - fun IRL.


Make it Monday #168 was stuck in my cabeza, so pulled out the balloon stamp from Birthday Style, added some reinkers to two folded baby wipes and used it as a stamp pad to create this card. I heat embossed a stem from Garden of Life as the strings on this one.

TIP: Don't just throw away your baby wipe stamp pad - that would be such a waste ;) I pressed the ink blob to CS when I was done and die cut my sentiment from it. I also have two dry baby wipes waiting to be turned into flowers or something somewhere down the road.


And since my soon-to-be-released STAMPlorations stamps arrived in the mail yesterday and were screaming to be tried out, I grabbed the colors from Colour Q #245 (although I think looking at it on my PC now, the Starfruit color is more green - I thought it looked like yellow. Oops) and made this one. The theme of the July release is "birthday". Let me just say... sketchy, large word, wonky cake. Interested? Hop with us on June 26 to see all the stamps in action and maybe win some.

TIP: Or check out this deal here. STAMPlorations is offering the whole July release until June 20 at 30% off!


Bringing up the rear we have the oh-so-expected washi tape variation. I partially heat embossed a CHF BG on the front of my Soft Stone CS (nice stuff - NBUS) before adhering the washi and die cut. Although most of my washis are bright and bold, I went with nearly all neutrals for this card.

Done! I'm also joining the Iron Craft challenge #2 with a couple of these. I actually saw the sketch over there for the first time as part of the Inspiration Board from Mayuri's segment. That's where the B/W on the last card came from as well as the use of the turquoise/yellows in the first cards.












26 comments:

  1. Goodness! Too much eye candy! Your cards are all so COOL, Maria! I'm learnin' a lot from looking at your cards -- especially when you've got several in one post. I'm really, really, REALLY liking that party time die you have. And...card #5 is LOVE! Awesome the way you used one of the brush stroke stamps!

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  2. Maria! What a huge load of creativity in this post!! Amazing!

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  3. Oh...to pick a favorite...these are ALL so nice, Maria! I really love those baby wipe balloons...and the last B&W card is so striking! (LOVE the one piece of tape with the color...perfect!) They're all wonderful, though...thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. These are all super duper in different ways, Maria. You really show the versatility of the die! And all the different techniques should be in a magazine! Beautiful, all. Adore the dp balloons one, love the horizontal layout. Fun!

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  5. Maria, all of your cards are awesome. I can't pick my favorite, all of them are so pretty. I wish I had time to make 6 cards back to back. Do you mind sharing where the circle party time die. I love that die cut. Great job on the sketch, all 6 of them.

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  6. Wowzers, big time! Love every single one of these cards. Gorgeous colours, layouts and I love how clean and beautifully done everything is. Just wow!

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  7. WOW! All are AWESOME!!! Love, love, love!

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  8. What you have done with this sketch is absolute genius. I love every design, but my fav is the swiss cheese motif. I also love how you were able to whip these up so quickly. You are an inspiration. Blessing hugs, Teresa

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  9. Girl, you are on a roll! This group is fantastic! The swiss cheese card is darn clever, and my personal fav of this batch. That blue is soooo vibrant. Wonderful invitations! It's going to be one heckuva party! Bev

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  10. I certainly hope you were able to enter the challenge - all of these cards are amazing!! Nice work!

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  11. All such amazing creations and in one sitting? Awesome. Love your baby wipe stamping and so glad you suggested to keep the wipes! I was thinking the technique is such a waste. Hope Ellie is back on her feet quickly, and out of her cone? Thank you so much for sharing with us at the colourQ!

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  12. Wow, I can't believe you created 6 cards....you're a stampin' fiend! Love how you used the CQC colors in the one....actually, I love them all!

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  13. Love how you created 6 different cards using the same sketch and same die. My favourite was No.4 - until I saw No.6. There's something about that colour scheme, the pale neutrals and black with the pop of colours in the flower washi, just made me sigh.

    BTW - Tena Lady: helps to stop the tears from running down your legs when you LOL. Or sneeze. Or cough. LOL!

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  14. I hear ya, at least you got it done in time! I was shocked to see the next sketch up before I had the chance~hee! Your cards are wonderful Maria~love how you used the baby wipe.

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  15. Wow, what a great bunch of cards using that sketch. All so different but totally fabbo! Thanks for joining us at colourQ - and don't worry Summer Starfruit is definitely yellow!

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  16. Wonderful designs they certainly put me in the party mood.

    Hugs Diane

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  17. These are all fabulous. Looks like you had a great crafting session. I am curious about the party time die? Where is it from? Very cool.

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  18. Oh, these are all wonderful! I think the last one is my favourite! Great takes on the sketch!

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  19. wow How do u manage to make so many cards all together! I am usually stumped after two, max three :) and look at you beauty after beauty :)

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  20. Nice work! I love them all! I think all challenges should go 2 weeks:)

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  21. Maria...you are just one party girl with all your fabulous and fun cards!!!

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  22. What a lot of fun cards, expertly designed, Maria, I know you had fun making them! thanks for sharing your cards at the colourQ.

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  23. I'm speechless! Came to comment on your MIM challenge card- love the colorful balloons! Thanks for the tips re: the inked baby wipes. I didn't want to throw mine away so I stuck them in a baggy. Now I'm inspired to use them in Virginia's current challenge:)

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  24. Gorgeous cards! You are a creative girl... those balloons stamped with baby wipe "pad" technique look fantastic.
    Thanks for let us know about STAMPlorations.

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  25. WHOA!! These are all stupendously marvelous!! I'm quite taken with what you've done with the new STAMPlorations release...and my effort to exercise shopping restraint is ebbing...May have to dive in! Off to take closer looks at these gems, and then carrying on to see what's next. Can I just say that a 'full on Maria only' blog hop is a ton of fun!!
    ~c

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