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Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC754 – Floral Birthday

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

I have two birthdays coming up for two sweet souls who happen to have a thing for florals. 🙂  In fact, one is a master gardener, and has graced me many times with one of her beautiful blooms to bring me cheer in an often-gloomy office environment!

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I decided to use this week’s sketch to make a pair of matching cards for the two ladies.  Carey’s awesome layout kind of reminded me of a quilt, which I thought played well with the floral and feminine feel I wanted to come up with.

I was actually borrowing from my Mother’s stamping “stash” to create these cards, as I was using up time waiting for my horse to get a full belly for his morning breakfast.   Alas, I’m not sure the name of the floral layering stamp set I found and used for this creation, but I think I’ll need to borrow it from mom again sometime. 😉

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For CC741 (Petal Pink/Soft Seafoam/Crumb Cake), I “subbed” for what my mom had in her stash, and used Pretty in Pink in place of the Petal Pink (and “stamping off” to achieve two different pinks from it for each layer of the flower), and River Rock of all things in place of Soft Seafoam.  It’s amazing to me how much green is really in River Rock!  I sure wish I myself had this ink in my stash!

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

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Title: SC754 Floral Birthday
Keywords: SC754, CC741, floral, birthday
Stamps: unknown floral layering stamp set; Small Sayings, Checkerboard, and Linen (all SU)
Ink: River Rock, Crumb Cake, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, River Rock
Paper Size:   4.25 x 4.25
Technique: 2-step stamping
Accessories: 
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Challenges · My Favorite Things · Occasions · Paper Crafting · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Thank-You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC753

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Just a quick and straightforward card to share with you today!  Because, sometimes you need a card for an occasion right now, and sometimes you have less than an hour to make it!  🙂  I was very grateful to have a gorgeous paper pack from Recollections that seemed to fit both my recipient and the new stamp set that I was itching to ink up. 🙂

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I hope you enjoy!

(Full disclosure: I had several pictures ready to go for this post that were bright, cheerful, and I felt accurately showed off the card… but I somehow deleted them by mistake over the weekend!  In the words of Homer Simpson: “d’OH!” )

 

 

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: You’re the Nicest
Keywords: SC753, MyFavoriteThings, My Favorite Things, MFT
Stamps: Raving Raccoons (MFT)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: 110# white, Recollections paper pack
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: dimension
Accessories: colored pencils, fun foam board
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Weddings

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC751 – Megan a Mrs.

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

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A long weekend means lots of opportunities to get in the craft room, right?  Not so fast. 🙂 I did sneak in one card, though.  But first, in remembrance of the reason we in America enjoyed a three day weekend:

In this country we have been so blessed by so many who have fought for the freedoms we have and are presently fighting to keep those freedoms intact.  Memorial Day is a three day weekend for many of us, and I was grateful to get to spend a good portion of it with family, many of which are veterans themselves.  THANK YOU to all the heroes for all of your sacrifices, seen and unseen, known and unknown.  I cannot even begin to fathom the difficulties of what you have been through, but I pray you feel honored like the heroes you are!

As Ronald Reagan said in 1986, “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to hope that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with family and remember.

THANK YOU!  It’s not enough to say, but it’s the best I have in my vocabulary!

Today’s card is another wedding card… can you tell it’s wedding season? 🙂

This time, the card is for a coworker of mine, whom I have actually never met face-to-face but do work with quite frequently via email.  I think she is a few years younger than me and is looking forward to her quickly-approaching wedding date.  Because her soon-to-be husband lives in another city and is well-established in a good job, she will also be moving, and will no longer be my coworker once she takes a new job in the next few weeks.

I thought surprising her with a little happy mail before she departs would be a nice thrill!

After hearing that she will be starting her new job next week, I figured I’d take this week’s sketch challenge and the color scheme I had in my head, and get something in the mail to her, stat.  Yet when looking through my inks and papers, the lovely blush color I envisioned did not exist in my collection… but, I did find an Apricot Appeal ink pad that was sort of along the lines of what I wanted… however, I did not have paper to match.  😦  So, out came my trusty ink blending tools and after a little bit of patience, a background panel was created that seemed to do the job!

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It’s about impossible to see even on the best photograph I could get, but I stamped the dress image in Gray Granite and then poured holographic embossing powder over the top, heat-embossing it into this beautiful rainbow of sparkle that is quite evident in real life, yet almost non-existent on camera.  Such is life! LOL

I also used the stamping off technique (or “second generation stamping”) to add some subtle flowers behind the sentiment on the raised sentiment strip.

