Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Card For a Couple Challenges

Hey there!

I love all the different challenge blogs out there but never seem to enter very many. I don't know why. Maybe it's because there are so many and it seems overwhelming. Maybe it's because after checking them out, I forget about them! Or it could be that I'm online a lot, looking at my favorite blogs, commenting and really enjoying all the creativity and talent out there. Probably a bit of all three!

I've decided I really need to take more time for card making and less time for what I call card gazing. The thing is, I absolutely LOVE seeing what all of you create out there and find myself wanting to comment on everything. It's really hard for me to NOT do that. Anyway, I'm hoping, by jotting down the challenges on a calender and really concentrating more on my OWN card making, I will be able to join the fun in more challenges.

So, I have a card to share with you today and it just so happens to work for two challenges - yay! The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, which is to use a household product, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is all about spots and dots.




Can ya guess what my household product is? See that gray and white patterned panel behind my circle die-cut? That was cut from an empty Kleenex box. I created my own stencil by die-cutting the Mini Stars dies from Simon Says Stamp, then used their Green Apple Ink on the Green Apple die-cut circle, for a tone-on-tone effect. The Small Hello die-cut is also from Simon Says Stamp. I layered five or six of them, offsetting the top, black layer to give a shadow effect on the sentiment.

I mixed some Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink with my white embossing paste and used Tim Holtz's Speckles Stencil for the spotty, dotty background. A few matching, Enamel Dots finish off my card.

Have a wonderful Sunday! I'm hoping to be back soon with another card - maybe it'll even be for another challenge. Fingers crossed! ♥
 

24 comments:

Donna B. said...

Wow Barb! I love this card! You used so many elements. Love the Kleenex box panel, the star stencil that you made and that fun background using embossing paste. And what a great idea to layer the die cuts to add interest and dimension. Thanks so much for joining us again this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Lynn said...

Oh I love the green and gray combination. Fabulous grungy touch to this card Barb.

Betty Keefe said...

wonder card Barb - love the colors and design - i'm the same when it comes to "card gazing" - spend more time on that than making them

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb this is total eye candy! I think this might be new favourite of your for me! Love every detail. Off to SSS to look for some of these goodies!!

Kimberly Eddy said...

Love....love....love this card!! The mixed media feel is perfect in every way. Your color combo of the green and gray is wonderful. Love the splats and how clever to use a Kleenex box panel. It's great!!! One of your best!!

Lynn K said...

I love your mixed media card! Love the piece from the Kleenex box! Great use of items from around the house! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Nora N. said...

This card ROCKS!! I love that you used a Kleenex box for that gray background. I am always amazed at people who think outside of the box like you do!!

I so know what you mean by card gazing rather then card making. I always intend to do challenges too and then forget. I need to get a calendar in my room and add stuff like you are going to do. See-I am learning a lot here today from you!!

Wonderful techniques used on a really fabulous card. Have a wonderful night.

Laura B. said...

Oh my goodness! Best use of a Kleenex box ever! Such a cool card! Love the green and gray together!

Helen F. said...

This is a great color combo for your fabulous card, Barb. Love the Kleenex panel being put to good use ;-)
PS: Really like that SSS hello die too

Carol Perry said...

What a cool card Barb. Love that you used a Kleenex box as pattern paper. Great idea.

alexandra s.m. said...

It's a gorgeous card Barb!
very fresh and masculine at the same time ;)

Dawn Turley said...

Just amazing Barb. Love the grey colours on the background.

Lin said...

Oh, I ADORE your lime and grey combo here, my friend, and you nailed our spots and dots theme! So thrilled to hear that you'll be entering more challenges, just love your designs! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Nancy said...

WOW, this design is awesome, Barb! I love the colors too! So artsy!

judkajudi said...

Oh, I love the color combo, Barb. Good for you for entering more challenges!

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so glad you're going to be joining in more challenges, Barb!

I love that you used an empty Kleenex box for your household item...so clever! And, your tone-on-tone stars are fabulous! I also love how you created a shadow for your die cut sentiment, too...it adds so much dimension to this card! You did an amazing job on this card, and it's perfect for both challenges...Good luck!

Judy Tuck said...

Love your idea of the Kleenex box Barb! There are some pretty ones out there:) That green apple ink is a nice pop of colour!

icardeveryone01 said...

Barb, I checked and, yes, I have that very box of Kleenex!!! Love this card and love every single one of your sweet comments on every single blog I read.. you are amazing =] Michele

Lynn said...

What a great idea to reuse packaging! I just love the splats in the background of your card, too. Thanks for playing along in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Greta said...

Brilliantly created card, Barb! Loved this the second I saw it! I know what you mean about getting overwhelmed with all the challenges out there & how there isn't time to see everything & actually make cards--always a struggle for me, especially now with puppy Fritz taking so much of my time.

Lalo said...

Homemade stencil = smart and awesome!!! Oh and that kleenex box pattern paper...so fun!!! lovely card!


Lalo
Mixed Media Monthly DT

Rachel said...

i would have never ever EVER guessed that gorgeous panel was just a kleenex box! you are too good, barb! Thank you so much for playing Around the House with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Cheryl M said...

Creative take on the Mixed Media MC prompt. It would have never occurred to me to use a Kleenex box, and yet it works perfectly for your card. Nice job.

Melanie said...

Great use of found items. Love the color scheme too. Such a pleasing color combo and design. Thank you for joining with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!