Sunday, July 12, 2009

PCP Crafty Secrets Challenge - 071209

Happy Sunday to you all! Looks like it's going to be another BEAUTIFUL day outside and I hope to get out there and enjoy it, but right now I'd like to share a few cards with you!

In case you are unaware, I have the pleasure of posting a weekly (Sunday) challenge over on Papercraft Planet in the Crafty Secrets Group. SO ... is you have ANY Crafty Secrets products, PLEASE come join in on the challenges with us!!!

Today I thought using "GINGHAM" on our creations would be fun. That could be gingham paper, ribbon ... whatever color or style of gingham you prefer. For my sample card, I chose to use the black & white gingham styled designer paper from the Crafty Secrets RADIANT paper pack for my background panel as well as the lilac gingham ribbon around my focus panel and across/under the buttons. My image & sentiment are from the Crafty Secrets SEW SPECIAL stamp set. Since I'm still STUCK on the "poppin pastels" technique, I stamped my image in Versamark several times and used various chalk colors (see other colored creations further in posting) and cotton balls for my coloring ... then chose which one I wanted to use for my sample cards. Of course being the person I am, I just had to create cards using the other images as well!! Here are all the elements used in this creation:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (sew special)
Papers: Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crafty Secrets (Radiant) designer paper
Inks: Versamark, Amethyst
Accessories: chalk, cotton ball, Creative Memories black round tip marker, Fiskars scallop scissors, Nestabilities (long rectangle), Darice gingham ribbon, Bucket O'buttons, needle & thread, gold safety pin, dimensional tape


Now for the other two creations:

On the other two images (which were stamped in VersaMark), I chose to use GREEN and RED chalks for my coloring. The red actually came out looking a bit pink so I tried to work around that with my background paper. (Remember to CLICK the image for a larger view.)

For the green colored image, I simply used the Nestabilities long rectangle die to cut it and matted it with SU Garden Green paper. My base card was run through the Cuttlebug part way down using the Swiss Dot embossing folder then used this swirl patterned satin ribbon from Michael's around the center. The FRIENDS sentiment is from Hero Ars and was stamped using SU Garden Green ink.

For the red colored image, I used the same Nestabilities long rectangle die to cut (as I did the others) then mounted it onto SU River Rock paper which is the same as my base card. My background designer paper is from a Colorbok (Tracey Porter) 12x12 scrapbooking pack (which I purchased at a yard sale for $4). My faux zig-zag stitch was created by using one of the "stitching" stamps that is in the Crafty Secrets SEW SPECIAL set. If you look closely, you can see I also did faux stitching around the main image but in River Rock ink. I colored my Prima flowers (which I just purchased from Tammy Hershberger (stamp happy) at Toyrifix) using SU inks & sponge applicator to match in with my designer paper. What fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful, fun-filled weekend! Until next time ... Happy Stamping!!


  1. All your cards are fab Darlene! The layouts are great too...tfs!!!

  2. Hi Darlene!! Great cards!! I started packing tonight!!!

  3. I LOVE gingham. I would always dress my girls in little gingham dresses. Now I buy gingham ribbon and fabric for cards instead. Great job Darlene...

  4. Oh my, these are wonderful! I especially love the first one with the black AND purple plaid. Total eye catcher!

  5. Oh Darlene! These are all so wonderful! The the different looks on each of the cards!!

  6. love all your dressform stamps....they are so fun--love all the great layouts!

  7. Hi Darlene! All these cards are wonderful! I really love that stamp! - Kris

  8. More sweet cards! Glad to see how beautifully those flowers colored up for you! I'll have to try that too, and get a sample made!


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