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THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC751 Megan a Mrs.
Keywords: SC751
Stamps: Love & Laughter 
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Gray Granite 
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Sponging, heat embossing, die cutting, 2nd generation stamping, fussy cutting 
Accessories: Holographic embossing powder, Stampin Dimensionals, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen in clear, background die
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Inkadinkado · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Weddings

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC750 – Happily Ever After – featuring Altenew Academy Project

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found herePast sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Ugh. So I have to admit, my creative mojo has been mia lately. I didn’t have time to even think about participating in last week’s sketch challenge, amidst celebrating Mother’s Day (twice) and a milestone birthday party for my Dad (we pulled off the surprise! Phew!), but to be perfectly honest, I was OK with that… I just didn’t want to play with my stamps!

But I certainly didn’t want to miss two sketches in a row, and with multiple occasions requiring cards fast approaching, I dove in this weekend to crank something out, albeit a bit halfheartedly. Perhaps the rainy, cold weather should have made me more eager to be inside, but it is May, after all (at least that’s what the calendar claims!), and frankly, I want to be out covered in my favorite kind of glitter… horsehair! 😀

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Today’s card is for an upcoming wedding, though as of the present I’m not sure whose… we have three coming up, and I designed this with two of the weddings in mind! (Maybe I should have made two of them?!) Though I am leaning towards this being the card for a couple getting married the third weekend of June… through the generous sharing of the soon-to-be mother-in-law, whom I work with, I have learned that the bridesmaid dresses are going to be shades of pink, mauve, and purple, so I was really thinking of this bride when I started out with the card. Interestingly enough, my husband works with the groom! We are both looking forward to their special day! ♡

With the overcast skies, my photos turned out quite detestable, but I hope you can gain a somewhat decent feel for what the card looks like in person. (I’m not sure why there appears to be indents in that lower left corner in the photo… that doesn’t show up in person! Argh)

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As much as I didn’t really want to start this card, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! Clean and simple, with black accents to channel tuxedos, and pink floral and washes of glitter to channel the bride!  And a perfect fit for SCS’s May Fan Club Central Theme – “Memories & Milestones.” The moment God blessed me with a husband at our “I Do,” it became a milestone that will forever be one of my most treasured memories (followed closely by the memory of when he asked me to be his bride,of course), and I pray the same will be true for this wonderful couple!

In addition, for Clean and Simple Challenge CAS534, “no coloring,” this silhouette-and-background-stamped creation fits the bill! 🙂

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Last year I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) and ended up reaching level 1 certification by last fall.  This year, I’m working on level 2!  I recently finished their Masking Unleashed course, and this card is also my final project for that AWESOME class.   I learned so many things from the instructor – including the best way to peel a post-it note to prevent warping (I kid you not – but it was something I hadn’t come across nor discovered before!), and was inspired to jump right in and put some of my newfound respect for the masking technique to good use.  I can’t wait to try more of the impressive techniques shared in this course!

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC750 CAS534 CT0519 Happily Ever After
Keywords: SC750, CAS534, CT0519, wedding, Inkadinkado, CAS, AECP, Altenew Academy
Stamps: Victorian Floral Backgrounder (SonLight Impressions), Wedding (Inkadinkado), Love & Laughter  (SU! – inside sentiment only)
Ink: Powder Pink, Versatile Onyx Black
Paper: Stampabilities plain white cardstock and black glimmer specialty paper
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: masking, clean and simple, fussy cutting
Accessories: foam mounting tape, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen
Challenges · Clear Dollar Stamps · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Hero Arts · Mother's Day/Father's Day · Occasions · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Spring · Ways To Use It Challenges (Thursdays)

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC748

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

Dances With Hooves Paper Design Mother's Day 2019

Last week, I made the sketch challenge into a Mother’s Day card for my own mother.  But I just wasn’t happy with it.  And I couldn’t figure out how to fix it!  I admittedly didn’t even want to show it on the blog… so I didn’t. Instead, I decided to “fix it” another way entirely by scrapping it and starting over from scratch. 🙂  And this week’s sketch from Diane was exactly what I needed to come up with something I will feel good about giving my dear momma!

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I went with clean and simple, as that seems to be more up my alley lately, and I ran with it.

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I decided to break out my beloved colored pencils and one of the most magical tools I know of, gamsol, to color my lone blossom to coordinate with last week’s color challenge and keep the softness I wanted in my design.

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Inside, I used the stencil from the Tim Holtz set that came with the floral stamp to sponge Gray Granite as a backdrop for the sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps.

