Cards, cards and more cards......

Over at Home and Scrapped just recently we had the pleasure of joining a stamped embellishment swap and received a huge variety of images to play with. The idea was to send a few images stamped in black on white cardstock so that others could colour them as they wished.
The lovely Heather of course could not miss the opportunity for a challenge so to get us using the image straight away, she asked us to create four cards and a layout with different criteria.
Below is what I came up with along with a few extra so far.

This is my layout based on an article by Vicki Boutin in Scrapbook and Cards Today relating to the under-utilization of our stamps. I scraplifted her layout on the page also but mirrored it and changed the number of photos. I have used two images of stamped mesh and two images of wheat, a floral image and the bird and owl. I water coloured the background images and cut them into 2" squares to form the background. I matted the photos, added a few strips of paper and the half left-over journal box from a previous layout, stamped and rubbed-on the title, wrote out journaling strips and added some brads to finish.

An additional card with a Stampin' up image from the batch and The stamps of Life happy birthday stamp.

Another additional card with the cuttlebugged background.

Yet another additional card with frames cut from the Cricut - Storybook cartridge. Cuttle bug embossing with Swiss dots and the "just for you" is from a Stamps of Life set also.

Another extra card with additional Stamps of Life stamps added to the nature embellishment image received - I think it is a Stampin' Up image too.

One of Heather's challenges to create a card by placing the chosen image in a frame, layer as desired to give depth and use ribbon. One of the cards had to be in black and white only so this was it too.

The challenge - to enhance the chosen image with kindy glitz, glimmer mist, glitter, mini beads or something similar and then add bling to the card. This has lots of kindy glitz on the wings and the background of the stamp but it didn't photograph too well.

The challenge here was to layer the chosen image onto pp or cs and use pop-dots to raise it above the chosen card layout. Inking the edges of the card was required also.

First card challenge was to colour the chosen image using chalks, ink, coloured pencils or paint and use some cardstock the same colour to accent the card. Also a scallop or other fancy scissored border was to be used somewhere on the card. Love the Fiskars Apron Lace punch! I water- coloured the butterfly and used patterned paper for my background to match.
Now, I did say I would share my cyber crop challenges from a few weeks ago for Scrap of Difference.

The card challenge was to create a card using a handmade flower of some type, use the word friend on the card and an item that was not intended for scrapbooking. My flower is made with dressmaking tissue paper from an old pattern and sprayed with Sapphire Glimmermist.

Michelle gave us a round sketch from Pagemaps to work with so this was a little challenging for me as I don't usually do a round page. The theme was family and friends so this is my husband and third born of the triplets at the Rainforest habitat in Cairns.

The colour challenge to use Black, white, pink and green - photos of my niece's little girl.

For something different we had a technique challenge this time and had to create two handmade flowers, one from scratch and/or one altered flower.
I wasn't too sure to start with about this layout but it is growing on me the more I look at it.
Thanks for dropping by....... Maybe you can catch me on the weekend at the Home and Scrapped cybercrop, would love to see you there.


Amy said…
You do lovely work!! Thanks for the kind comment you left for me on my blog.

To answer your question about having the circle cards stand up in my photos, I just put an old milk jug lid or other similar item under the back of the card when I set it up for pictures and that way it stands up nicely.....balancing embellishments just sounds like too much work to me. I hope that helps. ;)

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