Friday, May 1, 2009

mytimess32 and bonus birthday card ...and blog candy giveaway

Happy saturday! Saturdays are the best since it's time for a new My Time to Create challenge with the Fabulous Lauren Meader! Check out the sketch challenge and bonus birthday challenge here and then carve out some time to get crafty!

The challenge team has been cooking up some challenge goodness for you...see the peaks above! I have listed their names on my sidebar under the My Time clock blinkie. Check out the links for more sketch inspiration from Lauren Meader, Lisa, Odette, Jennifer, Pam, Tracey, Kristen, Dawn Easton, Kendra, MacKenzie Bruckler, Maria Levine, Tamara Harder and me, Dana clicking neccessary for me, just scroll down ----> :)

The sketch .... head over to Lauren's blog to post YOUR creation on the Mr Linky :)

And my card....ain't life grand? I have meaning to ink up this amazing chandelier from SU! for a while now but just didn't have the "right" plan for it. Along came Lauren's sketch and Dawn McVey's Damask Designs and I was off to the ball! :) I was going for a sort of vintage grandma's dining room meets the grand ball sort of thing. The damask image was stamped in light pink to create the PERFECT "wall paper" for my chandelier. I also stamped the Fleur di lis type image in gray over my new fave cardstock, Aqua Mist from PTI. The diamond print on charcoal is an embossing plate from SU!. More on that section in a minute.

The chandelier was the perfect palette for bling so it received mini gems on the bottom crystals and in the middle area. A scallop lace punch finished this panel off.

The ain't life grand sentiment, another LOVE in this set, just barely fits on the SU! label punch..this too called for a little bling.

And back to the charcoal panel of cardstock. I first ran it through the SU! embossing plate and then rubbed a versamark pad over the top to really bring out the pattern of the embossing. It's quite dapper in real life! I completed that panel with the aqua mist vintage buttons from PTI (LOVE!) and more bling to make them shine! This panel reminds me of a shirt front or a tux vest..something like that!

And next up...a happy birthday and SWEET WISHES to my new blogging friend, Lauren Meader! Her birthday is May 3rd and, girlie, this virtual bday card is for YOU! I hope you like rainbow sherbet!

This card uses the totally adorable sweet chocolate set from My Cute Stamps! There are a ton of images in this set, here I chose to go with the ice cream cone, chocolate chip and the sweet wishes sentiment. I started by sponging the pink, orange and lime inks onto white cardstock and then stamping with the ice cream stamp over the top. Then, stamped the image again on kraft cs for the cone. I detail cut both pieces out and adhered them to another piece of kraft cardstock. The icecream needed some shimmer so it is loaded with fine clear glitter and then popped on foam tape. Again, I used the diamond pattern embossing plate from SU! and cut out the oval and scallop oval with Nestabilities.

The chip and sentiment were stamped on orange cardstock I "frosted" a bit with white ink and more clear glitter. The line of dots is also stamped from a PTI set and I added the white dots around the sentiment with a sharpie poster paint pen...looks like sprinkles everywhere! This shot also illustrates the fun dimension the ribbon and chipboard button add.

A close up of the shine on the ice cream...the clear glitter is just enough to make it glisten. Looks good enough to eat!

OK, now on to the blog candy.... I will be drawing a name from the entries on the post from Tuesday for a gift certificate for a My Timeless Template designed by Lauren. Now is your final chance to enter your comment on that post! You have until 6pm PST today to comment. I will draw a name and post the winner tonight so check back to see if you are the winner! Don't miss out on this!

OK, that's it for now! I hope you've had a little fun with me today....have a good one friends!


Ain't life Grand
Cardstock: PTI, bazzill
Stamps: PTI, SU
Ink: Pallette and SU!
punch: Martha Stewert and SU!
Embossing plate: SU!
Other: ribbon, gems, and buttons from PTI

Sweet Wishes!
Cardstock: PTI
Patterned Paper: KI Memories
Stamps: My Cute Stamps and PTI (line of orange dots)
Ink: pallette and SU!
Punch: su! and cm
dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinders
chipboard flower: Colorbok
Other: glitter, hemp twine, ribbon ($1 michaels), sharpie poster paint white pen


Lisa (lakind) said...

Dana, these cards are amazing! I love the chandelier...I only inked it up once! I'll have to pull it out again, thanks to you! Great job on your first MTTC challenge!


Sassy Scrapin' said...

That chandelier is so elegant yet fun! I love background the look of the background you did too! great work!

Tracey Cuccia said...

GREAT job Dana! Love the sketch card and your b-day card for Lauren!! Woo-hoo go girlie!

Elise said...

Holy Moly, Olly! Can you say, "over the top!?!" I knew you were goooood, but OMG! YOU'RE all that and a crystal chandelier! Yee Haw! I don't even know how to contain my excitement over BOTH cards, my head is twitching! They are excellent! How cool does that punch work with the chandelier? Perfect! You're ROCKIN those cards! And the photography of your work looks extremely professional and just makes your cards SPARKLE even more! WOW! You're a Rock Star, baby!

apigonfire said...

wowzers!!! this is beyond fabulous! I'm going to have to kick my creations up a notch! :)

Katie Cotton said...

beautiful projects and OMG, LOVE that rainbow sherbert ice cream cone!

Dawn Easton said...

Wowzers girl....both cards are amazing! LOVE the elegance of your first one and how you've added bling to the buttons...GREAT idea!
That ice cream cone SCREAMS fun to me...LOVE it!

Tamara said...

I love that chandelier card. It has an amazing feeling of elegance. all of the details are fantastic, from the wallpaper, to the bling. Great work. You are a great addition to the MTTC team.

Kristin Bueter said...


Love the elegant card you created for Lauren's sketch! It's soooo pretty!! Your colors are great also.

Oh, and what a sweet gesture to post a "virtual" card for Lauren's birthday! Great idea ;O) Love how you created the sherbert and the fine glitter was a perfect touch!


Stampin' Pam said...

Dana you are amazing - the chandelier card is just lovely - all the details are what make it so "grand". What a charmer. THe BD card is just "YUMMY" and fun - love the colors and glitz. Great way to start off our new DT challenges.

BethieJ said...

Dana your cards are LOVELY!! Congrats on the DT with Lauren.. so looking forward to what you girls have in store for us!!!
have a GREAT day!

Cammie said...

Great cards! The chandlelier card is quite elegant! All the elements fit together so nicely. Lauren did well when she chose you!

Anonymous said...

These cards are super elegant!!! I simply love the rainbow sherbet card for Lauren. I look forward to seeing your work. Kudos on being on Lauren's DT!!

Karen said...'ve got your hands on that chandelier! I've been drooling over that since I first saw it. And you certainly did it justice, c'est magnifique!! Love how you combined it with Dawn's Damask set and of course, added your bling!

Lauren's mouth is going to be watering for that sherbert, its just delightful! Actually, she'll probably love that she can eye it in all its splendor and not consume a single calorie for it! :>

You do amazing work, Miss Dana!!! :>:>

MacKenzie said...

LOVE it! I really *need* to just break down and buy this set!

tg said...

Wow, the chandelier card is awesome. You are right, the damask stamps go perfectly here. All the bling rocks too. Love the little tab.

The ice cream looks so edible. Love the color blend.

Ahh I must go make something. You have been so busy...

Maria Levine said...

OHH, awesome job on both!! I love the glistening ice cream! Awesome stuff.

Lauren (mytime) said...

OH WOW! I love them both! All the details make them a WOW!! Super sponging on my b-day card! WOW! Love it.Looks delicious :D