Today is HUGE! Today, I’m the Guest Designer for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. Can my excitement be contained?! I’ve played along with this group for quite some time, and I’ve been recognized for my projects. That’s wonderful and exciting! When I was asked to be Guest Designer, though, I fell out of my chair (well, I jumped out of my chair and tripped on the ottoman). Anyway, it’s quite an honor! This is a brilliant design team, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it – even if it’s just for a week. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- So Uplifting. My card features two stamp sets that are perfect for an uplifting card – Lift Me Up (a balloon-themed stamp set from the up-coming Occasions Catalog – starts January 4) and Marquee Messages (a Vegas-style sign with lots of great coordinating sentiments). While Lift Me Up bundle has lots of great sentiments and a set of must-have dies, I used only the small balloon from the set for today’s card. If you’d like a look at how the dies play out, click here to see a card I made with this bundle last week.
I created the sentiment sign and coordinating stars with the Marquee Messages photopolymer stamp set. I was skeptical of the flexibility of this set, at first, but I was quickly sold on it. There are so many more things to make than an oversized sign.
- Working Around the Stamp. If you look at the image of the marquee sign above, you see that the big arrow crosses over the retro panel I used on my card. I suppose I could have masked off the point of the arrow and then filled in the line on top of the sign, but I thought it would be easier to just cover the arrow tip with another super-fun star. Easy as can be!
- Awesome, Uplifting Colors. An uplifting card that says “You are awesome!” needs an uplifting color combination. I’m not sure how this combination came about, but it all started with Calypso Coral. I guess the yellow stars and black borders fell into place after I started in with Calypso. If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this for future inspiration:
Stamp Sets: Lift Me Up, Marquee Messages Papers: Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks: Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black Accessories: Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to pop over to this week’s challenge at the CAS(E) This Sketch site. Even if you can’t play along, please pop over to check out the cards by the design team members – they are wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Mystery Grab Bag. During December, I’m giving away bundles of Designer Series Papers, ribbon, and embellishments for every $50 you spend with me. What you receive is a mystery, but I know you’ll love it! Click below to read more: