AVS202 Winter Trees

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  • Stamps: Trees Three, Clear Dollar Stamps Argyle Factory
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, textured grey
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Basic Black
  • Accessories: ribbon, snowflake brads; scallop-edge scissors, Basic Black marker, glue pen, glitter, brayer, white gel pen
  • Technique: sponging/distressing, braying, glitter

Oh how I enjoy challenges that really test my creativity!  The Verve Stamp company celebrated their anniversary last month by hosting a series of special sketch challenges as part of a celebratory contest.  I printed off the list of challenges for future inspiration and on Labor Day pulled out AVS202 to help me celebrate the recent arrival of my very own Trees Three stamp set (one that was only released in a SU Mini Catalog during my year-and-a-half away from stamping, and I have been dying to own it ever since I got back into my creative groove!)!!!

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Looking at the sketch above, you’re probably wondering what was so challenging about it – after all, the sketch itself is pretty detailed, with shapes and cardSep7a2embellishments pretty much already added in.  But you see, that is exactly why it can be such a challenge! (Are you confused yet? haha)  The challenge comes in trying to create a card that is truly unique and different from all the other cards that were created with the same sketch.  It’s more than just using a different stamp set and color combination than everybody else – it’s about owning the sketch and making it your own!  Hopefully, this card reflects my style and not just the Verve sketch.

It may be pretty hard to see it in the photographs, but I stamped an argyle pattern in black ink on the two black panels on the left to add a little texture, as well as sponging Basic Black cardSep7a3around the edges.  I also sponged matching inks on the Certainly Celery and gray panels and ended up adding a little Basic Black on the corners as well.  The two back panels aren’t exactly the same proportions as shown in the sketch… I sort of flipped them, as I felt it balanced out my particular card a little better.

Thank you so much for visiting my stamping blog today!  I hope you have found something here to get your own creative juices flowing.  If you have a minute, please leave me a comment with a link back to your own blog or online gallery so that I may come see how your crafting has been going!

Blessings to you and yours,

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Update

Good afternoon! I had a few posts set up to go live while I was away for work this weekend with the intent of giving you something to look at until I could get home and make another card! However, I am seriously busy so far this week and I’m not expecting to have much time to mess with stamps until at least the weekend. Just wanted to throw in this quick update to let you know that I’ll continue to be away for a little while longer!

Thanks for stopping by!

God bless,
Chrissy

SC205 CC225 Happy Botanical Nights

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  • Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Stampendous Everything Happy
  • Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Night of Navy, cream
  • Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Night of Navy
  • Accessories: ribbon, twine
  • Technique: 2-Step Stamping

Ahhhhh… another masculine card – yay!  I usually find them to be difficult to cardSept7of2009bmake but I’ve turned out several lately!  This card is another Labor Day creation in which I combined Sketch Challenge #205 (SC205) and Color Challenge #225 (CC225), both challenges from a ways back that I had filed away for future inspiration!

I had purchased the Botanical Blooms set off of eBay earlier this summer and hadn’t used it yet (shameful, I know!), but it was the first set that came to mind when planning this card.  I was a little leery about being able to get it to work with this color challenge (which specified using Kraft, So Saffron, and Night of Navy), but I like how it turned out… an unexpected way to showcase flowers!

I wasn’t too sure what to do with all the blank space on the left-hand side of cardSept7of2009cthe card so I chose to run the sentiment vertically alongside the main image, and fill the rest of the area with a “no frills” ribbon arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to leave a comment with a link back to your online gallery or blog so that I may come and see what you’ve created lately!

Blessings,

WSC95 CC226 Blessings

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  • Stamps: Graceful Words, Cheesecloth, TPC Studio Faith Greetings, Scrappy Cat In Bloom
  • Paper: Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise, white watercolor paper
  • Ink: black Stazon, Creamy Caramel, Tempting Turquoise
  • Accessories: ribbon, brad; watercolor pencils & brush, Coluzzle, sponge
  • Technique: watercoloring, sponging

Although my cards are all made with great love and care, I usually am just creating a “generic” to stick in our stash and be used on an as-needed basis.  Today, however, I had a specific recipient in mind, so I wanted to create something extra special for her – and I hope it brings a smile to her face when it reaches her!

