Friday Card Challenge

So it is the Friday before a long holiday weekend here in the states, and I’m so looking forward to it.  Everyone will be home Monday, which I love, and more importantly, there will be all kinds of grilling and backyard time as a family.  I am so excited.  I love long weekends like this where we get to embrace being a family.  And we get to do some awesome stuff with family friends who are very much like family, which makes the weekend even more exciting.

So I figured before my husband sneaks home from work and the fun begins, I would sneak in here and get a few images out.

IMG_3512IMG_3514IMG_3519The #watercolorwithprima 30 day challenge is still going strong.  I am a day or so behind at the moment, but that is the next thing on my agenda, a little watercoloring.  One of these I like a lot, one I think had some potential, but got lost along the way, and the third I’m not crazy about.  I won’t point out which is which, and just let you figure it out for yourself.  I am however learning a lot, and lets be honest, that is often the best reason to do these challenges.

I am starting another 30 day challenge today, one I will share with you possibly at a later time, but this one is a little more private since it pertains to my faith, and I do not usually feel the need to post my faith artwork since that is between me and my maker.  However, I may break this pattern and share some of my work, because I hope this next challenge really expands some of my knowledge.

On that some note on the 5th of July the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from the very talentedchallenge_graphic-July16_notaking-650-1 Kathy over at The Daily Marker starts.  The rules are simple…find a way to color for thirty days.  If you’ve never heard of the challenge I throughly suggest you take a peak at it.  I’ve done it once before and really had fun, and learned quite a bit looking at other people’s work.  I really suggest you join in on the fun.


pp301Today for the card challenges we have a nice line up.  Up first we have a fun little sketch challenge from the gals over at the The Paper Players.  It is one of those sketches that is just screaming for the use of lots of printed paper.

I need a little card for my son.  He’s going through a rough patch and

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always seems to delight in a little hand written card (which I love since he is the ripe old age of 10 and frankly should be too old and cool for his mother’s cards), so I made this card think specifically thinking of him.  I pulled out my Hero Arts stamp pack and stamp out the little mom and baby owl stamp.  I colored them in with my Copics, trying to make it clear the big owl was a girl, and the little one a boy (I think I did this).  Then snagging three different shades of printed paper and trimmed them up, die cutting the circle from my Little B die set.  I adhered everything and then stamped out the sentiment from the same stamp pack.  I hope this card makes my little man smile, since he does always make me.


Sketch2015-001-1-232x300Up next we have a great little challenge from the sleuths of design over at Can You Case It.  This week they are asking for a die challenge, or in other words a project using all kinds of our favorite dies.

I need a little birthday card for my youngest child’s best friend’s birthday

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so I pulled out my princess fairy tell die set from Spellbinders since the birthday girl is a bit of princess (in all the right ways) herself.  I couldn’t find paper that would do what I wanted to do, so I made my own paper (sort of).  I grabbed some tarnished brass Distress Paint and painted it out on some card stock.  Then I die cute several images on it.  Next I grabbed a bit of hickory smoke Distress Paint and brushed pewter Distress Paint, and mixed them up and covered card stock again.  Then I die cut out more images.  Finally, using a bit of spun sugar and abandon coral and painted that out.  On top of that paint I scrapped on some Distress crazing medium and let it do its thing.  I cut out the carriage from this paint chip and layered it on the wheels.  Then using a My Favorite Things die I cut out a window in some manilla card stock.  I blended on a few shades of blue Distress Ink and flicked it with water.  Finally I assembled the whole thing, adding some green paper to make the grass, and a bit of pink ribbon for the wand.  I added lots of shinny crystals all over the card, because what little girl doesn’t love all kinds of crystals.  I wish I had used a different type of card stock for the manilla piece, because the color just doesn’t work.  However, I think my daughter’s friend will like the card none the less.


52CCT25-16Finally today we are dipping into the holiday spirit here in July with a stash/technique challenge from the holiday elves over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week they are asking for triple time stamping and add a brad or two (or three).

Now I didn’t know what triple time stamping was, so of course I

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had to look it up.  It is needless to say stamping one image, but having it layer three different times.  I pulled out an Inkadinkadoo holiday stamp set and stamped out my images.  Then I colored in the whole thing with my copics.  Here was the tricky part.  I pulled out a square die set from My Favorite Things and die cut out two squares.  I backed everything with a little card stock and built back up the layers.  Then I added a few brads so it looked like they were what was holding the thing together.  I am so grateful for this challenge this week, because now I know a really cool new technique.


That’s all for today.  I hope those of you here in the states have a great forth of July, and those else where in the world have a great weekend.  I’m off to watercolor and then gorge on grilled food.  If you get the time this weekend, spoil yourself and make something you find pretty.

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