Parisian Bouquet – I Used My Fav DP!!!!!

FINALLY!!! I finished a whole card from start to end in one sitting! Well, to toot my horn a bit, I actually did TWO cards in under an hour – wow!

I went with the sketch challenge posted for this week. Details can be found here. I really like this sketch. It is great for scraps, leftover dp, focal images, and quick & easy cards.

I am on a mission to spread some love amongst my retired sets. So I went to my drawer in search of an image that would look good in the center of a card like this. Almost immediately this window from the Parisian Plaza set jumped out at me. I love this image. Once I had settled on this as my foacl point, I looked for some paper that would continue the soft, serene feeling I saw in my head. (I see lots of things in there, don’t be alarmed!)

I knew this Fancy Pants paper was perfect for this card. It is from their new Wildflowers line, and this particular paper is called Bouquet. I’ve been hoarding it ever since I snapped it up as soon as Jacksonbelle’s store (link at right) got it in stock. It is sooooo delicious! I trimmed it and matted it with Chocolate Chip, to bring out the browns in the design. I stamped my image in Chocolate Chip on Blush Blossom cardstock, to compliment the light pinkish hue to the paper. It is also matted with Chocolate Chip, as well as sponged with Regal Rose, which is a perfect match to the deeper pink on the paper.

I chose a creamier Prima so it would stand out a bit, and attached it to the smaller panel with a word brad that says “sweet”.  I mounted all of the layers directly to a Kraft base, after I ran it through my Cuttlebug and sponged on some Regal Rose.

I am definitely a fan of this card – for once the picture in my head is exactly what came out on the card!!! Wow!!

Black Eyed Susans

  This is the last challenge card from VSN I’m going to share, I promise! This challenge, Run for the Black Eyed Susans, was hosted by MelenaPrincess (Kim). Check out her gallery here, and the gallery with everyone else’s entries here. Basically, her challenge was to use a Summer Sun and Chocolate Chip color scheme to make your card – like the flower.

I chose to keep mine pretty simple (as usual!). I started with a base of Chocolate Chip. I used my circle cutter to cut out two semi-circles from Summer Sun. On the larger one, I stamped a sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink, and sponged some on, too. On the smaller one, I stamped a Rhonna Farrar swirl. I used my fingernail to distress the edges of both of them.

In the middle of the card I stamped my flowers (flowers and sentiment are from the Best Blossoms set) in Versamark and embossed them using the Maize EP from the Earth Elements EP stack. To finish the card off, I added a fabric tag under the large circle, and some fun two-tone ribbon to the side.

Pretty darn simple! I am quite pleased with the layout – I can think of lots of possibilities for it, and will defintitely be using it in the future.

Yet Another VSN Card!

This was for stargirl’s (Carla) challenge, which was to use adhesives of some kind to emboss something on your card. Carla is an amazing creator of cards – check out her  SCS gallery!

The challenge really stretched my brain – I had no idea you could even do this!! DD was uncool enough to break two of my snail refills, so I decided to use some strips from one of them (can’t waste it, you know!), and some mini glue dots.

 In an effort to use scraps, my color scheme is similar to the Quilled card I did. Pretty in Pink base, Pixie Pink large panel, Gable Green smaller panel. I used the mini glue dots on the Pixie Pink, and embossed them with Pink EP from the Soft Subtles stack. On the Gable Green panel, I placed some randon lines with the snail adhesive, and embossed those with the Pink EP also. It is on dimensionals. I added a couple of snazzy Primas, one in a Gable Greenish color and one in a light blue. The brad is a funky little flower I got at Hobby Lobby.

The blue Prima was added to tie into the Basic Grey tag I put on dimensionals on top of the Gable Green panel. I LOVE those little birds on it!! To match the other brad, I put a pink one on the tag. In the lower corner I stamped my sentiment with Karen Foster Snap Stamps, 1/8″ formal in Pixie Pink.

I toppped the whole card with some hot pink organdy ribbon with white polka dots. Mmmmm….how I love polka dot organdy ribbon! I got it at Jacksonbelle’s store (link at right) – she has a great selection of ribbon!

The card looked better in my mind than how it turned out. But it is growing on me!!!

My Favorite Card from VSN

This card was for a monochromatic color challenge. I am such a fan of using a monochromatic color scheme on a card!

