Last week I combined the sketch from The Paper Players and the color challenge from Can You Case It? to create a bright and cheery floral card with Garden in Bloom (you can see that project here). My card was recognized as a pick by both teams! Before I share today’s project, I want to offer a huge THANKS! to Linda Callahan (The Paper Players) and Laura Nolan (Can You Case It?) for having such amazing style and incredible taste. These online card challenges always offer me so much inspiration, so it’s nice to be recognized by the teams. Thank you!
I combined these same challenges again this week – a Rain or Shine Theme challenge from Sandy Mathis at The Paper Players and a sketch challenge from Elizabeth Thatcher at Can You Case It?. Here’s my card:
And here are the challenge banners that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Sprinkles of Life. While the Crushed Curry sunshine might be the star of this card, the Lost Lagoon clouds and raindrops are crucial to the story. I used the adorable, but under-used, Sprinkles of Life to stamp these clouds and drops. I lightly stamped the clouds on Thick Whisper White and punched them with my Tree Builder Punch (coordinates perfectly with this adorable Ronald McDonald set found on the back cover of Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog). I inked up the raindrops from the same set and stamped them off once on scrap paper to achieve a faint spattering of rain from the clouds.
- Banner Banter. While Elizabeth’s wonderful sketch calls for two banners extending from the focal image, I decided to go with this great, two-lined sentiment from the set. Although I had stamped these lines on thin banners, they just looked better on the base of the card. The top cloud just seems to rest on the opening of the sentiment – and these words really make the rest of this card come together.
- Perfect Pairing. I’ve seen a lot of cards where the Designer Series Paper covers the entire face of the card, so I decided to give it a try. I covered the entire card front with a piece 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper, one of this year’s amazing Sale-a-Bration items (get it free with a $50 purchase).
QUICK TIP: To perfectly align the Designer Series Paper with the cardstock base, I used the edge of my Stampin’ Trimmer – one of three methods I share in this video.
Stamp Sets: Sprinkles of Life, Kinda Eclectic Papers: Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black Inks: Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black Memento Accessories: Tree Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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