Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More Challenge Cards

Serenity_May 2010



Every once in a while, I make a card I love. While it is nothing fancy (a different way of saying “simple”), it’s a pretty combination of paper, ink, stamps, ribbon, and a punched border and my take on Card Patterns Sketch 64.

The card base is 3-3/4 by 5-1/2 to accommodate the lace border. Everything else, I believe, you will understand from the following list of materials and tools. It’s a short one!

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Cocoa, and Sweet Leaf cardstock; DCWV Latte Matstack; Cocoa and Sweet Leaf ink pads; Verve Stamps Serenity stamp set; Papertrey Ink Spring Moss grosgrain ribbon; Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edger punch.





Candlelight_May 2010


This next card is my adaptation of CPS 67 as featured on the Card Positioning Systems blog. It also meets the criteria for this week’s theme, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys,” masculine birthday card challenge on the Our Creative Corner blog.

I used the Happy Birthday stamp from Close To My Heart’s Candlelight set to create a background for the candles. The candles and flames were stamped, cut out, and mounted to the card with foam tape. While I don’t usually use glitter on cards for guys, I didn’t think that adding Orange Peel Stickles to the flames would strip the card of its masculine appeal. The same goes for the not-so-feminine ribbon tied using a square knot.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Cocoa, Barn Red, and Ocean cardstock; Sarsaparilla paper packet; Cocoa, Sunny Yellow, Orange, and Bamboo ink pads;  Candlelight stamp set; Ribbon and brads from my stash; Orange Peel Stickles; 13/16-inch circle punch; Sponge dauber; 3M foam mounting tape.



Another good day for me. How about you? I am tired, however, and by no fault of my own. The phone rang at 2:30 am – a very sweet 97-year-old tenant with breathing problems – which resulted in a 911 call. I don’t know about you, but I don’t sleep well when there are police cars and an ambulance outside my front door. It was a couple of hours before things settled down again. And the tenant? She was home again before I went to work this morning. Obviously, whatever was ailing her was not serious. I am glad she is OK.

We’ll try the sleep thing again tonight. But first, I’m going to slip over to see what I can come up with for tomorrow. Enjoy your evening!

P,S. About yesterday’s post, I didn’t mean for my wisecrack to sound sarcastic. I truly appreciate being appreciated by my sons. And, I am so very blessed to be their mother. With beautiful (inside and out) women in their lives and the precious grandsons Cameron has brought into my life, my blessings have multiplied. It’s all good … very good, and I’m grateful.


Sheila H said...

Your cards are fantastic. I love the colors and sentiment on the first. And the birthday card is so very masculine, but still very beautiful - what a combination!

Sparkle said...

Such lovely cards!

Sharli said...

Both of them, totally winners!!! I love that first one - the serenity prayer is a favorite - and that paper is gorgeous. The colors, the edge (you're completely right - it's wonderful!) The birthday one is a hoot, too - no, not girly at all - fire is supposed to twinkle! ;-)

Sorry about your tenant - I know she is incredibly thankful to have you there for support. I know what you mean about not being able to relax after all that excitement though - yikes! Scrape me off the ceiling! LOL

Alanna said...

2 fabulous cards here Kathi. I love the colors and that punch on the first one. And of course that verse is just perfect.

I also love the second card. Great job with that stamp set.

Sorry to hear that your sleep was interrupted. Hopefully you didn't drag too much today because of it.

Jeanne said...

Two different, but equally fabulous cards, Kathi! I love the "feel" of both of them. Executed perfectly on both.

I'm sorry to hear about your tenant, but thankful all seems to be okay. I can just imagine how difficult it is to relax again after something like that. Let's hope it stays much more quiet and calm!

Monika Reeck said...

HI Kathi...cute Candle..and great brad on the corner...nice Ribbon too...I am joining also the CPS challenge would you mind to see my Blog, many thanks before, hugs, Monika.

whoistracy said...

Beautiful cards! I love the soft colors on the first one.

dstandard said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for playing at Card Patterns!

Lea L. said...

Very cute!! Love the birthday candles! Thanks for joining us at CPS this week!


Linda Beeson said...

You did such a neat job on both sketches, LOVE your take on the CPS sketch.