Saturday, January 10, 2009

Exciting News and Some Blog Candy!

I'm so very excited today! A couple of weeks ago Jennifer Meyer (Lovetostamp6 on Splitcoast) pm'd me and asked if I would like to be a guest designer on Our Creative Corner some Saturday in January. Well - let me think......... I didn't have to think at all really!! - I said YES with a little tremor running through my body! Yikes - what pressure to make something worthy! So today it was a color challenge - to make a card using just two shades of blue and a neutral color. I used Buckaroo blue from Stampin up and then some designer papers with a lighter blue on it - I guess it's like Baja Breeze with white as my neutral. I inked up my pretty angel from the Calling All Angels set from H&M Stamp Co. I clear embossed her to prevent the colors from bleeding when I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor markers. I cut her out and layered her over a stamping of the angel using foam dimensionals.

I used my rectangle nestabilities and a lacy punch from Martha Stewart. The sentiment was punched with the larger oval punch from Stampin Up and layered onto a Design Label (SU) punched piece of card stock using foam dimensionals.

I tied 3 pretty ribbons together and stuck a heart pin through it that I had added some simple beads to. And finally - I put some silver Spica pen on her wings and halo to give a little shimmer, which doesn't really show up in the pic unfortunately.

I hope you stop by and check out the challenges at Our Creative Corner - they have a different one every Saturday morning to inspire you. You can also see their logo on my side bar with a link to their site!

In honor of the honor bestowed on me today - I'm offering this wonderful "My Favorite Valentine" set from H&M Stamps as blog candy. I made this card using the dragon from this set and this card using the owl. (Note: this set sold out during the H&M Super Garage sale this past week - Heather has re-ordered it so it should be in her store soon! But I have a set that I'll send out to the winner right away!)
All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. I'll pick the winner by random number.org and post it on Monday so be sure to check back!

Thanks so much for coming by - please let me know what you think of my challenge card today!

Stamps: Calling All Angels: H&M Stamps
Paper: White: PTI, Buckaroo Blue and Ski Alpine DP: SU, Argyle DP: 7 Gypsies Portobella
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Buckaroo Blue: SU
Accessories: foam dimensionals, glue dot, heart pin: Fashion Sense, lacey punch: Martha Stewart, rectangle Nestabilities, clear embossing powder, hot gun, sponge, white and blue rick rack, blue gingham ribbon: Michaels, Dazzling Diamonds: SU, oval punch & Desing Label punch: SU, Prismacolor markers, Copics

68 comments:

Oma said...

My favourite colour is blue. I really like this card. The valentine stamps are adorable. My hubby is tall - just over 6 ft. and I am 5' 4" so the giraffe stamp caught my eye. Thank you for the chance to win the the stamps.

Hazel said...

Well done for becoming a guest designer. Beautiful challenge card. Love the look of those stamps - would love to win them - thanks for the opportunity.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Congrats! Yay!!!! I was so excited for you when I saw you were guest designer on OCC!! So deserving - your card is fabulous!! I'm lovin' these colors, and will have to play this week for sure!

Could I get so lucky to win again? I adore this set...especially that little giraffe!

Hugs, Jami

pescbrico said...

Congratulations!! And thanks for the chance to win!!

The Crazy Life of a Navy Wife said...

Congrats!
I would LOVE to win this set!! I bought 4 sets at the garage sale, but this one was sold out before I could put it in my cart!! I don't have any Valentines Day stamps so this would be perfect!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Congratulations, Julia! Your card is so pretty. And the blog candy is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

You certainly deserve to be a guest designer. I really love the card. Thanks for the chance to win.Nellie

~amy~ said...

Woooo Hooooo Julia!!!! Great job on the color challenge...love the blues you worked with and the hat pin with the ric rac ribbons is a fabulous touch!

Anonymous said...