I found two more challenges in my inspiration clippings over the Labor Day weekend and got to work.  I purchased the In Bloom stamp set on sale a few weeks ago at our local Ben Franklin and really wanted to use it to make this card.  Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge from the previous weekend (WSC95) seemed like the perfect fit for the larger flowers in the set.  I used my beloved watercolor pencils to bring the flower to life and then set out to find a suitable cardSept6of2009bcolor combination to coordinate with it.  I had remembered writing down a past SCS color challenge that used Tempting Turquoise so back to my inspiration folder I went, and I located SC226 “Tempting Apricot Caramel Breezes,” which specified using Baja Breeze (or alternately Bashful Blue, shown here), Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, and Creamy Caramel.  I’ll admit this is a color combination I never would have come up with on my own but I am in love with it now!  Bright and cheerful yet still serene and restful in a way – amazing!

I kept things relatively simple, as the recipient seems to gravitate toward more contemporary and clean styles, so I tried to add in the “wow” factor by cardSept6of2009c finishing off the inside of the card to match and creating a custom coordinating envelope.  I started on this card as soon as I got done riding Dreamer on Sunday – about 8:30 or so, and I did take a 45 minute break to watch “Amazing Wedding Cakes” on WE (hehe!), but I didn’t finish the card until 11:30!  I spent a lot of time thinking things through but I hope the end result doesn’t appear to be overthought!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I sincerely hope you will take a moment to leave me a comment – each and every one I get is treasured!

Blessings,

MOJO103, CC235, CAS231 Elegant Prayers

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  • Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Linen
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Accessories: black brads, black ribbon; foam mounting tape, SU markers
  • Technique: 3D/dimensionals

cardSep9of2009bTriple challenge time!  WAHOO!!! :0)  This card combines this Monday’s MOJO #103 sketch and SplitCoast’s Clean and Simple (CAS31 – “Pop It Up”), as qell as Tuesday’s Color Challenge (CC235 – “Elegant Basic Olives”).  I didn’t really expect to do a sympathy card last night but the Thoughts & Prayers set was looking like a great one to use with this sketch and color combination, and it’s always a good idea to keep a few sympathy cards on hand anyhow!  I had to modify the sketch a little bit in order to make it work with the tree stamp, which is quite a bit larger than the space reserved for the main image in the MojocardSep9of2009c sketch.

This card came together fairly quickly (for once!), so I hope that allows it to qualify as a “clean and simple” card, despite the additions of ribbons and brads.  It just didn’t look finished without them! :0)

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think!  If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog, I’ll be more than happy to do the same for you!

Blessings,

Zindorf case: “Whirling Leaves of Autumn”

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  • Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Inkadinkado Fall Season
  • Paper: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, white
  • Ink: Versamark, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Really Rust, Basic Black
  • Accessories: white ribbon, Tim Holtz ruler, piercing tool, Coluzzle, sponge, clear embossing powder

The card I’m showing you today was another of my Labor Day weekend creations.  I was going through a stack of “inspirations” that I had saved and came across this gorgeous card designed by Michelle Zindorf, and since I had all the “ingredients” she listed, I just HAD to make it!  I love doing scenery stuff with my brayer but this one is different in that the scene was actually sponged rather than brayered!

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THANK YOU for stopping by and I truly hope that you will take a minute to let me know what you think of this card!

Blessings to you and yours,

SC243 WT 234 A Merry Season

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  • Stamps: A Beautiful Season, Linen, Woodcut Holly wheel
  • Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, cream
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red
  • Accessories: brown check ribbon, gold Sharpie, dots embossing template, Big Shot, Sizzlits letters
  • Technique: sanding, embossing

cardSept6of2009bToday I am bringing you another “double challenge” card. The first challenge was from last week’s Sketch Challenge at SplitCoast (SC243). It was a nifty sketch and I printed it out on time last week but never got a chance to work with it. I had it in my stack of such sketches and pulled it out this afternoon and decided to have a go of it! The second challenge was for this week’s Ways To Use It challenge: WT234 “Sand It.” Stampin’ Up cardstock isn’t really the best cardstock to use this technique with because they dye their paper all the way through, where some of the lesser-quality papers don’t and when you sand it you’ll actually reveal some of the white underneath the dyed portion. However, I like the effect on the Old OlivecardSept6of2009c panel here where it just roughs up the perfect circles that I had embossed with our Big Shot and helps them blend into the design of the rest of the card a little better.

I decided to test out our previously-untouched alphabet Sizzlits templates for this card and I had fun doing it! I originally cut them out in the same cream-colored cardstock as I stamped the snowman image on but it just wasn’t quite right. I determined that with the help of a gold marker I could make it work and I think it did! Not quite the “fancy” sort of font that would fit the theme of this card the best, but close enough!

THANK YOU for stopping by and I truly hope that you will take a minute to let me know what you think of this card!

Blessings to you and yours,