Friday, January 28, 2011

A 'Challenging' Share -- C4C, Speedy's Friends, etc.

The Crazies this week are making shabby chic and vintage cards.  I know...there is no distressing or sponging, sure signs of a shabby chic card, but the elegance of pearls and lace is often a characteristic of vintage, and I think I have that covered.  You really must head over to the Crazy4Challenges Blog to see some truly lovely shabby chic cards.

In one of the comments someone asked me to post the company for the Mr. & Mrs. stamp I used.  It is by Stampendous.  Hope that helps.



The challenge for Speedy's Friends this week is to create a Valentine's Day card. I decided to use this cute little critter from Mark's Finest Papers with his 'necklace' of blooms. Be sure to check out the other fabulous V'day cards at the Speedy's Friends post.
This third card was the one I did for this week's Sketch Challenge on SCS.  I used the Happy Pansies set from Mark's Finest Papers for the image and the sentiment.

And...this last card is the one I did for the Teapot Tuesday Challenge on SCS.  This image is by Penny Black, while the sentiment is computer generated.  These cards are being to to honor the birth of twin grandchildren to a fellow SCS'er, Pat (kokirose).  We were to use 'double' of something.  I masked my image and added a second package to the image, representing one boy and one girl present 'from above'.

Phew.....I tried to keep my words short as I had so many cards to share.  Thanks so very much for taking the time to visit.  Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated.

AND...on a personal note......
I AM ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SICK OF SNOW!!!!

Here in Connecticut we have had snow....snow.....snow.......We actually broke a major record this month.  The snowfall amount in January is the most our state has EVER seen in one month since such things were recorded.  And....as a shoveler, I will attest to that!!!!!!!  Enough already!!!!  More snow is predicted for the weekend....so the month is not even over yet......OMGoodness.........AND we are facing a possible BIG one mid week......ack!!!!!

29 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

WOW-ers girl you have been busy!! All FABULOUS!

Becky said...

I am in RI and I have had enough, and I hear we are having another major storm Wes.

Fabulous cards, each and every one, beautiful coloring.

Silli said...

Oh Joanne, all your cards are very, very pretty... Your coloring is fabulous... Big hugs...

StampOwl said...

Oh these are all gorgeous Joanne

Craftdee said...

These are lovely cards: I especially love your pearl and lace number - GORGEOUS! It's funny you're sick of snow, I'm sick of the heat. It has been hot hot hot hear in Western Australia (well over 100f again today, and we're experiencing cyclonic conditions which mean high humidity, ugh) We always want what we haven't got :-)

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow!! You sure have been busy!! Each and everyone of your creations are stunning!! That wedding card is incredibly elegant with the cream, your use of dies and the layout!! The heart card just pops out at you!! BEAUTIFUL!

I am with you about being sick of snow. I live in NY and I am SICK of snow too!

~Chris

Angela said...

Hey Joanne! I agree! Enough snow for CT already! My kids have been out of school for the past 2 days and we've had several snow days already and it's only JANUARY! eek!

You have created some lovely cards for this post! I especially love the elegance of your C4C card! Beautiful job!!! hugs, Angela

KimCreate said...

OMG, The white card is positively gorgeous!
Can you post a comment here as to what stamp company the Mr&Mrs stamp is from, please?

I'm in CT too and the snow in my yard is 4 ft. high.UUUGGGG, can't stand it.
Kim

Barbara said...

All great cards, Joanne, but that first one is simply gorgeous! Very Vintage :)

Lynn McAuley said...

Looks like all this snow is keeping you indoors cranking out these beauties!!! What stunning work, Joanne!!

Traci M said...

Wow...amazing cards and so many too, Joanne!! I would be doing good to produce one a week!
I love all of these, but the baby one with the package is so clever and the pansy is so pretty and dramatic!! I love pansies, they are hardy flowers with such daintiness about them.
You take care of your back with all of that shoveling and try to stay warm indoors. I can not imagine that much snow, friend!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Where to start? WOW - your shabby chic...beautifully elegant - just stunning! Racoon guy - to cute in the flowers -- SCS TOTALLY AWESOME... That lace bow is killer ....
AND - THAT'S WHY I LIVE IN AZ -- NO SNOW :) Have a warm week end~~

Maria said...

