Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dirty Girl Challenge

A few weeks ago when these cute little Elzybell stamps debuted, Jami issued a dirty girl challenge to all present and past DD's. The challenge was to make a card using the "Winter's Song" stamp set, use Pretty in Pink somewhere on the card, and to use NO DESIGNER PAPER!
Those of you who know my card style should know how hard it was not to use DP on this.... I love designer paper!






-My first card attempt was this white and pink one... I really liked how the ribbons turned out at the bottom, but that was really the only think I liked. It was a little too plain (for me anyways) with the plain white backgroud. I look at some of my favorite designers that do simple cards and I'm in awe... when I try to leave just a white background it just looks boring. I was just upload it for the challenge even though I wasn't happy with it.... but then I read the color challenge for the week and saw that it was Wasabi, Pink and White..... so I promptly ripped off the image and embellishments from this one and started over....






-I was happier with the second card almost as soon as I started making it - the added green was the difference for me! Since I reused the image I didn't have to take the time to color and mount it, so it was just coming up with the layout. I just bought the wavy friskers blade at the store, so I took the opportunity to make some wavy layers for this card. I may have gotton a little out of hand... there are alot of waves here!! I added the ribbon in an "X" across the front, I dont' know if I've ever done it quite like that before, but I like how it turned out... a little different! The snowflakes were stamped on green paper and embossed with white EP, I added gold ice Stickles to give them sparkle.





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Now the BIG question.... which one do you like better? I think it's time for some BLOG CANDY again.... it's been awhile!! To win, simply leave a comment on which of these 2 cards you like better and why.... I will pick a random winner in the next few days. The prize will be a surprise!






Also a big thanks to Julie Buhler to the new Blog Banner she made for me!!! Isn't it great???

91 comments:

Well Said Cards said...

Both cards are beautiful! I like the first one best because it's a little more simple. I also like that it's assymetrical.

mitch47 said...

I really prefer the cleaner lines and the simplicity of the first card. I find that they set off the little "Elzybelle" image better. I also like the ribbons better, as they are more airy, like a snowflake, and lighthearted, like a winter song should be. Wonderful work on both cards. I'm sure the other one appeals to just as many people.

DeniseLynn said...

Oh my both are so nice ... and I love the addition of the green too. The wavey edges are great and I love the layers. That said, you might be surprised that I like the first one best, but I think it's becuase it makes me think of my niece when she was 3 (all that pink is sooooo pretty and it's so simple and innocent looking!). She is now 10 and has started rubber stamping and making cards like Auntie. (yes!!!) Thanks for sharing both fabulous pieces.

CindyLouWho2 said...

I always love your cards, so they are both great...but, I do like the second one best. I like the "more is better" attitude.

Melissa said...

I love the second card better. . .love the combo of the green and the pink! Something about that one just grabs me.

Love the look of your new blog as well. Very cool! Thanks for sharing your inspirations with us!

Lilian said...

both cards are adorable, but i like the first one. i like the sweetness of the pink and the ribbon detail in the corner.

thanks for the chance to win! :)

Jacque (SCS: Petals) said...

I prefer the first card because it has a cleaner, more simple look, which I prefer. I also prefer the color combination of the first card over the second.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicole Steele said...

I love both cards (especially the white embossed snowflakes on the second one), but my favorite is the first one. Why? Because all the pink makes it "soft" looking and that mood fits well with the little girl in the stamp. You are my favorite stamper, though, because I just love all your projects! I love all the details and extras you add!

Jen Maass said...

I love the 1st card. I'm a simple girl!!! Plus I love that bow!

Jane Harrah said...

I love the green as it is so much more alive and it jumps right off the card! Excellent job.

Jane Harrah

harrahx2@verizon.net

Allison said...

Hi Michelle...love the soft colors of the new banner! I think I like the first one but I have been partial to these pink ones you and the DD girls have been posting!

Barb said...

I love both cards, but the pink card is my fave. It looks frosty and sweet and reminds me of winter! Not sure why pink reminds me of winter,lol but it does!

dd2njoy said...

