Friday, August 31, 2007

Time Well Spent

I don't have any stamping to share today. I was just about to sit down and work on a challenge card yesterday when Caroline woke from her nap. She wanted to go outside and blow bubbles, so I put the stamping on hold and went outside with her. We sat on the front porch, just the two of us, blowing bubbles for almost two hours. Sometimes she would blow the bubbles and I would pop them, sometimes I would blow and she would pop, and sometimes I would watch as she blew and popped the bubbles. It's amazing that she NEVER tires of blowing bubbles. It was a beautiful, breezy day, and I can think of nowhere I would rather have been. Our afternoon quickly became full of homework, soccer, and volleyball, and those moments with her were the best part of my day. Caroline starts preschool next week, and I know, since she is our youngest, that those one-on-one times won't be there forever. The stamping can wait -- those two hours on the front porch were definitely time well spent.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

For a New Citizen!

Our neighbor up the street became a United States Citizen last week. You should have seen her yard that day, courtesy of some enthusiastic neighbors: red, white and blue streamers and American flags everywhere! :) Today's Sketch Challenge at SCS gave me the perfect opportunity to make her a card.

I knew Iwanted to use this glittered paper from DCWV -- the colors are perfect and there are lots of stars in the pattern. I layered it on Real Red and Ballet Blue cardstock. The main image is a stamp from Gina K.'s Make a Wish set which benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. I realized that the shooting star coordinates perfectly with the star image from Figures of Speech! Both were stamped in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock. I added some color to each with Stampin' Pastels. I punched out the circle with a 1 3/8" circle punch and sponged around the edges of both images with Ballet Blue ink. I used the Scalloped Circle Punch and pierced the scallops with a Paper Piercing Tool. On the horizontal panel, I used the Stars Stampin' Around wheel and White Craft ink on Ballet Blue cardstock. Before I put it all together, I heat embossed the main panel by using Versamark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I used 2 Way Glue to add Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the star in the circle. For the final touches, I added Red Gingham Ribbon, Ice Circles Brads, and machine stitching along the right side. The panels are on Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is definitely a festive card for a happy occasion! Thanks for visiting -- have a great day!

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Not Your Average Bouquet...

I had lots of fun with my new sets from Papertrey Ink, Spooky Sweets and Green Thumb. I started out thinking I would use the pumpkin from Spooky Sweets as a container for a fall flower arrangement. Then I thought, "Why not make it a Halloween arrangement?" So, the pumpkin became a Jack-o-lantern, and the fall flowers became spiders! The Jack-o-lantern, spider, and sentiment are from Spooky Sweets, and the stems and leaves are from Green Thumb.

The card base is Basic Black, layered with Pumpkin Pie and halloween paper from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog. I dry embossed the Pumpkin Pie cardstock with my Cuttlebug and Spots & Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft).

I stamped the images with Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, and Old Olive ink on Naturals White cardstock. To create some dimension, I stamped the spiders a second time on another piece of cardstock, then I cut out the bodies. I used tiny pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere them over the first spiders. Now they just pop out of the arrangement! I drew around the pumpkin with a Blush Blossom marker, then I drew in some "ground" for it to sit on. I used the Ticket Corner Punch on the corners and added some faux stitching with the Crafter's Tool Kit and a Marvy black gel pen. The sentiment was punched out with the Small Oval Punch, then layered on a Basic Black large oval. I sponged around the image panel with Old Olive and around the small oval with Pumpkin Pie. I added Earth Elements brads and some Martha Stewart ribbon the to the ovals, then mounted everything on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I have to say, I'm not sure why I waited so long to order from Papertrey. Their clear acrylic stamps are very easy to use, and the images are just so cute! I don't know that I'd want to receive this little halloween arrangement, but it sure was fun to create! :) Thanks for visiting -- have a great day!

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Girls Night Out!

