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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Catching Up!

So.....where have I been you might ask?!! Truthfully, I needed a wee little break, had some computer issues, and then before I could post again, things got crazy and then I was struggling to keep up! Hopefully, you'll forgive my absence when you see all the little goodies I have in store for you with this post!!

First I have the Case Myself Challenge post from the Bloggers' Challenge last week. One of my favorite recent cards was this one made at the end of March. But, this time I turned it around... that meant that the greeting needed to move. As usual, I guess I took a bit of creative license! If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I just adore the Top Note Die! Used the Big Shot, of and easy!

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, 3 For You (retired)
Inks: White Craft, Always Artichoke
CS: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Misc: Trio Flower Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlet, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Glitter Pen (by Sakura), Mini Glue Dots, Wide Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Filigree Designer Brads, Always Artichoke Mini Brad

Next is MaryJo's Lunchtime Challenge from last Monday....sigh!....yes, this one is from last week as well!! Also turned this sketch around, and used my Great Friend set again....oh! I sure hope it makes it into the catalog in July!! You can see MJ's original sketch here. My version features DSP from the Hostess Pack (Level 1) in Brocade Blue and the Kiwi Kiss Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon. Check out the butterfly antenna....they are the stamen from the Pretties Kit. (Thanks for the fabulous idea, Annette!) I really enjoyed watching this card come to life!
Stamps: Great Friend
Inks: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue
CS: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper WhiteMisc: Large & Small Oval Punches, DSP (Hostess Level 1), White Stamen/Pretties Kit, Kiwi Kiss Button (Button Bouquet), 5/8" Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon in Kiwi Kiss
NOTE: If you use the stamen, be careful....they are fragile and crush easily to dust!.....ask me how I happen to know this!! LOL!

Next one up is this weeks Bloggers' Challenge.....Patriotic is the honor of Memorial Day, of course! I don't have any patriotic sets, but I do have this fun Jumbo Wheel and star punches. Pair these up with a red-white-blue color scheme and it sure meets the criteria, don't you think?!! This really is a simple layout, one of the basics....just dressed up some!

Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Fundamental Phrases
Inks: Night of Navy, Real Red
CS: Whisper White, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red
Misc: Rub On (White Star on Real Red cut out....Retired), 1/2" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red Button (Retired), White Gel Pen (to create "stitching"), Large & Small Star Punches, Mini Glue Dot, Word Window Punch
And now, the last one for this's a color challenge for the Late Night Stampers group. Ordinarily, I love this combo....Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, & Kraft.....but, I just can't warm up to it at this time of year. It just seems Fallish....or is that just me?!! But, I've succeeded in getting a card done for the Challenge....and although simple, I like how it came out!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Thank You Kindly
Inks: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
CS: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Misc: Paper Piercer (from Tool Kit), 1/2" Punch, Old Olive Mini Brads, Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
Thank you for stopping by today....and I promise that I'll try to post again soon!
NOTE: ALL cards use SU materials, except where noted.


Wendy said...

some lovely challenge cards, ust love the one with the orange flowers and ribbon, stunning

Nikki Bond said...

Fabulous cards! Love all of them but I'll focus on the challenge card.....the stars are gorgeous how you stampd the BG half way down and ended it with the dimension of the red stars! {SMILEs}

Lisa Bohler said...

All of your cards are gorgeous as always! Happy Memorial Day!!!

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh my goodness, Barbara. You've been one bodaciously busy gal! Your cards are all beautiful, each one meeting the goals of the challenge. You go girl...

Connie said...

Love all your cards! The Patriotic one is great for the challenge. Surprising what we can come up with even without patriotic stamps!

Christina said...

WOW all of these are great. I really love the second one though.

MJ said...

Wow, are you ever on a roll, don't you wish you could make this many wonderful cards everyday! Great job catching up and they are all fabulous too! You rock. Thanks for using my sketch.

Robin Merriman said...

These are all great cards Barb! Have a great holiday weekend!

Tiffany Bauer said...

These are all great!!! Great job getting them all done and caught up!!

tonistamps said...

Wow Barb! I love everything you posted! Great challenge card too.

njburk said...

boy you've made up for lost time! Great job on all. Have a wonderful holiday.

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Someone's been very busy! All the cards are great--really like the Thoughts and Prayers one.

Margaret R said...

Wow, Barbara, all your cards are beautiful! You've done an amazing job of catching up! I love them all and your patriotic one is very creative.. and it works great!

Ida P. Krause said...

I'm playing catch up on commenting today. Loved all your cards. I thought it was great that you used stars for the Patriotic card. Great job with all the cards and kudos for catching up on all the different challenges.


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