Hi Everyone. Happy Tuesday.
Now... that blog title is a mouthful! But it was the only way I could describe the stamps I used for tonight's card. I saw this great sketch across at retrosketches and immediately had an idea of how I could use it
I was looking for some color inspiration and saw this fabulous color challenge across at As You See It
It was the elements across the bottom that got me thinking. I had decided to indulge myself and participate in the Stamp of Approval quarterly stamp collection. I had never heard of this until about two weeks ago and, in fact, I can't even remember how I did hear about it. I watched the pre-release videos and decided that the stamps were (mostly) very outside of my comfort zone, but liked that they were all designed to work together and decided that I would purchase the kit from this quarter and play around with it. Have you seen the kits? I hadn't. If you are interested you can check out this post
where Catherine Pooler showcases just about all of the products that were in the kit this quarter.
For tonight's card, I used the Geo Builders shapes for the bottom of my card and the sentiment from Enchanted Garden (both of these sets will be available for separate purchase later in summer).
The little butterfly also comes with the kit. He was the trickiest part of the card to create. I die cut him with Very Vanilla cardstock and then colored him with Copic Markers using the color closest to Soft Suede. Once I had colored him, I covered him with Versamark and then sprinkled Bronze Perfect Pearls all over him. I let that dry and did it again. This gave my butterfly a wonderful Bronze metallic effect.
Here's my card:
I hope you will check out both As You See It and RetroSketches and play along with their challenges this week.
On a personal note:
Well, I can honestly say it was fun being in my craft room and playing with some new - and not my usual style - of stamps. I had fun trying to create my usual CAS cards with some stamps that are not what I naturally gravitate to. I'll have some more examples using the SOA kit this week to share with you this week.
In addition to spending time in my craft room, we got to watch Georgina wake up from winter and go about her spring cleaning routine. She really is very particular and makes a great neighbor.
She's very skittish and runs into one of the openings in her burrow the minute I go out onto the deck, so I had to take this photo through the deck door! You can also see that we have green grass appearing, too!
I'll be back with another card tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe: - most products from the Beautiful World Collection - Stamp of Approva.
- Card stock: Recollections 110# Vanilla
- Stamps: Geo Builders (Stamp of Approval). Enchanted Garden (SugarPea Designs) - also Stamp of Approval
- Butterfly: Casual Fridays - Stamp of Approval
- Inks: Soft Suede, Soft Sky