Thursday, November 25, 2010

Another Challenge - Holiday Cards

This week I chose to use another Character Cafe design to enter the challenge at Our Daily Bread. This is a lovely Thanksgiving/Fall design:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Challenge

One of the reasons I enjoy being on design teams is that you sometimes get assignments that are outside of your comfort zone - either in what you are to make, how you are to make it, or color outside of your favorites. One of the assignments I had from the local store I design for - Wiggles and Giggles, was to make a layout from the new Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 line, which is one of the trend you see now with the retro colors - which are REALLY not my colors! You know me - I love bright colors, especially jewel tones. This is about as far away from that as you can get! :)

Anyway - two of the phrases on the two embellishment sheets I was given sparked what pictures I might use: "You and Me. Always." and "Home is Where the Heart Is." At first I thought about recording all the places we had lived, but I couldn't find the pictures! (That worries me, and I'll have to follow up on where all my pictures are!) So then I decided to use pictures of us at different stages in our relationship. I found a picture from our wedding reception, a professional portrait we had done about 5 years in, and then one of us taken at Christmas a few years ago. I then added in a couple of pictures with the grandkids. I cut out some of the motifs from another piece of the paper in the collection, and added some pearls I had in my stash that matched the colors really well - I got them at Michaels - it had the red, green and gold all together!

I think it turned out pretty good in the end! What do you think? The pictures got a little skewed in the scanning, but you can get the idea.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Feature Friday at The Character Cafe

This week our challenge was to use neutral colors and to make a flower. I used the cardinal image released this month with a scrap of Anna Griffin paper I had that was just perfect -neutral colors and Christmas to boot! I then added a poinsettia I made out of a stamp from Holly Berry House. The center of the flower is actually a white brad that I covered with gold Stickles.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Winner of Last Week's Blog Hop - Festive Lion from The Character Cafe

Congratulations Linda S! You are the winner of the Festive Lion image from The Character Cafe!

There were 4 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

Linda S
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Paper Sundae's Challenge #43 Let It Snow

I thought I would use The Character Cafe's new November release for this challenge. It is a nostalgic image of a father and son bringing home a Christmas tree. Like it? Get it HERE!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Layout Class at Wiggles & Giggles December 4

I'll be teaching a Christmas class at Wiggles and Giggles in Wethersfield on December 4 at 1:00. We'll make two layouts and three cards! Yeah, I know, ambitious! We'll be working with this cool kit from Creative Imaginations that comes with 23 sheets of paper and a sticker sheet and red gems! Even after we make the layouts and cards you'll still have paper to play with!

Here's what they layouts look like - the two-page spread was designed by Lori Gentile - I designed the rest. The layouts are fairly simple, so anyone can take the class. It does require some detail cutting, however, so if that's not your thing, you will want to consider that.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November Blog Hop at The Character Cafe - Friday 11/5

It's blog hop time again! The Character Cafe has some great holiday images just released for you. Come see what the design team has done! Visit each blog and leave comments at each, and at the Character Cafe blog, for your chance to win two new release images AND a $5.00 gift certificate to The Character Cafe. I will also be giving away my image, Festive Lion, from the folks leaving comments on this blog!

My image, Festive Lion is below. However, if you didn't come here from Chelsea's blog, and you want to participate in the blog hop, you need to start at the beginning - go to The Character Cafe Store to start.

Here is the complete order and what everyone is working on:

Jessica - Harvest
Joyce - Christmas Tree Shopping
Deanette - Cardinal
Georgia - Remy & Fredrik
Fink - Harvest
Cleota - Stefan & Katherine
Lola - Christmas Tree Shopping
Chelsea - Cardinal
Nancy - Festive Lion
Back to the Character Cafe Blog!

OK - here he is: Festive Lion! I colored him with my Copics, and mounted him using my Spellbinders Nestabilities. I used Christmas papers from Hot Off the Press's Ultimate Christmas Creative Pack and added a gold Dazzle border and some punched out shapes. Of course I had to add some bling! So I added Stickles to the punched elements.

Once you leave your comment here, proceed on to The Character Cafe blog! You're almost done! :)