My friend Traci and I put together a Girls Night Out ensemble to be used as a silent auction item for an upcoming fundraiser. I wanted to show you my contribution. The container is the Celebrations Bowl from Southern Living at Home. It is shaped exactly like a martini glass! Inside the bowl are six note cards/invitations with coordinating envelopes and six drink charms. I also added a Cranberry Nut Mix from Dean and Deluca. Once Traci adds the Cosmopolitan Mix, glasses, and sugar rimmer, we'll be in business!

Here is a closeup of the card and envelope (you can click on any of the photos for an even closer look). When I was at Michaels yesterday, I picked up a box of textured card fronts with envelopes from DCWV. The color I used on my cards is a perfect match to Regal Rose. I added some Petals & Paisleys paper to the bottom, and I used All in a Row, stamped in Tempting Turquoise, to create the faux stitched border at the top. I then tied Tempting Turquoise grosgrain around the middle and attached it to the So Saffron card base. The image is Cosmobella, from Stamping Bella. The sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas. I smile every time I read it! Both are stamped in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment was punched out with a 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I sponged Regal Rose around the image panel and sentiment. Both are matted on Tempting Turquoise. The sentiment mat was punched with the Scalloped Circle punch, and I added dots with a Marvy white gel pen. I colored Bella with Prismacolor Pencils and I paper pieced her shirt with the Petals & Paisleys paper. Both the image panel and sentiment are mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I used the same martini glass image on the envelope and drink charms. It's from Village Arts Press, and I found it in the Michael's $1 bin. To make each charm, I stamped the martini glass and the sentiment from Stamping Bella on a Confetti White circle tag. I again used the Prismas to color each martini a different color. For the final touch, I applied Crystal Effects lacquer to the entire glass -- it intensified the colors and made the glasses look more realistic! I added Silver Cord for the tie-ons.
I can taste those Cosmos now! Do you have a favorite martini flavor? Mine is the Lavender Cosmo -- complete with the Lavender sugar rim! :) Have a great Friday!
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Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Halloween Card

I made this card for today's Ways to Use It Challenge at SCS. I was so glad that halloween cards were the challenge today! I love fall, I love halloween, and with the temperature at 100 degrees AGAIN today, they can't get here soon enough!!!

This card is 4 1/4 inches square. I used Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, and Whisper White cardstock, and the paper is Creepy Crawly 12x12 Designer Series Paper. On the Pumpkin Pie card base, I stamped the small flourish from Priceless in Basic Black ink (I told you I'd be using that set again!). It reminded me of the pumpkin vine. The center image is from Batty for You, and I inked it with Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Old Olive, and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers. I punched it out with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and sponged the edges with Basic Black ink. Next I layered it on Pumpkin Pie cardstock punched with the Scalloped Circle Punch, and attached it to Basic Black punched with a Marvy Uchida Giga Scalloped Circle Punch. I pierced the black scallops and drew around the holes with my Marvy White Gel Pen, creating faux eyelets. I doodled on the Pumpkin Pie scallops with the Basic Black marker. I punched a 1/8" hole on each side of the black scalloped circle for the Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon. Lastly, I used the Photo Corners Punch to create Basic Black photo corners, then added orange eyelets. The scalloped circles and photo corners are mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I'm definitely in a Halloween mood now -- be watching for more cards!! :)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Priceless... Finally

I was late to jump on the Priceless bandwagon -- I just received my set yesterday. I don't know why I didn't order it sooner -- all the samples I've seen with it are fabulous! I used today's Sketch Challenge at SCS to break in my set! I used Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Old Olive, and Whisper White cardstock. I also used Almost Amethyst Prints paper. The panels are distressed with my Cutter Kit, and I used my Ticket Corner Punch on the black panel. For the image panel, I stamped the small flourish twice in Almost Amethyst ink. I stamped the butterfly in Old Olive, then stamped another and cut it out. I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower and flourish on the cut-out butterfly, then I folded the wings up and adhered it to the first image with glue dots. The edges of the white panel are sponged with Old Olive. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black. For my embellishments, I first added three black Vintage Brads, inserted through Old Olive circles punched with the 1/4" circle punch. I also used the 1/4" punch to make holes for the 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon. I love this new wider width! The Old Olive panel and the image panel are mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

