It’s snowing today in Bozeman, which means it’s the perfect day to stay in and stamp. Also, I heard the Kardashians are in town, which is an even better reason to stay inside and stamp.
I thought I would try my hand at Pals Paper Arts challenge PPA240, my first attempt at a sketch challenge.
Here’s the sketch:
At first I thought following a sketch would be easy and straightforward, but I soon found out the challenge is in choosing a theme, stamps, colors, materials, etc. When I started, I was sure I was going to use the Celebrate Today stamp set, which features balloons. I stamped a bunch of balloons in different colors, but really couldn’t get anything going.
Next, I decided to try a stamp set I hadn’t yet used — Petal Potpourri. One of the stamps in the set looks like a crocheted flower. I love vintage crochet, so this one spoke to me. I tried stamping it in various colors until I decided on the color combination of Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake (I stamped this on my pad before stamping it onto card stock) and Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla card stock.
I used the Thank You banner from Itty Bitty Banners and the coordinating Bitty Banner Framelits for my sentiment. Although you can’t see it in the photo, I stamped the inside with the “Your kindness knows no end,” sentiment from the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set I earned for free from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. (I masked the ellipses, because punctuation.)
I wanted to keep the background paper fairly simple, so I went through my stash and noticed the polka-dotted paper from the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. Even though this is a Christmas paper, some of the designs can be used anytime. (This paper is on clearance now, so get it while you can!) The card base is Crumb Cake, and I sponged the edges in Baked Brown Sugar.
For the vertical band, I decided to go with linen thread wrapped around the card. Once I had everything in place, I thought the card needed a little more umph. Something from the amazing Stampin’ Up! embellishment line, perhaps.
That’s where I ran into problems.
I love that Stampin’ Up! offers embellishments to complement their stamp sets. Unfortunately, I never think I’m going to need them until the time I REALLY NEED THEM. (I’m looking at you, Venetian Crochet Trim and Artisan Embellishment Kit.) It’s mostly because I lack the accessory gene, despite being from Texas and having generations of matriarchs who went so far as to accessorize their pajamas.
With my Gold Sequin Trim to the rescue and a button I found in my button box, I was able to finish out the card. But, I think I would have liked to try it with the pearls from the Artisan Embellishment Kit and the Venetian Crochet Trim.
The moral of this story, kids, is to get the embellishments! They can take an average card to the next level.
Here’s what I used in this project: