Tuesday, May 21, 2013

One For the Challenge and One for the Team

I have 2 new cards to show you today.  

My first card for The Cutting Cafe design team.  The digi files are Keep Calm and Have a 
Great Birthday.  They also have some great cut files that go with same theme.  I really wanted to do a cut file card, but I found out that my new machine will not take the type of files that I need and I even tried to use my old Cricut that I have previously used with the Sure Cuts a Lot program, but apparently, the software is old and is no longer being supported.  Eventually, I will figure out a way to use one of my machines to cut the SVG files although it will cost me!!

I used the digi stamp and made it big so it would be the focal point.  I added a thin line of score tape on the edges of the main layer.  I added turquoise glitter to frame it.  I sponged the layer with purple and yellow ink.  The dragon flies were hand stamped and painted purple.  I added some Clear Star for a little sparkle and drew the little dots to make them look like they were flying.  Since the balloons were black, I added some Crystal Effects over them and sprinkled the turquoise and purple glitter on them while they were still wet.  Check out the closeup below to see the dimension.  Trust me, it looks better in person than it does in the picture!

I added layers of yellow and black and ribbon to the white card.  I think the color combination 
makes the whole thing pop.  I plan on giving this card to my daughter for her birthday.  She loves dragonflies and, well, she does like to party...luckily, she does not go on my blog, so she won't see 
this before she gets it.  Wink, wink...

This is the file that I used to make this card:

The second card is for the
Imagine That Progressive Challenge
The stamp set is called Party Animals, my card is called the Turtle and the Frog.

At first, I didn't have any idea how I was going to do this card.  I decided to color the turtle with some interesting designs.  If you check out the above link, you will see what I have done differently from the actual digi stamp.  I colored everything with Copic markers.  I  used a Nestabilities die to cut the shape and while it was still in the die, I sponged the light blue and green for the sky and the grass.  I used a Sakura Clear Star pen to give a little sparkle around the balloon and hat.  The background was sponged with different colored inks.  The vine die is from My Favorite Things and was added to give more dimension and balance.

Just a side note:  I have noticed that a lot of people are looking at my blog, but are not leaving comments.  I would really appreciate it if you would click on comments at the end of each post and at least let me know you were here and let me know what you think!  Thanks.  

Until next time...


  1. That's pretty cute Barb! I love that you colored this turtle stripey like that--very unique!! :) Love your branches and yellow spongey bg too. Thanks so much for playing at IT Progressive Freebie Challenge!

    1. Thanks Kris. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next time! I love the challenge!

  2. Great Card love how you have coloured the image very different. Thanks for joining us at Imagine That on our Progressive Freebie Challenge hugs txx

  3. Hi Barbara what a very cute card...love the glitter...hugs

  4. Yes it does POP... and I can see the beautiful glitter, but I'm sure it's even more sparkly IRL :) Very nice Barb!!! Your question about my Silhouette: Yes I have the Designer's Edition which allows me to open up SVG's (Regina's files). I highly recommend it!!!

    1. Thanks Lori. I guess I will have to fork out more money to upgrade! :-(

  5. Very cute card ... Glitter makes everything better :)

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