Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Night Owl / BBTB Challenge / ESS Sketch #34

My lil' sis is about to wrap up her first year of college, trying to get through pre-nursing...we are all so proud of her. She is getting geared up for May rush, where everything is due and final exams all line up :). I wanted to make her a card that encouraged her to gear up and get ready to burn some midnight oil!

I did a few challenges along the way on this card; so a lot of different things going on - yet still a simple card.

I started with this week ESS Sketch #34, where Tracy Clemente did a great job at coming up with this FUN sketch, clean lines and a nice position for an accented element. :)

I then wanted to use A Wise Owl Once Said set (appropriate or what???) from Simon Says Stamp, when I saw them on one of their post a few weeks ago, I took them out, and thought how PERFECT for a card for my sis. They have been sitting on my desk and now with May around the corner, it was time to ink them :). These owls are so CUTE, with their various expression, they are so much fun to use! The sentiment "Night Owl" - is also part of this set...since don't think she will get much sleep come May. The frame around the image was something I created for fun using my Cricut, it is suppose to be a clock gear - thought it was appropriate! :)

On Simon Says Challenge, this week challenge appeals to my "i can't just throw it away" attitude. The challenge is to RECYCLE!!!! Use something/anything that had a use before. Despite the card being made out of all scraps, including the PP that was left over from a scrapbook page, I recycled the brown paper that had a tear and some glue residue; hid the tear with the blue stretchy ribbon that came from a shirt I ruined gardening :) and hid the glue with embossing using Cuttlebug branch folder and stressing the paper. The white background has cut out letters underneath but it is hidden by the brown paper; and the blue solid paper was part of a gift bag that I made and served its used.

Lastly but not least, I decided to participate on this week BBTB Doodlecharm Border Challenge where Regina ask us to use any cut we wanted from the Cricut Doodlecharm cartridge but to use its the border feature. This was one of my first cartridges and one that gets used regularly. I decided to use the stars cuts - goes great with this DCWV pattern paper from The Garden Stack that seems to have dainty stars. The BBTB Design Team is having their first blog hop, if you want to see new ways to use your Cricut, check them out - they are very talented and so creative!

Inside I stamped "A Wise Owl Onced Said"from the same set and used the Cricut to diecut the word "STUDY!" - all in the spirit of encouraging her to do just that!

As you can tell by now (long read, I know) I had FUN with this card! Thank you for stopping by!

sleepy owl - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said
"Night Owl" - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said
gear frame - Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, Cricut George Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
star border- cut at 1 1/4'' using Cricut Doodlecharm Cartridge
Cuttlebug Branches Embossing folder
"A Wise Owl Onced Said" - Simon Says Stamp
A Wise Owl Once Said (inside)
"Study!"- Cricut Doodletype Cartridge, Cricut Doodlecharm Cartridge and Cricut Design Studio
DCWV The Garden Party Stack, DCWV texture paper
Momento Rich Cocoa ink
blue stretch ribbon - recycled from a ruined shirt
Making Memories yellow brads


Regina Easter said...

this is adorable...hugs

DeeDee said...

WOW! This is so adorable! Love the whole thing....great choice using the stars! THANKS for playing along! GOOD LUCK! HUGS!

DonnaMundinger said...

Darling Carol! Cute sentiment too. Thanks for joining us. xxD P.S. I live in Livermore, maybe we'll meet up some time.

Tracy said...

Shut up girl! Your card is so stinkin' cute! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT!! We have to get together and stamp Carol! Thanks for playing along with this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see what you do with the next one.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing card! I enjoyed reading every word of your post; I love to read about the thought processes behind a card creation ...it was so interesting to follow your thought processes! Yo go girl! Especially with the multiple challenge cards! Your sister will love this card; it's so wonderfully crafted! Loved especially the recycling aspects....so wonderfully done!! Great job on Tracy's sketch challenge:) TFS; Tinla

Armie said...


This is awesome! Your sister will loveee this! I know I do! Great details you have on this card! Very well done Carol!! May I *case* some of it? :o) TFS!!

I'll see you again next week and looking forward to your wonderful creation! :o)

shelly said...

great card carol! wonderful that you used multiple challenges with one card :) dont you just love when it works out like that! the owl stamp is soadorable, what a cute saying on the inside too..thanks for joining us over at BBTB have a great day :) shelly

inkedx2 said...

I love your message inside. What a great card for students at this time of year with exams coming up!


toners said...

Very fitting for this time of year, that's for sure!! What a fun stamp set you chose for this one - super job with the sketch and the use of your scraps! Yeah!

Jennifer Pellegrino said...

how cute! love your blog!

Bella and Aidee Mom said...

Sooo darling..Love the colors...Wowzer...Krista

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