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!
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Paper: white, cream, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
Ink: bleach, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
Accessories: sponge, brads
Technique: bleach stamping, sponge distressing
I was happily able to combine two fun challenges for this card. I am on sort of a “Christmas kick” this week I guess and the set that I thought would work best with the sketch part of the challenge was the retired Miracle of Christmas set from Stampin Up. I especially love to use faith-based stamps on my Christmas cards as Jesus *is* the reason for the season, so these sorts of cards are extra-special to me.
The Sketch Challenge came from the Mojo Monday blog, and this week’s sketch was a fun one, and unlike anything I have ever done before!
I headed over to SplitCoastStampers yesterday to see what the Tuesday Color Challenge had in store, as I thought it would be fun to try out a new color combo as well. Much to my surprise, I saw that the color challenge this week (CC231) was actually more of a technique challenge: Pick a base color of card stock, and stamp your image in bleach on it, using whatever color it turned to as another color in your color combo.
Anyway, here’s what I came up with! I like how the image of Mary holding baby Jesus is subtle yet still very noticeable. I chose slightly less “traditional” Christmas colors as I wanted something that would play off the lighter, “prettier” feel created by stamping in bleach.
In addition to using background stamps on the Old Olive and Chocolate Chip panels, I sponged matching ink on the corners to distress it further and add interest. In addition, I stamped baby Jesus Himself inside the card in Old Olive ink and stamped the sentiment over that in Chocolate Chip.
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I made this card for this Tuesday’s Color Challenge: “Going Really Vanilla” (CC194) which consisted of using Really Rust, Going Gray, and Very Vanilla. I only had the Really Rust paper (do have all three inks though ) so I used what I had for the other two colors. The first set that came to mind to work with was “Season of Friendship” and I was excited to work with it again as I think I have only made one or two cards with it since I got it about a month ago (have been far too busy making Christmas cards I guess!).
First, stamped tree from Season of Friendship in Chocolate Chip ink on cream colored cardstock. Stamped leaf bunch from same set first in Going Gray ink, and then used the “rock and roll” technique to add Really Rust to the edge of the leaves for added color. Cut image out with Coluzzle and sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge, blending inward. Mounted on panel of Really Rust cardstock and cut around shape with “Clouds” scissors by Fiskars. Punched three circles out of Really Rust cardstock with a regular size hand-held hole punch, stuck pewter brads through them, and mounted them in a line on the left side of the circular panel.
Stamped Print Pattern background stamp in Really Rust ink on back cream panel. Stamped over it with Cheesecloth stamp and sponged edges in same color ink. Stamped sentiment from Season of Friendship in Going Gray ink on a 6.5” x 4.25” panel of gray cardstock, and sponged same color ink on edges. Assembled card, adding cream-colored ribbon to cover seam and add some “pretty.”
I also thought I’d take a minute to share with you a picture of one of my personal stamping buddies. Meet my ex-barn-kitty-turned-house-cat Samson! This is him enjoying a rewarding nap on my bed earlier this fall. This is how he likes to sleep… with his belly in the air and his little feet tucked up by his chin!