Wednesday, March 26, 2014

So Many Challenges...So Little Time!

Hi everyone ~ For the past 2 weeks, I've been enjoying the Online Card Class 'CAS 3', and really haven't been playing along in all my favorite challenges...well, at least not as many as I would like! So, I have 2 cards to share today for 3 different challenges...

The first card is for this week's AEI♥U Challenge, which is to implement an Ombre’/Gradient effect on our card.




I used all Avery Elle stamps and dies on this card (Thank you, JJ!). I started with blending 3 shades of distress inks, then die cut several of the chevrons from ‘Chevron Bits’ and popped them up on my card with foam tape. I die cut and stamped the sentiment from 'Words - Fill in the Blank’, added a few star sequins, and that was it...I love the impact of the gradient and all the white space on this card!


I recently stumbled upon 2 challenge blogs that piqued my interest, and thought it would be fun to play along...Crazy for CAS, which is an inspiration photo challenge. I was inspired by the portion of the photo that has a row of plant pots with a single flower, and the Clean and Simple Stamping Challenge Blog, which offered the sketch as the basis for my design. 

Here is the inspiration photo:


And, here is my card:




This card was also inspired by 2 beautiful cards Therese Calvird created, where she used Inlaid Die Cuts with her vase dies...I love how you get so much dimension with this technique. Therese is incredibly talented, so if you haven’t perused her blog before, grab a cuppa, click on the link, sit back, and be ready for some serious 'Eye Candy’!  

Well, that’s it for me today! Thank you so much for stopping by...I appreciate your sweet comments very much!






Clean & Simple Stamping Challenge Blog


Supplies:

You Did It
Stamps: Avery Elle - Fill in the Blank
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Dies: Avery Elle - Words Fill in the Blank, Chevron Bits
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh - Silver Stars

Just Saying Hello
Stamps: Hero Arts - Messages with Flourish (sentiment); Clearly Besotted Stamps - Flowers
Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Cottage Ivy; Memento Luxe - Angel Pink; Rosebud; Hero Arts - Butter Bar, Green Hills
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White
Dies: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Flower Arrangement
Gems: Kaisercraft - Small Pearls


19 comments:

Barb said...

LOVE both cards, Barb! Your first one is so on trend with the fun arrows and fabulous, gradient colors! And wow, your row of flowers in vases is so, so pretty! Love the bright colors and wonderful mix of patterns!

Cat Craig said...

Oh Barb, I adore both cards, your chevrons are just deliciously CAS! And being such a flower lover I absolutely love the wonderful and colorful flowers in vases. Super super super cardmaking!

Rosemary said...

another amazing set of cards, barb... love the trendy ombre chevrons on the first card... so cool!

Deepti said...

I agree, there r so many challenges that I want to play for :) ur cards are beautiful, I love the popped up chevrons and the inlaid vases look super cool :)

Virginia Lu said...

Love your take on both challenges, Barb! The CAS on the AV challenge is fabulous! And the 2nd card is just delightful with the bright and happy colors! Well done!!!!

Dawn Turley said...

Beautiful cards Barb. Love the ombre chevrons on the first one and love the spring looking second one.

Sientje said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining our Crazy for CAS challenge

Sue said...

Beautiful cards, Barb! The ombre effect on the chevrons looks great and the flowers card is so bright and cheerful, just lovely.

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb your cards are both so fabulous--love the ombre (so subtle) and those vases of flowers so pretty, makes me smile!

Kailash said...

Love your ombré design on the first card Barb and the second is simply gorgeous, such a cheerful card!!!

Joni nina Andaya said...

Ooh..Barb the ombre effect is so Pretty with blue and the flower card is so pretty and happy!!!! I wish its already summer :) Have a gorgeous day. Hugs!

lostinpaper said...

Both cards are fab, I especially love the line up of vases!

Jean said...

Very cool combination of vases - great colors and patterns.

Hannelie said...

First card a real fab graphic design!
And the second card... just love the different patterns on you vases! A Spring festival of flowers!

Anita's blog said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining CFC.

Diana Fisher said...

Love both of your cards. The top one really pops with the colors and black accents. Thanks for playing along with AE's Challenge!

Anita in France said...

One gorgeous, graphic and cool, Barb ... one vibrant, pretty and delicious! Anita :)

Yana Smakula said...

Both cards are great! Thanks for playing along with AE's Challenge!

Ellen said...

Great card! Thanks for joining us at Crazy for CAS. Ellen