Thursday, April 7, 2011

Six on the Seventh

Hello my friends and followers - I cannot tell you how it makes me smile as I see your numbers slowly increasing.  :)  Today I have not one, not two, not even three cards to show you but six.  (I KNOW!)  There are lots of cool challenges on the horizon that have piqued my interest.  The first one is for  Skipping Stones Design Sketch 71:

I used their humorous 'Birthday Donuts' set (the inside says "...sometimes it's best not to count how many you've had") with some Regal Rose patterned paper from one of Stampin' Up!'s retired hostess stacks and this cool chocolate chip morsel DP I found at JoAnn's.   (Someone out there has to come up with some chocolate morsel shaped brads, don't you think?  They would have been awesome on this card!) The donut is embossed using American Crafts' Brownie embossing powder onto Creamy Caramel Cardstock.  I popped the donut up on dimensionals and added a few fun pink & brown ribbons.  Oh yeah, and the brown brads in the corner - do you know how difficult it is to find brown brads?  Not bronze or copper, but brown?  Psst - try Hobby Lobby, they sell them in the combo six packs by Spare Parts and go on sale pretty regularly.  Since this card is humorous, as are several of Skipping Stones Design's sets, it satisfies the requirements of this week's Cupcake Craft Challenge - Comedy Rocks.

This next card I created for Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge 49 - to spotlight an animal.  I have not tried the spotlighting technique before:
...so how did I do?  My friend Lee Murphy turned me on to House Mouse stamps, aren't they cuties?  So I created this birthday card for her using some patterned paper from the 'Birthday Extravaganza' stack by the Paper Studio and layering two of the yummy ribbons she was kind enough to send me in a 'get well soon' care package.   She is a big fan of pink and the meeses, so I am hoping she will like this card.  (Note to self - you do not have a 5/8" or 7/8" circle punches in your collection and, yes, you do need them).  This card also fulfills the requirements of the following challenges:

Okay, on to my third card, which was created for Verve's 'Color Me Spring' Challenge.  I used the my new 'Egg-stra Special' set that I won during a sneak peek blog hop from Jackie Pedro's Blog (thanks Jackie!) and some patterned paper and ribbon from a past Sell-a-bration Freebie to make this little number:
Believe it or not, I struggled with this one; I am just not a pastel person.  Other than light blue and making an all white and blue or all white and pink baby card, I tend to shy away from my pastels, but I wanted to give this cute little chickie some love.  This card also fulfills the requirements of the following challenges as well:
Now for my last three cards, a trio of itty bitty 3 x 3 cards (LOVE this size to include with 'happy mail' packages sent to fellow crafters, because you just can't send something to a fellow card maker without a handmade card in it) for you courtesy of Waltzingmouse's Sketch Challenge 41, which was to make 3 itty bitty cards this week.  I used their 'Sewing Box Hugs' set and made these little cuties:
Again, I used patterned papers from retired hostess packs from Stampin' Up! in Pretty in Pink and Apricot.  The birdie was stamped three times on white, apricot daisies and apricot swirls papers, then cut out and layered, popping up the wing with a dimensional and corner-punching the corners to add pink pearls in some of the corners (discovery - I don't have nearly as many pearls as I do rhinestones!).  Since faux stitching is used in the images of this card is also fulfills the requirements of Challenge 39 by Your Next Stamp - stitching.

That is about it from me.  Tami Mayberry of Gina K. Designs fame is having a HUGE giveaway on her blog if you wish to go check it out, it is pretty spectacular.

I hope everyone has a happy Thursday evening!
~Crafty Math Chick

27 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

All of these are wonderful, Meredith!! That donut and the cupcakes in particular really caught my eye ;). Yum!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous on the spotlighting!! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Vicki Dutcher said...

It just dawned on me -- YOU ARE STAMPING AGAIN!!! YAY FOR YOU!!

Andrea Ewen said...

These are all great cards, my dear! You've certainly found your stampin' groove! Way to go...keep up the fabulousity!!

redwasher1 said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Thanks for sharing this with us at Speedy's Friends.

Jean Martin said...

Oh my goodness these are so sweet!!! Thanks for playing with us at WMSC! :)

Debbie said...

Super cute ... thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room this week :)

Please only include your Tea Room card in your post in order to be considered for the weekly prizes. This way we don't have to search for which entry is for TSTR.

Julia Aston said...

Wow - you've been very crafty busy! love all of your cards here! Your little notes are sew sweet with the stitched bird! thanks for playing with the WMS sketch this week!

Edna Morrisedie said...

The little chicken cards are just lovely, thanks for playing along with the Mischief Makers this week!!

Kelly S. said...

Look at you, busy girl! Crafting up all this sweetness (literally!). You know which ones are my fave, though... I can NEVER get enough of Sewing Box Birdie! LOVE the colors you chose, and the fancy little corners with the brads. Although that doughnut one is making me soooo hungry!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Fabulous cards! Love your little chickie card! So fun!

Delphine said...

All gorgeous! I love your donut card... yummy! Great colours and perfect sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Debgem said...

You really have been very busy - all such lovely cards too! I do like the WMS mini cards - the "sew" sets are perfect for layering!

Amy Sheffer said...

Look at you go, girl!!! They're all fabulous, too! You nailed the pastel Verve card -- never would have guessed it was outside of your comfort zone! Beautifully done!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Man, you've been busy creating some fabulous cards!! I love your sweet little egg-stra special card, and the little note cards are just super darling!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You have been a busy crafter, my goodness! I like your spotlighted mouse for our Speedy the Cat/Mark's Finest Papers challenge. Too cute! THanks for playing along with us. :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh how stinkin' SWEET! So, so cute!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Woo hoo Meredith- you won! Congrats!

Laurel said...

Love these! Thanks for playing at Wee Memories!

Wendy said...

FOUR!!! You made that many and they all rock...I have a hard time with two a week!!! LOL

Julie M said...

So many cards, Meredith - 10 out of 10 for productivity!! They are all lovely, plenty of cute critters to admire.

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

Julie :o)

Cheri said...

Congratulations, Meredith! You WON at Speedy's! Great card....and I'm following you! Hugs!

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at the Shabby Tea Room this week!

Wendy said...

CUTE, CUTE, CUTE cards!!! You rock! Thanks so much for playing along at Skipping Stones Design!! I hope you have time to play along with us this week!!

~amy~ said...

Your cards are delish:) Thanks for joining us over at Skipping Stones Design!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Girl, you're on a roll! Great cards! Thanks so much for playing our Critters Galore challenge at Paper Play. And thank you for playing with Wee Memories, too! :)

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Great cards! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.