Friday, April 3, 2009

PCS Challenge


Hello Stampin' and Craftin' Friends! Wow, it's Friday already! Unbelievable! Time sure flies! It's amazing. Pink Cat Studio has a challenge in progress. . .here are the deets:

Design team member Mariska has come up with a really fun card making challenge! We've made the deadline several weeks away so if anyone wants to use the Sweet Pea stamps there will be plenty of time to make your card once you receive your new stamps. Have fun!!

The Either / Or / Or And Challenge

The challenge means you have to make two choices:

What kind of card are you going to make:

There are two happy occasions to celebrate at Pink Cat Studio this month. The first one you already know... we've gotten ourselves a little one!! The second is that Pink Cat Studio celebrates its fourth year this month!! Both of these occasions deserve a card but which one to use for the challenge .YOU DECIDE!!

1. Create EITHER a birthday card OR a card to celebrate a new baby

2. Either layer your image and/or use stitches: You can use one of these techniques or both, that's up to you, as long as one of them is used. With the layering of an image it means stamping your image several times and cutting out little parts to pop up on your image. You can do this with all kinds of materials like pop up glue, foam cubes or pop up glue dots. It's really making 3D cards with your stamps.

Please visit Mariska's blog to see photos of how she did the layering in her challenge card. When stitching your card, you can use a machine or by hand, you can do straight lines or you can embroider, just use REAL stitches please.

3. Use 3D layers with your stamped image AND/OR use stitches

Date the challenge ends: Monday, April 20th, 5 pm EST

Requirements: A Pink Cat Studio stamp must be used as the main stamp on the card. It is okay to use stamps from other companies as well. To be eligible for the prize you must leave a comment on the Pink Cat Studio blog post. In your comment provide a link to your card. Your card can either be displayed on your blog or in an online gallery.

You may enter only 1 project for this challenge. If you have questions about this challenge, please post them as a comment on this PCS post.

Prize: This contest will be judged by the design team. Since this is Mariska’s challenge, she will select her 3 favorite cards and then the DT will vote for a winner. On April 22nd, the winner will be announced on the PCS blog. The winner will receive a grab bag of Pink Cat Studio stamps. Some cards from the challenge may be displayed on the PCS blog.

Wow, that was a mouthful! LOL! Lots of information to absorb but be sure to play along! It's actually quite an easy challenge. I decided to just do the "3D" part of the challenge and create a birthday card/mini album.

My card/mini album actually started off as a gate fold card but I really wanted to do something different. I'm a little bored with my cards. As I was creating the gate fold, I decided to add additional panels to the card and my card suddenly evolved into a card/mini album.

Because the card/mini album evolved rather than my following a set of instructions, I didn't create a tutorial. I'll try to make one sometime before the end of the week and share it with you.

I colored Pink Cat Studio's Sweet Pea with my Copic Markers and layered the images using foam tape to give them a 3D effect.

Here is the card/album opened up. You can probably create it on your own by just looking at it but for those who needs instructions and cutting dimensions, I'll create a tutorial. Stop by maybe Sunday . . .I'll try to do the tutorial by then. It'll depend how busy I am this weekend.

As you can see, the card opens up with the extra inner panel. You can say it's like a double gate fold card.
Here is the inner aspect of the card/mini album. If you want, you can add photos and do some journaling. I was going to add photos but I didn't want to cover up the pretty designer paper! LOL! How silly is that?

If you want this to be just a card, you can write a note on the center panel.


Here is one side of the panel. . both sides are exactly the same; therefore, I'm just showing one side. I decided to create a pocket and a book marker. On the other side, a journaling panel. I'm planning to add photos later.

Anyway, be sure to drop by the Pink Cat Studio Blog and play along. Good luck!!

Card Details:

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Sweet Pea Plate 2, Prima Marketing Inc., Scrappy Cat, Inkadinkado
Paper: DCWV and K&CO designer paper, SU Only Orange, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Copic Markers, Sakura gel pen, Versafine Ink, SU Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Book Mark tassel, Accucut pocket die, Round Corner Punch, Stickles Glitter, ribbon (?), Darice rhinestone, Fiskar scallop scissors, Coluzzle Oval Tempalte

38 comments:

Shary said...

Aw he is a cutie and I love all the bright zingy colours.

Smita said...

Love the warm colors on this album, Maria. I'll wait for your tutorial. :-)

Hugs,
Smita.

Dawn Easton said...

Ack! LOL this made me giggle as soon as the pic loaded....totally cute Maria!!!
Then as I scrolled down I was like WOWZERS girl...what an awesome album idea!!! You rock and hope that you can find a little time to do a tutorial!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

de said...

