Hi all! Here is a pretty card for the Create With Connie and Mary sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown Challenge for this week. Once in a while a sketch and color challenge just seem to "fit" you know what I mean? That was true of these 2 for me. After I initially posted, I realized that it would also work for Flutterby Wednesday #140. That is a great challenge, the only requirement @ FBW is that your project have a butterfly, fairy or angel on it. I once had another card featured once over there, go here to see it.
Lately I have been looking up inspirational quotes, Bible verses, etc. online. Loads of personal stress for me right now, and it helps me to have these snippets of positive/supportive words in my head to keep me going. I found this quote online and LOVED it. I was able to make it look like a stamp by messing with the fonts, etc. with it. So I guess you could say I created my own digi stamp, I've been doing that a bit lately... It's free, you should give it a go too! I also did that recently here on my inspirational sign.
So, my card, I printed my quote out on patterned paper. I matted it in the Espresso brown and then created a larger rectangle in the Saffron color by stamping on it & then dry embossing it. Not sure that you can see the swirly stamp here, but it is on there. I also matted that in the Crumb Cake and the Espresso brown. My card front was Crumb Cake matted in Espresso again & I wrapped some ribbons around that. The circular panel is a 3 layer piece, and the stamped image was stamped in white craft ink and then I used mini sponge daubers to apply pastels over the craft ink for a soft look. I finished off the circle with some mini rhinestones around the edge. My original design plan was to have that be the card & then it just looked like there was a "hole" in the upper left hand corner visually. The butterfly image seemed to go with the theme of "letting go" for me. So I punched her out (the butterfly that is, doesn't it seem they are girls? I'm sure there are boy butterflies though..... hmmmmm;) and added a smaller punched piece for the body and a few more blue rhinestones.
Well, I hope you like my card, please comment or follow if you can, I'd LOVE to hear from you! :)
DUST IT OFF! : that DSP, both of them are 2-4 years old. I've had my circle cutter for years, and of course there's always my trusty punches.
supply list: solid cardstock in challenge colors, retired DSP, craft ink, pastels, Saffron inkpad, Just Believe stamp set. ribbons, butterfly punch, large circle punch:SU!; scalloped circle die:Spellbinders; circle cutter:CM; embossing folder: Cuttlebug; mini clear and larger blue rhinestones; swirl stamp: Autumn Leaves, variety of fonts: Word for Mac.
Have a stellar day! -Noelle:)