I was only able to complete two of the 5 challenges from yesterday, so I started off first thing this morning with Challenge #3, known as the Triple Die Cutting challenge master mined by Seongsook Duncan over at her blog here. Now I usually consider myself pretty smart...but this one had me stumped. I don't have two sets of nesting dies and math just hurts my head. So I ended up grabbing my Exacto knife and free hand cutting the paper. I don't think it is exactly what she had in mind when coming up with this challenge...but the look is pretty cool nonetheless.
|Papers by DCWV Arctic Wishes Matstack. Stamped sentiment from CC Designs. |
Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart.
On to challenge # 4, created by Annette, where we were instructed to use sketch #29 to make a Love card. Now after the struggle I had with challenge #3, I was so thankful to have an easy one to tackle and I left it pretty simple:
|Papers from K & Company, stamps from Paper Smooches (Word Salad and Graffiti) were|
colored with Copic markers. Heart punches from Creative Memories.
Challenge #5 was a technique challenge created by Donna. I love trying out new techniques (except for the Triple Die cutting...have I mentioned that :-) But no seriously, this challenge was to stamp on masking tape to create a background pattern for our card. This technique is not as easy as it looks and I found that some of my inks didn't show up as well as I would have liked. After 4 or 5 attempts, I came up with the background here and since I wanted it to be the showcase of the card, I left the rest pretty simple.
|Paper by Simple Stories, inks by Memento, stocking stamp by Some Odd Girl colored with Copics, |
and sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.
Today's challenges began with a traditional sketch challenge (like every Sunday) and this one was #188. It is a pretty straightforward sketch and I didn't fuss around too much with it since I was still playing catch up from yesterday. I used up some scraps from an almost depleted MME 6 x 6 paper pad and grabbed the Just My Type stamp set from Lawn Fawn to serve as my embellishment. It's not exactly what I thought it would look like...but I still think it came out pretty cute.
|Tic Tac Toe Challenge #6|
I grabbed my Woofers and Tweeters stamp set by Paper Smooches, which not only had my four legged friend but also a cute punny sentiment to go along with him.
And finally, Challenge #7, created by Marilyn, instructed us to pick any one of the Operation Write Home sketches and create a fall themed card.
It didn't take me long to come up with an idea and I chose sketch # 73 (to the right) to pull it all together. I love the simplicity of the sketch and I knew that I wanted a row of colored leaves to go across the page. At first I debated stamping the leaves, but ended up using some old punches from Martha Stewart (back when her punches were blue) that I haven't used it ages. I think they worked nicely to create a leaf border along the paper divide.
If you've stayed through the end of this post...thank you. I am going to take a bit of a break and rustle up some dinner. Challenges 8, 9 and 10 will get posted tonight...but I think I will leave them until tomorrow and maybe spend some time with my family before they forget who I am.
See you tomorrow!