First of all, I love your banner,I just found your blog through Julie.
Both cards are reallllly nice,but I
prefer the 2nd one only because green is my fav.color.Thanks for the chance at some candy!!!
I was just checking out your banner and i'm glad i came by!!

Gina Wrona said...

My vote is for the 2nd one because it has that 3-d look to it.

And, Julie did a great job on your banner recovering from surgery and all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))

Anonymous said...

Both cards are great but love the second the best. Great blog and love the new banner.

Rosemary
tody2@aol.com

Darlene L said...

My choice is for the first card. For me I find the wavy line a little distracting from the main image. You do great work all the time, great new banner too from Julie. Darlene

canben said...

Both are nice, but I prefer the first one. I'm not sure if it's the simplicity of it or the angularness (is that a word?) of it.....

kirstensmom said...

MM, I love them both, but I really love the second one...not sure exactly why though...maybe the wavy edges...and I love your banner by Julie, it's awesome!!

Kelly S

~Carla~ www.moralia.wordpress.com said...

Both beautiful cards.. but I prefer the first. :) Not sure why.. just seems maybe more 'balanced' to me..

Rosella said...

I was going to comment even before there was blog candy involved. Who knew LOL! I just absolutely LOVE your second card. I like both, but the second one just gave me this WOW impression. Love the diagonal ribbon and the swirly layers of paper. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Gosh, I seem to be in the minority here, I LOVE the second card! I haven't left a comment on your blog for a long time, but I still do visit whenever you post. Hope all is well with you!

Hugs,
Amy

CAKVD said...

I like the first one. Pink is my favorite color, so that may be why! Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

nettystamps said...

The second is my favorite. First off my fav color is green,,,,go figure..and I really like the grosgrain on it. It gives it the feel of more substance...if that makes any sense. I guess everyone likes something different, that's what makes up individuals, right. And this card just nailed it for me....I am half tempted to include my addy with a shameless plea to be put on your xmas card list so I can get one....LOL It is just screaming ME! I guess I will have to try the next best thing (to begging that is) and case it...LOL
Thanks for the inspiration, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
anette648@yahoo.com

Kristy Vernon said...

I like the first card better...sometimes simple is beautiful.

Cathy said...

Wow both cards are beautiful. But I'm going to pick the first only, because it is so soft looking.
Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Scrapbook Mama said...

HMM I'm a pink kind of girl myself but this time I pick the second card because it seems to pop more at me:) Have a Happy and Safe Gooble day!

Ellie
e@scrapbookmama.com

mnhyrkas said...

I love the hint of the blue ribbon on the first, but the second is really a WOW. I like the green

scfranson said...

You have a great blog. I like the first one better, it's simple and elegant.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Colleen said...

Wow! Both cards are great, but I like the clean lines of the 1st one. You're sweet for doing the blog candy too!

Cheers,
Colleen
col12@hotmail.com

Cindy Vernon said...

I really like the second one, the wav y lines and ribbon are very cool.

Melissas said...

I like the second card better. It is "busier" than anything I would feel comfortable making, but it is gorgeous! Love the color scheme, too. Thanks for sharing!

Cheri said...

I like the first card best. . . cleaner lines and I'm just a pink girl, I guess. Thanks for the fun!

Amy said...

I agree with you; the addition of the green on the second card really gives it a bit more punch!

linda A. said...

i think i prefer the first one.

Pat S. said...

Hi Michelle!
Yes, I sure do like your new banner...the colors are so fun!

Thanks for offering a chance to win blog candy...that's so fun too!

I prefer the pink card...mainly because I don't like green. But, for me, the green card also has too much going on.

Linda said...

I like both of them, but if I had to pick only one, it would be the
2nd one.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Rose Ann said...

Your Elzybells cards are soooo beautiful! I came over from Julie's site. She did a beautiful job on your banner.

Tricia said...

I think I like the first card best because it's a little more simple... Plus I love pink and white! :)

Wife2TJ said...

