Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Monday, July 11, 2011

adventures with challenge blogs

We did come home from Chicago, where we spent a week with our daughter and her husband and our new grandson, although you wouldn't have guessed that if you were checking in here.  Of course now I'm hopelessly behind at all three of the card challenges I was trying to keep up with, not to mention the new ones I was thinking about adding, but we all have our priorities, don't we?  I don't believe I'll attempt to catch up, this time.

I received a Big Box O' Stampin' Up! stuff today (I got my order placed on July 1 while Trent and his mama were napping) - YAY - and used all new supplies for this cutie:

I dropped my camera the evening before we left for Chicago - horror of horrors - I was able to mostly fix it where it popped open, but now it's very hard to squeeze the shutter.  So in addition to my usual lack of skill at straightness, now sometimes I push too hard one-sidedly.  sigh

This card is one layer, using new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! In Colors Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, and Calypso Coral.  The cupcake frosting is Chocolate Chip, because it's frosting, and frosting just needs to be chocolate, doesn't it?  I also used one of the new Designer Frames Textured Impressions folders and the new Kidoodles stamp set.  The one-layer challenge at "Less is More" this week is "something with legs" - I liked finding as many legs as possible in one go!

Before digging into my new supplies, I dug through my long-retired supplies and found some bits from an old Simply Scrappin' kit to make this card for Shopping Our Stash challenge 7
I thought I was tired of this kit and this color combination, and I felt pretty lazy using two scraps of designer series paper and four stickers, but I do like this card, after all of that.  I still have many bits and pieces from the kit, I could whip out a few more...

I sorted through my holiday leftovers, as well, since the Jingle Belles asked us to "create a card using all of those little leftover pieces of paper".

I stamped the sentiment this evening (on a scrap, of course), but the strips of designer series paper, the frame (negative from the Top Note die) and even the bauble-shape mat (Movers and Shapers die) were leftovers from my shoebox of stuff-that-will-be-useful-someday.


SmilynStef said...

Love how those leftover strips of paper create a lovely mosaic inside the die cut shape ... and the ornament is the perfect embellishment ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Lisa - papergrace said...

Love ALL three cards! Great job, Kathe. Love how you used a card kit for a really pretty SOS card. And your Jingle Belles card is GORGEOUS, too. The ornament is just perfect.

Thanks so much for playing along with us at SOS this week! :)

Chrissie said...

Your LIM card certainly has got a lot of legs!
Cute image and a charming card!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

WOw lots of legs Kath lol
super cute, not much white space however
FAB card nevertheless
Thank you very much
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

Carla aka scrappypug said...

Super cute the colors on the cupcake one, the cute flower on the middle one and love the scrappy block on the third! Thanks for joining us at SOS!

June Houck said...

These are sweet cards! You have three great cards all from or old. You did a great job with the challenges.

alicaz said...

great cards, you've been busy!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica

GinaA said...

What a happy LIM card.

Kathyk said...

A great collection of cards, welcome home from Chicago - super LIM entry


VICTORIA said...

Great cards. Good luck with the challenge. :)

Lisa said...

Great Jingle Belles card - the die cut shape looks great with all those scraps - super colours

lauren bergold said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one with a "shoebox of stuff that will be useful some day"!!! :) but seriously, you have single-handedly proven the BRILLIANCE of having such a box when you can pull a gorgeous card like this together so easily & quickly--and it's a *STUNNER*!!! :)

Craftilicious said...

You did well on the leg count this week lol! Cute little octopus :-)

Carol said...

Loving the octopus, great card. I've got one of those shoe boxes too! Carol x