Thursday, June 24, 2010

Greetings from Paradise

My niece, Jenn, loves the beach, so when I saw the Paper Crafts Go-To Sketch Challenge #4, I immediately thought of replacing the scallops along the top and the rectangular strip running down the right side with a palm tree. Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it:

To create this card, I first stamped the clouds onto white card stock. I filled in the clouds on the bottom of the stamp with distress ink to create the horizon line. After cutting out my palm tree and waves with my Cricut, I used VersaMark ink to stamp a different pattern onto each piece. I also distressed all of the tree's edges. This added both texture and pattern to the card. After tearing the kraft card stock, I stamped the shell. Again, I used VersaMark ink to ink up the edges and add some depth to my sand. Finally, I stamped the sentiment and hung it from the tree using a bit of twine.
Here's a close-up of some of those details:

Happy birthday, Jenn!
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (White); Stampin' UP! (Wild Wasabi, Kraft); DCWV (Brown)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Clouds, Raindrop Background, Stripes, Flourish Background, Antique Engraving, Love that Sparkles)
Ink: VersaMark; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, Broken China)
Tools: Cricut Cartridge (Ocean of Words); Tim Holtz Paper Distresser; EK Success Corner Punch

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm Back!

It seems like I have fallen off of the blogging bandwagon! I can only blame end-of-school-year activities. Between award ceremonies, final track meets, dance recitals, band concerts and finals, there just hasn't been enough time to sit down and blog. Not blogging, however, does not mean there has been a lack of creating. I have been scrapping and stamping like crazy! In addition to several layouts, I have been making cards like a Hallmark production line. There have just been so many occasions this month and my card-making frenzy is not over yet.

So anyway, today I have a card to share with you. Here's the color inspiration for my card:

And here's my card:

It uses Hero Arts' Big and Small Flowers set that I picked up during my Fresh Face Winner shopping spree. You'll be seeing a lot of this stamp set. Since it was out on my table, i just kept stamping!
To create this card, I first stamped the brown flowers onto a large rectangular block. Next, I cut the yellow card stock into three even panels and matted each on brown. After stamping the sentiment onto the oval piece, I felt that it looked flat so I went back and stamped some small flowers using Versa Mark ink. Here's a close-up:

I finished off the inside of the card with a little extra strip from the original yellow rectangle and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.


Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate); Stampin' Up! (So Saffron)

Stamps: Hero Arts (Big and Small Flowers, Enjoy the Moments); Papertrey Ink (fillable Frames #4)

Ink: Ranger (Coffee); Versa Mark

Ribbon: Michael's

Tools: Spellbinder's Nestabilities (Petite Oval Small; Petite Classic Oval Large)