Thursday, July 21, 2011

Buttons & Bows

I'm just getting in under the wire for this week's A La Card Monkey Challenge! It took me a while to decide what to do. This week's theme is Buttons & Bows, plus the sketch below:

I went into my seemingly never ending supply of "Snoopy" stamps and here's the result:

The basic card is white cardstock from my stash. I added Ice Cream Parlor DSP accented with Marina Mist card stock for the edge trim, the circle behind the image and the scalloped oval. I colored in the image with various markers and added some ribbon from my stash. Snoopy has glitter on his body and a little black pearl for his nose. I used buttons for the balloons that Woodstock & his friends are holding.

Here's a close-up of the image itself:

I used dimensionals to glue down the buttons and to attach the circles & oval. Marina Mist sponged around the edges completes the work.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Another Christmas Card

I decided to do another card for the A La Card Monkey Challenge 64. I also thought that I'd like to try another challenge too. So I found the Winter Wonderland Challenge, which this week has the theme "Red & green must not be seen". So using the monkey sketch and the wonderland theme, I designed this card:

The card itself is SU cardstock "Bridesmaid", the other colors are Marina Mist and Daffodil delight. I stamped the Christmas ornaments in Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Almost Amethyst. The ornament & sentiment come from the Christmas Classic stamp set. The sentiment is stamped & sponged in Marina Mist, then punched with my 1" scalloped square punch. I applied glitter to the ornaments & sentiment. The Daffodil Delight layer in the back is the decorative label punch.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest Design for Monkey 64

For Monkey Challenge 64, the theme is "Christmas in July". I'm lucky enough to be one of the guest designers this week. Here's the sketch:

Pretty cool huh? At first I wasn't sure what to do, I don't have a lot of Christmas/winter stamps. But I do have a lot of Snoopy stamps! We've already established that I love Snoopy. So how could I resist? Here's my "Guest Designer" card:

I started with Cherry Cobbler card stock. Then I layered a piece of snowflake acrylic on top of it. The glittery white and green cardstock are DCWV. I bought the candy cane embellishments at JoAnn's. I stamped the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler and used the decorative label punch. The Snoopy & Woodstock sledding stamp is from Stampabilities. Here's a close-up:

First I stamped the image with Early Espresso. I used Real Red and Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight and Bashful Blue markers to color in the image. I added glitter to the "snow". There's even a little gray pearl for Snoopy's nose! Now that you've seen my card, go on over and check out the rest of the samples at A La Card Monkey and then add your own to the mix.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer is Baseball

For the last 40+ years, summertime has meant baseball to me. Whether I'm sitting in the stands or at home in front of the TV, I'm watching baseball from April until October. So when this week's A La Card Monkey Challenge came along with the theme of summer and a sketch, how could I NOT have a baseball themed card? The baseball mitts are stamps from the Toy Box stamp set. The baseballs are brads that I found at Joann's. The sentiment is from the Vintage Labels set. The card itself is a crumb cake base. The 4 rectangles are Ice Cream Parlor and Tea Party DSP layered on top of Early Espresso card stock (all of which were distressed.)

The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and sponged with the same. The oval behind is crumb cake sponged with Early Espresso. The edge of the baseball diamond was stamped with chocolate chip. This card will be perfect for a friend of mine who is equally fond of baseball. The original sketch is below:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Monkey Runner-up

Woo-Hoo! My patriotic owl card was chosen as one of the runners-up in the A La Card Monkey Challenge this week! I get to be a guest designer for one of their future challenges - and of course display the coveted monkey badge on my blog. A big "Thank-you" to Shirley & Terry for choosing me. Now the pressure is on!