Here is my inspiration card. We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images. I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago. I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use. High Tide. This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes. The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given. Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!! It’s fantastic!!
So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper. I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment. On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images. I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp. I think this came out great!
Some of the products I used are: Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink. I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.
Here is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge. In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration. I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo. The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry. I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card. Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.
While I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit. The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots. I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card. I really hope you like it!! I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who? Do you want it?? Comment below! I will pick one person randomly!
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!
The third challenge is to take a sketch and make a card with it. With the Sweet/Suite Suprises theme… Well when I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it! It just came to me! I used the Urban District Suite and made a very simple card using the Sketch below. I used both Urban District and Nailed It stamp sets, the Build It Framelits (to cut out the hexagon and to make the ruler at the bottom of the card), the Urban Underground Washi Tape and the Urban Underground Embellishments. I would love to see what you create with the sketch below! Post a link in the comments section and I will visit your card!
Here’s another challenge that I just LOVED! In short, the challenge is to take a technique off of splitcoaststampers.com and make a card with it! So, here’s my technique: Cling Wrap Background
I DEFINITELY encourage you to try it. It was easy and quick! The hardest part was waiting for it to dry!! I took some Stampin’ Spots that I have been collecting with every Paper Pumpkin…. This color combo is Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral. Believe it or not, I have some Basic Gray in there but it didn’t really show up where I thought it would… LOL. I crumpled the cling wrap just a little bit, stamped the color on the cling wrap and spritzed it with water. Easy! Be sure to read the directions though! The rest of the card has the Tasty Treats Washi Tape, a butterfly punch, a mini paper clip and the Sprinkles Embellishments!
I am definitely going to do this technique again soon! But as a real background. I am waiting to get my hands on some of the new In-Colors… OMGosh… They are GORGEOUS!!
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!