Monday, February 8, 2010

Eggs, Buttons, Bows, and Flourishes!!

Hello everyone....hope y'all had a great Monday!!! I started another diet today....I think it's diet #1,000,000!!! We will see if I can make it till tomorrow!!! Anyway, I have been finishing up some projects and starting some new ones.
Beverly's (beestamper) Double Dog Dare Challenge last month (I'm just a little behind!!! Her challenge is Post #59 in the Double Dog Dare Challenge forum) was to make a non-challenge card......a card that isn't for any challenge whatsoever. The twist is that you have to actually mail it to someone...someone who isn't expecting a card, and you must send it as anonymous.This was the perfect opportunity to use one of the new stamps I bought at CHA in California. The beautiful Easter image called Branch with Eggs is from American Art Stamp. Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, and Pale Plum markers were used to color the stamp prior to stamping on the white cs. The eggs were stamped again with Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap piece of white cs, colored with copics, cutout, and attached with dimensionals. The butterflies were punched out of the Nook and Pantry dp and Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Candy Dots, PTI ribbon, and the scalloped border finish it off.
Stamps: American Art Stamp
Paper: PTI's Scarlet Jewel, So Saffron, White, Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Markers, Candy Dots, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, PTI Ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch

The Featured Stamper on Splitcoast yesterday was Barbara (Bar). She has such a FABULOUS gallery...lots of inspiration to choose from!! I chose to case her Sweetheart -Stamp Simply #121 card. I kept the same layout and kraft card base but changed the stamps, colors, and theme. Images from the Rubbernecker Wildflowers set #465 were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and the PTI buttons were laced with Martha Stewart twine. Ribbon and Candy Dots are the finishing touches.
Stamps: Rubbernecker Wildflowers set #465
Paper: Kraft
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: PTI Buttons, Martha Stewart Twine, Ribbon, Candy Dots

This is the second Featured Stamper card I made yesterday....Barbs gallery is so awesome, I just can't stay away!!! I chose the Your On My Mind card to case. I kept the same layout and use of buttons but changed the colors, papers, and stamps. The flourish from Clear Dollar Stamps Plumes and Blooms set was stamped with Sage Shadow and I changed the papers to Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry. The tag was stamped with a sentiment from CDS's Peace for the Journey set. The buttons, twine, and ribbon finish it off.
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Plumes & Blooms and CDS's Peace for the Journey
Paper: PTI's Scarlet Jewel, White, Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry
Ink: Sage Shadow
Accessories: PTI's Ribbon and Buttons, Twine, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!!! I will be watching the Bachelor....silly old me!!!!


Crystal said...

Oh my Joan your first card and those eggs are just soooo adorable and yet sooo beautiful!!! LOVE LOVE your cas card too with those buttons, so fabulous!! YIKES and I LOVE the color combo on the third one!!! All very BEAUTIFUL and stunning creations Joan!!!! You have been soooo busy!!! Stampin Hugs!!!! :)

Dawn B. said...

You have been busy.. I love these cards. I am trying to use buttons more and more.. They really add to your creation. I am on diet number one billion too.. It is so hard.. Good luck.

Kimberly S said...

Wow, you are always so busy stamping, and these are just gorgeous! I'm just loving the way those eggs came out on the Branch with Eggs, and the button flowers and flourishes are so pretty! :)

Barb said...

Oh, Joan, these are all gorgeous! Thanks for the gentle reminder that Easter will be here before we know it. And your use of buttons on the other cards is inspired! I'm doing some catch-up on my favorite blogs so I'm off to see what other treasures you've created!


Susan (rainy) said...

Joan you are so creative! Three beautiful designs! Love them all.

Fern said...

Wow, Joan!! I love these!! What a gorgeous Easter Card with those beautiful eggs hanging from the tree branch!! I love the sparkle and the pp!!! And your CAS cards are fabulous as well, I love the colors.. Joan, your work is gorgeous!!
Good luck with the diet.. I think I've been on one all my life, off and on.. lol Hugs!!

Dawn Easton said...

Joan, girl you can crank out such beautiful cards! Your first card is so pretty, love the colours!! Your second and third card are fantastic with those buttons!! Love those embellies!!

Cassie said...

These are all so beautiful, Joan. I love your CAS card in the middle and your images for the first one are perfect! TFS ;D

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Joan, these are all so stunning!! Your title describes everything so perfectly here! :) So beautiful and inspiring!!HUGS

Rose Ann said...

Your first card is so springy and pretty, Joan...and I totally ♥ the simplicity of your button flowers card!! Your flourishes are so pretty on your final card, and I love the pretty papers too!!

Harriet Skelly said...

Joan I love all three cards! I love that springy dp on the first and the CAS designs on the last two.

Holly said...

Ack! I love that branch with the eggs!!!!!! Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And two more clean and simple cards with the buttons?? Whassup with YOU?? Loving this clean and simple kick you are on!

Tammy Hershberger said...

That Easter card is FABULOUS, Joan! LOVE the eggs, and the little dainty flowers and the butterfly punched from the BG paper! And LOVE your Bar-inspired cards, too! Glad you had fun in her gallery!

Joanne (jojot) said...

loving all your button 'work'...and that partial border punch effect on the first card...fab work, as usual

maryr917 said...

love all 3 cards joan-the kraft with the flower buttons is fab-I guess the trend is cas cards now_ i am seeing them everywhere.
I wish you well on your diet

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Holy smokers you have been busy. The eggs hanging down are so cute. I like the button flowers, that is so sweet. And beautiful flourishes with the buttons. I really like that one.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

These are gorgeous Joan!! Love all your colors and designs. So springy and fun!! Love your use of the buttons too!

Maria Matter said...

Joan, these are so fabulous!! I love the way you used the buttons!!
Blessings, Maria

Cindy Lawrence said...

I hear ya on the dieting, girl! These cards are all GORGEOUS! Love your use of buttons! :)

Cindy Lawrence said...

I hear ya on the dieting, girl! These cards are all GORGEOUS! Love your use of buttons! :)

Anonymous said...

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I'm eagerly anticipating the day when I will finally be able to afford a 20 TB hard drive, hahaha. But for now I will be content with having a 16 gig Micro SD Card in my R4i.

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Denise (peanutbee) said...

Holy smokes, girl, you've been busy! These are all so beautiful. Love the papers and yellow ribbon on the first one, the button card with the brown gingham is just adorable and that's one of my favorite color combos.

....I watch the Bachelor too! Oh the drama, lol!

Juliana said...

These are three FABULOUS cards!!!
I love that Easter Tree card! It is so fresh--those dp butterflies are brilliant!

The CAS card has me *THUNKING* my forehead--for not thinking to use buttons like that!!! It looks adorable!!

AND that CDS card!! Very sweet and elegant!! Again, the buttons look GREAT!!

Great work, Joan!

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

What beautiful designs! I love all your details and that butterfly card is so divine!!!


Tricia said...

Oooo... gorgeous Plumes and Blooms card! I love those colors!