The first challenge AA is called Mae's Joy and the requirements are to make a joy fold card using the colour red, some bling and to make it "diva-worthy". I used the beautiful A Rose Is A Rose set as we all know red roses are definately something all divas must get loads of each week!!! I also used the gorgeous matching Bella Rose DSP, which I finally found on eBay. What do you think?
This is the joy fold when it's closed. You can use a sentiment or something on the bottom left corner to keep it closed, but I used ribbon instead for something a bit different.
This is the card open - I lightly stamped the smaller flower in Pink Pirouette on the inside where you would write your greeting.
Stamps: A Rose Is A Rose
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP
Inks: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss ribbon, Stardust Stickles
For the second challenge A, Babies, Babies, we had to make a baby card using monochromatic colours. I decided to use this card that I made last week for the Charisma Cardz challenge which was also using monochromatic colours.
Stamps: Something Sweet
Papers: Bashful Blue cs and DSP, Whisper White
Inks: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Light Blue Gingham ribbon, Crystal Effects
The third challenge, B, is called Rain, Rain Go Away! and we had to make a wet looking card using Crystal Effects/3D gloss, dew drops, acetate etc etc. I used Crystal Effects and Zoomz (like Dew Drops) on mine and used my Tilda In The Rain stamp with a really cute greeting "When Life Gives You A Rainy Day..." and inside it says " Remember to Play in the Puddles!" Fantastic!!! I also used the sketch from Sketch 'n' Color #8 and CC40 to use one colour from 3 different lists. I chose to use Bashful Blue from list A, Kraft from list B and Chocolate Chip from list C.
Stamps: Tilda In The Rain from Magnolia, Play in The Puddles from High Hopes
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Non SU white cs, Bella Bleu DSP, Bashful Blue DSP
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Ciaos
Accessories: Blue Zoomz (like Dew Drops), Crystal Effects
My card for the next challenge C, May Flowers is another duplicate. We had to use popped up flowers - an easy one. I try to join up as many challenges as I can because my crafting time tends to be limited to the weekend. I just don't have the energy after work to get all my stuff out and find the inspiration to make something. I decided to use this card from last weekend as well. The centres of each flower are all popped up on foam pads.
Stamps: Beautiful Bloom II and Big Bold Wishes both from PTI
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, MS Cornice border punch (on the inside)
Challenge D, Invitation Inspiration , is to make a baby shower card, gift tag or invite. I did this one today and here's my attempt. I also used the sketch for Mojo #135 and the old color challenge from SCS CC25 to use Ballet Blue and So Saffron. I found this very old DSP in one of my Papermania 12x12 paper storage holders and thought it went perfectly with this sentiment.
Stamps: Bundled in Love
Paper: Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Non SU White, DSP from Paper Pizazz
Inks: So Saffron, Ballet Blue, Summer Sun marker
Accessories: So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch
The next challenge, E, June Brides, was to make a bridal shower card using the folded frame technique. I haven't used this technique for years - it was one of the first ones I really did before my love of stamping took over. I decided to use my new unopened pack of Night & Day DSP for this one with a touch of Regal Rose and I love it! Not your usual wedding card, but still elegant in its own way. I used the layout from Mercy's sketch challenge #70 as well.
Stamps: Mr & Mrs (Together Forever in the US catalog)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Night & Day DSP
Inks: Basic Black, Regal Rose Marker
Accessories: Whisper White Satin Ribbon
Well that's all my cards for this mini VSN - hope you enjoyed looking at them all. If you do join in any of challenges, leave me a link to your cards/projects, so I can come and have a peek.