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Sunday, October 17, 2010

ANYTHING but a card!

For this week's challenge you'll create anything BUT a card! It's up to you what you make as long as it's NOT a card!

This week we have two lovely sponsors:

PRIZE: FOUR digis of winner's choice
Our very own DT Sister, Leonie, who has provided this prize for our lucky winner:

JUST KIDDING!!  I'm so sorry...I came across this old picture in my blog-stuff folder and I couldn't resist!
Her REAL PRIZE is AWESOME (but NOT as awesome as SHE is!):

My project is boring.  YES it is and DONT try to convince me it isnt!  I wanted to make treats for my son's class with the idea of something festive for their Halloween party yet easy to reproduce 24 times. I came up with a microwave popcorn package.  It doesn't look half bad in person (like the kids care anyway!) but after photographing it I just don't feel "satisfied" with it. I think I'll add some chocolate along with the popcorn so the kids aren't totally disappointed as well, LOL....

I used stamps from the STAMPIN' UP! sets "Dark & Dreary" & "House of Haunts."  
I think it needs more spiders :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Create a card or project that includes "B"uttons, "F"lowers and the word "F"riend/"F"riendship!

SPONSOR: My Favorite Things

PRIZE: $25.00 Gift Certificate

This is one of those cards that a photograph did not do it justice!  
This adorable image is from the Pure Innocence collection at My Favorite Things .  The name of it is  "A Cart Full of Friends." 
I used my trusty SU! markers and skipped the pencils.  I had some issues with her skin.  I wanted more color and dimension but the paper started breaking down and I had to STOP coloring!  
I'm still learning :)
I'd love to make duplicates of this card and send it to a few friends.  

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Layer it on

Create a card that has at least five layers! This can be designer papers, and cardstocks stacked on top of one another, 3-D effects, pop-ups, embellishments, etc...You decide! Just make sure you have five layers somewhere on your card front when you're finished!

SPONSOR: The Greeting Farm

PRIZE: SINGLE of winner's choice

I used all Stampin' Up! stamps for this project.  NO patterned papers, its all stamping and distressing.  
Did  I meet the challenge??  Let's count at the "thickest" point, shall we?
1. first layer background matt
2. stamped background
3. clock face
4. red torn edge
5. matt for sentiment
6. sentiment

6!   6 layers.
Mwaaaa aaaa aaaah!  (lightning and thunder)  
Did any of you get the  Sesame Street reference??  The Count?
I've had way too much sugar....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Season's Change

With the change of the season comes a change to SSC as well.
This is the last week with the "old team" and a few ladies will be leaving us (*sniff sniff!*)  They will be missed but will remain a blog-hop away!

Next week is the debut of our NEW design team ladies and let me tell you... their artwork is STAMP-A-LICIOUS!  
The fun never ends!!!
Check out the NEW gals:


Create a card or project using as many colors as you can BUT...only colors of Fall!

SPONSOR: Magnolialicious


So I was going for clean and simple with LOTS of color.   The card is actually very cute but I couldn't get a good photo since I took it at night (the dark brown just blended in with the background).  
NoW gawk at my lovely card then go look at the amazing creations by the  STAMPTACULAR design team! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sketch Challenge

PRIZE: $15 Gift Certificate

Maurie J. Manning ROCKS!  Not only does she have a bevy of super-cute and funny images, but she offered the "team" each a FREE digi-image!!   I chose "Louis and Bronte" and I LOVE it!
My card is a bit simple but this image needs no extra flourishes.  Don't you think???   I colored the image with my STAMPIN' UP!  markers (I think I'm getting pretty good with them!)  and colored pencil on Louis' skin.  :)
I didn't do the inside yet...boo!  but I have some cute ideas.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Create a card or project that uses some sort of distressing technique! Sand it, scratch it, wrinkle it, ink it, etc...the choice is yours!

SPONSOR: My Favorite Things
$25 Gift Certificate


SPONSOR: Meljen's Designs
Winner's Choice of FOUR Digis

WOW!!  That's a cart-load of fabulous prizes!!  Make sure you go check out the rest of the shabby and distressed batch (NOT the design team ladies, THEIR projects) at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge ! 

The image I used was generously gifted to me by My Favorite Things.  I had fun coloring her with my Stampin' Up! markers and colored pencils.  

I made this card for my step-daughter.   She's 13 and she is a terrific person!  I wish I could tell you all about what she's been going through and how courageous she's been.   But the gist is she just wants a NORMAL, happy life and to be HERSELF and stand up for what she believes in without being abused for it!  

My brave, beautiful girl.

UPDATE (9/8/2010)  My step-daughter loved the card :)  
She said it made her cry.....in a good way.

Here is a nice picture showing off the shimmer in the wings:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Create a card or project that uses only shades of PINK! Of course you are free to use white as your card/project base and black ink. Everything else MUST be created with nothing but PINK's!


PRIZE: This wonderful Magnolia Stamp

TOO MUCH PINK... that's how I'd describe my card this week!  
I am going to give this card to the little girl that bunny-sat Nadia (our rabbit) while we were on vacation.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two's Better Than One!

Create a card or project and use MORE THAN ONE STAMPED IMAGE! This is a great time to practice with the MASKING technique!
SPONSOR: Simon Says Stamp

I wanted to make a set of simple yet elegant cards.  Two of each card for a set of 8.  All stamps are by Stampin' Up!  

Dont forget to check out the multi-stamped projects over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.  

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Buttons and Bows

Create a card or project that uses both buttons and bows!

SPONSOR: Stamp and Create


ANOTHER $20 in FREE GOODIES from "Stamp & Create"  ????  
HOLY COW is this sponsor generous and they really really have some adorable things!!  

Check out the buttons and bows beauties at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

This is a set by CTMH that I've had for so long but NEVER used....  I love teddy bears too!  I had a hard time fitting buttons on the card.  I should have planned the design better but over all I think it's kinda cute.  What do you think?

Bear is colored with colored pencil and heart is done with SU! markers.  

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails....

Create a card or project that is just for boys! How you do this is totally up to you! The possibilities are endless!
SPONSOR: My Favorite Things
PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate

OK, so you recognize this little fairy girl from my last card?  I chose her from MFT for the LAST challenge (out of this world)  a while back and didn't realize I had my sponsors mixed up!  Had I had my brain in tact, I would have chose a more boy-ish stamp for this weeks challenge.  WELL, I used her anyway for BOTH challenges (it is a CHALLENGE after all!) 

I made the card dirty and grungy to try for a more masculine look.  I don't know if I pulled it off but I rather like the card. 

I used my SU! markers and colored pencils and Pearl Ex watercolors to give her shimmer. The background paper was borrowed from a friend who got it on clearance.  A little faux stitching, inking and distressing and it goes from BLA to FABULOUS!!
I'm starting to rethink some of my forgotten & dusty ol' patterned papers.....