I love the second card. First off I LOVE the pink and green color combination, always have. Plus I think the colors just make the card stand out more. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! -Samantha

Aunt T said...

I love both cards but the first one is my favorite. The pink just jumps out at me tonight :) Beautiful work ... as usual.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Teresa

texasgirl@gvtc.com said...

I love, love, love the second card because of all the elements on the card. who says simple isn't more???? Thanks for sharing!
Sandy Rails

inkedx2 said...

I like the first one. It is simple and your focus is on the image. The other one is nice also.

leenda said...

I really like your new banner! I prefer the first card. The focus is on the little girl. I wouldn't turn down the second one but it is too busy for me.

Jan Scholl said...

I like the bottom one. and I just got back from buying 5 of these stamps!

Ros said...

I like the 2nd one the best with the green and the wavy boarders

melissa roth said...

I like the 2nd one as it's more unique. I like how you criss crossed the ribbon and it's cute in green. I usually see everyone making this image in pink, so the green is a fun change.

Brenda said...

Both of these cards are just simply gorgeous...love them!! You want us to pick which one is our favorite...sorry, just can't do it! That's like asking me which of my children I love the most...nope, 'not gonna go there! Each card has unique details that makes it special. 'Hope I'm still eligible for sweet candy :)
Thanks for sharing your amazing creations and for inspiring me!! Fabulous job on the banner Julie!
~Brenda H.

Robyn said...

Love both cards too...if i had to choose i would go with the first...i think it makes your image pop more.

tyrymom29 said...

Both cards are very pretty !!! I love the second one more because of the colors Pink and green together !!!!

Beth F said...

I love both cards. One is simple and very sweet. Two is in your face and says "Hey Look at Me!"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth F
boynecitygrl

mcgregor2003 said...

while both are adorable, i like the second one with the criss-crossed ribbons... makes me think of ski poles and well, it just adds to the whole snow thing:)

Donna said...

I love both of your cards, but if I had to choose, I'd say that the first is my preference. I love the taffeta ribbon, and your presentation is so lovely with the touch of blue to balance the card. Very nice, as usual!

Shannon Wyman said...

Michelle how do you get that scalloped circle? Is that a punch??

Both of your cards are wonderful! I think I'm partial to the second though.. it's busier!

Angel Wilde said...

I love the simpler design of the first one.

Crystal said...

I also like the first one best but the second one is more your style. These Elzybells are simply adorable and I can't stop creating with them myself!

Melodie Hoschek said...

I love the second card, pink and green, wavy lines, brads, ribbon, what's not to love?!!! You always create the most beautiful cards!!!

Anonymous said...

I love both cards, but the second with the green really stands out for me. You really are very talented and inspiring. Have a safe Holiday!
Bev Hammack
Grand Prairiek TX

Lucy said...

Beautiful cards, as always. I do however like the first one better. It's less "cluttered" and therefore you pay attention to the actual stamped image rather than all the extras on the card.

Tejal said...

I love the 2nd one.. the first one simplicity in itself but the 2nd is a risk desgin and works fabulously. Love the 2nd one..

The wave pattern just pulls it all together.

Bethany Paull said...

I love all the squiggles in the second card! Too cute. Wonderful new banner too.

Elaine said...

I like both cards an awful lot!! The second one is so unique and uses a lot of creative brainpower...but I love the first one too! I don't really have to pick one do I???

Ghazal(ghazal_31005@yahoo.com) said...

I love the simple layout of the first card, but love the second one more because there are lots of waves and the green makes it more alive.

RSMobley Designs (GSD Files) said...

Wow, this is a hard one, I love both, but really love the 2nd one, love the boarder done on the mats, I havent seen that done before. Love the brads, and the cute snowflakes.

Just awesome.
Sharon

Nancy Koskovich said...

It's a hard choice, but I really like the sage green on the second one. You have inspired me to ink the edges of things alittle more! I love the way you do that!I have to order some of those cute Elzybelle stamps!

Salusa63 said...