You'll be seeing more Priceless cards from me -- I guarantee it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another Sketch From Jen

I haven't been too creative with my own card layouts lately (too much on my mind, I guess). This week I've been going to the experts and their sketches! This is another one from Jel del Muro's blog, i{heart}2stamp. The sketch is simple but lends itself to so many possiblities! I love this glittered paper from Die Cuts With a View -- it's perfect for an instant background! It was also a perfect paper to use with my new set from Gina K. Designs' Stamps for a Cause. It's called Make a Wish!, and $7 from the sale of each set goes to the Make a Wish Foundation. How cool is that? This is the second Stamps for a Cause set Gina K. has released -- the first was Love You to Pieces!, benefitting Autism Speaks. Of course I purchased that one, too! :)

Okay, back to the card. I used Real Red, Brocade Blue, and Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the cake image and sentiment in Basic Black ink. I colored the cake with Prismacolor Pencils. I then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the stars and Crystal Effects to the cake icing. The sentiment and mat were punched out with the small and large Oval Punches. I used the Corner Rounder (retired) with the paper guide removed to create the scallops on the "awning". I sponged around the image panel and small oval with Bashful Blue ink. I added some doodles with a Marvy white gel pen. The "foldover", main panel, and large oval are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. The ribbon is red grosgrain and red gingham.

I can't wait to use the other images from this set -- all of them have a "wish" theme!

Well, I'm leaving soon to take Anna to her first day of Kindergarten! This has been a very strange couple of weeks for me, with quite a few firsts: Kyle's first day of high school, his first high school soccer game, and Anna's first day of Kindergarten. In a couple weeks, Caroline will have her first day of preschool! And, last week, Megan became a teenager! I feel like I'm on an emotional roller coaster!! Thank goodness I have my stamping to calm me and keep me focused! :)

I hope you all have a great day -- thanks for visiting!
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

For Jonathan

I used Beate's Weekend Sketch to make this card. It's for our nephew Jonathan, whose Baptism is today. The cardstock is Barely Banana, Cool Caribbean (retired), and Whisper White. The patterned paper on the bottom panel is from Daisy D's, appropriately called Baby Script, and the striped paper on the side panel is from my stash, manufacturer unknown. The baby feet image is Rylee's Footprints from Stampabilities. The sentiment is from Holiday's & Wishes. Both are stamped with Cool Caribbean ink. I used a flourish from Rhonna Farrer Swirls (Autumn Leaves) for the background, stamped in White Craft ink. I distressed the edges of the panels with my Cutter Kit. I added Rich Regals brads and ribbon from Seaside Ribbon Originals (retired). The background panel and image panel are mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

It's going to be a beautiful day today -- in the 80's for a change! I'm looking forward to spending time with Chris's family (he's one of seven siblings). I hope you have some family time planned today -- enjoy your day! :)
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Limited Supplies Kickstand Card

When I saw the Kickstand Card that Kirsten Dubosque (aka ked) created and posted on her blog, I thought it was the cutest thing! I've been dying to try one, so I combined it with today's Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS. I would have put more "stuff" on this card, but hey, it was a limited supplies challenge! :) I used SU! River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, and Naturals Ivory cardstock, and the patterned paper is BasicGrey Stella Ruby. The challenge had us use an image that we could color, so I chose Flowahbella from Stamping Bella. We had limited embellishments to use also, so I chose ribbon (Offray) and my ever-present paper piercer. We could use one sentiment, so of course I picked up this Stamping Bella sentiment to go with my Bella. I stamped with SU! Chocolate Chip ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I blended the pencil with Turpenoid and blending stumps. Pretty simple and straightforward, but I like it! Be sure to check out Kirsten's blog -- she is so talented, and her Kickstand Cards are fantastic! :)

