My friend, Cindy Hall, is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches – I love the simplicity of this sketch. Since I already wanted to showcase some new products that fit well with the sketch, it was easy for me to make a quick card for her challenge. This card features something old, something new, something borrowed and something French. Here’s my card:
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
- A Little French Lesson. I don’t speak French (I am fluent in English and know enough Spanish to get by with a very, very patient and slow speaker). I know enough about French to order a fancy meal and say “I love you” in the beautiful language. When I saw “je t’adore” in En Toute Amitie (the translated version of Friendly Wishes), I knew I needed the French set. I see “SUPER” (also useful), some flowers, a heart and some loopy drawings that can also be helpful…but I honestly have no idea what the other words are. I’m sure they sound pretty, though. It’s fun to peruse the Translated Stamps and products – you can see them all here.
- Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. The visual foundation of this card is the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. The beautiful script background and soft, striped panel on the front offer great texture and a vintage look that’s still clean and crisp. While the gorgeous stack of papers offers brilliantly paired colors that tie-in to a travel theme (lots of maps and travel-themed paraphernalia), there are still pages that can be used for projects that aren’t centered around travel. Since my French sentiment has a global appeal, I figure it qualifies as both. Go me!
- Color Balance. Cindy’s sketch calls for “something” in the top, right corner of the central panel. I’ll admit that my collection of hearts was an afterthought (thought of it after I had cut all my paper and stamped my sentiment). The soft, small hearts (cropped with the Owl Builder punch and Blushing Bride cardstock lead to the heavier, bigger heart (stamped with Something to Say on Real Red cardstock and punched with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack). Once that was done, I needed to balance the red…so I added a super-thin strip of Real Red cardstock to the Sahara Sand panel beneath. Squint…works for me!
Stamp Sets: En Toute Amitie, Something to Say Papers: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Real Red Inks: Archival Basic Black Accessories: Owl Builder punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack (heart), Stampin’ Dimensionals
GOOD NEWS. This week’s Weekly Deals includes Something to Say, the versatile stamp set I used to create the heart. If you don’t already have this set, this is a wonderful chance to pick it up at a discount. Here’s the set (marked from $22 to $16.50 through Monday of next week):
I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
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