Monday, June 8, 2009

CCEE Challenge

Today's CCEE Stampers Challenge is a CNFS (Catchy Name Featured Stamper) challenge. Today's featured stamper is none other than my friend Dawn (flowergal36).

Dawn & I have never met in person but we have emailed back & forth several times and I consider her a friend I can call upon when I need a sounding board. Dawn lives in a little town in North Carolina where another friend of mine goes several times a summer to a particular stamping store. Her next trip down I'm hitching a ride and hoping to link up with Dawn!! Wouldn't that be cool!!! If you click on DAWN'S NAME, (above) that will take you to her BLOG ... if you click on her SCS name, it will take you to her SCS gallery. Please stop by and show her some LOVE ... she's an awesome person!! OKAY ... now onto the cards!

Today I wanted to achieve a couple of things ... use up some of the scraps on my table, make a couple birthday cards and use the heat embossing/sponging technique. This first card will be my sister, Linda's birthday card. I have stamped this lovely Just For Fun image twice to achieve that shadowed appearance then using detail clear embossing powder, heat embossed. Then I began with the sponging using lightest to darkest colors. The colors I chose were Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy & Versafine Black. This was done on a piece of 3x4 white cs which was then cut in an over using my Nestabilities oval diecuts. The matting was also achieved with Nestabilities oval scallop diecuts which I then used a 1/16" hole punch on each of the scallops. My background paper is a scrap piece of Making Memories designer paper which I also sponged using the same color inks as the main image. I used a scrap piece of Basic Black & the SU scallop border punch to make my horizontal piece and wrapped a scrap piece of Hobby Lobby organze ribbon around it for some added color & dimension. My sentiment is from the Stampin' Up Fabulous Flowers set and it's perfect for who this card is going to!! My older sister (by 13 months) will be "60" on Wednesday. Trust me when I tell you, this lady definately "Dares to be Fabulous" !!!! She certainly doesn't look even close to her age and definately knows how to enjoy life!!!


My second card is done with the same technique but with shades of yellow. This image is by Endless Creations and the sentiment is by Studio G.
The recipe for this card is as follows:
Stamps: Endless Summer, Studio G
Paper: Basic Black, More Mustard, Whisper White and scraps of K&Company designer paper
Ink: Versafine black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Creamy Carmel
Accessories: Nestabilities, Dimensional Tape, Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Fine Tip Black Marker by Creative Memories, Metal Ruler, Sponges
When using a silouette type image as I have done on these two cards, I really like how the sponging (or brayering) technique looks. If you haven't tried this ... you really should ... it's easy and I think has a great look!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and if you leave a comment, you have MADE MY DAY!! Happy Stamping All!!


  1. Both cards are stunning Darlene! I love how you've manipulated 1 color and black on each and made them almost glow. Hope things are going well with DH. ((HUGS)) - Kris

  2. I LOVE the yellow one Darlene!!!

  3. both cards are simply stunning Darlene! I love them both!

  4. You are so good at this technique. I have tried that darn brayer and I think it does not like me... LOL. These turned out gorgeous. Linda will love her card. Thanks for the sweet words. I can't wait to meet IRL. Hugs..

  5. I think I'm speechless! I can't believe you made these two masterpieces with SG stamps!! I guess that just goes to show you, money can't buy everything-including talent!!

  6. Beautiful cards, Dar! Your sister should be my Mom's sister, not yours... they'd make quite a pair! (We're going to have to stop in Defiance on our way to Indiana next month so you can meet my Mom!)

  7. Your cards are beautiful, Dar! I especially like the first one but the second is pretty nice too! Oh heck, I'd dtake either of them!

  8. I LOVE this card. The shadowed flowers remind me of a picture I took today. And, I absolutely love the oranges.


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