Somewhere Along the Line
I came across this card posted on FaceBook by Stampincronelia – Corine van Wijk for the Colour Inkspiration Card Challenge, #159. Obviously it’s been around for a long time, but Corine’s stunning card using the colors were a fabulous combination. Therefore, I did some searching and found the challenge information on Facebook. ci#159’s color combination is Seaside Spray, Smokey Slate, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla. Gorgeous colors and the combination is stunning.
At first, I thought that I would use this colors to create a sympathy card, which I think are difficult to create. Instead, I decided to use the Colorful Seasons bundle, especially the “just breathe” sentiment. The card I created follows:
I went through all kinds of ideas, and first thought I wanted to create a window flap card. However, the retired Smokey Slate DSP is one of my all time favorite DSPs and I am getting low on the color choices left in my stash. Finally, I decided on a faux window card. The top piece of Smoky Slate cardstock was first run through the Subtle TIEF, and then cropped using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes die set. My dimensionals got a workout for this card because I popped the top cardstock up from the DSP panel. This same set of dimensionals also allowed the whole front to be popped up from the Whisper White cardstock.
I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and then cropped it using the Rectangle Stitched die set. I also cropped the branch from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers die set. Once again, dimensionals added the depth I wanted for the sentiment.
The final color, Seaside Spray, in my mind, was always going to be for the flowers. Originally, I had just four flowers on the front, but the even number bothered my sense of balance. The fifth flower did not quite fit, which explains why I cropped it off the side. I thought I still needed something, so I added the new In Color Faceted Dots to the center of the flowers and for the dot on the “j”.
Life is a Beautiful Thing, Even with Happy Accidents
For some reason, the inside sentiment did not want to stamp well at all. Thankfully, I used my Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times until I liked the result. However, a problem arose when I microscopically moved the card and my final stamp was just barely off. I’d already glued the DSP on the bottom of the inside and had attached the front to the white cardstock. What to do? My happy accident created a beautiful focal point on the inside. I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the same large square die from Stiched Shapes. Then I just had to repeat the stamping process, again using my Stamparatus.
Finally, I decorated the envelope using the flowers and branch from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.
When I started writing this blog post, I realized I would just need to change the sentiments and this could be a sympathy card. I will remember this card next time I need one.
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Colorful Seasons stamp set – #143726
Seasonal Layers – #143751
2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots – #149607
Stamparatus – #146276
Whisper White Medium Envelopes – # 107301
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Don’t You Love When Things Fall Into Place
I feel like that happened with PP348 this week for the tic-tac-toe challenge. I knew what I wanted to do for a baby girl card, and this challenge helped me achieve my goals.
Here’s the tic-tac-toe board:
When everything fell into place, I chose the top row of ribbon, patterned paper, and die-cut. Here’s my card:
What I Used:
This card is for a friend’s daughter and I chose the cover stamp based on the gift I purchased from her registry. I had fun shopping, but when I picked up the grey and white lamb print hooded towel and washcloth, I knew what stamp I would use. This adorable little lamb is from the retired Easter Lamb stamp. I masked out the “happy Easter” and used Smoky Slate to stamp. Next came the Petal Pink marker for the ears.
The picked the sentiment from A Little Wild stamp set. Both the lamb and sentiments were stamped on Whisper White and matted with Petal Pink. First I cropped all the circles from the Stitched Shapes die set, and then used the Petal Pink marker to color in the stitches in the ditches. Since I have become obsessed with the Subtle TIEF, I used it for both Petal Pink circles. I used dimensionals to pop up both the lamb and sentiment using dimensionals. Die cuts – check.
Both patterns on the he aborable DSP is from Twinkle, Twinkle. The grey background also popped up on dimensionals and mounted it on Petal Pink. I also used both patterns on the baby on the inside of the card. At first I was going to used markers to color the baby and umbrella, but I am pretty darn pleased with my fussy cutting. Isn’t that baby adorable? The stars, baby, and sentiment came from the Moon Baby stamp set. Patterned paper – check.
Last, but definitely not least, is the ribbon. I used the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle and layered it with Smoky Slate stitched ribbon. I tend to be bow challenged, so I just created a square knot. It was easy to get the ribbon under the grey DSP because of the dimensionals. Ribbon – check.
Of course, I can’t have a naked envelope, so I used some of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP for the flap. I stamped Petal Pink and Smokey Slate to stamp a spray of stars on the front of the envelope as well.
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Animal Outing Fun
When I first saw this product suite, I was sold! I ordered the whole suite on my last order and finally had time to play with it today. The theme challenge for Global Design Project # 143 is Love it, Live It, Share It. Well, I love this suite and will be sharing cards from it often.
Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Take Two Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge. I thought the sketch layout would work with the Animal Outing suite, so I combined both challenges.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
Have to Love a Challenge Sketch
When I am able to combine a theme challenge with a sketch challenge, I am a happy crafter.
I used the Smoky Slate light and dark Blendabilities to color in this adorable rhino. While I knew I wanted some sort of color on the tusk, I didn’t want it to be Smoky Slate. I first colored in the tusk with the dark Blendability, and then realized my mistake. Therefore, I pulled out the Color Lifter Blendability and just kept un-coloring (is that even a word?) throughout the whole card making process. The cute bird is colored with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stamping Write markers, highlighting the colors in the DSP.
This Animal Expedition DSP pattern choice was made because I definitely wanted a bold contrast with the Whisper White base. I trimmed a piece of the DSP for the strip on the left side of the card. There is a border on the sketch, so I placed the DSP on a Smoky Slate background.
I pulled the Lemon Lime Twist color out of the DSP, and used it for the Stitched Sketch die cut and the base of the card. The Whisper White background was necessary for the clean look, but I didn’t want a plain white background. Therefore, I embossed it with the Leaf TIEF, which really creates a deep embossed image.
I really think the Stitched Shapes need some dimension, so I used the Lemon Lime Twist marker to “stitch” in the ditch. This simple stitching adds this finishing touch, so I do it very, very often with these dies.
The sentiment was actually an after-thought because I realized after getting the rhino and the DSP strip on the white background that I had forgotten a sentiment. I had that exact piece of DSP left from my first cut, so I turned it over and stamped the sentiment on the lighter side. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, and I used the clear Wink of Stella to highlight just the letters.
Finding a balance on this card proved challenging. After adding the leaf ribbon, I decided that the card needed something else. I pulled out the Faceted Dots from the Share What You Love suite and started putting them on the sentiment, then in the upper right corner, then the large one on the bottom left. I might have gone overboard with the dots when trying to balance out the card.
My card layout matches the sketch challenge. I covered the GDP theme challenge by using what I love in the Animal Outing suite, and the sharing part from the Share What You Love pre-order.
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