Sunday, August 5, 2012

Triple Challenge

Three challenges, three cards to share today. I'm not against combining challenges in moderation, but I know I find it off-putting when I check out someone's entry somewhere & find they've linked one project up with 20 different challenges. Somehow it doesn't seem in the spirit of things. Just my two cents :)
It's been hot & humid here, and we've all got a massive case of cranky. Rob & I have had headaches for most of the week, the kids have been monstrous, and Abby has rolled in something gross in the backyard for the second time in 3 days. I checked the yard & couldn't find whatever it was after bathing her before 6 am on Friday (not fun!) and although I'm refusing to be the one to give her another bath, it's looking like if I want it done, I'm going to have to give in. She's only slightly less difficult to bathe than the cats ;)
So what do I do when everyone is driving me crazy? Hide in plain sight at my desk. It's so messy over there that I can pass for just more clutter!

First up is my card for this week's little red wagon challenge #144, a girlfriends card. And since you're my girlfriends, and I've already venti'd, this sentiment is perfect :) This card has a great CAS vibe that I'm loving. I rotated my acrylic block for each bean I stamped, and the cup was stamped twice on white paper, once on kraft, so I could pop up the lid & the cozy. This challenge is open until Monday night.
Supplies: papers from Kaisercraft "Madame Boutique;"
Stamps from Paper Smooches "Hot Concoctions" (from dear sweet Barbles!)
Palette Noir & Old Paper distress inks

Next up is a sketch card for this week's IBSIC challenge #20, to work with this sketch:
Supplies: papers from Kaisercraft "Madame Boutique;"
butterfly diecut from K&Co;
lace from Hero Arts;
sentiment from MFT;
Palette Noir ink & Sakura Stardust pen
The IBSIC challenge is open until Wednesday night. 
And, finally, a perfect challenge for this gross hot weather - Cool Summer Treats, over at Crafty Creations Challenges.  This one is open until Tuesday night. I've gone with ice cream...not that I'm supposed to eat it, but I did indulge earlier this week. I'm only human!
Supplies: everything from the 12x12 collection from
MemoryWorks, "Happy Day"
I hesitate to use specific months on cards (since I sell them, I find that limits their usefulness), but this was just too perfect too pass up. The banner, dots, and word-fetti stickers are all layered onto the ice cream journaling card. The 'sweet memories' and 'birthday bliss' pieces are popped up on foam tape. 

I guess it's time for me to go & bathe the dog...I have a bad feeling that she's hidden herself away in my bed, and so I guess after the bath it's time for some laundry. (oh boy! Can't wait! lol)



Leslie Hanna said...

Okay, first: I'm still laughing about you being just another piece of clutter. That is SO perfect, and TRUE (in my world, too!)

Second: every time I read your blog I find new challenge blogs to add to my Reader. I officially have so many to do I can never die.

Lastly: I am SO glad I met you! Was it in class? Whatever. God help us if we ever get the chance to get crafty together!

Leslie Hanna said...

PS: It is also a pet peeve of mine that people make one card then go off to see how many challenges they can enter. It is NOT in the spirit of the challenges. I think it's a way to get comments. (just my opinion)

I like to follow the individual challenges, and be inspired by them to make a card. I'll combine a color challenge with a sketch, and if a third challenge says "put a bird on it", I might.

I did break my own rules with the DTGD challenges over on Splitcoast, though. OMGosh, 37 challenges to do in one week! Even then, I did 5 on one card and apologized for it!


Laura said...

Great cards Jessi! I especially like that coffee one... I have a weakness for coffee themed stamps, and CAS too! It's perfect! :) Hope your day improves! If not, hiding in the clutter sounds like a good plan! ;)

Teresa Kline said...

these are all so sweet, fabulous design...hope you have a wonderful day!

enjoy *~*

Lindsey said...

These are great! You know me, I'm all for the CAS vibe of the first one, too. The second is lovely and feminine. The third is an awesome collage of images! So glad you included Crafty Creations Challenges in your challenge list! And good luck with the heat and the dog... :P

~amy~ said...

I always enjoy your posts:) sorry about having to bathe the pooch...can I tell you that I hate hot weather (which is really anything over 70 degrees!). It's 90 outside now...blech!!!

Love all your cards...especially the coffee one:)

Annette Allen said...

aww sounds like you have had one of those weeks...sorry it is so hot there...I know what you mean getting cranky in the heat...i am the same way...your cards are amazing...

Lisa Arana said...

Oh gosh, i hope next week goes better for you. I love all your cards, but be still my heart... is that coffee??? ha, I like that one a latte!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful collection of cards! Love that gorgeous butterfly! Thanks for the inspiration!

JJ Bolton said...

The thing I love about your style is that you experiment in all different styles! This post is no exception! All great cards today but my fave is your coffee card. I love how you paper pieced that adorable little cup!

Hope things went well with Abby!

lostinpaper said...

Your cards are fabulous Jessi! Love the cas coffee and the layered sentiments! Hope that bathing the dog didn't end up too dramatic!

Debbie said...

These are all great!! I love the butterfly card!! The birthday one is so fun!! The coffee one is even cute though I must confess that I hate coffee! :/

walchowDesign said...

Sorry that you got so cranky due to the hotness over there - I do get that too! Unfortunately, the weather has been rather mild and has been raining the last few days!

Beautiful cards and love the butterfly with the lovely lace - it's so femnine!

Wishing you a cooler week!

Unknown said...

great cards! i love the layers on each, but the sentiments on the last card are fab. great designs!

yyam said...

These are delightful! :)
Love the sweet glittered butterfly and the coffee card!

kingstonmama said...

Three fab cards! The girls and I gave our dog a bath yesterday. We always end up wetter than she does! :) ann

~Tammy~ said...

Such beautiful creations my friend! All do different and all so perfect!

So will I read in another post how he bath went? My craft area is a certified train wreck. I have no time to clean up between projects which leads mess on mess!

Allison Rankin said...

Sounds like you need back to school a few weeks early! I have just put Ave to bed (after she pooped out in public again!) and the older two are in Radium...yay! Love your creations (esp. the first one...woo hoo on CAS!) and I totally agree with that overlinking thing!

Anonymous said...

Loved reading your post! And so understand how you feel! Beautiful card for IBSIC! Thank you so much for playing! I hope the bath went well. :) Hugs, Joanna