Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sending You Love SSC #261 / My Challenge #28

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday. I hope you are cool and getting ready for a Fabulous 4th of July tomorrow. I'm planning on spending the day with friends. It's nice to get a little mid-week break but it's kinda hard to plan on going out to see the fire-works knowing I have to be back at work bright and early on Thursday morning. I guess I'll either watch them on t.v. or catch up on my dvr'd shows. :)

It's time for another challenge card. I'm so excited to know that I have done at least one challenge a week this year which means I'm keeping up with my New Year's Resolve for a least one thing. I really feel like this has been such a positive thing for me to do and that I'm growing creatively and becoming more confident in my designs and my design choices. I challenge you if you are not doing challenges (wow, I challenge you to challenges.....hahahahaha) find some you like and do some on a consistent basis. It doesn't have to be weekly like me. Even if you do one challenge a month, I'm sure you'll find a difference in how you look at things creatively.

This week's challenge card is another Stamping 411 card. These ladies are Amazing! They have great sketches and the design team samples are great. Of course I try not to look at the D.T. samples until after I have my card in mind, so I feel like I'm coming up with my own idea and not influenced by their work. I know I say this all the time, but not only are the sketches wonderful, but they take all the guess-work out of the equation by giving you measurements to get you started. The OCD in me goes a little wonky when I have to figure out measurements, especially if there are multiple layers. In case you missed the posts, I have been known to mathematically figure out the correct dimensions by measuring the sketches and then figuring out the correct proportions. :( Like I said, it gets a little wonky sometimes.  Here's this week's card-

Challenge Card Featuring
Easy Events Stamp Set and Twitterpated DSP

Other than the fact that I can see that my ribbon is somehow not level, I'm really pretty happy with this card. For those of you that are new here- I'm a little inept at mixing and matching DSP papers even though I know they all go together. It literally gives me anxiety. Since I know the OCD is not going anywhere (completely), I figure the least I can do is try to conquer small bits of it. Hey, I'll take small victories wherever I can! When I saw this week's sketch I knew it would be perfect for lots of mixing and matching. Although I'm not sure just how well I succeeded, I did try and it doesn't look like a "Hot Mess" so, I'll take it as a small win. I know it's hard to see in this picture but the scalloped pink layer is DSP, meaning I have 5 different pieces of DSP on this card. Woo-Hoo! *Happy Dance* Flowers and Patterns and Stripes, Oh My!

I took my color inspiration from the main DSP panel with the flowers and then went from there. I used a base of Baja Breeze with a layer of Island Indigo to hold all of my DSP. That layer is raised up with Dimensionals. I used my Scalloped Border Edgelet on the pink DSP and then used my Adorning Accents EF on it as well. I love the added touch, plus the top of the embossed area gave me a level area to mount my floral piece to. :) *Bonus* I inked up the sweet little birds from the Easy Events stamp set with Black Staz-On so I could color with my blender pens. 

Ok, truth be told I did it with Staz-On the second time. I almost always forget the first time. Do you do that to or is it just me? I didn't even think about it until my Bashful Blue birds turned a weird violet color because it was mixing with my Classic Black Ink. *Head-desk* So I had to start again. I also switched the sentiments and used one from another stamp in the set. Love how that worked out. This was punched out with my 1 3/4" circle punch, sponged lightly with Island indigo and then mounted with Dimensionals to a piece of Baja Breeze c/s that was punched out with my Large Scalloped Circle Punch. I sponged it lightly with some Island Indigo as well and mounted it with some Dimensionals. A little love from Tink made the little heart and the bird's wings sparkle just a bit. Oh, the wings on the birds are Pacific Point and the heart is Primrose Petals.

Here's the sketch-

Oh, I miss that cute little butterfly! The new one is very pretty, but this one always made me smile.

Here's the inside-

What a pain to stamp those little birds separately! The branches are so close together. This was my 4th attempt to get them just right. It sure would be nice if there was a Staz-On Pen like the Versamark one! You can't tell but their wings and hearts got Tinked here on the inside too. Although it was a pain, I think the inside turned out so pretty. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Island Indigo. The edges of the W.W. c/s were sponged with it as well.

I hope you liked today's card as much as I enjoyed challenging myself during the making of it. LoL! I really do love hearing from you and I read all of my comments, so if you get a second to drop me a line, it would make my day. If you liked today's card and would like to +1 or Pin it, I've put the buttons on my side-bar for your convenience. Friends and Followers are always welcome too! :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today! I hope I've inspired you today to try something that you don't feel comfortable with. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday full of Family, Friends and of course time for creativity. Hope to see you back here real soon. Till next time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,

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  1. I love reading your blog! Mine is so boring compared to yours!! And your card is great too! Happy 4th of July!

  2. This is my first visit to your blog and what a terrific find...I love your writing and your card too. Thank you especially for being so 'normal' and expressing your measurement and paper choice anxieties. I have them too! And after enjoying the front of the sketch interpretation you even gave us a great idea for the inside, what a bonus. Now I have to grab a cool drink and start looking at your archives. Gonna be a long visit. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  3. Love those little birdies and this wonderful card!!!!

  4. This is so beautifully tied together. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Thanks so much for taking the time to share a little love with me. I hope you find this blog to be as much of a blessing to you as you are to me. :) Be Safe- Shan