Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lemony Friends and DT News

Wahoo! There’s a NEW Challenge Blog on the Block and I’m on the DT! I was SO excited to see Kathryn’s new challenge blog idea, the Photo-Synthesis Challenge ~ ALL photo inspiration challenges, and I was even more thrilled when she asked me to be on the Design Team. I was on such a high, I left for a mini-vacation and missed the first challenge! LOL!!! Thankfully, she is super awesome, must be the ‘Kat’ in her name, and I’m posting my card a day late.

This is a Bi-Weekly Challenge, with new challenges posted EVERY OTHER TUESDAY so you have lots of time to participate. If you wish to be eligible for a prize when one is offered, you must submit your entries by the Monday morning prior, the current challenge runs through Monday, August 16th. There will be a winner and Top 3 announced for each challenge.

The challenge will also give special recognition for cards and other projects that use mostly recycled or re-purposed materials, to encourage us all to use what we have better, and to be more eco-friendly by following the motto "Use it up, Wear it Out!" Players who use recycled or repurposed materials in their projects will also receive bonus points toward the prize draw (when offered). Since we are new on the scene, we’d love to connect with sponsors for our challenges. If you are interested in sponsoring a challenge, please contact Kathryn at

On to our first challenge. Photo inspiration challenges have always been my favorites. There’s so many options to find inspiration from – it could be the colors, the theme, items in the photo, the arrangement or balance of elements, patterns, or just the feeling you get when looking at the photo. There is so much FREEDOM in the challenges and you can really let your creativity go wild. Kathryn provide 3 lucious photos for inspiration and I chose this one as my launching point. I pulled several elements out into my card – the colors, the damask pattern, water, and my favorite –the LEMONS! I was able to use a few other great challenges for inspiration as well.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness #65
I thought I’d use the simple version of Priscilla’s sketch, but when I saw there was a sweet mouse just asking to be ‘circled’ in my image I used the fancy version. Extra BONUS, I'm using the current challenge!

 Photo Inspiration ~ Photo Synthesis Challenge 1

Charisma Cardz #30 ~ Something With a Tail
There are FIVE tails in my image.
The Pink Elephant #78 ~ Something Yummy
Mmmmm, a cool pitcher of lemonade on a hot August day. Which leads me to...ABC Challenge ~ A is for August
House Mouse and Friends Challenge # ~ Vintage
Okay, vintage isn’t my thing. I realize bright yellow may not be normally associate with vintage; however for me the damask pattern always makes me think of grandma’s. I also kept with neutrals and greys for all but the lemoney pieces of the image. I did a bit of Googling and was further thrilled to see Wikpedia defines Vintage Clothing as anything from the 1920s to 1980 is considered vintage. I so get the ‘mod’ fashion feel from the 60’s, so that’s vintage – right? :o)
Simon Says Challenge ~ Sing it Baby (inspired by a song)
I kept hearing this song in my head ever since I WON this awesome stamp from my friend Lorraine. "Make Lemonade” by Debbie Fleming. Here's part of the verses or click here to hear the whole song.
What do you do when your life turns sour?
Add a little sugar, and you make lemonade.
What do you do in your darkest hour?
Light up a candle, and you make lemonade.
What do you do when the times get tough?
Put on your boxing gloves and make lemonade.
What do you do with a string of bad luck?
Tie a kite on the end of it and make lemonade.

If a lemon makes you sour,
You may have to drink your cup alone.
But add the sweet sweet taste of your power,
And somebody will always come along
To help you be strong.

My Creation
I can never get an accurate pic with large pockets of white on my card. I tried to adjust it the best I could without totally distorting the colors. The papers are all black, white and yellow.

Image Detail
I added a layer of Diamond Glaze over the entire pitcher and also the exposed part of the lemon about to be bitten.

I didn't add a sentiment yet as I wasn't sure who'll receive the card. Just used the same papers to give it some oomph.

Ins and Outs ~ Lemony Friends
Stamps: Lemony Good Times (House Mouse from Stampabilities)
Paper: SU Whisper White and Basic Black, DCWV Citrus Stack, The Paper Studio Black and White Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics (E000, 00, 41; R20; C00, 1, 3, 5, 7; YG0000; Y00, 02, 08, 11, 15; BG0000); Spicas (Blossom, Lemon, Pitch Black)

Accessories: Misc gems, Marta Stewart Edger Punch, Diamond Glaze


  1. CONGRATS!!!!!! and such a CUTE card to start off with :) love your coloring

  2. Adorable card. Love how you added the Diamond Glaze to the pitcher. ;) You did a great job with the challenge.

  3. OMG Cat, look at those cute HM images!! What perfect colors to coordinate with the lemon theme. This is so ADORABLE!!!

    Thanks SO MUCH for joining the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week and I hope you can come play with us again next week.


  4. With the heat wave that is going on across the US, this is the perfect card! Love your bright yellow, black and white theme, too. Sounds like a fun challenge blog. Thanks for sharing your card with us at House Mouse and Friends this challenge. Nicely done.

    Take Care
    Sue Drees

  5. What a great card!! I love those cute little mice and the wonderful lemonade theme. I look forward to working with you on the Photo-Syhthesis DT.

    Amy ♥

  6. Hi ya
    gorgeous card, luv the colour combo,thank you for joining us at House Mouse & Friends this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

  7. Hiya Cat, don't worry about being late--I actually haven't posted to my *own* blog in a shamefully long time. We all have lives outside the blogosphere and that's perfectly OK. I love the way you used the lemons. Lemonade sounds great right about now. Seriously.

  8. Very cute! I too was inspired by the lemons :). Very creative card and sooo cute! Great job.


  9. Wahoo Cat - congrats on the DT - so well deserved - I am goingto have to check this one out!! I love your day late card LOL!! Gorgeous image and such perfect colours! Love it! Thanks for joining is this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to see you and hope to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  10. Cat this is just so fun and fabulous. The little mice with the lemons is adorable. Great coloring and change up on the sketch length. It is simply adorable and so much fun! Great job with the challenge. Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  11. Yay, congrats Cat! And, wow, what a gorgeous card - I love the colors you've used! So glad you could join us again at House Mouse & Friends! hugz, Mary

  12. What could be more vintage and current at the same time than a lemonade stand! Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge!

  13. Aww, such a great creation with one of my favorites of the House Mouse stamps. Love it. Thank you very much for playing with us at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.

    Hugs, Natascha

  14. This is just lovely Cat. Love the colours and that adorable image. Perfect for Summer! Thanks for joining us at ABC.
    Hugs, Donna x

  15. Oh Cat I am so thrilled for you a big congratulations and wowzer what a brilliant card so love how you have used the colours in the sketch on that great image I am loving this one so much.
    Lorraine x

  16. This is beautiful darlin, love the sweet image :), thanks for taking part in this weeks Simon Says Challenge sweetie, best of luck :)


  17. Very cute! Thanks for joining us at HM&F Challenge!

  18. This is amazing - love the colors!!!

  19. Gorgeous creation love your image & colours great take on the chall...thanks for sharing & joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday chall.

    smiles Christine xx

  20. Fabulous card Cat :-) I LOVE this image and your colouring is just perfect ! love the black/yellow combo ,,, gorgeous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the HM&F Monday and Simon Says Stamp Challenges :-)
    Lols x x x

    sorry it took me so long to visit ,, I have been busy with visitors !! xx

  21. adorable! love how you colored the image! looks great in yellow/black!


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