Posted on September 12, 2009 by Chrissy
- 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 color 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 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!
Filed under: Challenges, Color Challenges (Tuesdays), Occasions, Seasonal, Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays), Stamp Companies, Stampin Up, Thinking of You, TPC Studio | Tagged: Cheesecloth, Faith Greetings, Graceful Words, In Bloom | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 4, 2009 by Chrissy
- Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, unknown floral background stamp from SU, TPC Studio Faith Greetings
- Paper: white, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, baja breeze designer paper
- Ink: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
- Accessories: brads, sponge
- Technique: sponging
I hadn’t made a card since Sunday and I think it was starting to bug me! Unfortunately, this card didn’t turn out at all as I had hoped but I decided to post it here anyway so there would at least be something to look at over the long Labor Day weekend! However, being that it is a long weekend, maybe I will have time to upload another card before Tuesday rolls around if I get time to make a few cards like I plan to – we’ll see! 🙂
I originally intended to use a color combination of Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, and Chocolate Chip on this card. However, I was bound and determined to use these two stamp sets and this week’s Sketch Challenge (SC244) at SplitCoastStampers, and I just couldn’t get the Certainly Celery to fit in anywhere that I actually liked!
I did a lot of rearranging and swapping while putting this card together, but hopefully the end result isn’t too much of a “hot mess!” haha!
Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to leave me a comment so I know you were here – I treasure each and every one!
Have a safe, happy, and blissfully wonderful Labor Day!
Blessings to you and yours,
Filed under: Challenges, Occasions, Seasonal, Sketch Challenges (Wednesdays), Sympathy, Thinking of You | Tagged: Faith Greetings, Lovely As A Tree | 8 Comments »
Posted on August 25, 2009 by Chrissy
- Stamps: Riveting, Sweet Serendipity
- Paper: white, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, textured soft yellow
- Ink: Ruby Red, Certainly Celery
- Accessories: circle punches (3/4″ and 1 1/2″), glitter glue, foam mounting tape, Sizzix Texturz plates (daisy and “friend”)
- Technique: embossing, 3D
A big “thank-you” to the Mojo Monday crew for another awesome sketch! I have done several square cards recently, and this week’s Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO101) called for another, and I happily obliged! I trimeed the hooves of one of my horses last night after work (Dreamer, the pretty boy in my avatar picture with me over on the right there), and then I took him for a ride afterward, so needless to say I didn’t have the time to make a super detailed card – I wanted something clean and simple!
It took some playing around to decide on a color combo I was happy with and then some more thinking to make the layers work together in a visually appealing way. I ended up creating my own “designer paper” by using the Big Shot and a couple of Texturz plates on the main Ruby Red and Certainly Celery panels. For the Certainly Celery panel that was to frame the sentiment, I repeatedly stamped an image from the Sweet Serendipity set in Certainly Celery ink.
I punched out the inner circle of the Riveting stamp and raise that off of the smaller Certainly Celery panel with foam mounting tape. I applied clear glitter glue to the outside rim of the image. I then cut out the star image I had just cut out and adhered that to the background.
All in all, it is a pretty “short and sweet” type of card but I think it turned out fun and I’m pleased with it! Usually I want to keep adding stuff to a simple card like this before I’m happy but in this case I’m pleased with it just as it is!
Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me! If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog I’d love to see your work also!
Filed under: Challenges, Mojo Monday Sketch Challenges, Occasions, Stamp Companies, Stampin Up, Thinking of You | Tagged: Riveting, Sweet Serendipity | 2 Comments »