Monday, November 8, 2010

Birthday Cards & CPC News

I have two cards for you today. I needed to make up for not posting in so long! : ) First however, I want to share some news with you. I am really excited because Cindy offered me the Wednesday CASE Artist Hostess position at Christian Paper Crafts! Yay! Last time I posted, it was concerning my new position as Scrapbook Specialist at CPC. I just love it that we have added challenges for scrapbooking. After all, scrapbooking is how I started out in papercrafting. I love card making too, however. In fact, since I started stamping a few years ago, it might be fair to say that card making has become my first love. If not first, then it's at least a tie. I guess it boils down to loving to stamp! Anyway, I am really looking forward to all the exciting changes Cindy has planned at CPC.
This first card is a Birthday Card I made for my ds's girlfriend's grandparents (Whew......did I get all that right? lol). It seems that they have birthdays just a few days apart. So I decided to do this for  CPC's WCA76. Cindy hostessed that challenge, and the artist she chose to CASE was Joyce, who is one of our very talented Scrapbook Specialists who also makes great cards. The card I chose to CASE was her Please Know Sketch Challenge card. It is the lovely card she did for our Sketch Tuesday Challenge 81 (Gee, I  think I did another challenge!). The stamp is a digital one from Meljen Designs, so I decided I should enter the Meljen's Designs DT current challenge, which is to make a card with at least 3 Shapes. I believe this fits that challenge. The circle and scalloped circle were made by Paper Shapers punches, and the diecut shape that the sentiment is stamped on was made by an EK Success punch. That makes 3 shapes already. The base card is covered with striped dp by BoBunny and the blue star layer is from my stash (more shapes!) I loved the waffle paper that Joyce had on her card. I didn't have that, so I took some K & Co. dp and cut it into little slits for some movement. Btw, the sentiment is stamped with Brilliance Ink in Poppy and heat embossed with clear ep. I know that whole diecut looks pink, but I promise it's red! Don't know what my camera did, but I tried and tried to fix it and couldn't! Oh well....I think you get the idea.....

Here is a closer look at the Meljen Digital Stamp. Btw, her DT blog is located in my sidebar, but you can get all of her stamps at Whimsy Stamps. She has so many cute designs to choose from. I colored this stamp with Copics, and then the background is chalked with some Hampton Arts Glimmer Chalks that I just recently found. I just love these glimmery, shimmery, yet subtle chalks. I wish that the shimmer showed up clearly in the pic. I also used them to color in the background behind the sentiment, and not only does the diecut look pink in the photo,  but you can't see the shimmer. Oh well!  I also painted over each balloon with Pearl Smooch.  I didn't want you to think that I was simply a messy colorer when you looked at the balloons! I might be, but  the balloons look a little wonky (my fav word that I got from Cindy Coutts! lol) because of the Smooch. Once again, I don't see that nice little glimmer on this photo of those balloons either, but I wish you could see what the Smooch does irl.  I added a couple of rhinestone stars from my stash for a little more bling.

I am using the next card for two challenges. The first is Christian Paper Craft's latest Fun on Friday challenge (FOF78)  Robyn, who is the Fun on Friday Challenge Hostess, decided that this week's challenge should have some type of embossing. I'm not sure you can tell it, but the lion in my Missing You On Your Birthday card is stamped with black ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Everyone always says not to emboss with Copics, which is what he is colored with, but the little ridge the ep gives actually helps me color in the lines. I just avoid coloring on the ep, which is no problem.

Speaking of Copics, I am also using this card for the Copics Creations Challenge this week, which is to use browns or to make a scene.

To make this card, I used a stamp called Whimsy Lion from the Animal Collection of rubber stamps from Whimsy Stamps. I love this stamp. I've had it for a while and couldn't decide what sort of card to use it for.
It was so funny and cute, but looked sad. : )  So a card about Missing You on your Birthday seemed just perfect. As I mentioned, I stamped this cutie with black pigment ink, then heat embossed with clear ep.  I colored him with shades of brown Copics (and I need more, btw!) and chalked the background. I inked the edges of his panel and used the corner rounder, also. I did the same on the white cs and burnt orange cs that he is adhered to.  The dp is from Fancy Pants. I love all things Fancy Pants, including this paper. The whole thing is placed on a green card base. Pearls and tag are from my stash, and the sentiment was simply typed from using a font on my computer (that I know I got free from somewhere!).  

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Don't forget to check out my updated sidebar. Ummmm......if it isn't completely updated, it will be by tomorrow, I promise! Hope all of you have a blessed day!
: ) Lynn

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