Friday, August 5, 2011


Simply Cherish

Today I have for you a sketch challenge! You know I just love sketch challenges! Well this one is over at Craft Project Central. They just started hosting a monthly sketch challenge. You can find the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge 2 HERE. Please take a look at the wonderful sketch!

Each week the designers for the month will pick their top two favorites. At the end of the month a winner is randomly chosen from those 8 favorites. The winner of the sketch challenge will win a $50 Stampin' Up shopping spree!!!! YAY! Free stuff!

The challenge closes at midnight August 30th, so hurry on over and take a look at the sketch...right after you see my card.

Stamps: Simply Soft (Hostess), Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo
DSP: Flirtatious Designer Series Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black Craft, Black Stazon
Markers: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Scalloped Oval Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Basic Pearls Jewel Accents, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Sponge

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The card front was stamped with the flourishes from Baroque Motifs in Crumb Cake ink to give the card a subtle background pattern. A piece of Flirtatious DSP was cut at 2 ½” x 4 ¼” and was then adhered to the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was cut at 2 7/8” x 3 1/8”. The flower from Simply Soft (Hostess) was stamped three times across the cardstock in Black Stazon ink. Next I colored in the flowers with the Pink Pirouette marker, colored the flowers again with the Blushing Bride marker without covering the Pink Pirouette completely. I repeated the last step with the Melon Mambo marker. The leaves and stems were colored in first with the Pear Pizzaz marker and shadows were added with the Lucky Limeade marker. Some White Gel Pen was used to add highlights to the very tops of the flowers.

After all that marker ink dries completely the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Pink Pirouette ink. The Embossing Buddy was used over the panel. Then the greeting from Baroque Motifs was stamped in Black Craft ink and Black Embossing Powder was added over the stamped image. The excess Embossing Powder was tapped off and the image was heated with the Heat Gun. This stamped cardstock panel was adhered to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock that was cut at 3” x 3 ¼”.

Two scalloped ovals were punched from Melon Mambo cardstock using the Scalloped Oval Punch. Each label was adhered behind the image panel with just half of the oval showing above and below the panel. Five Basic Pearls Jewel Accents were added to each of the scalloped circles to give the card a little bling. This panel was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you like my take on the sketch! Now go try it yourself and enter for a chance to win free Stampin’ Up goodies!

You can find the sketch challenge HERE.