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you enjoyed this post and take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC748 Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
Keywords: SC748, WT738, CC737
Stamps: Tim Holtz Mixed Media Stamps & Stencils (flowers), Hero Arts “Happy” Stamp & Cut (outside sentiment), Clear Dollar Stamps The Gardener (inside sentiment)
Ink: Versamark, Gray Granite
Paper: Neenah Solar White (80# & 110#), Old Olive, metallic silver
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Gamsol magic, stenciling, heat embossing, die cutting, dimension
Accessories: Colored pencils, Kat Scrappiness Stitched Rectangle Dies, Foam mounting tape, silver rhinestones, Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Embossing Powder in white, Tim Holtz Blending pen, Gamsol, foam mounting tape
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Fiskars · Free For All Challenges (Fridays) · Occasions · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Thinking of You

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC746 – Featuring Altenew Academy project

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous!

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

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As I noted in my last card, Wednesday, April 17th was Husband Appreciation Day.  I never knew such a day existed, did you?  Well, when I found out, I knew I couldn’t ignore it, and as a cardmaker, what immediately came to mind is making one for my wonderful husband – who is more than deserving of appreciation every day.

Being an outdoors-enthusiast, he seems to particularly enjoy nature-themed cards.  Lately, he has gotten a lot of tree cards from me in one aspect or another (birch bark, pine trees, etc), so I kind of wanted to stay away from full-on, full-sized trees.  Flipping through my book of stamp inventory, I came across this oldie but goodie stamp set, and knew the small leaf images would be PERFECT for this week’s sketch challenge!

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Last year I was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) and ended up reaching level 1 certification by last fall.  This year, I’m working on level 2!  I recently finished their In the Mood for Color course, and this card is also my final project for that unique class.   Green is associated with soothing, growth, and nature, and I think this card is a good representation of all three!

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The SplitCoast Central Theme for April is “Sprinkles and Shouts,” and an option for interpretation was to show some new life for Spring.  For me, seeing buds form on the trees and develop into leaves is definitely a sign of life after months of brown and gray and white!    This too fits in CAS428 from April 8th – “Show Me Your Bud.”  And of course, F4A477, from that same week, asked us to make something Spring-related.

THANKS so much for dropping by!  I hope you’ll take the time to say hello!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC746 With Gratitude on Husband Appreciation Day
Keywords: SC746, CT0419, CAS528, F4A477, AECP
Stamps: With Gratitude (SU!), Many Thanks (Fiskars)
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Fog (Simon Says Stamp), Versamark
Paper: Neenah Solar White, black
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Fussy cutting, heat embossing, dimension
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Embossing Powder, fun foam board, Nuvo crystal drops
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Color Challenges (Tuesdays) · Mother's Day/Father's Day · Occasions · Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays) · Spring · Stampabilities

Sketch Challenge Design Inspiration – SC745

Another design sample as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge Guest Design Team!  I have participated in these challenges basically since I found SCS, and to have been given the amazing opportunity to contribute a card to the weekly inspiration roundup that goes along with it is humbling and I am incredibly grateful, excited, and, well… nervous! LOL

Current and past sketch challenges, as well as all of the details, can be found here.  Past sketch challenge design team samples I have created can be found here and also in my gallery on SplitCoast.

Without further ado, here is my card for this week’s sketch challenge at SCS!

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I admit I struggled with this one, but after coming back to it time and time again over the past week (I kid you not!), I think I finally ended up with something I am somewhat happy with.

My mother-in-law really likes hummingbirds, and I bought this stamp with her in mind.  Using the lovely colors for color challenge 733 as my guide, I took out my colored pencils to color in the little guy, and then finished him off with Perfect Pearls to emulate the beautiful sheen of a real hummer’s gorgeous feathers.  It’s a bugger to try to get that to show up on camera, but I did my best:

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To further add interest to this somewhat simple card, I added metallic thread on the main back panel and popped the hummingbird up with foam mounting tape, before placing a few adhesive rhinestones.

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How do you celebrate the special women in your life?  I’d love to hear your responses!

(Psssst… did you know this Wednesday – April 17th – is Husband Appreciation DayStop back next week to see the card I created for this special “holiday” for my deserving husband, and in the meantime I hope you’ll consider how you can show appreciation to your own beloved! See you next week!)

THANKS so much for dropping by!

Blessings,

Chrissy

Title: SC745 Mother’s Day Treasure
Keywords: SC745, CC733
Stamps: Only You (Magnolia Jane/Heidi Swapp), Sketched Hummingbird (Stampabilities)
Ink: Gray Granite, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Pear Pizzaz
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Heat embossing, die cutting, coloring with colored pencils
Accessories: Nesting stitched circle dies, colored pencils, perfect pearls, silver tinsel embossing powder, adhesive gems, silver embroidery thread, foam mounting tape