Julia,
Congratulations on being a guest designer!! I follow your blog everyday. I absolutely adore the cards you made with the dragon (he is so cute!) and with the owl!! These creations of yours are absolutely wonderful!! These two sets are fabulous -- Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday (I collect hearts, too!)!! You will do a fantastic job with your designing -- you go for it!! Keep up the great creations -- what a blessing!!
~Amy S.~

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS, good for you. Love the owl. Have a great week-end, Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Julia :) Your card is is just too sweet! Thanks for breing our guest designer on the OCC & playing along with us each week!

Have a wonderful weekend! Jennifer :)

Dawn said...

Random comment!!!!

LOl, really cute card. The stamps are also very adorable!

Deb said...

Julia, this is stunning! Love the colors and that pin is soooo pretty! Great job!

If I had a stamp company, I'd ask you to be a designer in a New York minute!!

~Hugs, Deb

Mary Sue said...

Congratulation to you. The stamp set is very cute. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Mae said...

Congratulations. To be a guest designer is a great compliment. I love this cute set. It was sold out before I could nab one. Thanks for the chance

Sue said...

This is such a darling set! Congrats girl...what an honor and from Jennifer Meyer...woo hoo!

Heidi said...

Oh I love that blue card, it is so pretty and you did a fabulous job filling that "honor" spot!
As for the candy- Yah HOO is all I can say- I hope I win that cute set as I wanted it. Heidi

SmilynStef said...

#18 - Huge congrats on your guest designer gig ... love how you combined the blues ... thanks for the chance to win those adorable stamps.

artfulwhimsies said...

congratulations!!!! adorable card. and thanks for the chance to win~~~

LeAnne said...

Congratulations on being the guest designer! Woohoo! Cute card--what a sweet image and I like anything blue!
LeAnne
PS Great giveaway, too!

wendies scrappings said...

Congrats! And what a sweet card.

And thanks for the chance to win this great blog candy!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Gorgeous card! Love your embellishments. Thanks so much for being our OCC guest this week! Love that adorable valentine set, too! :)

athleticsecretary said...

Congratulations! What an honor! I love your card - beautiful in blue! Thanks for the opportunity - I have 3 little grandchildren who would love cards made with these critters! Peg

~kelly marie~ said...

Congrats! I love your blog!

cricketpe said...

Congratulations on your fantastic news! Thanks for sharing such wonderful blog candy; that stamp set is ADORABLE!

mamia said...

I love this stamp set and want it sooooooooooo bad. Great blog also.

Kimber said...

Julia, congrats... Fabulous card!
I wanted this set desperately and thought I got to the garage sale early, but apparently not early enough as it was long gone. Thanks for the chance to win this!!

MrsBoz (CarrollAnn) said...

What an honor to be guest designer! Love your agel card!!!

Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly) said...

Julia you did a great job as guest designer for the OCC! You're a natural - no need to doubt yourself! I wanted to get that set but was too late - it was sold out at H&M. I am glad they are getting more in.

Shirley said...

Oh my gosh, Julia, such a tough request with such a beautiful card to look at too! The card is just breathtaking and so adorablle at the same time! I am not surprised by your honor and congratulations!

Amy Sheffer said...

Thanks so much for guest designing with the OCC this week, Julia! Your card is fabulous. Love the richness of your blues and the depth from the dp. Cutie patootie image, too. And that blog candy set - whooooeeee, I'm lovin' that one, too!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Congrats! This is beautiful!

Mistymtl said...

Verry nice cards! The dragon card is just so cute! Thanks for sharing.

jpmayo said...

Congrats!
Beautiful card, love the soft colors, they are "angelic"...perfect!
Thanks for the chance to win the stamp set I have been DYING for!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

So glad you were our guest, thanks for playing. Love your blues.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Julia. I was asking Michelle at the Paper Tree how you do it-work and such creative cards. Love them.
Connie NH

Jacqueline said...

Congrats!! This card is beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Julia on being a guest designer!
I love your gallery!
and blog candy is fun to try to win!
Cindy YLM

happystamper said...

I found your blog through jennifer's which I read daily - love it! Your blog is awesome also and I love your work - this blue card is perfect - my fav color!! Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us!

Judi

Carla said...