Tonight is our school's Corn Roast, sponsored by the athletic boosters. It's our end-of-summer festival, with grilled corn and other food, games, raffles, rides, and a live band! We'll be there all night, visiting with lots of friends and celebrating Megan's birthday! I hope you all have something fun to do this weekend -- enjoy! :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

A BBQ Invitation

I haven't had as much time to stamp as I wanted this week! Today was Kyle's first day of high school, and the girls start school next week, so we've been doing a lot of last minute school shopping!! Plus, Kyle had his first two Freshman Soccer games this week (he scored the first goal of the season Monday!). And, on top of that, tomorrow is Megan's 13th birthday! Phew!! So, when I need a quick stamping fix, I turn to the challenges at SCS. Yesterday's Sketch Challenge was a layout with straight lines -- perfect for me, since I didn't have time to do a lot of thinking! :)

Since it's still so daggone hot here, I went with a summer theme. I pulled out the retired Backyard BBQ set. I love this set and can't part with it! I used Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White cardstock. The red panel was dry embossed with my Cuttlebug and the Tiny Mosaic embossing folder (Provo Craft). I stamped the apron on some patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, then cut it out and adhered it so it would be "out of the box." I colored the hamburgers and hot dogs with my Blender Pen and several inks: Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Garden Green, and Summer Sun. I stamped Itty Bitty Backgrounds around the images with Basic Black ink. The sentiment is from Hugs & Wishes and is stamped in Basic Black. I pierced below the sentiment and along the sides of the long panel. I sponged around the white panels with Real Red. The photo corner was made with the Photo Corners punch. I sponged around it with Basic Black and added black Vintage Brads. I tied gingham ribbon around the red embossed panel and mounted the other panels on Stampin' Dimensionals. If the weather ever drops below 90 degrees, maybe we'll have a cookout and I'll get to use this invitation! Stay cool, and thanks for visiting! :)

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Jen's Sketch in Green

Jen del Muro, aka genie1314, had this sketch on her blog over the weekend. I love her sketches - they are so fun and easy to work with! I had a lot of fun creating this card. I started with the BasicGrey Perhaps paper, and it all came together from there. The River Rock card base was stamped with the Sanded background in River Rock ink. The Old Olive panel was stamped with both Linen and En Francais backgrounds in Old Olive ink. The center image from Baroque Motifs was inked with Old Olive, then I rolled the edges in Garden Green. The sentiment was stamped with Garden Green ink. I matted the center panel and the Perhaps dp on Garden Green cardstock. All panel edges were distressed with the Cutter Kit and sponged with Garden Green ink. I added faux stitching on both sides using the Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, and Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker. Lastly, I added Prima flowers and SU! Ice Circles rhinestone brads, then mounted the center panel and Primas on Stampin' Dimensionals. I love how it turned out -- thanks, Jen, for the great sketch! :)
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Featured Stamper: jen70

Today the Featured Stamper at SCS is jen70. She hosts the Limited Supplies Challenge every week, and she has a fantastic gallery! This is the card I created, CASEd from Jen's card shown here. I love the simplicity and the monochromatic look of Jen's card. I used different colors and stamps, but the layout and distressing I kept the same. I also added a couple brads to the image panel, since my image lacked the height that Jen's had. Cardstock is Vintage Violet (retired), Almost Amethyst, and Whisper White. Stamp sets are Garden Silhouettes, Holidays & Wishes, and All in a Row. Accessories used are Cutter Kit, Stamping Sponge, Vintage Brads, Vintage Violet stitched grosgrain ribbon (retired), and Stampin' Dimensionals.
I hope I did Jen's card justice! Check out her gallery -- she is terrific!! :)

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Megan Made a Card!

