Sunday, August 28, 2011

Autumn Leaves and pumpkins

I can't believe it's almost September! We just started getting summer weather here in the Pacific NW and now it's fall! Anyway, Terry Su & Shirley Su have challenged everyone to make an Autumn card for Challenge 71 at A La Card Monkey. Here's this week's sketch:

Here's my card:

I needed a thank-you card to send to a friend, so this works perfectly. I started with a base of Daffodil Delight (even though Daffodils are spring flowers, the color works great for an autumn theme. I added a layer of Early Espresso and some leafy DSP that I found at Michaels. I stamped the pumpkin image using Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi inks. I punched it with the Decorative Label punch and added a layer of Ice Cream Parlor DSP under it, again punched with the Decorative Label punch. The Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon is below that. The sentiment is from the Pretty Postage stamp set in the summer mini. It is also stamped and distressed in Pumpkin Pie. I used the Postage Punch on it and added a layer of the same Ice Cream Parlor DSP underneath it - again punched from the postage punch. Both the sentiment & the pumpkin were attached with dimensionals.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Going Batty for Monkey 70

It's a Halloween theme this week at A la Card Monkey. This week's sketch is below:

Kind of spooky huh? I don't have a lot of Halloween stuff (just check out the name of the blog and you'll understand why LOL). But I made do:

I bought the bat stamp and the DSP at Michaels. The bats are stamped with Staz-on Jet black. The glittery paper behind the bats and sentiment is from my stash. I found the plastic bat embellishment at Michaels too. I printed out the "Trick or Treat" on my computer and then stuck it in the center of the Decorative Label.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Halloween Monday Monster Mash-up

This is the 2nd week for Shirley's Halloween count-down Monday Monster Mash-up challenge.
Here's the card that I did for this week's blog-hop:

I started with a Crumb Cake base, then added an Early Espresso layer topped with some Pawsitively Prints DSP. The large owl is punched from Early Espresso card stock and the same DSP. For his "treat bag" I used the shopping stamp from the "Things I Love" set. The ink is Pumpkin Pie. Bet you don't recognize the tree - it's the tree from the Forest Friends set without it's leaves. (It's also backwards since I stamped it on the Early Espresso card stock and then cut it out.) The little owl in the tree is stamped with Early Espresso and then cut out. The moon in the background is glittery white cardstock punched with a one-inch circle punch. The ribbon is SU's striped grosgrain. I don't have many Halloween stamps, so I typed the sentiment up on my computer and printed it out, then accented it with the Pumpkin Pie marker and punched it with the decorative label punch.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sympathy for Monkey This week

This week's theme at A La Card Monkey is Sympathy or Thinking of You with the following sketch:

(nice lighthouse BTW)

Here's my take on the theme:

I started with a basic white cardstock then layered grey with some Paisley Petals DSP, then more grey and Marina Mist lattice. The sentiment is stamped with Marina Mist. The white ribbon is a glittery gauzy-type from my stash.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Anything Goes for Monkey 68

So this week's challenge over at A la Card Monkey is to create a card for any occasion with any color combination while following the sketch:

Cute sketch isn't it? After thinking about it, I decided to do a Christmas card (after all, it won't be much longer before holiday cards are needed - can you believe we're already past the 1st week in August?!?!?!?) Here's my card:

I started with a Crumb Cake base and layered some green and holiday papers. I punched the bottom of the "flags" with a scalloped square punch for a different effect.  I stamped the image and the sentiment with Crumb Cake and added a Crumb Cake layer behind the image. I used one of the four frames stamps with some green ink and punched it out with my decorative label punch. Then I punched the sentiment out with my oval punch and attached it with dimensionals to the label. The dove & the sentiment come from the "To You and Yours" stamp set. The card is topped off with Cherry Cobbler baker's twine.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tri-fold Whimsical Wednesday

Here is a tri-fold shutter card that I case'd from Durango509 at splitcoaststampers. I used different dsp's, a different shape for the sentiment, a different kind of ribbon and the base card is red, not green. Santa, the reindeer, the sentiment and some of the trees come from the A Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set. The reindeer are linked together with Cherry Cobbler baker's twine. Cherry Cobbler was used for Santa and for the sentiment. I used Real Red to color in Rudolph's nose and the jingle bell harnesses. The jingle bells themselves are Daffodil Delight.  Here's another view so you can see the center:

I'm entering this card in the Whimsical Wednesdays Fun with Folds challenge.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Celebrate, Celebrate Dance to the Music

It's Celebration time at A La Card Monkey for challenge 67! This week's sketch was pretty simple:

The only real requirement was the pennants at the top.  So here's my card:

Who better than Snoopy to celebrate someone's birthday. He even does his little "happy" dance. Not to be outdone, Woodstock joins in by adorning the pennants. The shiny yellow paper that I used makes it a little difficult in the photo to see him, so here's a close-up:

The card is a crumb cake base with playdate DSP. Snoopy sits atop layers of Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Marina Mist. Inks used are Early Espresso (Snoopy), Chocolate Chip (Woodstock) and Marina Mist (the sentiment). The pennants are made from scraps of Early Espresso, Marina Mist and some other non-SU cardstock.