Monday 9 January 2012

Two cards today, for two challenges ...

... we had a super day yesterday and I didn't spend too much.  Mum was very pleased with the trip out - she got a new handbag in the sales, it's not too big, but will hold all that she needs to carry around with her.  Kathryn and I were able to talk to Jonathan via Skype - I think Skype is a brilliant invention!  It makes the distance disappear!  And in the afternoon I got to play and made two cards for two challenges.

My first card is for Less is More - LIM49.  This week there is a colour theme - Chrissie and Mandi would like us to use the colour PURPLE!!! Oh joy!  Purple is my favourite colour.  I've made a birthday card and got to use the Ironworks Motif Spellbinders set that I got for Christmas.  The largest die is beautifully ornate and I used it to cut out a purple snowflake shape.  The sentiment is really simple, stamped in Grape Jelly, punched out and attached with sticky pads for some dimension.  So quick and simple, and both Mum and Kathryn adore it!  So do I :)  I'm so pleased with this photo - it really shows the shimmer on the card base and the lovely satin finish on the purple card!

Stamps: Personal Impressions - Wording Stamps (PICS066)
Inks: Memento - Grape Jelly
Spellbinders: Ironwork Motifs (S5-059)
Accessories:  Dimensional pads and card from stash

A challenge that I've been watching for quite some time, but never played (don't know why) is the CASE Study challenge.  Each month they have a new Muse; this month it's Jen Rzasa - CSC72 and her inspiration card is this:

I love this house and balloons - reminds me of Up!  A wonderful film.  Recently I got a free pack of papers from a craft magazine and one of the papers featured lots of clouds - and that's where I started.  I stamped a couple of hot air balloons directly on the backing paper in the centre of the card.  Then paper pieced the larger balloon with some coordinating paper.  The paper pack also had a sheet of paper with lots of balloons, so I carefully cut out a few more to attach to the card.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment.  I love to watch hot air balloons flying, but as I'm scared of heights, it's not something I'll be doing anytime soon!

Stamps:  Imagine That - Hot Air Balloon (FOC with Craft Stamper - May 2010); Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Sentiments
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
Paper:  Let's Fly Away - free with Quick Cards Made Easy
Accessories:  Card and embossing powder from stash

I noticed from my counter that I've a new follower - so I'd like to say hello and welcome to "Christmas Nerd" - love that name! 

Before I go I have to let you know that I've been picked as one of the Top 3 at The Ribbon Reel - RR18, for my sister-in-law's birthday card.  Thank you ladies - you've made my morning!!  Here's the card - full details here.

I've got a busy day lined up.  Craft class starts back after the holiday period - I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone.  Mum will be coming with me - while she doesn't craft, she does enjoy the gossip!!  And this evening I'm off to Camera Club.  It's competition night where we find out what the judge thinks of our pictures; both Jonathan and I have submitted a couple of photos.  I'm in the beginners group and Jonathan is in the advanced group.  I have to take notes and let Jonathan know how he's done.  I'm not expecting anything special - but I do listen very carefully to what the judge has to say - still on a very steep learning curve!!  That's all for now - I'll be back tomorrow.


Pauline said...

Two fabulous cards Deborah, Love the purple snowflake, so eye catching, and the balloon scene is simply wonderful.
Congrats on your Top 3 pick too ;-)

Tara Cardwell said...

Congrats on the win Deborah - that card is so stunning.
I love your new two too - that new die is gorgeous, especially in that lovely metalic purple.
Good luck with the photo results tonight.

Stamps and Paper said...

Great cards Deborah...your purple one is just 'WOW' so vibrant... love the new die


Kathyk said...

Lots of great projects (I spy a craft stamper freebie, don't I?) but, being an avid fan of purple, my fave HAS to be your LIM entry - stunning!

Welcome to 2012


Chrissie said...

The purple card you used for your ironwork die is simply stunning, it's made a really fab card!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Gibmiss said...

Hi Deborah
Gorgeous cards the purple ...Stunning card ....
Hugs sylvie

Sally said...

Hi Deborah, your LIM card is smashing , I love the die you've used. I like the second one as well, I have these papers, aren't they lovely & colourful? Well done on winning with your third card.
Sally x

Mistys Mum said...

Hi Deborah
I was only just talking to you at Purple Butterfly Crafts & have dropped in to look at your winning card that you were describing to me. It is really beautiful as is your LIM card.
I have added myself as a follower.

Vicky Hayes said...

Your purple ironwork birthday card is stunning but I am blown away (did you see what I did there?!) by the gorgeous hot-air balloon card! Congratulations on your winning card too.

G Peplow said...

Gorgeous purple snowflake on your card Deborah, I've just got those dies, fabulous:0) Your balloon card is wonderful and what an apt sentiment, love it! Congratulations on your top 3 win, Gay xxx

Mandi said...

Super cartd DEborah. Do actually like the 'Cadbury's ' shade of purple!

Happy new year
Thank you so much
"Less is More"

Julia Aston said...

You've been busy Deborah - what pretty cards all!

Paula (PEP) said...

Well done with the Ribbon Reel entry. Love the LIM colour & I must admit I've been looking at how cards are CASed. Interesting to see your interpretation of this one.
Paula (PEP)

Jeanne J. said...

Deborah, Where to begin??? I love the purple snowflake (you KNOW I'm with you on the purple - and making it shiny is even better!!!) Your CASE card with the balloons is sweet, and your Ribbon Reel design - simply ELEGANT! Your post is a good example of how versatile you are.

Marlena M. said...

Stunning cards, Deborah! ;)

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness Deb!!! These are stunning! The WMS doily looks almost 3D!!! And your balloon card is sooo sweet! And I have to get me that snowflake die!!!!! :)

Jenny said...

Now that spellbinders die IS amazing and the mirri card makes it look a million dollars!
I had those papers too and I love how you've cut the smaller balloons from a different sheet :)
Congrats on your recognition for your card too :)

Jenny x

Jackie said...

Two beautiful cards Deborah. Congratulations on your top 3 spot :o)
Jackie xx

kingstonmama said...

All fabulous cards, Deborah! Your purple one is really stunning. Beautiful! Congrats on your top 3 win, too. Happy New Year! :) Ann Y.

Aileen said...

Fab cards. Love your large purple snowflake. x

Suze Bain said...

What a fabulous selection. Love the die you've used in the LIM one and the balloon one is great. xx

Beryl K said...

Great cards, I love the die cut on your LIM one
Beryl x

Stella said...

Well I could write a comment as long as a novel :)The smple but stunnign desing of your first card; the ornate die is perfect. Purple is not forte but it looks stunning on this card. I love your take on the Case Study challenge; the air balloons are so d.rn cute! And the card you made for your SIL? Such a precious keepsake. Gorgeous!
Hope you had a great night at your hpotography class!

Stella said...

I meant photography and stunning :)

JJ Bolton said...

Great cards Deb! Your photography class sounds like a lot of fun!

A Consuming Passion said...

My Dad used to say "Busy hands are happy hands" ....and you've been very busy Deborah!
Snap ....Walshie and I are taking photography classes too. I'm thinking Scrapbook pages day!
Love your LIM card simply stunning!

Clare said...

Two gorgeous cards, love the purple and your floating balloons! Congrats on being in the top 3 at The Ribbon Reel too!! Thanks for joining us at CASE Study!

Sasha said...

Two lovely cards, Deborah. But I love the vibrance of your LIM card. I have those Spellbinder dies and they are gorgeous:)

Susan said...

What a bunch of fabulous cards, Deborah! LOVE the shiny purple's very classy!

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