It's not often that Megan will stamp with me, or stamp at all, really. So, I was pleasantly surprised when she sat down the other day at my table (after I'd just finished stamping and it was covered with "stuff") and made this card. The only assistance I gave her was to tell her where to find some of the supplies she needed. The colors, the stamps, the layout -- ALL HERS! Isn't it great? *proud smile* The cardstock is SU! Cool Caribbean (retired), Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. Emmybella and sentiment are from Stamping Bella. She stamped with Basic Brown ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. The ribbon is from SU!'s retired Seaside Ribbon Originals. She sponged So Saffron ink around the edges of the Whisper White cardstock.

I think she's planning to give this to her friend as a birthday card! She was really happy with the result -- I hope this means more stamping time together for us! :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

It's Salsa Time!

Last summer, Chris built a small raised garden bed (about 3'x6') for me so I could have a little "salsa garden." I grow cilantro, tomatoes (2 varieties) and peppers (banana, jalapeno, and green bell). This year, Chris wanted to throw in a Habenero pepper plant as well. Why, you might ask? I don't know -- I guess he's a glutton for punishment. :) Anyway, here are some of this year's fruits. We got a late start planting, and I've been battling just to keep everything alive with this terrible heat, so we had our first harvest a little later than I'd hoped (just a couple weeks ago).

I now have enough tomatoes to make my salsa! I found this recipe last year at -- it's really good and tastes like fresh restaurant salsa. I thought I'd share it in case anyone would like to try it:

Jen's Fresh and Spicy Salsa

5-7 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
10 green onions, chopped
2 fresh Jalapeno peppers, seeded
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs hot pepper sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

In a blender, pulse the tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, and cilantro until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Add the other ingredients, stirring to combine well. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.

Enjoy! :)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Altered Journal

This week's Ways to Use It Challenge at SCS is to alter a journal, notebook, or composition book. I did this one for Megan -- it's perfect for her personality! There's NO STAMPING on this one. I covered the SU! On Board 5x5 journal and the chipboard letter from On Board Simon Lower with BasicGrey Romani paper. I sanded around the "m" to distress it a little. I finished it with lots of ribbon and some SU! Ice Circles rhinestone brads. With the Round Tab Punch, I made tabs out of SU! Petals & Paisleys paper and the Romani paper. A fun challenge and easy to do! :)

Is It Fall Yet?

It's hot here. VERY hot. 100 degrees and holding. I'm ready for cooler temperatures, and it shows in this card. I was looking for some fall colors, and this BasicGrey Stella Ruby paper was perfect. I combined it with Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive cardstock. The image is Bucket of Posies from Whippersnapper Designs. I've been coveting this stamp for quite a while, because it makes me think of a country garden. I stopped at our local stamp store, Creative Stamper, yesterday on my way to pick up Kyle from soccer practice -- and there it was! I bought it, took it home, and couldn't wait to ink it up! :)

The background is Weathered, stamped with Ruby Red on the Ruby Red cardstock. I stamped the image with Black Stazon on watercolor paper, and I watercolored it with my aquapainter and ink pad lids. I used Going Gray and Bordering Blue for the bucket, then added some More Mustard to give it a rusted look. I used Chocolate Chip and Basic Black on the handle. The flowers and leaves are colored with Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Really Rust, More Mustard, Taken With Teal, and Chocolate Chip. I sponged Really Rust around the edges of the panel. I machine stitched around the Stella Ruby panel (straight stitches on the sides, zig zag on the top and bottom) and tied olive grosgrain around it. The tag was created with the Round Tab punch. I stamped the sentiment from Happy Everything in Chocolate Chip ink, pierced below it, sponged Choc Chip on the edges, and added Vintage Brads. Everything is mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card is for everyone who, like me, is tired of the heat -- Fall is on the way!! :)
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Monday, August 6, 2007

A Grumpabella Birthday

I *love* the Bella images from Stampingbella. They are so fun -- there is a Bella for every occasion or mood! :) There are even some Fella images too! I have several of them and just don't use them enough! Lauren Meader (mytime) had this card sketch on her blog. I thought it would be perfect for Bella (or Fella) images, so I decided to make a birthday card for my friend. We both have a love affair with/addiction to coffee, so this image and sentiment (both from Stampingbella) just seemed perfect!

