Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Challenge cards!

I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by. It was busier than I had expected it to be. Saturday evening I went to a local pub to visit with a friend who was in town from Newfoundland. A whole group of us went because we have missed her a lot and wanted a chance to catch up. Normally, I'm not a pub person, especially when I don't know the majority of the group attending, but J. is worth it. The food &s service was far better than I remembered from the last time I was there, so that was a nice. And even better, aside from seeing J., I got to catch up with an old friend. 

The theme of catching up with old friends carried over into Sunday. I went out for a coffee in the afternoon (after guiltily staying home from church because I was tired from the night before. And ok, the hockey game that was on may have played a small factor, too) with an old friend, D. She's a little younger than me - we met a when I went back to university after a little sabbatical of sorts. It was fantastic to sit and catch up with her; I'd forgotten how easily we've always chatted.

The rest of the week has been full of crafty stuff and Bible study related stuff. I had my usual Tuesday morning group and I started a new one this afternoon. I did the coffee & a card drop in on Monday, though I haven't photographed that card yet. And I told D. I would teach a couple sessions at an art event the Women's Centre is doing in April, so I've been working on writing up the draft of my plan. Given that, I came up with some cards and did some challenges, to help me figure out what kinds of things I want to teach people. 

This first card is for the latest Wednesday challenge at Simon Says - Wedding or Anniversary and what I like about it is that it has simple layering.I actually found the stamped circle in my stash. The rectangle framing it is a wee bit big, I admit, even with the hearts. 

Next we have card for Addicted To Stamps & More - Holiday  This card uses an  embossing folder. I haven't decided if I want to get into those, as one of my focuses in the workshop is how to keep costs down. Once you get into owning something like a Cuttlebug or a Big Shot, that is not so easy. That said, there are stores around where you can go in and use their machine, and the folders themselves are pretty cost effective. 

The last two cards use one of my favourite sets of all time - Circle Circus. The first version is for the Just Us Girls - Color Challenge. It's a take on another card I did a while ago that I never got to post. I love random stamping, and I love the simple layering and distressing on this card.

The second one is more masculine, both in colour and design. It is for the challenge at Less Is More - Masculine . I almost used this card for the JUGS challenge, but it doesn't really have 3 or more colours plus neutrals. Although it may look like there are two different greens, they are all the same. The differences are just due to the camera. This card will be a great way to teach people about punches and all they add to a card.

Well, that is all I have for tonight! Back on the weekend! 

Card Details - All Products Stampin Up!
Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise
DSP: Flowers For You
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations
Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Merry Christmas 
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
DSP: Frostwood Lodge
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Thank You
Cardstock: Whisper White
DSP: Summer Smooches
Stamps: Circle Circus, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango

Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade
Other: Buttons, Punches


sandie said...

Fabulous collection of cards. Your Xmas card works really well leaving the house not coloured, I like this design as the background has lots of colour. Thanks for joining us at ATSN

Sharyn Polesel said...

Great use of colors! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Deborah Frings said...

Gosh you've been busy! I do like the rich colours and the slider greeting on your Christmas card! Thanks so much for playing along with ASM!

BTW - I love the circle circus cards too!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

These cards are awesome! Very pretty!

Cheryl said...

You've been crazy busy! I don't get this many cards done in a week! And yours are all terrific! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Anne said...

You've been busy! Super collection of cards.
Thanks for joining Less is More's masculine challenge this week
Guest "Less is More"

Chrissie said...

You have been really busy!
This is all great.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Marcy said...

All of your cards are so pretty! Love the colors and designs. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Mandy said...

Lovely selection of cards Tania, they are so pretty.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx