Saturday, October 17, 2009

Night & Day peeking ribbon cards: Caardvarks May Arts Challenge

First of all, Thank You! I just can't thank You All enough for your patience & your kindhearted, sweetness-filled, well-wishing. I only wish that I had the get-up-and-go to answer all your amazing messages individually, but please know that you're in my heart. I am more thankful for You than words can express!

Please Click these little pics, if you'd like to see extra large views:

On a personal note: These two very different cards are just too perfect for the moods in our house right now:

Sombre since Charles is sick now...
It's been a bit of a horror show around here (perfect for Halloween?) ;o). I've been super sick--as you know--and now my poor Darlin' has H1N1. Ugh! We caught it quickly & both got prescriptions for tamiflu. I hope none of your loved ones are sick!

...but on the bright side!
I'm feeling a tad better so I can work some--Been missing you all way too much (and of course, I can't go another day without some crafting! Not stamping has to be the most hazardous thing to your health, right?)


SO sorry that I'm so late posting about this challenge, but you do still have almost exactly 24 hours to enter the Caardvarks May Arts ribbon challenge. (Until midnight tonight: Saturday Oct 17th.) Hope you can squeak a card in there. ;o)

You can see the truly amazing cards that the Caardvarks Crew
made for the challenge here:

(Such brilliant ribbon ideas!)


...make cut shapes with ribbon peeking through,
(enabler alert: yummy May Arts Ribbon!) ;o)

Caardvarks May Arts Silk ribbon Bats & braided fence (mel stampz)

Halloween card:

Step 1} Cut some bats out of paper (this paper had the bats in it already but you could use stamps, draw them, or use clip art--if you wanted to try it out)

Step 2} Lay the paper with the cut out bats over black cardstock & mark with pencil where you'll be covering with ribbon (so it shows through the bat-shaped holes)

Step 3}
Lay down the May Arts ribbon (This is May Arts black 1/4 silk ribbon which ties like a dream-so using it like this is practically criminal, but it has such a gorgeous texture!)

Step 4} Adhere the patterned paper with the bat cut-outs to the card (over the ribboned areas)

Step 5} Add patterned paper to the bottom (this Spook Alley paper has haunted houses on it.)

Step 6} Add May Arts braid (black) ribbon to make a little fence

Step 7} Add a sentiment (this was made with a key tag punch by paper shapers) I also stitched around the bats & stuck the cut out scraps on here too (coloured in with a black marker) for some batty variety.

This Cloudy scene card was
made using the same technique...

Caardvarks May Arts Felt Flowers Clouds (mel stampz)

Cutting the clouds out of the patterned paper...
(Prima Marketing Animal Bash Collection "eager")

...and then layering May Arts floral felt ribbon under them
(and some digitally printed ledger paper under the ribbon too):

The grass was made with Abbey Road (My Mind's Eye) Round & round paper
and layered with May Arts faux suede ruffle edge ribbon

  • for a speedy version, you could die cut/punch your shapes out
  • or... stamp images/print digital to get your shapes & cut out the centers
  • instead of ribbon, use fabric/felt/crochet/lace... behind the images
  • or...use the fancy new lazer cut patterned papers you can buy
  • embellish around your cut outs: doodle, stitch, bead, glitter...
Blogging schedule: Assuming I don't catch that ol' swine flu from my sweet C (knock on wood!) ...then, I do hope to get to some more posts this week (albeit with very sporadic posting for the next while.)

thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU, for being YOU!


Maggie said...

oh my. get Charles some Osscillococcum (homeopathic for flu) stat along with the tamiflu
love Auntie who loves you more than you can imagine

julietk said...

That night card is so clever :-)
I hope you all get well soon, Juliet

dshk said...

Thank you!
you are so talented and generous!
love your blog!
be well.

Cindy said...

Missed you so much, Mel! Not a day went by that I didn't think about you in your absense! I hope you continue to get better!

As usual, your projects are fabulous!

Sue Stampin Daly said...

Yeah, glad to see your back

LauraFdz said...

Vaya que te extrañé!, que bueno leerte de nuevo, espero que tu recuperación sea completa muy pronto, saludos!!!!

Anonymous said...


Dawn said...

YIPPEEEE....Mel's back!
ditto what Maggie said on the homeopathic=)

You two take care...

oh the cards too

Sharon said...

Wonderful cars Mel. I hope everyone gets well very soon.

Allison said...

Both are terrific! Love the mix of elements and drama of the black card/the layout of the second is lovely. Get well!

Gabriele said...

Hi Mel! Although it`s great to read something from you again... it`s hard news you wrote... I keep my fingers crossed for you not to get this swineflu-thing... and also for David, of course, for a speedy recovery and an at least not tooo heavy outbreak of this horrible illness....
Thinking of both of you. Take care!


liannallama said...

what wonderful cards! I especially love the cutouts for the clouds!

Hope you all feel better soon. The Ossicilloccum is a great thing to try-- it really helped shorten the flu when I got it in May. You have to take it right when you first start getting symptoms so keep it on hand. It is a natural remedy and completely safe.