The card base is River Rock, and I stamped the Sanded background with Old Olive ink. The designer paper is BasicGrey Stella Ruby. All panels are matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock. I stamped Grumpabella and the sentiment with Basic Brown ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I colored the Bella with my Prismacolor Pencils. I then blended the pencil with blending stumps and Turpenoid to get even color without "scribble marks." I sponged around the image and sentiment with Old Olive ink, then mounted the panels on Stampin' Dimensionals. I finished the card with olive grosgrain ribbon and Vintage Brads. This image and sentiment just crack me up! I hope my friend likes them, too! :)

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Sensational Sentiments

Today's Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS was to use a sentiment as your card background. You could use other background stamps on your card also, but no Cuttlebug or designer papers. It was a fun challenge for me! I never think to use sentiments for backgrounds -- this got me to think out of my usual box.

Here's the card I came up with! I used Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White cardstock. Ink used is Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip. The sentiment and animal images are from the Wild About You set. I also used the Polka Dot background stamp on the Pumpkin Pie panel. My Stamp-a-ma-jig got a workout on this one -- I didn't trust myself to eyeball the sentiment each time, so I used the SAMJ to position it. The Pumpkin Pie panel is matted with Chocolate Chip, and I used Scallop Paper Edgers (Fiskars) on the top and bottom. I used the Paper Piercer and Mat Pack to pierce around the image, then I sponged the edges with Wild Wasabi ink. I punched out a photo corner with the Photo Corners punch, sponged around it with Chocolate Chip, and added Vintage brads. I then added Chocolate Chip and wild Wasabi stitched grosgrain ribbon and mounted the center image and photo corner on Stampin' Dimensionals.

I think this will be a perfect birthday card for one of the many nephews I have! I love how it turned out! :)

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A Newbie Mistake - Now You Can Comment!

I'm a blogger newbie. And, on top of that, I'm not extremely techno-savvy (even though my husband has an IT Consulting company). So, I was unaware that I didn't have the correct settings for Comments. If you had wanted to leave a comment in the past and were unable, I apologize! Hopefully, I've fixed it, and we should be good to go! Thanks for visiting-- I hope to hear from you soon! :)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sketch Challenge Card

I made this card for yesterday's Sketch Challenge on SCS. I think this is a great sketch -- but it wasn't an easy one for me. Let's just say that Geometry was not my favorite class in high school. I am mathmetically challenged, and angles are not my friends. So, after much working and re-working, I was finally able to arrange the panels correctly!

The card base is River Rock card stock. The panels are BasicGrey Stella Ruby paper matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock. For the focal image, I used the paper piecing technique. I stamped the image from Year After Year once on Very Vanilla cardstock and again on the Stella Ruby paper. I cut out the cake part of the paper image and adhered it over the image on the cardstock. I used my Blender Pen and inks (Cameo Coral, So Saffron, and River Rock) to color the heart, pedestal and shadow. I punched the image out using a Mega Oval punch (Marvy Uchida), and then I sponged Cameo Coral around the edge. I matted it on a Chocolate Chip oval punched with a Giga Scalloped Oval punch (Marvy Uchida). I pierced the scallops with a Paper Piercer. The sentiment is from Happy Everything and is stamped on Very Vanilla cs with Choc Chip ink. I punched it out with the Small Oval punch, sponged the edges with Cameo Coral, and matted it on Chocolate Chip punched with the Large Oval punch. I added three Ice Circles brads, and I backed them with Choc Chip 3/4" circles so they would pop a little more.

To finish the card, I sponged around the card base with Close to Cocoa ink, tied the ribbon (Jacksonbelle Embellishments), and mounted the ovals on Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card will probably go to my daughter Megan, who turns 13 in 2 weeks. It looks like a "young lady" card, and she's certainly becoming a young lady! :)

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