Monday, May 2, 2011

Thinking of You At This Time

I was working on some cards for challenges and I saw a sketch challenge at Little Claire's Designs with a fun sketch.  This card is using that sketch but turning it to work better with my image. 

The card base is dark brown.  I used a Martha Stewart corner/border punch on my next blue layer, and then added a decorative green layer.  I picked up this decorative cardstock at Tuesday Mornings for a very reasonable price.   It is double sided so I used the other side to cut small rectangles that I layered on more dark brown and attached to the left side, spacing slightly apart.

The image is from Sweet Stamps and was stamped and embossed on white cardstock and colored with my wonderful metallic watercolors.  They give it such a shimmer.  I used a die from My Favorite Things to cut it out and layered it on a light blue tag that I cut out using a Spellbinder die.  My only problem was finding the right sentiment to go the direction I wanted.  The few I had that were vertical just wouldn’t show up properly so I found this elegant “Thinking of You” that I thought would go great with the look I wanted this card to have and would express to someone that they were on my mind and in my heart in place of just stamping with sympathy.  I stamped and embossed it in brown on the light blue cardstock, cut out with a circle die, then sponged the edges with brown ink.  I used pop dots to attach both the image and the sentiment to the front of the card.

For embellishment I added pink pearls in each corner with small white pearls on each side, along with additional pearls throughout the card.  I also added glitter to the center of each flower, then two double layered butterflies around the sentiment.

The theme for the card swap for our stamp club was Feminine Birthday.  I really liked the look of this card but because I had to do so many I decided to simplify it.  I did not punch the edges of the blue layer, only used one single layer butterfly, and left off the pearls (I would have been all out of pears if I didn't).
For the sentiment I stamped and embossed it on brown cardstock and punched it out with a circle punch.  The brown showed up very nicely bringing out the words "Happy Birthday."  Even with all the changes I think the card came out very pretty.  I had this cardstock for awhile so I was happy to find the perfect project to use it on.
This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps Challenge #12 – Sympathy
Stamp Challenges - Things with Wings
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #162 - Sketch (an old one or someone elses)
DYSU Challenge #17 - Make It Pop (3D effect)
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #78 -  1 of one thing (circle with sentiment), 2 of another (butterflies)  and 3 of something else (pink rectangles)! 


dmbennett said...

Wonderful Card. Love this stamp. Great choice on your color combo. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps this week.

Dawn B - SSDT

~ Kendra ~ said...

What a beautiful card!! Love it! Love the colors you used!! Love the embossing! Great papers used as well! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps!!


Posh Cat Crafts said...

A gorgeous card and beautifully made thank you for joining us at Sweet stamps!!

Minna said...

Wow, so beautiful card!! I like the colors you used!! Thanks for joining us at The Cute Card Thursday this week.

WencheP said...

Beautiful card. Love the layout and the colors. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Janna Werner said...

Hi Marie! Fabulous project for our "make it pop" challenge on DYSU this week! Thanks so much for joining us! Janna :)

Saron said...

Beautifull card!! Thanks for joining Art Impressions Challenge#14!!

aqualeiga said...

I made a card using this sketch too! LOVE that you turned the sketch, makes it look so different! Your card is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at THE CRAFTY PAD for our Pearls & Swirls challenge this week. Hugs, Ali x

Kat said...

Beautiful card Marie. These colours are lovely together. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat x

Sharon Keanly said...

A totally stunning creation. Thank you SO MUCH for listing your 1-2-3 recipe, makes it so much easier for us. Hope you'll join us again on Saturday for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. Good luck, hugs Sharon x

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Oh this is adorable! I love the mix of purple in with the greens and the blue! Thank you for sharing & playing along with us in The Crafty Pad – Pearls & Swirls Challenge Check back with us on Sunday to see if you’re a lucky winner & our next challenge theme. Fair winds & following seas, The Navy Wife.