Hello Julia,
What a beautiful Challange Card!
I've looked by the other cards made with the stamps... I like the Dragoncard.
Thanks for sharing this lovely things with us :-)

Greetings,
Carla xx

JAR said...

Julia, Congratulations on the OCC Guest spot! You will be awesome! Your angel card is so sweet and darling!

CUTE blog candy set too!

marcia said...

Congrats!
I love this set. It is so fun. Your card is fabulous!!!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy..... your cards and site is wonderful

Blessings shirley

Sue said...

What a great card!! Woohoo, a chance to win blog candy, too. Thanks and have a great week!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card...thanks for the chance to win blog candy. The stamps are way too cute!!

Michele B
mburnard@sympatico.ca

Denise Clark said...

Your design is extremely worthy! They are lucky to have you.

Love your angel card and all the attention to detail. Really love the pin too! Nice touch!

AND I would love a chance at that blog candy! YUMMMMMMM!!!!

agnes said...

Your card is beautiful! Perfect colors.
Your candy is very nice. Thank you for the chance to win!

Monika Reeck said...

Your cards is so cute..I love the way you put the image at the top of punched / die cuts like a ribbon.Nice color combination too...Thanks for the chance to win the candy :) Love, Monika

Bev said...

Beautiful work combining the blues and congrats on the honor. Like the angel image and thanks for a chance to win the blog candy.

DebbyG said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful card. I just received this set and love all the different things that you can do with it. Your details on your card are beautiful. I love the pin with the hear. Thanks for a chance to win the My Favorite Valentine. I've never won any blog candy so crossing my fingers!

Cheryl Koskakura said...

Loving your card challenge...congrats on becoming a guest designer! Thanks for the chance to win such a cute set!
-Cher

Dolce Deb's Designs said...

Congrats what an honor hope you enjoy it. Your challenge card is just beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win some candy. Hope you have a gret week and TFS.

Debbie/Phx AZ

Velta said...

Congrats Julia!!! You deserve this one...I love all you do !! TFS this with all of us...Love the blues and the design of this card...also checked out the other cards...Just like you...talented :)

Tami said...

ooh, I really want this set! I went to order it during the sale and it was all sold out :(

Congrats on the honor!

Carla said...

Congratulations! I always look forward to you updates in my inbox. Thx for the opportunity to win the stamp set..it's adorable.

Ronda C. said...

That is a beautiful card! I would never be brave enough to put all those different tones of blue together, but you pulled it off beautifully. I would also love to win those stamps! They are adorable.

Ronda

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Julia, congratulations!!!!! Way to go. This is one stunning card. I love everything about it and the little pin in the corner is such a great little touch.

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Curt in Carmel said...

I am absolutely so proud of you!!! But I have to say, not surprised at all! You so deserve it! And your challenge card proves it. It is simply amazing! Congrats! Such wonderful news! Best, Curt

Carolyn said...

Congratulations, that is quite an honor. And you are paying it forward, that is definitely a nice thing to do.

thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

carolyn s

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the blues you used. So pretty!

Jennifer Moore said...

I like your card for the OCC challenge. The embossed lines of the angel almost make her look stained glass like. Congrats on the honor. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lauri said...

Great job as Guest Designer! That is a beautiful card! and thanks for the chance on your giveaway!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Congrats on the news my friend!! YEAH!! Such a gorgeous creation too!! Hope I'm not too late for a chance at these darling images!! :) THANK YOU!!

dpkennedy said...

Dang, I missed it! I love this stamp set! That dog and dragon are just too cute!

Congrats on the guest designer spot! Your card is just beautiful! I love the pin embellishment too! Nice Julia!

~Lori (loree2000 SCS) said...

The card looks great!!! Congrats! That is SUPER exciting!!!

Love the cute stamps you're giving away!!!!

Silke said...

Fabulous card - Julia!!! This is a great layout and sooo much fun details!!! You totally rock - my friend!!!

Shirley said...

She is so pretty and cute too! Love those colors and the stick pin too!