You Are Amazing…You Are Spectacular…

Celebrate You-teaseSorry for the lengthy absence in between posts. It’s been a little crazy at work lately, and my free time seems to get sucked up with me doing more work from home or I’m just too tuckered out to play. I have though been progressing in getting my monthly holiday cards ready, in fact I’ve designed all the cards through September, now it’s just a matter of going back and making the 10 cards for each month and then take photos and set up the blog posts. But it’s so exciting to know I will have my holiday cards all done this year. And most importantly, way ahead of schedule. So stay tuned…Thursday the 25th is reveal day!!

So, onto today’s post. Each month a few of us from our monthly hostess club get together at my house to do a shoebox swap. There are six of us, so three ladies design a card or two, prepare the packets for each member of the group to make either two cards of one design or one card of two designs. And, the other three make snacks. We each go home with six cards ready to add to our stashes to send out later. It’s always a great time and fun to see what each lady brings to the table for us to create. This month it is my group’s turn to make the cards, and these are the two I’ve prepared.

The first card (on the right) uses the latest Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (TSSC 365) over at Techno Stamper’s blog and my second card (left) “just happened.” You know when you have those scraps laying on your table that were to be used for the original card, but you cut the wrong size or you decided you didn’t like how the card was turning out. Well yes…that is the result of the second card, it happened clearly by mistake.

Celebrate You

Each card uses the same color combination, same stamps, same concept, yet look completely different. I hope the ladies enjoy making them as much as I had fun putting them together.

This was the sketch challenge for this month. I do so many cards in the portrait position that I decided I was going to try something different and change the card to reflect a landscape card. I’m so hooked on making these birthday candles, I just can’t seem to stop adding them to birthday cards, and I thought it made the perfect focal image for this challenge.

TSSC365

And, don’t forget it’s a must to decorate the insides as well. This is the inside of the challenge card.

Celebrate You_inside

And, this is the inside of the “oops card”.

Its Your Day_inside

It’s a toss up which I like best, but I think I lean more towards the sketch challenge card. What do you think? Now, I’m off to cut kits for Saturday and clean up my mess. 🙂

Stampin’ Supplies: Stamp Sets – Fabulous Four, Remembering Your Birthday, Eat Cake (all Stampin’ Up!); Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White and Best Year Ever DSP (from SAB ’15).  Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and Hello Honey; Accessories: rhinestones, crushed curry baker’s twine, bird punch (candle flame is from the wing), butterfly punch, mini score board, embossing folders, dimensionals.

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