Monday, March 30, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 2

One of my absolute favorite cardmakers/designers is now hosting a color challenge on her blog! Dawn McVey is known for her cool color choices on her cards and now she's sharing some more inspiration through the challenge. And did I mention that her new Damask Designs set at Papertrey Ink is my absolute favorite stamp set right now??! Here is the challenge...

And because I loved the colors SO much, I made 2 cards to go with it. I LOVE how they turned out (if I do say so myself!)

I had a little fun with this one...I used the Damask Designs set to make the flowers. First I stamped the large solid dot from Polka Dot Basics to give me a guide and then I used one of the small damask stamps and went around the dot to form the flowers. They had kind of a pointy "star" type look when I was done, and while I liked that, It didn't look very flower-like, which is what I wanted. So I just rounded off the tips and then roughed up the edges all the way around with the edge of my scissors and topped of the flower with a button in the middle. I used the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder on the whisper white card base and then used the large outlined circle from the Polka Dot basics set to create that pattern on the chocolate chip strip and then punched it with my fiskars threading water punch. The sentiment is from the Damask Designs set as well.

This one was harder for me to incorporate ALL of the colors fromt he challenge because I really did like it with just the spring moss and the chocolate chip and white. BUT I made myself add a little teal. This one is a whisper white card base, with a background of Damask Designs stamped piece of Spring Moss cardstock (I used Spring Moss ink). Then I added a piece of chocolate chip stamped with the polka dot designs and then one of the large images from Damask Designs in Spring moss topped with a sentiment from Damask Designs. The two swirls in teal are from the Wedding day set and then I just used some adhesive backed rhinestones to finish it off. (they are all blue...the picture makes the middle one look a little weird) I don't know the manufacturer of those because I won them in a blog candy last year :-).

I REALLY enjoyed this challenge! You should go play too! You can find the challenge here at her blog, My Favorite Things

Have a good day, everybody!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More than a month...

More than a month since my last post here on my little piece of blog-land. So sorry. But I am here. Alive and kicking! Things have been kind of busy. I have been churning out stuff to add to my website when we finally get it up and running. Studio E Designs will be chock full of crafty goodness when we get it started. For sneak peeks at what I've been up to, you can check out the page on Facebook. I already had one job of designing a custom logo and business card for my talented cousin-in-law Kristen and her up & coming photography business in the Indianapolis area (Captured By Kristen Photography). Hoping for many many more of those opportunities to come along!!

Other than that, Hayley turned 3 and we had a party for that here and then another party in Indiana when we were home this past week. It's just been crazy busy. Here are a few pics of the birthday girl for now...more to share soon!

And at the Indiana Party... Soaking up ever second of being serenaded! :-)