Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Important Bulletin - The Chicks Have Moved!

Due t0 Cathy's complete inability to sort out her computer's deep and traumatic response to Blogger these days, we have been forced to relocate! Please click on the following link to be re-directed to our new address:

We have been busily importing all our previous posts and info to the new blog site and we hope you'll bear with us as we work out any inconsistencies that might crop up in the short term! Also, please remember to change your bookmarks, favourites, and/or subscriptions to our new address so that you won't miss out on anything!

See you in the new neighbourhood - we think you'll like it there!

The Chicks Inspiration Challenge: Week 4!

Here it is! Our week 4 inspiration pic! Doesn't it make you crave hot sunny days on the beach? I know it did for a couple of our guest designers - check out their samples below:

Donna MacDonald

Cathy Lewis

Margaret DeWitt

Janet Rossi

Emily Wundrock

Debbie Pamment
All right, now let's see yours! Simply link up your card using the Mr. Linky form below by midnight next Sunday and you might get the chance to be one of our guest designers too! If you are uploading to a public gallery, please enter CHIC4 in the keywords so that we can find you. Come and play under our Um Um Um Umberellas!

Chicks Challenge Week 3 Results!

Another week and another selection of beautiful card samples submitted to our inspiration challenge! Here's a little reminder of what the week 3 inspiration pic looked like:

And here are all the gorgeous cards that were linked up as a result:

Sue Berkley


Debbie Pamment

Margaret De Witt
Thanks ladies for sharing your cards with us! Once again, you are all invited to be Guest Designers for next weeks Challenge. If you would like to participate, simply email Cathy at inkycathy@gmail.com to get the inspiration photo a week in advance.....
The rest of you will have to wait, but don't worry - the week 4 challenge is coming right up!

SCS - Colour Challenge #214, 2 Sketches 4 You Challenge

I decided to make two cards for today's SCS Colour Challenge. The colours were Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Bordering Blue.
For the above card, I used a Sunshine Designs stamp that I purchased when Cathy had The Ink Spot. You can pretty much do anything with this stamp. I stamped Black Stazon onto watercolour paper and used the challenge colours to watercolour it. I added stickles in coordinating colours around the rim and on the bottom portion of the cup. I layered that onto So Saffron (textured) and then onto a bigger Bordering Blue panel and tied 5/8" Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon. I used a Hero Arts sentiment. My card base is Gina K. 120 lb. card stock. I layered that with Pink Pirouette that I ran through the Script Cuttlebug. For my second card, I used the 2 Sketches 4 You Sketch Challenge. Bordering Blue as my card base. I stamped Seeing Spots in the challenge colours on a piece of Whisper White card stock and layered that on a Pink Pirouette panel then tied some Saffron ribbon from the retired Ribbon Originals (Sherbet). I punched out the thank you sentiment with the 1 1/4" punch and layered that on the Saffron 1 3/8" circle. I punched out the centre flower (stamped in Bordering Blue) with the 3/4" punch. I also punched out the scallop in Pink Pirouette. I punched a small hole through all layers and adhered a pink rhinestone brad in the centre. I used a rub-on from the Chit Chat package on the bottom right and that finished it off. I hadn't used the Seeing Spots set in a very long time so I'm glad I could make my own patterned paper out of it. Thanks for lookin'.

Corrosive Challenge #7

Did Christmas come early?
Nah! I just decided to do a Christmas card for Janet's Corrosive Challenge. Here's the image:I used the beautiful deer from The Magic of Christmas set (Rupa Shevde) by Gina K. Designs. I stamped it on watercolour paper in Timber Brown Stazon and used various shades of brown from S-U with my aquapainter. I cut it and layered it with my oval nesties. My card base is Blush Blossom and has a Kiwi Kiss panel on top of that. I layered some patterned paper with Chocolate Chip. I added some Old Olive brads and ribbon on the patterned paper panel. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on the bottom right of the card. I hope you like it!

SCS - Sketch Challenge #195

Thank goodness I have lots of friends (or at least I think I do!!) - I've been making a lot of friendship cards lately. I actually have been giving a lot of my cards away to friends and my MIL was recently visiting for Easter and she went home with a bunch (boy was I happy - I've been a stamping machine lately and I'm glad she can make use of them). Here is my submission for sketch challenge 195 over at Splitcoast:
The card base is Whisper White. I used Blossoms Abound for my main image (it was collecting lots of dust in the cupboard) in Pale Plum and Perfect Plum. I used two kinds of stickles to make the grapes really pop (it is so glittery IRL - I love it). I used patterened paper for my other panels and layered them with card stock (kiwi kiss and perfect plum). I used the Oval All set for my sentiment and layered it with the Oval Scallop punch. I also added a little prima flower and rhinestone brad (there was a little gap in the DSP and I thought it needed a little something). Again, a pretty simple card, but I'm happy with it. Thanks for having a look!

SC193 - Glad we're friends

I was just catching up on a couple of older sketch challenges on SCS. This is my submission for challenge #193:

I realized I've been using this stamp a lot lately, but it is so lovely and can really be used for any occasion. My card base is Whisper White and I layered some DSP over that. I cut a strip of Chocolate Chip for the left side panel. My three horizontal panels are Kiwi Kiss and I've wrapped some Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon around them. I coloured the flower with Blender Pens using Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss inks. I layered that on a Pink Pirouette panel. I used the Best Yet set for my sentiment and punched it out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. I layered that with Chocolate Chip scallop circle punch. I finished the card off with a few dew drops. A pretty simple card, but it took me forever!