Saturday, February 2, 2008

Weekend Sketch Challenge #33, Stamp Simply Challenge 20 - Pretties

Last night I was visiting several of my favorite stamping blogs. When I visited Beate Johns' site, Fresh & Fun, I thought I'd give her weekend sketch challenge a try. After creating my card last night (and finishing it this morning), I realized my card also qualified for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge #20 - Pretties. This is the first time I've participated in Beate's weekend sketch challenge, and it was a lot of fun coming up with my card. I love Stampin' UP!'s textured cardstock (really wish they'd sell it in individual colors instead of by color family). I had recently mounted the beautiful Embrace Life stamp set but it hadn't seen any ink until last night. I used Taken with Teal as my card base, but when I put the strip of Bali Breeze designer series paper on, I quickly realized that I had cut it 1/4 inch too short! So, my card ended up with a border around it, which in the end, I like. With that mess-up, I added the Tempting Turquoise panel on the left to balance the Bali Breeze paper, adding a strip of Taken with Teal to cover up the line where they meet. I used a Taken with Teal marker along with an Old Olive marker to color the stamped image, then colored it in with my Stampin' Pastels, which is the first time I've used them since I got them nearly two years ago! I punched out my images with my largest SU! square punch and decided to turn them in various directions instead of having them all face the same way. I started out using some turquoise grosgrain ribbon to finish my card, but ended up with the 5/8 inch Olive grosgrain (first time I've used it). I played around with the sentiment for a while, and when I came up with the one you see, my daughter gave it her approval so that's what I used. I had planned to use some of the flowers from my Flower Fusion tin, but I didn't like the ruby red with the teals and turquoises as much as I liked the punched teal flowers I ended up using from my Spring Bouquet Flower punch. Another first for this card was the use of the half pearls from my Pretties kit. I can't believe it's been sitting there on the shelf all this time, and today is the first time I've used it! So, here's my entry for Beate's and Sharon's challenges - hope you like it!

1 comment:

beate said...

Lovely card. I love the paper and color combo you picked.
Thanks so much for playing with the sketch. Hugs and smiles