They are both so cute. I am really going to have to try to get some of these Elzybelle stamps - they are so cute!!! I think I prefer the first card best as it is a little simpler. I like simple and love pink!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

Kathy, the Bloghore said...

I think I prefer the first one better...I think (!!) - it's hard to decide. I think the pink works well though with the little girl image. She's so darn cute!

AnnL said...

I like the second one best. It just "POPS!" You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your creations with us.

Marilyn said...

I like the second card, even though it has too much on it - don't care for the ribbon that crosses behind the Elzybell - the first one was just too plain - it didn't have any *uuummmpphh* to it!

Erin said...

I like the second card better than the first, but I would probably like it even more if there were a little less of the curves, like you mentioned. Both very cute, though!

Denise said...

OMG...it's too hard to choose a favourite...they are both beautiful. If I had to choose one I would say the 2nd card because I love how bright and cheery it is...I love that green colour!

Debbie G said...

Both of these are just beautiful!! I can't decide which one I like best. I guess if I seen one in real life it would make a difference. LOL Need my address. Just kidding!! Beautiful work!

Connie P said...

My favorite is #1. Both are really cute! Thanks for sharing!
Connie P

JudyOR said...

I do like your banner. It is sootheing to me.

My opinion, I like the 2nd card. I like the wavy layers better and the color combinations.

dasimonds said...

I do like both cards...but my choice would be the second one.
I like your wavey edges..your ribbon crossing and other details.
But I just think adding the wasabi is what made the "pop"...this color combo makes for a great card!
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for a chance to WIN.

Dee

marlo said...

Love the both, the green one is very striking.

Bluemoon said...

I like the 2nd one best because it has softer lines and a feeling of depth and a winter wonderland feel even though you did not use blue! Both are lovely.

Melanie aka Batgirl said...

I love #2 the best :) great job!

Char in So Cal said...

XOXOXOX your new blog banner!

As for which card I like better... I will say card #2... the snowflakes you added are to die for!!

Holiday Hugs,

Char in So Cal
scrampaddict@cox.net

jennifer said...

I LOVE THE #2 ! BOTH ARE VERY PRETTY ! HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Darlene D said...

yrxxlwypWell I actually like the first one better. I think it's just a little softer and more feminie I guess. Thanks for the candy opportunity. I enjoy your blog often.

lois lane said...

You always make it too hard to pick a favorite. Both are so beautiful. But, because I like pink so well, I am going to pick the first one.

Alex said...

Oooh this is sooo difficult, lol, I actually love them both, but I think my eyes keep going to the bottom one more!!

Lynda said...

I too like the second card better...as green is my favorite color! Your new banner is beautiful and aptly represents your
creativity.

Heidi said...

Love the Banner, Julie did a grea job!

I LOVE the second card, I like all the stuff. I know they say simple is good but man, this card is just so nicely put together and although there is a lot of stuff on it- it goes so well.
Heidi
steinrn@yahoo.com

merrymstamper said...

Both of these are so very cute! If I would have to pick it is the pink one! I like simple and clean. Although, I like DP way too much.

Pammie said...

Both cards are YUMMY but I am thinking I love the Pink and White one better... sometimes the simplicity of something makes it more special.

debbiedee said...

Both cards are great, but my favorite is the first one. It is so soft and airy looking.

Dawn B said...

I love them both, who can resist the cute little Elzybell stamps in the first place. Your work is amazing, TFS!

Taylor said...

They are both fabulous!! Although I love the second one, the first one is more "me" -- I love the simplicity and teh white space. I think it helps keep me focused on the adorable image of the little girl, and not drooling over how cool the rest of the card is!

Great job on both of them - thanks so much for sharing!

cassandra said...

I like the first one. Clean and simple is my personal preference.
Just found your blog today - having fun looking around!

Tracy said...

This is my first visit to your site.......I lov eit. I found your cards on Splitcoast and just had to see your gallery. You are very talented. All of your cards are so beautiful.
Now between the two........I guess if I had to choose I would pick the first one. I also like the color combo. Thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration

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