I decided on yellows because I spent the afternoon outside in the sunshine with DD. So I was feeling kinda sunny 🙂

I started with a More Mustard base. I cut a piece of patterned paper that I have had since I started scrapbooking 5 years ago (see – it DOES pay to hoard!) that matched perfectlyand used that as my main panel. I like the subtle script it had on it. An you can’t see it in the pictures, but it has tones of all the yellows, and a hint of green as well. My next layer is a piece of So Saffron, Cuttlebugged with the Script folder to echo the printed paper. I dtp’d it with a More Mustard spot. My final layer, and the focal point of the card, is Barely Banana. I stamped the flower stems in Old Olive, and the tulip petals are More Mustard and Really Rust.  The sentiment, from the Delight in Life set, is also stamped in Really Rust.

I broke out my Crop-a-dile (man I LOVE that little gizmo!) to punch holes for the Primas. I used flowers from the “Flower of the Month” collection – October and December. The flowers in the middle on both sides have a hint of green at the center, to coordinate with the Old Olive.

I put both small panels up on dimensionals for some depth to the card. I also sponged More Mustard on the edges of every panel. I absolutely love the way this card turned out, and will be casing myself in the very near future!

I can quill! (sort of)

The first VSN challenge I did involved quilling something for the card. I’ve never tried this technique before, and was more than a little skeptical!!

 I immediately thought of the easiest approach – just quill a plain old circle.  Doodle This was already out on my table, so this flower caught my eye immediately.

 The color combo I used, Pretty In Pink, Pixie Pink, and Green Galore is definitely a favorite of mine. It seems so happy and cheerful!

I used the slit punch to scallop a piece of the Green Galore, and attached it under the Pretty In Pink panel, which I had already stamped with the Dots & Daises background. Before I put them on the Pixie Pink base, I stamped some Rhonna Farrar swirls around the edges of it, just to give it some movement. I stamped the doodle flowers on the Green Galore with Basic Black ink, and used Pixie Pink strips to quill for the center. Each flower is on a thick dimensional.

To finish the card off, I stamped “wish” from the small script set in Basic Black and tied a yummy piece of hot pink organdy ribbon with black polka dots at the top. I got the ribbon from Jacksonbelle’s store (link at right).

I really enjoyed this challenge, and actually love the way this card turned out!

My Sample Card for VSN

Well here it is!!! My challenge for VSN was called Sharing the Light – the basics of it was that you should make the sentiment the focal point of your card! And WOW did those SCS ladies come up with some stunners!! I’m never gonna be able to pick just five for the “honor gallery”, which is being named “The Bouquet” this month.

The card I did for my sample has one of my all time favorite quotes on it. Anne Frank really said it all when she said this one!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Then I cuttlebugged a layer of So Saffron, outlining each of the flowers with my Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (which is hard to see in the pic). On top of that I added a layer of Rose Red (with dtp’ed Basic Black ink around the edges). I cut (and no joke, this was the hardest part – cutting up the paper that I looove so much!) into a piece of Stella Ruby by Basic Grey – choosing to highlight this stunner of a flower on one of the sheets. On th reverse side of a piece of vellum cardstock I stamped the small flower from Delight in Life in the Rose Red ink. Then I flipped it over and stamped the sentiment, part of the Sage Advice set, in Versamark and used Black EP to emboss it. I ran the vellum through my Xyron, and adhered it to the Stella Ruby. That panel is on dimensionals. I sprinkled some Primas with black brads as centers on, corner-rounded away – and voila!! The whole thing took maybe 25 minutes. And I LOVE it!

A Challenge for Myself!

I have found that stamping really relaxes me – gets me in a good mood. I love it (which is good, considering how much money I’ve invested in it!)!!!! I find that I am not prioritizing my time well, and don’t get as much stamping done as I’d like. Part of it is that DD needs to be with me at all times; in all fairness I love to be with her all the time when I am home, too. Obviously there is no stamping with her – she loves it but isn’t as helpful as she intends to be!

On Monday of this week, Valerie guest hosted the “Try a new technique” challenge for Beth. It can be found here. I really like her idea of stamping a bit each day, just something quick, to keep creative juices going. What a great challenge!

 So I am challenging myself to stamp something everyday. It doesn’t have to be a card from beginning to end – I want to at least start it. So my goal is 30 minutes of stamp time or more in the evenings. I can manage that, right? It’d be easier if I could pull myself off this darn computer!