Thursday, July 28, 2016

Marcia's & My Monthly Challenge ~ July & A GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends!  It's time for Marcia's & my monthly challenge.  For any of you that visit us on a regular basis, you know that we started this challenge a year ago now, (July 16th to be exact) and have been keeping steady ever since by challenging each other with either colors, a theme or using a particular stamp set each month.  Aside from having fun each month and stretching my creativity, I have so enjoyed our growing friendship more than anything!!  Even now, as I type this, I have tears in my eye's thinking about the great blessing of friendship I've been given.  I am forever grateful!

 This month we challenged each other to use the set "Eva's Favorite Flowers" by Winnie & Walter since it was fairly new to both of us.  

This was the first card I made.  Simply stamped and cut using a stitched rectangle die from MFT's Blueprints #13.  The "Happy" was cut from gold card stock using a die from Our Daily Bread and the rest of the sentiment was stamped in black from PTI's Embellished Elegance and the underline from Over, Under, Easy.

I started this card by cutting the bottom edge of white card stock with Simon Say Stamp "Thanks Scallop Border" and did the stamping using Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Fine Linen, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores.  The polka dotted paper on the bottom is from MFT.

I started on this card by heat embossing the outline flower images from the set in white onto White Linen card stock.  I then added some distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord and Abandoned Coral.  I spritzed it with a bit of water to remove some color, though it's hard to see in the photo.  I added the cute little bunny and sentiment from Marianne Designs "Some Bunny Loves You".
I think this card is my favorite because I love how the typewriter font shows through when stamped on.  I heat embossed MFT's Typewriter Text Background in white and cut it using the same MFT Blueprints #13 Stitched Rectangle die.  I then did the stamping using Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, and Spring Moss (from PTI) and  Ocean Waves & Sea Glass (from Altenew)  The sentiment is from PTI's Bold & Beautiful Sentiments.

On this card I stamped the images from the set using Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado and Spring Moss and Memento's Wedding Dress.  The sentiment is from PTI's Walk By Faith.

For my last card I wanted to do a Kath Kidston inspired design.  I adore Kath's use of colors and vintage style.  The "Thankful" die is from Impression Obsession and the rest of the sentiment is from Altenew's Fresh Freesia.

Now, are you ready for a big surprise?  Since it's our 1 year anniversary, both Marcia and I decided to do a little giveaway on each of our blogs.  Leave a comment below and we'll each pick a random winner from our blog to win all the dies you see here and on Marcia's blog.  Please note that these are both two separate giveaways, so you have to leave a comment on both blogs.
let us know what you think of our monthly challenges, if you'd like to play along with us, and if you have any ideas to challenge us with too!  

Be sure to visit Marcia's blog and see her collection of beautiful cards.  I'm sure she'll knock your socks off!  She always does mine!!  AND don't forget to leave a comment if you want to win.

I'll also be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit


Marcia Hill said... definitely rocked this challenge Birgit! All of your cards are so bright and just beautiful...I love the color combinations you worked with on each card! I can't even pick a favorite! And you used those flowers in ways I didn't even think of...guess I have to get the set back out again now! :0) I have so enjoyed this past year of our growing friendship too my dear face lights up every time I see "You've Got Mail" in my inbox! Stampers as a whole are just some of the best people out there, but God truly blessed me when He brought you into my life Birgit!! :0)

Unknown said...

Wow! All of your cards are just gorgeous! I love anything with flowers, especially this time of year! If I can't be out in my gardens at least I can color some pretty little posies. Happy Anniversary! Oh and I agree with Marcia, Stampers/Card Makers/Crafters are the BEST people around! Glad I have gotten to know you! :)

Colleen said...

Birgit, I always am amazed at the cards you and Marcia make for this challenge, it is fun to see the different styles and ways you make a card using the same stamps! And you were right, Marcia's cards are amazing!! But then so are yours! Love the flowers and all the original designs you have! Have a great weekend!

Marybeth said...

Birgit. You made some amazingly beautiful cards for your challenge! You know me I am a flower loving card girl too! Off to see Marcia's cards!

Linda said...

Wow, Birgit, you have certainly made a lot of gorgeous cards. You are Marcia both rocked this challenge. It is so fun and rewarding to have blogging friends.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, wow, these are all so beautiful!

Patti said...

These are really greatBirgit!! I'm with you!! my FAVORITE is the one with the typewriter font! What a wonderful collection of cards!

I enjoy your challenges each month - and Marcia's too. It is remarkable the different results you each get with the same supplies! : )

Off to enjoy Marcia's card. Have a wonderful day!!


Conniecrafter said...

Wow what a great assortment of cards here, I will have to say the text one with the embossed background is my favorite too!

Loll said...

Hi Birgit. Great job using this beautiful stamp set. Love the look of all your cards ... and they are so unique --- the stamp set is so versatile in your talented hands. You and Marcia are doing an amazing job ... congrats to both of you. Loll xx

Jo Nevill said...

Very pretty cards
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x

Sue said...

Once again, you and Marcia nailed your challenge and what a great shout out from Catherine Pooler! Your cards are awesome. I can't decide which one I like the best! Superb job, my friend!!!