I’m one of those people who love to use clip art in my emails. Recently when I was browsing through Google’s clip art, I happened across this little picture and “fell in love.” Today was my day to bring the picture to life using the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the card’s layout.
I cut ¼” strips of Naturals White and Basic Black and wove them together to create the flower pot. Then I mounted the woven strips onto a rectangle and trimmed the edges at an angle to create the slanted pot. In order to hold the pieces firmly together, I ran the rectangle through the Square Lattice EF. As the card evolved, I decided it needed to be grunged up a bit – so out came the sponges and Gorgeous Grunge stamp to “dirty up” the card. I had intended to use So Saffron candy dots (based on the clip art picture); but, was surprised to find the So Saffron was actually too bright for the card. I chose Very Vanilla candy dots and colored them with the Blush Blendabilities for a hint of color. I thought this card would be perfect as a thank you to a hostess following a 4th of July gathering or even to a service man/woman for their service to our country. I hope my U.S. readers all had a wonderful holiday!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Best of Greetings, Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Basic Black, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Blendabilities Blush (for the candy dots), white gel
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Pacific Point DSP (2012), Summer Smooches DSP, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Sizzlits Little Leaves, Square Lattice EF, Pansy Punch, Very Vanilla candy dots (colored with blendabilities), aqua painter, sponges, brass brad, bitty star punch, linen thread, glue dot
Before I share today’s project, I want to thank Tara from the Friday Mashup for selecting my Espresso Bean Father’s Day Card as the top card for last week’s challenge! If you missed that card, you can see it here.
This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge was to design a card using Baked Brown Sugar, Pacific Point and So Saffron. I had ventured down to my studio to make some sympathy cards. Hmmm, the Baked Brown Sugar and So Saffron would work fine for a sympathy card; but, how could I incorporate Pacific Point into the design? I laid the papers in front of me and pondered what to do for a while; finally, I decided to walk away and focus on another card. When I came back to the paper, I decided to just jump in. I knew I wanted to do a stamped background, so I stamped the solid Flower Shop image using the So Saffron and then decided to stamp off the Pacific Point and try applying it over the So Saffron – I was delighted! Not only did the muted Pacific Point blend in beautifully, it also combined with the So Saffron to create a tint of green, which added to my garden background!
I stamped an extra background on a piece of scrap cardstock and used that with my Nestabilities to frame the greeting in such a way that blended with the background. In order to add a bit of a pop to the image, I tucked two triangles of Basic Black under the corners – just enough to offset the focal image a bit.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flower Shop, Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: So Saffron, Pacific Point, Baked Brown Sugar
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals Ivory, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Nestabilities scallop and standard oval, dimensionals, crochet trim, very vanilla (interior)
I used this week’s Retrosketch for the layout of this card. I wanted something a bit different for the top corner, so I did a Herringbone paper piecing pattern which used 4 different sheets of DSP from the new Watercolor Wonder set; I do believe that’s my all-time favorite DSP (at least for this week)! After piecing the paper together, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet EF. Next I punched out one of the embossed flowers and replaced it with a stamped pansy from the new Flower Shop bundle (stamps and punch sold together). I wanted a little more dimension to the card, so I embossed the front with the Stripes EF before mounting the corner piece. Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “just add stripes,” so the stripes qualified the card for a second challenge. A couple of rhinestones added the finishing pop after securing the greeting.
STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Flower Shop and Perfect Punches
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Tangerine Tango
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Watercolor Wonder DSP
ACCESSORIES: Tangerine Tango ribbon, rhinestones, Elegant Bouquet and Stripes Embossing Folders, 2” oval punch, pansy punch, white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, dimensionals