Challenges Galore!

This weekend was full of taking on some challenges {still have a few more I want to get done} and so I thought I would sneak in during the Love Me Do Blog Hop and share them with you today.

First up is the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. I took a few liberties with this one as I did not add the scallop to the bottom and I put my text up on the main image instead but all in all it turned out very nice and the sentiment stamp is no longer VIRGIN WOOD!

Next up is the Card Patterns Sketch. When I saw the stripes in the background it reminded me of the card I made a week or so back for Skipping Stones Designs sketch challenge and I wanted to do something a bit different.

I just pulled out my Tim Holtz Paper Stash Kraft Resist Papers and knew that I could use a section of one of the pages and cut it into fourths and go over it with some of my Distress Stains. I keep going toward the Broken China and Vintage Photo {or another brown} combination in a lot of my cards as I really like it. I had originally used Antique Linen Distress Stains but it wasn’t dark enough so I went over those two sections in Vintage Photo Distress Stains.

I pulled out my EK Success Scallop Punch for the edge and used a scrap from a sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dot paper that I had used in a layout the other day {coming this weekend on the blog}. I wasn’t feeling the flower with this card so I added the bling once I had stamped my sentiment from an older Stampin’ Up set. The ribbon is also from Stampin’ Up as well {thanks Lydia!}.

The next challenge that I worked on was for Sketch Saturday. I liked the look of the square card but wanted to stretch it to an A2 card. I had cut a lot of the scallop black circles on my Cricut as well as the center circles for them. I inked it up in Broken China and was originally going to stamp a sentiment on it and then not put one in the bottom corner. That was until I was looking as some of the digital stamps that I colored on Friday and LOVED this little puppy from Melonheadz! I had colored it to look like our puppy Jake and knew it was so sweet.

I was trying to combine this with another challenge but it didn’t work out right {guess that means another card is in the future}. I pulled the ribbon from my stash to match the card and knew the sentiment I wanted to use right away, just wish the alpha had a question mark as well.

The last challenge that I worked on this weekend was for Hambo Digi Stamps. I had played along with their challenge last week and they sent me the sentiment stamp to use for free. Love this about the company! I will play along any day!

I knew I needed balloons on my card when I got it and that was when I went looking for when I found this cute clown with balloons on the Melonheadz blog. I am totally in love with her images as well as they coordinate with so many things. I did go with a square card on this one as it felt right and although the white space bugs me, it is what it is.

So four challenges done and many more to work on when I get time. Gotta love it! Don’t forget to check out the Love My Do Blog Hop going on right now with five talented crafters and feel free to check out my Etsy shop where I will be loading all of these cards and more! 

Be Mine – Love Me Do Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! This week, January 16th-20th, we have a group of 5 talented designers sharing projects with you on their blogs to get you prepared for the upcoming season of love! Whether you use these designs to create something for your loved ones or spring-board off the inspirations given, we would love to see your work as well, so leave a comment on the blogs as you go through.

On January 24th, we will be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant. The giveaway will be hosted through filling out a Google Docs form, here on Live.Teach.Create on January 20th, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week. All those who enter with the correct answers will have a chance to win!

Onto today’s project…

For this card I wanted to keep it simple yet classy. I went with a black base and wanted to pull from that elegance to make a nice card that would work for a man or woman. I used my Corner Chomper to round the edges of the bottom corner add in a pop as well.

The lined piece is actually a B side from the My Mind’s Eye Sunshine 6×6 Paper Pad {total card count with this pad is nearing 20} and 2 1/2″ wide. I used my EK Success Diamond Lace border punch to give it a nice edge. I then inked the edges of this paper with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink before going around the edges with a Bic Ultra Fine Marker in Tuxedo Black.

For the sentiment on this card, I used the CTMH Say It in Style My Acrylix and a retired set for the heart. Be Mine is inked in Memento Tuxedo Black and the hearts are inked in Distress Ink Festive Berries from the Winter Limited Edition set.

Before I adhered the strip down, I went to my stash of ribbons and lace and pulled out a nice piece of cream lace. I cut it to size and adhered it down on near the top of the strip. I wanted to add some color as well so I got a piece of black grosgrain ribbon and some twine and tied it around the lace into a knot. Once this was secure, I used foam tape on the back and added it to the center of my card.

The final thing that I did for this card is to spray it with Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist. I love how it muted some of the black but also made the entire card have a bit of sparkle.

This card is available for sale in my Etsy shop as well as many other cards. Jump on over and grab some today!

Thanks for joining me today for Day # of the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! Next person in the hop is Jessica of Handmade Cre8ivity. Check back again with me tomorrow as well for another new idea.