Jul 31, 2009

365 Cards - 4 Challenge Catch-up Extravaganza!!

Phew! It has been stifling hot here on Canada's Vancouver coast... especially in my third floor craft room, which faces the afternoon sun. Despite closed blinds, the resulting sauna has been too much to bear, and so I have been kept from my paper and glue. Today, however, was tolerable, and with a fan strategically placed to blow gently on my back as I worked gleefully at my craft table... I got caught up on the 4 challenges to complete the past week. I am happy. I missed my paper and glue.

365 Cards - Challenge 151: A Certain Sentiment

The sentiment we were challenged to put on our card is "You Can Do It".

This one's for my best friend (and fellow papercrafter) Betty, who is in the final stretch of a tough course to complete her level 2 buyers certificate. Betty has more discipline in her little finger than I'll ever have! She works full time, always has time for friends and still finds time to study...

She called me last night to tell me that her latest assignment garnered her an "A" with a 93% mark. Isn't that awesome!! With 6 days left until the final exam, she's hitting the books pretty hard. I wanted to encourage her and let her know how proud I am of her! This card is perfect!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics DP: BasicGrey "Recess" (as are all the card embellishments)

365 Cards - Challenge 152: Peek-a-boo to You

Today's Challenge is all about flaps. Create a fun flap somewhere on your card.

I'm also going to enter this one into Paper Blooms' challenge: Peek-a-boo Hide Your Sentiment

Truth be told, I toiled with this one. I was lost for ideas - even after perusing all the great ideas from the other 365 cards contributors - after all I didn't want to simpy regurgitate someone else's idea!

No, I needed inspiration. Luckily, I found it with a sheet of old Stickopotamus construction stickers. And if you don't have the right background papers - make your own! I found the gravel pit pic on the internet, also found a pic of the sheet metal griddy stuff (what do you call that stuff?) and printed them on HP Everyday Photo Paper. I cut out random 'dirt piles' and stuck 'em all over the card construction site.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Stickers: Stickopotamus Brads: I bought them at Michael's, but I don't remember who made them (I don't keep the original packaging - I have an organizer box thingy) Alphabet Stickers: Making Memories

365 Cards - Challenge 153: Tag You're It!

We were challenged to use a journaling tag, sticker or rub-on on our cards.

I'd been waiting for an opportunity to use this tag! It was a great find at the local dollar store (3 for a buck!) which is actually one of my favourite places to find embellishments.

The rest of the card is pretty simple... 'bugged the background, stamped the image, watercoloured, added Stickles and a paper 'enjoy' ribbon... and voila!

I'm also entering this one into the Pile it On challenge for this week (#8) Include watercolour on your project. Check!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Cuttlebug Folder: Hearts Image: Penny Black 'T' for Transparent "Critter Party" Sentiment: Penny Black Ink: Versafine Watercolour Pencils: Close to My Heart

365 Cards - Challenge 154: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Our card today had to include a mode of transportation - plane, train, auto, bike. Yes! I scored some fab car paper a few weeks ago... perfect for a little boy's card. It's called "Little Guy Traffic Jam" from KI Memories. So cute! I wanted show off this awesome paper, so I kept the card fairly simple, and just constructed a paper traffic light with a fun "Hi!" sentiment. I'm thinking I might still 'pop' a couple of the cars... but I'm not sure. Sometimes simple is best... I'll decide tomorrow. I've been making cards for hours ~ I'm happy, but I'm tired.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics DP: KI Memories Glitter Paper (stoplights): DCWV Alpha Stickers: Making Memories

If you made it to the end of my rather long post... thanks for stickin' it out ~ and come on back soon!

Have a crafty weekend!


Linby said...

Well you caught up in style - great cards, particularly the one for today that is awesome. Thanks for leaving comments on my blog - I really appreciate it. I also know how you friend feels with the studying, I made my card for me for the same reason!


Quirky said...

Oh my goodness!!!

I am enjoying ALL the eye-candy on this post! Your cards are truly bee-autiful! :)

Celeste said...

As always, your cards are beautiful. I enjoy seeing what you come up with. I especially love the construction site card!


Great cards! I was at a lost for today's challenge with planes, trains & automobiles. I found CS mat with cars on it - now to figure out what to do with it since I don't own any transportaion stamps!

TesaB said...

Oh my goodness! AWESOME cards! You sure have been busy! LOVE them all but the peek a boo one is a total fav!!!

Bohemian Gypsy said...

Every one of your cards is wonderful Carolyn! I love them all and the car paper is delightful.

Ella said...

Awesome cards!

Sherry said...

Carolyn, great job on all your cards and for catching up on the challenges this week.

~amy~ said...

good grief carolyn, you were one crafty peep! Lovin' all your cards...woot woot to your friend...she's gonna love that card!

Piali said...

Great cards,Carolyn!!! Love all of them. I am of to make my Card now...

Chrissie said...

Great selection of cards Carolyn. Well caught up! There's an award for you on my blog!

Jenny S. (UK) said...

Great cards, each and every one. Love the traffic lights! I have left you an award on my blog here http://jenny-anydots.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

that has to be the cutest watercolored card EVER!!!! all of your cards are gorgeous!

Thanks for Playing with us @ Pile It On!

-- dalis

PaulaM said...

I love all your cards - the one with the transportation made me smile. You have done a fantastic job with all your cards. TFS

raindropecho said...

All these creations are amazing! Great job on all of them! Thanks for playing along with this week's challenge :D
- Ann @ Pile It On!

Bohemian Gypsy said...

Carolyn, you are so very kind did anybody tell you that? Thankyou so much for leaving such beautiful comments on my blog.
Hugs to you

itsabrt said...

Paper Rock Star!!!BR-T

Jeannie said...

Great job catching up!
Fun cards!

Peace and Luv,

Maureen said...

All great cards! Your watercoloring is perfect and I love that adorable image! Thanks for playing with us at Pile It On!

Leah said...

Wonderful job on all your cards! You have been busy:) Thanks for joining us at Paper Blooms:)

Janis said...

I think the planes, trains, and automobile card is my favorite! How creative! Love the stop light!!

Deanna said...

Wow all great cards!

Thanks for playing!

Dee fr Pile It On DT

Rose said...

All of your cards are fantastic!! what a cute card for your hidden sentiment :) thanks for playing with paperblooms and hope to see you for the next challenge :)