Thursday, February 18, 2010

Stampin B's AND CCEE Challenges

CCEE Challenge

Charlene is our hostess for February and this week she gave us a 'sweet' challenge.  There had to be something sweet involved in our creations.  Well......I actually started out with this unmounted sentiment which I bought years ago and have never used.  So I built the card from there.  I then thought of an old SU set that has all sorts of chocolate images......initially thinking I would go with the large candy kiss in the set, but when I saw this image, I thought it was perfect for the sentiment.  I did not want this to necessarily be a Valentine so I did the pink with blue so it could just be a friendship card.

I made an extra card for this challenge in honor of our hostess.  When I went in to look for the sentiment stamp, I found my M & M stamps and just felt a need to surprise Ms. BBB with a card that fit with the CCEE challenge.  I made my own dp with a small M & M stamp I also have.  And....once again a sentiment I have had for a while and never used.....one I thought Charlene would approve of.....waddayatink, Ms. Bertie????

Stampin' B's Challenge #46  Positive/Negative
The challenge for the Stampin' B's this week was to make a positive/negative card.  These happen to be a favorite of mine, so I decided to try something new.  I have a tendency to always use black and white embossing powder for this technique, along with just black and white papers for my image.  Today I decided to play around with some colored embossing powder I bought at a convention.....and it has since been gathering dust in the workshop.  Now, I will be the first to admit that black and white gives you the most contract and 'bang for the buck', but I also LOVE this effect......it is soft and, I think, elegant.  In real life there is a bit more contrast, but I think you certainly can get the idea here.

I used one of my fav retired SU sets for the kimono, which always brings me a smile cuz it reminds me of my 'once in a lifetime' trip to Japan years ago which was one of the highlights of my life.  I can remember that month long trip as if we just got home yesterday.  What a wonderful land which provided so many wonderful experiences and memories.  The punch is by Marvy (I think).....!!!!

NOW.....be sure to use the links on my sidebar to visit the challenge blogs as well as the individual blogs of my talented and special team members from both the Stampin B's and the CCEEers.

16 comments:

StampOwl said...

wow you have been busy .... love the m & m card and I am sure Charlene will too :) all fabulous creations!!!!!!!

Lois said...

The pink and black looks really pretty, Joanne.

Our Little Inspirations said...

I love chocolate, so the first 2 cards are just yummy! Love the embossing! The last is a true beauty, and oh those punched corners! Love 'em!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Sweet Jo, I love your cards.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

What fun cards, Joanne! At least your candy version only has calories for the eyes, lol. I love the split neg kimono, too. I pretty much love anything Japanese. The punched corners are wonderful. That reminds me, I have that punch. Hmmm.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Cute cards, all this chocolate makes me hungry. lol

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I started salivating over that box of chocolates and your pretty card of pink and turquoise, but then I downright started hyperventilating when I came to your m&m card!! OMG, gf. You've got such cute m&m stamps, and I, of course, LOVE that sentiment! You are so thoughtful to think of making this special card for me.
Your Asian-themed card with the split negative technique is so beautiful, too. I like how you tried the different colors. My gf's DS teaches and lives in Japan; I've got to show her your card as she'll love it! :-)

wannabcre8tive said...

Love all the cards. You sure made BBB smile with the chocolates and then to find you had one with her favorite M & M's. I really like the Stampin B card, too. Great colors and the split negative really sets it off, too.

Betty Wright said...

Joanne, I love all three, but that M&M image and card is just fabulous! I did not know there were M & M stamps! Too cool and fabulous! Love the positive negative technique in these colors. Great look and the corner punch detailing is fantastic! Love the box of chocolates! Great look and sentiment!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wowww, you have been busy. Love your blow on that chocolate card, and the M&M guy is just THE sweetest!

Francie G. said...

Wow! You are on a roll, GF! Love the sweet candies and that adorable M&M image! The negative card is a real beauty! Wonderrful details on all three! Beautifully done, Joanne!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

All three cards are just super fabulous Joanne!! LOVE the yummy box of chocolates and that sentiment is just spot on!! and the M&M's...how wonderfully sweet!! Bert will treasure that FOR SURE!! How thoughtful you are!! Then there's the negative card....WAY COOL and gorgeous girl! You're amazing!

Mothermark said...

All three cards are awesome SnoSnot! I love the M & M one...its perfection for our little buddy Bertie! You are so amazing just pumping out these amazing cards one after one! You rock!
Bertie will treasure it....that's if she doesn't try to eat it first! Yikes!

Cindi said...

oh my!! what fun and "sweet"cards!!!!! hmm..where is my chocolate, anyways??
:)

Silke Ledlow said...

Awesome cards - Joanne!!! So yummy too...I love your take on the CCEE...the sentiment on the first card is wonderful!!! The M&M card is too stinkin' cute - LOL!!! Hugs ~S~

Traci M said...

What a cute card for Bertie...the m&m's are adorably set off!! My fave has to be the pink and black kimono, I really like that technique and the colors are gorgeous. Wonderful stamping stuff, Joanne!