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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Two Challenge Cards



Good morning everyone...I wasn't going to stamp today. I am trying to get my Christmas decorations boxed up and stuff put away in the craft room but Julia's challenge drew me in. What can I say...I'm weak!!
The Ways to Use It challenge this week is to finding ways to use Color Combo wheels or web-sites for a fun push away from our usual combos. The site I went to is called Kuler and the color combo I picked is called Cherry Cola....peach, brown, and pink.






I used the Clear Dollar Stamps set called Chocoholic, stamped the images with Memento Rich Cocoa, colored the cuppies with Pretty in Pink and Cameo Coral, covered them with Crystal Effects, added Dazzling Diamonds, cut them out and attached with a glue dot.

Nesties were used for all the layers and the ribbon matched the Rose Red paper perfectly!! It was in a bag if scraps so I don't know where I bought it.

The paper is called Jolie Chocolat by SEI.



I made this card for the color challenge on SCS Tuesday but didn't have a chance to share it with you.

Again, I used Clear Dollar Stamps images...this set is called Spring Critters. The colors for the challenge were Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, and Kraft.

The bunny was paper pieced with the Fancy Pants dp, the bear was stamped on Kraft and the ball was paper pieced, and the chick was stamped on white and colored with copics. The flowers, buttons, and ribbon finish it off.









Sorry about the terrible lighting on these pictures. I took them at night and my lighting just wasn't enough. I need to get another light to brighten up my area. What kind of lighting do y'all use to get professional looking pics?? I had sunlight coming in the window when I took the top picture so it looks pretty good.

Anyway, I am off to play with my new Stampin Up! catty...my DD brought one to me last night and I already have too much on my list!! Have a great day and thanks for visiting today!!



Recipe for Chocolate card:
Stamps: Clocoholic by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whister White, Jolie Chocolat by SEI
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Ribbon, Dazzlng Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Folder, Nestabilities, Dimensionals

Recipe for Spring Critters Card:
Stamps: Spring Critters by Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Whisper White, Fancy Pants dp
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Nestabilities, Ribbon, Primas, Buttons, Dimensionals

23 comments:

Rose Ann said...

What a cute sentiment and pretty Valentine!! Your bunny card is adorable, and I love the colors and embellishments!! Great cards, Joan!!

Rose Ann said...

Oh...the birdie and bear are cute as well...but the bunny really stands out. ;)

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh they're both adorable, but I especially like the blue nobunny like you card....looooove it!

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

I just love that color combo, and your card is too cute! Yeah, I saw Julia's challenge. I MUST find time to play...looks like a fun one!

Kerry D-C said...

these are just lovely!!! love all colors and details!

Rebecca Ednie said...

What lighting you need depends on your camera. When I went from point and shoot to SLR with an adjustable flash, I really didn't need my photo tent anymore. The flash can be set softer so there is no overexposure even when up close which was my previous problem. Unless you have a camera like that or one is on it's way, I recommend aphori tent with side lights. If you look online at photography supply sites or your local camera store, you can find one easily. You usually get a variety of backdrops, a box of some kind with light transluscent fabric side panels and two small lights that shine through the fabric side panels lighting your object. Things to look for are replaceable bulbs for the lights, a box that foods or collapses for storage, backdrops you like (mine were grey and brilliant blue -bleh, I substitute white damask fabric), adjustable tilt and height of lights if you ever photograph larger stuff like scrap pages or gift items. You don't want only the bottom half lit! For the same reason, check the size! My photography improved 1000% when I got the photo tent even before the SLR! It still improved the photos even now. The aren't even that expensive, $20-40. Of course, they go up from there but you can get something decent in that price range. HTH

Rebecca Ednie said...

Oops that should have said 'a photo' not aphori. And a fold up tent, not a food tent. I must preview comments that long which don't all fit into the box at once...

Jackie said...

Beautiful cards Joan! love both of them and the colors of the first one are especially nice!!!!

Lisa Foster said...

Wow Joan! These are so cute! Love the "fall in chocolate sentiment"...hehehe...don't tell the Mr. though :)
I'm dying to see the new catty... I'm sure I'll have a list like yours!

Jackie said...

Hi Joan! Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your work...I left you a little something on my blog---CONGRATS!!!

Anne said...

Look at you!! What great cards you made with the color challenges!! I loved the way you tilted the Nesti label on the first card, I almost didn't recognize it! Beautiful color combos on both of these cute cards!!

Norine said...

really like them both and the colors are so pretty. Love how you did the bunnies etc in the oval
Hugs
Norine

Jerri Jimenez said...

Oh my gosh Joan, I love the way you used the nesties on this design, just fabulous!

Superscrapifragilisticspalidocious said...

You make the most delicious cards. I love the color combination. Off to the link to check out other color combinations.

Julia Aston said...

Two great color challenge cards Joan! I love the pink/chocolate one with the fun sentiment!! and the animals are just so cute on the blue one - super designs on both!

we had fun snowshoeing yesterday for an hour even though it was just about 4 degrees - but it was sunny and no wind and we were really BUNDLED up! It's so beautiful in the woods with the snow! we're going again today and it's even colder! so it will be a slightly shorter run!

Michelle said...

As always Joan your cards are terrific! the valentine is just as sweet as be and the bunny card is super cute!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Oh that is such a sweet card with the animals and the soft colors. I love the chocolate, great sentiment.

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Love your chocolate truffles Joan...what a yummy card. And your critters are just darling in their piecings. Fabulous cards!!

Susan (rainy) said...

What wonderful cards, Joan! Love the sentiment on the chocolate one... ain't that the truth! hehe And the bunny card is absolutely wonderful. I love the colors you used.. and the lighting?.. well I think it looks awesome. It really shows the dimension and gives a vintage feel to the card. Love 'em both!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh yay and I forgot to say that I am EXTREMELY jealous that you have the new SU! catty. I still haven't gotten mine.

*pacing*

Christi said...

Both of your cards are SOO cute!!!!!

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Two completely different designs but both are wonderful! I love how you added dimension to them!

Danita said...

Joan, both of these cards are beautiful!!!WOWOWOWOW, they both are just gorgeous!!! I love how you made the one label as if it were a diamond shape, very clever!!!