Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It is a challenge being challenged! : )

Three challenges the same challenge! All were created using things from "my stash" and having at least one element on them that I have NEVER used before and all based on different challenge sketches from CPS : )
The first is my challenge card for the CPS#106 card. This is only my second time doing this challenge and this was a challenge for me! I can't decide if I am "supposed" to follow the drawing exactly or not LOL So if you are looking at my card and wondering how I saw this weeks sketch in my card please know.... I did try! Papers are from Close to My Heart. The image is a stamp I have NEVER used because my friend "Beach Bum" just RAKed it to me : ) and the flower is one I have in my huge drawer of flowers. I love the flowers, I admire them on other people's cards but I RARELY feel I can get them to "work". The sentiment is a Rub on by "One Heart-One Mind" because I'm quickly becoming a poster child advocate for Rub-ons!! : )
My next card is for Rae's "Use it" challenge. I love Bella images but I am not thrilled with this card. The challenge was to use up supplies we already own. For this weeks card we were to specifically use: paper we love, something we have NEVER used before, a ribbon and a button.
For my Bella card I used an image that I do not own. If I did own it I think I would re-do and "tweak" this card to make it better. OK! moving on... : ) In my "Stash" I have at least 200 images that I have received in swaps and for RAKs or just from friends wanting to share their great images with me. I have been vowing! to turn to these images and USE them!! The solid cardstock is called "So Saffron" (one of my favs) by SU and I stamped it with a little flower stamp that I LOVE from TAC. The pattern paper is a favorite of mine as well and the button... it IS a great button, isn't it?! I bought this button - along with a couple of other of similar sized buttons in blue last April while at a PCMB retreat in Madison, WI. I love them but have never never used one before!
The third card is also for a challenge similar to Rae's Use it challenge. My good friend Vicky "lavenderblue", from the PCMB, hosted a challenge this week as well. In her challenge she challenged us to use a stamp that we have never or rarely used and create a paper crafted item in a style that we don't normally use. I chose an image by Magenta that was on a Rollagraph. I think the Rollagraph images are a good value. I like to buy them and cut them off the roller - mount them on cling foam and use them un-mounted. That is what I did with this image about 8 years ago. There are actually 4 windows of flowers but for this card I only used three. I believe I have Never ever used this image! and after working so hard on this card I'm pretty sure I never will again! I just don't like it. I'll probably RAK it to some poor unsuspecting person! I love the colors in this card but they are a lot darker than I would normally use. I tend to use dark colors in small amounts so I am not sure I like this card either! I stamped the "Because you're Special flourish image (also a RAK from Beach Bum that I have never used) on a piece of acetate and slid a lighter lime green paper behind the writing so it would show up better. : )
This is a long post! : ) you knew that right!!?? LOL but some days it is a challenge just being me! *wink* Thank you for sticking it out til the end of this novel. I hope you are having a great week.


Suzanne :O ) said...

look at you challenging up a storm! :D these are all great cards! I just bought that "because you're special" stamp but I love what you did with it, how you added the gems! nice job on all 3! :D

Judy said...

My, my, my Miss Patti - you have been a busy girl! I love all your cards. On the first one, when I do sketch challenges, I usually vary my design a little bit - not always, but usually. I can see the original sketch in your card so I think you did great. I like the Bella too. It's very fun and spring-y. Would you believe that I came "this close" to buying about 7 or 8 Bella stamps yesterday? I don't know what came over me. :) And on the third card, I think it's beautiful. No - it's not your usual style, but I think it's really pretty. It's actually a lot like I think my style is - or use to be before I started liking all these crazy Magnolias, Bellas, mice and bunnies. :)

Sorry for the loooong comment - but it was a long post.:) TFS

coldwaters2 said...

What a gorgeous selection of cards you are very clever and I love all three the images in the third one I particularly love. Great job.

Lorraine x

Susan said...

I love all 3 cards Patti.....excellent job on mastering the challenges. I also have tons of images from swaps and friends and I need to start using them. I should force myself to use at least one a week.

Terri E. said...

Great cards! I really like the swirls and the flower accent on the cps sketch card.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

rae said...

wow WOW wow Ms. Patti!!!
You have been a busy challenge girl now haven't you?! ♥love♥ each and every one of your cards, and am totally impressed with how you used your stash... amazing work my friend ;)
Thank you SO much for playing along with the first Use It! challenge!!

Jeanne Ramsey said...

Hey Patti - It's Jeanne from Scrapbook Studio in Wausau. I just wanted to tell you what a joy it was to meet you the other week when you came into my Studio to get some work done - wish you could have stayed much longer.

You are just a card making crazy girl lately. I love your challenges and thanks for posting the recipe cards from your friends. They are great.

Patti, can you email me privately( I can ask you about your "white" sympathy card. I am very "blogged" challenged and can't seem to find out how to email you directly from your blog, only how to leave a comment. I think I have your email at work, but of course, I am at home now and I might forget to do this tomorrow.

Thanks for all the great inspiration Patti. Hope to hear from you soon.


GiftsByHeidi said...

Hi Patti, you're on a roll!! Love your Bella card, it's so spring looking. That button is great on it. Love your other cards too!

Lea L. said...

Beautiful utilized all those challenges wonderfully! Great job with sketch 106...thanks for playing at CPS this week!


Anonymous said...

Look at you go Patti! I love all 3 of the challenge cards.And I especially love the Big button on your bella card. The first card (hello) Is stunning! and the last card with the three types of flowers is gorgeous. You sure are on a roll.

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

You have been busy! ;-) The cards are great!

dannisdoodles said...

this is fabulous, and so many challenges, awesome job!!!

Linda Beeson said...

Wowie, you have been busy! LOVE what you did with all of your cards but especially the CPS sketch.

Jennie Skaggs said...

WOW...they are all so gorgeous. I am going to have to check out Rae's site....though I haven't made a card in months.

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful job on all the challenges Patti - love the CPS one!

Pamela said...

Great cards!

Krista B. said...

Your cards are beautiful, I love them all :)

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

I really love your take on the CPS challenge! It's simply gorgeous! The image stamp was a nice touch. Just curious as I'm new to all of this, but what does RAK stand for?

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

ant me. said...

Hi Diane : )

Good question! : ) A RAK is a "Random Act of Kindness" as a teacher you will have to scold me : ) because it surely is not proper to say my friend "random acted of kindnessed" to me LOL but we paper crafters walk in lots of liberty in many areas heeheehee!

Thank you for your post. Patti