Wednesday, October 14, 2009

PMS Release Party Challenges

You know those months when everyone in the house is taking turns being sick with fevers and the coughing just lingers on and on? That's what it's been like here and finally today everyone is back at work and back at school. I wouldn't say we're feeling 100% yet, but we're getting there.

Anyhow,Paper Makeup Stamps had a great release party a week ago. My name was drawn to win the ENTIRE October release - how sweet is that!? I've got my fingers crossed that those delightful stamps will arrive in my mailbox today. :)

They also gave us two release party challenges and here are my cards for those. :)

The first challenge was "I've got a CASE of PMS" to case a card from their newest design team member Randee. I enjoyed looking through her gallery and chose this card. I love how she stamped on the designer paper and how simple and elegant it is. Then I changed it to something fun and whimsical!

I was in the mood to make a card with Trick or Treat Ted. I used designer paper for the two background layers like Randee did. I have this great DCWV All About Boys stack of DP that has these alien patterns in it. I colored Ted with my new copic markers. I tried following Katie's Color With Me directions from her posted video and I think he came out okay. Fun to try something new. :)

I left off the brads and ribbon from Randee's card and chose to pop up the saying. I used a marker to omit the words "Witching you a" and get the "Happy Halloween" sentiment that I wanted. I also traced around Ted's white circle with a silver glitter pen. I like how it compliments the other shades of gray.

The second challenge was a Paper Makeup Recipe to make a card with the following "paper makeup" on it.

foundation: Quote, large sentiment, or word art (as your focal point);
powder: Fall colors-themed (paper, ink, embellishments, etc.);
eyes: distressed look (paper, ink or tools as needed);
blush: use at least 3 layers;
lips: brads or eyelets (or something similar).

I love this saying and have it as a stamp, but I also have the digi version for when I want to make the word art larger and really stand out on my card. I sized it in Word and printed it out on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a Paper Shaper border punch on the sides of the saying and sponged around it with brown ink. I thought this DP from Basic Grey's Archaic collection already looked distressed and I loved the fall color tones in it. Those brads are copper and give off a beautiful combined brown and rust color that I just couldn't capture with my camera. I think it also has enough brown to fit in nicely with this week's Stamp Something challenge.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!


Randee E said...

Both cards are great Michelle! Ted looks awesome and loved how you omited the witchy part - I need to try that! So happy for you for winning the ENTIRE release. It was really an awesome one. I think you should buy a lottery ticket because your luck has really been on a roll lately :0) SO glad you could play along.

Vicki said...

Wonderful work on these cards, Michelle! Great colors and layers! Thank you so much for all the comments on my blog! You made my day! Blessings to you!

Martha said...

both are wonderful cards ;)

Dana said...

I love your cards. They are so pretty.

Dawn Mercedes said...

wow...I love how both of these have such different styles! I was wondering why there weren't new posts for a while. My reason for rare mojo! and I"m busy! haha

Danni said...

Hope all the icky sickness leaves all of your family asap!!
Wonderful cards!!

Michelle Forrest said...

Both of these are wonderful! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

Lmac said...

I'm loving that alien card! So funny and cute!

Suzanne said...

the little monster card brought a smile to my face--i think he's so cute! great card!

sarahw said...

Love both of them, but that second one speaks to me. :) I hear you about the sick kids, I have one home today. congrats on winning it all, how fun is that.

Me said...

Great cards as usual, Michelle! I especially like the Helen Keller card. I've never seen that quote before, so I am finding it extra striking, plus I like that funky wavy paper in the background. The halloween card is great too...very cute! Good job!

Monica said...

Glad to see you are all better. Both cards are wonderful. Ted is so cute.