Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Two Challenges, Two Cards

Yesterday over on Splitcoaststampers there was a Clean and Simple (CAS) sketch challenge and a Technique Lovers (TLC) challenge. Both caught my eye so I went to work! I had so much fun that I ended up making two cards--both fill the requirements for both challenges.

The TLC challenge was to make a five layer button. Basically you use paper layered on top of each other with Crystal Effects on top to make a button. How simple! You can make the 'button' in any color or shape. See the post HERE for more detailed instructions.

To make the 'buttons' on the card above, I punched out 12 flowers with my Boho Blossoms punch. (I did 4 layer buttons instead of 5.) I adhered the flowers together and then used my paper-piercing tool to poke the holes. I topped it all with a coat of Crystal Effects--being careful to not fill the holes. While I let that dry, I worked on the rest of the card. The sentiment comes from the set All Holidays. The stamp actually says "My dear kind & wonderful friend" so I used my Rich Razzleberry marker on the "wonderful friend" part since that was all I wanted. Finished card size is 3 3/4" by 5 1/2".
Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: Rich Razzleberry marker
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/2'" Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot ribbon, Boho Blossoms punch, paper-piercing tool, Crystal Effects, Linen Thread, glue dots, dimensionals
The second card I made uses the set Pumpkin Patch from the Mini Catalog. Instead of using linen thread to tie through the button (like I usually do!) I used my Tabletop Cutter to cut a very thin strip of Old Olive card stock. I carefully pulled it through the button, tied it once and then curled it a bit. I wanted it to look like those curly things on the top of the pumpkin. Anyone know if there is a name for those things?? Anyway, once I had the card together, I added Crystal Effects to the pumpkins too--with the button so nice and shiny, the pumpkins looked a little bare. :-) Finished card size is 3 3/4" by 5 1/2".
Stamps: Pumpkin Patch
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: paper-piercing tool, 1/2" circle punch, Crystal Effects, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals

5 comments:

yaphastamps said...

Love the idea of only using the "wonderful friend" part of that stamp! And your buttons are great!

Christine Bell said...

Both of them are so cute, but the pumpkin one is my favorite! I just love working with fall colors. I love all the little details you put into it.

Marie said...

Fabulous cards - love those buttons!!!

Crystal L. said...

Super-cute! I LOVE how you made the faux?) button look like a pumpkin with the curls! What a clever idea!

Cindy Major said...

This is so pretty! Love the shiny pumpkins and the super cute frill on your button :D

Cindy