This Sweet (Suite) Surprises Challenge has to do with 3 photos. We were asked to choose a photo and create a card that that photo inspired.
Now, the original message didn’t have this image in it. LOL. That 3rd image had butterflies in it!! Me being a butterfly girl, would have jumped on it… but the message that I got had this image… and out of the three, this is the one that I chose. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to stamp a LOT of balloons. A LOT! So I decided to put them all together, and all the way down the front of the card. I was going to do the entire card this way but decided I needed a place to put the sentiment.
Funny thing about this card, I stamped it then looked on Pinterest for the stamp set I used…. and to my shock, found one just like it! Well, great minds think alike! LOL. Here’s my card!
This card uses the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. Here’s my monochromatic color combination: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder. Throw in some classic colors like Basic Black and Whisper White and viola! You have a great card!!
This is the only card that actually had a surprise to it. The Surprise with this card is the inside. It uses the Party Pop-up Dies.
I am TERRIBLE when it comes to choosing colors! I don’t know why but if it weren’t for the DSP packs telling me what colors to put together, I would be monochromatic! This challenge was fantastic for me! It gave me great ideas on what colors to use. For the Suite Surprises part of the challenge, I used the Succulent Garden Suite. The surprise for me was cover up another boo-boo! The metal rimmed pearls were perfect! The large one covered the boo-boo (embellishment opportunity!!) and the small one made a great flower center!!
So, what was the mistake? I cleaned the photopolymer stamp before I stamped Happy. I inked up the word happy with Rose Red and stamped, M-o-t was visible from the dirty stamp cleaner I used… UGH. I covered that baby up with the metal rimmed pearl! Perfection! The colors I saw in this color combination was: Whisper White (I tried Smoky Slate and it was too dark for me), Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.
Tomorrow, I will post Challenge 5. Stay tuned!
I have never been asked to be a part of any design groups before and I am super excited to be a part of this one! The Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.com asked me and couldn’t hardly contain myself! I love challenges!! So! I want to give you a bit more details on some of the challenges for the month of May.
The theme for May is “Sweet Surprises” or “Suite Surprises”. I want to show the first challenge. SIP – Step it up! – Create a CAS project of you choosing with the theme in mind. Then create a second project, amped up with more enrichments, additions, layers…whatever you choose to really step it up.
So, here is my clean and simple card. I chose to make it a Sweet Suite Card. hehe. I used the Cool Treats Suite for both cards. I cut a Whisper White piece of paper that measures 3 x 5 1/2″. I used the exact same size on the stepped-up version too. This piece is popped up with dimensionals. This card uses the Cool Treats Stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits… plus, I just used the Tasty Treats washi tape as an accessory. You will also notice that I have a banner (though it’s hard to see) popped up on the card as well. I inked up the sentiment with chocolate chip ink, except for “sweet” which is in Watermelon Wonder.
This card, however, I used Watercolor paper instead of Whisper White for the 3 x 5 1/2″ piece and the banner. I used the Tasty Treats DSP, the Sprinkles Embellishments, added a spoon with silver foil, added a highlight on the ice cream dish and a water color background in Peekaboo Peach.
Tomorrow, i will show you the second challenge, stay tuned!
Given a challenge of making a one-layer card, I tried a new technique called Die Cut Masking. This isn’t exactly how this technique was to be used but I wanted to change things up a bit. I took painters tape and lined by Big Shot cutting pad with it. I then put the die cut on top of the tape and ran it through. Carefully, I peeled the tape outline off the cutting pad and stuck it to watercolor paper. I pressed firmly to made sure it adhered… I then went to town on the watercolor paper. I heat set the paper and then removed the tape.
Now, I could have clear embossed this and watercolored. I would have gotten the same effect, essentially. However, notice the “Thanks for the smile and everything else”. It’s stamped on TOP of the dragon fly – you can’t do that with clear embossing. I am going to do this technique again…. doing it the way it was meant to be done…. I will show you it again, tomorrow.
The colors of ink that I used were Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Elegant Eggplant. The paper is Marina Mist and Watercolor Paper. Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits were used to cut the painters tape. I also used the Sale-A-Bration ribbon as an embellishment along with White Perfect Accents. If you need supplies, please visit my website: mamaschroeg.stampinup.net
Pinterest is a great place to get ideas. I happened to catch this sketch and this color combination on two separate posts and decided this would make a great card! You have seen those paint palette type of posts, right? Well, we didn’t have the exact colors but I found similar ones: Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum. I love neutral colors, if someone were to ask me what my favorite SU! palette was, I would say Neutrals.
The stamp set used is Tin of Cards. I have a huge project coming up using this stamp set. I really want to work on it but life has been a little crazy lately. I am super excited for it to be finished though!
So, what do you think? Cute?