It’s VSN time again…

I hosted a challenge last night for the January VSN. Well, sort of – I actually was in the ER during my challenge, with a severe attack of kidney stones. Which was way less fun than VSN, believe me. Anyway, my challenge was a “follow the list” kind of challenge. I’m still feeling pretty bad, so please forgive this short post.

 Here is a link to my challenge thread – Packing the Purse. Check it out, and play along if you’d like! I’ve always been a huge fan of this kind of challenge. They sound easy, in theory, but really they aren’t. And when you throw in a time limit (45 minutes) – whew! ANd if you want more fun, here is a link to the master challenge thread for this month’s VSN. The theme was “Girl’s Night Out”, and there were tons of fun challenges!

Since I was otherwise occupied, someone else had to stand in for me. Big thanks to Frances, aka StampOwl, to standing in!! I really appreciate it 🙂

Ok, I’m off to the couch. 10 minutes of typing is about all I can handle this afternoon. Good thing there is football on to keep me occupied – go Pats!

 the details on the card:

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, French Script, Lizzie Anne Designs L’Amour
Paper: Kraft, True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp, Basic Grey dp
Ink: Craft – Whisper White, Classic – Cranberry Crsip, True Thyme
Accessories: SU Markers – Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke; oval punches,
 dsitresser, cuttlebug, organdy ribbon, thread (2 colors) sponge, decorative brad
Techniques: sponging, distressing
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Background Roses

I made this card awhile ago, during VSN. I’m making an effort to work on my Roses In Winter skills – and the more I look at this card the more I like it! My card base is Perfect Plum, and my main panel is Whisper White ink. I rock ‘n rolled my flowers in Elegant Eggplant and Pale Plum; the leaves are Old Olive. The challenge for this card was to use the same stamp for your background as for your main image – so i cut out a couple of my roses and popped them up on dimensionals. Their edges are covered in Stickles, although it is hard to tell in this picture – sorry!

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and used lavendar ep to make it pop. I sponged Old Olive on the whole panel.

 All in all, I’m pretty pleased. I’ll get better at this set!!

Stamping on Candles!!

Who knew this was so stinkin’ easy??? Why didn’t anyone clue me in sooner???? I love it!!!! I am totally doing the happy dance —> about this fun and easy gift to make! So if you know me, be prepared to get one of these as a gift in the near future! This whole thing started when my friend karen (kthaman) decided on this as her challenge for VSN. Details about her challenge are here in her chat thread, and the Master Challenge thread is here. Check them out!

She linked to a great tutorial (which can be found here) with super easy to follow instructions. And I actually had everything I needed (except the candle!) here in the house.

For the first candle I did, to the right, I stamped the hibiscus flower from Do the Hula in Tempting Turquoise ink on my tissue paper. I cut it out, put it on the candle, and heated! There are 4 flowers on the candle. I left it plain because the candle is small. My second candle, which I like waaaaaay more, is a taller candle. I stamped the largest image from Thankful Thoughts in Black Stazon on the tissue paper, and colred it with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen. The tutorial suggested markers, but I liked the soft look the crayons/blender pen achieved. On the backside of the candle I am planning to go back and add a sentiment, but I haven’t decided which one yet. I tied a piece of brown polka dot organdy ribbon (courtesy of the fabulous Jacksonbelle) around it, and was done!! Even my DH liked this one – which I consider to be high praise!

Farewell Thyme & Beate’s sketch!

This soothing little card came from Michelle’s (eliotstamps) genius idea for a VSN challenge – to make a card that indicated leaving or departure. I just think this is one of the coolest, out-of-the-box ideas for a challenge ever!! She has a cool blog – The Crafty Cat – you should check it out! The details about her challenge are here, on her chat thread; the Master Thread for VSN is here – all of the challenges can be found there.

I also used Beate’s weekend sketch for this card (the sketch can be found here) – as usual she shared a fun and striking sketch! My base is Kraft cardstock, and I added a layer of True Thyme. I have had this fun dp in my stash for quite awhile, and I figured it went along with my plan perfectly. I broke out Travel Post, and stamped “postcard” on the bottom of the dp in Basic Brown, the little compass on the Kraft, and the hotel emblem on the scalloped circle. I used Blush Blossom to stamp the key on the dp, and Mellow Moss to stamp a postmark. I layered my scalloped circles of Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla on dimensionals, ticket punched the dp, used a marker for the faux brads, and my ribbon is brown organdy polka dot! So fun and simple, and I love love love the soothing tone of the whole card. Thanks for checking it out!

Saffron Pines

This is the card I did for Melinda’s (WonkaIsMyCat) 1:00 pm EST VSN challenge today. Details are here, in her chat thread. And if you didn’t know – it’s VSN weekend!!! The Master Thread has links to all of the challenges as they are posted – please join us!

Basically her challenge was to include as many textures on your card as possible. I am sure I could have crammed more on here, but I really liked it just like this – simple. So I quit while I was ahead! I’ve had this pine paper hanging around forever, and welcomed the chance to use it today. I am planning to make some more of these super simple cards for Christmas — love the way it came together so quickly!!!

Supplies: Paper True Thyme, So Saffron, Pine dp; Ink – Versamark, So Saffron; Accessories – Linen Thread, Velvet ribbon, saffron eyelets, fingernail to distress, cuttlebug & texture folder

Another VSN Pre-Challenge!!

VSN is fast approaching! And the Autumn Fairies are really doing their best to get people excited (I know I am totally stoked!), with some awesome prechallenges in the past few days. There are more to come, so check this thread for details!

This card is for the third prechallenge, hosted Tuesday night by Michelle (eliotstamps).  She also happens to have a cool blog, The Crafty Cat, that is worth checking out! Anyway, the theme for her prechallenge was the use of twine, cord, rope, or other natural fibers on your card – and that’s it! No other ribbon or fibers allowed.  I used SU’s fabulous Hemp Twine as my natural fiber. I love that stuff!

To help me with the time limit, I tried to use scraps and stuff I already had out on my table or desk. This Chocolate Chip frame I had cut previously on my Cricut, using the Mini Monograms cartridge, but never put on a card. I paired it with some of my awesomely gorgeous new Daisy D’s French Market dp, some Really Rust cardstock, and put the whole thing on a base of So Saffron cardstock. I used stamps from the Baroque Motifs set to finish out the card. It’s simple, but I like it!!!

Supplies not already listed: Ink – Really Rust, Chocolate Chip; Accessories – SU ticket corner punch, sponge (for edges) 

Black Eyed Susans

  This is the last challenge card from VSN I’m going to share, I promise! This challenge, Run for the Black Eyed Susans, was hosted by MelenaPrincess (Kim). Check out her gallery here, and the gallery with everyone else’s entries here. Basically, her challenge was to use a Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip color scheme to make your card – like the flower.

I chose to keep mine pretty simple (as usual!). I started with a base of Chocolate Chip. I used my circle cutter to cut out two semi-circles from Summer Sun. On the larger one, I stamped a sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink, and sponged some on, too. On the smaller one, I stamped a Rhonna Farrar swirl. I used my fingernail to distress the edges of both of them.

In the middle of the card I stamped my flowers (flowers and sentiment are from the Best Blossoms set) in Versamark and embossed them using the Maize EP from the Earth Elements EP stack. To finish the card off, I added a fabric tag under the large circle, and some fun two-tone ribbon to the side.

Pretty darn simple! I am quite pleased with the layout – I can think of lots of possibilities for it, and will defintitely be using it in the future.