Sunday, April 6, 2008

Square Cards and an Award

Hello! Sorry it's been a couple days since I posted -- we've had a lot going on around here. I wanted to share a couple cards I made since my last post. I really like 4.25" square cards, because they will fit in a standard A2 envelope -- no extra postage! The first one is a card I made for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. I didn't win, but it was fun to play! :) The challenge was to use a background stamp for something other than a background. For some reason this design came to mind right away! She's thinking happy thoughts! I know, she doesn't have a head, but just work with me! ;) The focal image is from Serenity Now. I paper pieced her outfit and mat with BasicGrey Stella Ruby paper and colored the rest with Copics. I used the lotus blossom image from Serenity Now to create a pattern on her top.Her thought bubble is the cloud from Rain or Shine -- I stamped it in Soft Sky ink, cut it out, and sponged the edges with Sahara Sand. I used the "Happy" background stamp from Happy Occasions to be her happy thoughts. I added a couple rhinestones and mounted the cloud on a Pop Dot. I machine stitched the top of the striped panel and used a corner rounder to scallop the bottom. The sentiment from Essential Sentiments is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

This second card is one that I made for my niece, who will be 16 tomorrow!! Every girl needs a pink polka-dotted truck, don't cha think? ;) I used SU! Spring Fling paper and SU! stamp sets Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories. I paper pieced the truck and colored the rest of the image with Prismacolor Pencils. Then I added some sparkle to the gifts with a Sakura Stardust Jellyroll pen. I drew the ground line with a Basic Black marker. I embellished with SU! brads, SU! Wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain, and May Arts pink dotted organdy.

Lastly, I was thrilled and honored when Kirsten Dubosque (ked) gave me this Arte Y Pico award. Kirsten is one of my favorite stampers!!! Thanks so much, Kirsten!!! Here's how it works.

The rules of this award are....
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity,design,interesting material,and also contributes to the blogging community,no matter what language.
2. Each award has to give the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog ,so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.

Now, I'm gonna wimp out on Rule 1. I can't possibly choose 5 blogs -- I am so inspired by so many fantastic bloggers!!! I hope you'll forgive me! :)

That's it for now! We're expecting some beautiful spring weather here this week -- maybe it will inspire some spring projects! I hope you'll stop back! Thanks so much for visiting -- you don't know how much I appreciate it! :)


Dawn Easton said...

OH Christina, I love the first card for all the paper piecing!! I love that technique but don't do it often enough!
The second card is stinkin' cute! LOVE the pink polka dotted truck...hehe! 16 is a BIG deal!
Congrats on your award too!!

Carolyn King said...

Wonderful cards--I love the happy thoughts one (send me some of those will ya?) and the second card is darling--LOVE the polka dotted truck. how cute!

Congrats on the award!

Christi said...

Both of your cards are adorable!!! Congrats on the award-very deserving. :)

shel9999 said...

The MFT card is adorable! I love the girl's top! And what a great sweet-16 card! Too cute!

LeAnne said...

This truck is just too stinkin' cute! I want one.