Girl, you've been busy! Look at all the gorgeous cards you created! I love all of them!! But I have to say. . .because I love anything shabby chic/vintage. . your first card floored me with it's beauty! Seriously! I love everything about it. . .you knocked this challenge out of the park for sure!

Maria

Virgo5 said...

Amazing! Love the gorgeous vintage card, and the colours you used for the cute little racoon and his blooms!

Peggysuez said...

Joanne, you're amazing! These cards are gorgeous!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Oh my goodness, Joann, girl these are ALL absolutely breathtakng but that first one.....I know yo had to get out of your comfortzone of bright and happy!! That first one is an absolutely elegant and gorgeous BEAUTY!!! I LOVE the colorng on the other ones...so fu and so "tademark" you my friend!!! I am sorry about all of that snow. None here...I will try to send you some AZ sunshine!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

Joanne Travis said...

Awesome collecion of cards, each one so beautiful!

Joycelyn Turner said...

Ok EVERY single creation you've got here today is FABULOUS...but the C4C vintage one really took my breath away!!!!! I LOVE white on white and don't do it nearly enough...I'm inspired!!!! AMAZING Joanne!!
Oh...and it's snowing here AGAIN as well!! *sigh*

Carol L said...

Your shabby chic is magnificent!!! You amaze me with how you're able to create any style card one can think of......and do it so well each and every time! Your cards are all beautiful!!! I'm here to give you a big AMEN to your thoughts on snow! #$&$@! My DH just cleared off the deck today after the big storm earlier this week, and we too are bracing for another heavy hitter around Wednesday. All this snow is enough already!!!

Lynda Benden said...

Dang Joanne, you have been a busy girl!!! All of your cards are beautiful but I really LOVE your Crazy card! The pop of blue ROCKS!!!

I hope your weather gets better! We haven't had as much snow but it has been cold but I think I'd take the cold over the snow!!!

One4Joy said...

I see the blessing of retirement in all those cards, Joanne! Such fabulous depth in each one, and for me that would me pondering for quite awhile. I absolutely adore the raccoon with that harlequin bg and cool shade of pink.

As for the snow, I feel for you...and just have to tease, I was in my t-shirt this afternoon deheading some of my hydrangeas. Thinking, oh how wonderful to have some some on my face and arms and here it is January. Come West, girl, to the Pacific NW!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, girl...all your creations are sooo gorgeous but I gotta tell ya the first one with all the pearls and lacy edges is over the top!!!!! I am so sorry about all the snow...this has been such a crazy winter!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Holy smokes Joanne...you've been the stampin' machine...LOL!!! You need to come and visit me...we had 68 F today...sorry don't mean to rub it in..giggle!!!

Anyway, all of your cards are gorgeous...perfect details as always, but the C4C card made me GASP!!! Absolutely gorgeous GF...love everything about it!!! Hugs ~S~

redwasher1 said...

Wow Joanne, okay all of these cards art stunning works of art!!! Love them!!! I live in California and want to share with you that we have been having a real warm snap here, the way I see it, is that it's heading your way!!! Sending sunshine!!!

Betty Wright said...

Joanne, the top card is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love all the others, too, but the top takes the gorgeous by storm.

I feel for you with the snow stuff!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

What more can I add that all of the other fans of yours haven't except to tell you that you are amazing? Amazingly creative, amazingly productive, amazingly artistic in all you design. They are all magnificent cards, but the vintage one really knocked my socks off; it is GORGEOUS, my friend!

Denise Marzec said...

Okay, gorgeous cards....but oh.my.freakin'.word how I ADORE that first one. Total gorgeousness!!!!!!

Benzi said...

They're all so beautiful, Joanne. I think all this snow is good for one thing...getting to stay home and make beauties like these. The baby card is such a sweetie and they are all the top of the line. Stay warm, if possible!

I, too, long for a tropical paradise somewhere...hot sunshine, sand, beautiful blue skies, and ocean waves. Hang on, summer is coming.

Roxie said...

Fabulous cards Joanne, love the shabby one and the bright colors and cute images on the others. Thanks for sharing them!