I hope your week has been a good one. Mine has been good overall, minus the Izzy sick thing. It was so cute yesterday. She kept asking to take baths! We actually took three of them. I think the warm water loosened up some of the junk in her chest though so that was really helpful. She also loves that Vics Vapo rub. She actually asks me to put it on her. Now why anyone would want to smell like menthol is beyond me but she loves, loves, loves it. I do think she is feeling better though. She got outside for a couple of minutes again yesterday and harassed Tuxy some. So I think she is starting to feel more and more like herself.
We also had a great time at girl's night last night. Tracy came over after work, of course Izzy was glued to the glass storm door' lying in wait for her to come up the walk! LOL! Then we had Qudoba for dinner, remember I don't cook, and had a relaxing evening of chatting and hanging out. It was especially nice for me because Tracy is going to be on vacation next week and I won't be able to see her!!! NOOOO!!! Seriously we talk almost every day so 4 days without her is a lot!
Alright, onto the cards for today! I know that I mentioned earlier in the week that my super talented friend and fellow Pink Cat DT member Vicki was hosting a challenge over at the Pink Cat Studio PCP group. I was super proud of myself because I made sure I cut and pasted the directions. Um, yeah, I didn't paste everything. Namely the rules and the prize!! Doh!! Okay so here we go again. Here is what is up with the Pink Cat Challenge!
Challenge Description: The challenge is to create a ONE Layer Card. One Layer Only!!!!! The only exception to the one layer rule is that you can use some Paper piecing on your stamped image. Other than that, just one piece of cardstock. You can Sponge, Dab and add all the ink and embellishment that suit your fancy as long as you keep it in one layer. To achieve the look on my sample, I sponged various colours of ink using masks to block out the areas that I wanted to leave white.
Date the challenge ends: Wednesday March 11th, 5 pm EST
Requirements: A Pink Cat Studio stamp must be used as the main stamp on the card or project. It is okay to use stamps from other companies as well. To be eligible for the prize you must upload your card before the deadline to your PaperCraftPlanet gallery and include the tag PCSDTC2. You may enter only 1 project for this challenge. If you have questions about this challenge, please post them in this discussion thread.
Prize: On March 11th, a winner will be chosen by a random draw from all of the challenge participants. The winner will receive a grab bag of Pink Cat Studio stamps. The winner will be announced in the PCP challenge discussion thread and on the Pink Cat Studio blog. Some cards from the challenge will be displayed on the PCS blog.
And I finally got my card made!!! Yay!! It is a one layer card that I made with some digital papers and my drawing tool on my computer. I swear it is one layer! I actually took a picture of the inside to prove it! LOL!
Whewww!!! I have really been sweating this one. You know how I am with these one layer cards. They are virtually impossible for me! So I pulled out an old tried and true technique that I have used before of layering on digital papers and creating boxes and ovals using the drawing function in Microsoft Word. Truly the only trick is remembering what colors you picked for your solid boxes! LOL! I started this project by uploading my two patterned papers from the digi paper pack Simply Spring by MFT and then created all of my other rectangles and ovals using the drawing tool in Microsoft word. Next I decided on a layout, arranged all my shapes and patterns and then printed it off on my white card stock I color on. I stamped my Lily on a lily pad from the new Enchanted Lily set by Pink Cat Studio on white card stock and colored her in with my copics. I actually masked off the bottom of the lily pad but didn't mask off enough so I had to cover up my boo boo with some prima flowers and brads. For the ribbons, I simply used a craft knife to cut slits along the outside of my largest oval and threaded it though. To finish the card off, I added a couple of bella baubles to my oval and stamped the sentiment in cocoa brown ink by memento in the corner. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I am so proud of this card. I am in love with layering so to make me make a card that is only one layer is super difficult for me. I have to say though that I handed this card to both Jason and Tracy last night and the both felt the surface of the card before they would believe that it was only one layer! LOL!
So lately I guess I have been on a casing kick! This is actually my third cased card this week! I am really enjoying it! Well, this card is for The Greeting Farm's challenge this week which is called The Case of the Curious Card! Marie has challenged us to case an amazing card by Kristine. I just loved the simple layout with all the additional little fluers and she added! Of course her coloring is amazing, so this was definitely a challenge!
I can only hope mine is half the card of Kristine's! For my card I decided to change the colors, the stamp and the embellishments. I started the card by first stamping Anya from Rock the Farm by The Greeting Farm on white card stock and colored her in using my copics. I then distress the edges with my close to cocoa ink and a sponge. Following the layout from Kristine's card, I layered on green and red card stock along with DP from the new Basic Grey Marrakesh paper pack. I loved the fluers and sentiment so much on her card that I decided to stamp my sentiment in the corner and some heart flowers where she had her sentiment. To finish the card off, I replaced her fluer de lis with a felt button and decided to tie a double bow with my ribbon. I just love the dark saturated colors in this paper pack. Might have to pick up another one!
Well, that is it for me today! Don't forget that it is day three of SUInk's sneak peek schedule! Everything has been completely amazing!!! Here is the line up for today and tomorrow!
Mary Jo www.technostamper.blogspot.com