Ewww, I love this! Great design and I love the project!

Emily said...

Another great gift idea..I love it!! The colors are sooo well put together and the coloring, as always if fabulous!!

pescbrico said...

Your card is awesome!!! I just got my stamps yesterday! I will have to try this one! :) Have a great day!

Heather said...

Maria,

This fold out card is simply so cool!!! I love the orange yellow's and reds you used and I really love the papers and your coloring!!! Girl I want inside your crafting brain you always think of the most awesome creations!!!

Heather

Cindy Haffner said...

Maria such a pleasure coming to your blog, lovin that orange, so pretty.

MichelleO said...

wow this is really awesome! love all the color, really creative!

(about your question about the Stampavie stamps... sorry only wholesale - so ask you LSS to order them for you!)

HUGS
MichelleO

Martha said...

kool challenge., I cant wait to get those babies :)

Margie said...

I am in love with this card! Fab colors and layout! Looking forward to seeing your turorial :)
TFS!

Catherine said...

What an amazing project! I am drooling over all that beautiful DP and how you laid it all out! So warm and cheerful!

mycardz said...

OMGoodness Maria!! This is GORGEOUS! I love the bright colors you used on this and, actually on all your cards! Awesome coloring and very cool design idea too. WOW...pardon my drool!! :)

Danni said...

Look how clever this is!! and cute too!! Love it!! So fun!

Rleen said...

Maria, your tri-fold mini card is stunning. I love the bright colors and the cute image. What a smart idea you have,the inside is fabulous. TFS!
Have a wonderful day!

Arlene

Rita said...

Oh Maria you have out done yourself girl...this is so beautiful, I luv it!!! Great job!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Wow, this is fabulous Maria, what a fantastic design, colours and colouring, beautiful work, Have a great weekend, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Jodi said...

I love these colors!! That is a pretty orange! Great idea to turn it into more than a gate fold card. This one is so perfect for photos!
Love the way you colored your image!
Hugs,
Jodi =)

WickedPixie said...

This is just gorgeous! Between your and Janna's sweet samples with these new sets, I had to go order them! I only know one person who is expecting, and you guys got me to buy 2 whole stamp sets! I hope what i make will look even half as cute as yours! :-) Traci

Diane said...

Wowzers Maria!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I thought it was a fold card...and it's a whole project !!! You are just amazing!

Joy said...

holy pow-WOW!!! that is an awesome card/album!!! this is totally cute and so adorable! what a great gift this will be and you should win hands down on this challenge!!! no if, or, ands about it!!! great job on the coloring and picking the color combo! love the layout too! woo-hoo!! you go girl! have a great weekend!!!

JackieLou said...

This is one gorgeous piece. I love your DPs great colors and sweetpea is just too darn cute. I love it...

Becky Carafa said...

What a fabulous album! Love it!

Jen said...

Maria, you fantabulous creator, you!! Love it.... thanks for sharing!

hugs,
Jen

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

oh how fun! The colors are so cheerful

CraftyNanny said...

Love this little guy...so adorable.Lovely work Maria!! Have a great weekend:)

doris said...

Wow... your card is a dream!!!

Doris xxx

Cami said...

Oh my, Maria! This card is to die for! The style, the papers, the coloring, the embellies, what an awesome supply you have! I can't wait for your tutorial to come out! I must make a card like this. You always end my day on a "high" with your creativity. Hugs, Cami

Creative Mish said...

I love this! What a cute little baby fairy!

kathleenh said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I know what you mean about not wanting to cover up the gorgeous paper. This is a work of art without photos.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Awwwww! What an adorable stamp. The colour & all the layers and pockets and just plain gorgeousness on this take my breath away. You are TOO good! :O)

Elena said...

So cute! I love how you decorated the inside, Maria!

Tina said...

Great card Maria

look forward to the tutorial...I have wanted to try these cards for a long while but haven't found an easy to follow set of directions.

have a great weekend...

tina

Tonniece said...

Outstanding Maria, WOW.
Sweet, sweet image, and that card / mini album is awesome.

Hope you are haveing a great weekend

Tessa said...

beautifull!!

Lise Roy said...

OMG!!
This is so gorgeous!
Love the colors and everything...

Sue from Oregon said...

This card is just so darn cute!

Janna said...

Another unbelieveable creation!!! I love the oranges on this card! They are so stunning and the beautiful way you laid out this album! Your coloring is so beautiful and the deminsion you created is beautiful! What a great idea to put the little journal squares and the tag pocket!

Smiles,
janna

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