Hello stamping friends! Are you happy that it’s Friday? I’m happy that it’s Friday, plus it’s the official start of Spring Break from school! That means that for the next 2 weeks, I don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn, to get my youngest off to school 🙂
I know what you’re thinking – spring break? It’s still winter! I know, right?! But how do you argue with the School District planners? Oh well – I just go along, and enjoy the time.
Today I’m back with another sketch challenge for Create with Connie & Mary – these are such fun! By the way – I have to share with you (a ‘humble brag’, as my teenager would say!) that my card submitted for the last CCMC challenge was one of the Top 3 Picks! 🙂 I was totally thrilled to find out; it made my day!
This is the card I submitted, that was a Top 3 Pick this week; it was a colour challenge:
Today I have a card to submit for a sketch challenge – CCMC345. Here is the sketch:
I liked that this layout was different, using a square card, as I usually do standard A2 cards.
I had just recently received my Adventure Bound Paper Stack, and really wanted to use it. It’s a very unique paper; it has photo-realistic prints on one side, and then patterned paper, like our usual designer series paper, on the other. I think that the river rocks & bleached wood look good with the stamp set I used – it’s called Choose Happiness, and you can find it in the Annual Catalogue.
My card base is cut 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″ and folded, in Basic Gray card stock. I randomly stamped the line images from the Gorgeous Grunge set in Smoky Slate onto a panel of Smoky Slate card stock. I wanted to have some texture on the panel, but I felt that an embossing folder would have taken away from the stamped images & the DSP.
Before attaching the Smoky Slate panel to the card base, I attached a piece of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Lost Lagoon diagonally across the lower 2/3rds of the panel, as in the sketch.
Next, I punched out the 2 pieces of Adventure Bound DSP using the 2″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punches, and used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch for the Very Vanilla card stock. I stamped the branch image twice, in Memento Black ink; once directly onto the punched circle, then again onto a scrap piece. I coloured both using the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers and my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker. I cut out a few of the leaves from the scrap piece, and layered them on top of the ones on the circle, to give them more dimension. I stamped the bird image in Memento Black ink, again on a scrap of Very Vanilla, hand-cut it, and attached it on top of the branch using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The flower image is from the Everything Eleanor stamp set, as I felt that the scale of the flower in the Choose Happiness set wouldn’t work with my layout. I used a combination of the Lost Lagoon Marker and the ink with a Blender Pen to colour the flower.
Thanks for having a look at my latest card! I hope you’ll take a look at the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge page. The design team have come up with some fabulous cards, and there are always lots of amazing entries! It’s certainly the place to look, if you’re needing inspiration 🙂
Have a wonderful Friday, and a great weekend. Until next time,