Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Pattern Paper Please!

Hi all! Today the Impression Obsession gals are ushering in another fun-filled challenge and this one was a rough one for me -- the challenge? You can't use patterned paper! Not one scrap, not one itty bitty piece, nothing! So, into my bag of tricks I reached! Before I get started, you can read up on this week's challenge by clicking HERE! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the IO store!

On to not one, but two creations! My first card uses a stamp set that I have been meaning to get inky. For those of you that know me, you KNOW I love my java! I love it too much probably! So, this Zenspirations set called Espresso Yourself was calling my name!

You can see, it's just a mix of brown, tan and ivory papers - on the long tan piece, I did stamp one of the background strips from this set called Reindeer Games because I really liked those swooshes and swirls! Add a strip from the set down the side in brown in, color up the hearts with red marker and the basics are there! The cup was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and colored with just a few Copic Markers, E27, Y21, R39, R35 and R30. Just that simple! Add a bow and a little sentiment from the set and.... ta da! 

My second card is literally a 10 minute or less card that I thought was fun for the holidays -- easy to mass produce! 

I used Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue and one of the Cover-A-Card stamps called Cover-a-Card Birch - mat it up on some pearl card stock, add some sparkly ribbon and bling and almost done! The sentiment -- All is Calm --  was cut thanks to a Spellbinders Labels Twenty Three (and my Grand Calibur). You can see that I also added some glitz to the areas of the image where snow was falling. I wanted it to sparkle! Pretty easy peasy!

And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to make the rounds to see what the other fabulous IO designers whipped up with this fun challenge!

Daniela Dobson
Deborah March
Dina Kowal
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Julie Koerber
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you back here soon. Until then, have a good one!



Both of these are wonderful, but I really love the second one with the birches! I'm a big fan of blue and this is wonderful!

Ann said...

Gorgeous cards!

Donna Ellis said...

I love Brilliance inks and definitely want to add the Birch CAC to my stash! Your card is gorgeous! thank you for sharing both card ideas.

denise g. said...

Well, that coffee card ALMOST makes me think I am grown up enough to drink the stuff! It's a beauty - just love the colors! And your birch trees are divine. My yard is sadly lacking birch trees, but I'm not seeing Mr Wonderful staying as such if I plant more for him to mow around. Yes, dear, your art inspires big time! Hope you're gearing up for a fun filled weekend ;)