I hope as you are reading this post you are having a fantastic day. I am sharing a few cards today that were given to me as a challenge. I hope they tickle your creativity funny bone and get you inspired to create today. Let’s dive right in.
This first card was pretty different from what I would normally do and I think that is great as it makes me step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I was challenged to use orange, yellow, and pink as colors for a card as well as geometric shapes with a birthday greeting. I used the Swirly Shapes stamp set and stamped various shapes in the colors I needed. I then cleaned and dried each shape, flipped the stamp over on my block and stamped again using the back side of the image. This created a different look. I encourage you to give this a try. Sometimes you can create a two-step image simple by using both sides of the stamp.
The second card I was asked to create was one that has a fun fold. I decided to use one of my favorite card sketches. The card is a tri-fold with the inside flap covered with the Ornate Garden DSP. I used two card bases to create this card. The front flap was trimmed off about 3/4″ so the DSP would show. The second card base has about 1/8 cut off so it will nest well into the first card base and close properly. The card sketch is one from a couple of years ago that I saw on a Concord & 9 post. I have made it several times since then. I just love it.
The flowers are from the Ornate Style stamp set. I lightly traced a circle onto the card front. I stamped the flowers in black ink and allowed them to dry for a minute or two. I also stamped several flowers on a scrap of Whisper White card stock. I colored everything in with my Stampin’ Write makers and a blender pen. I then trimmed out the extra flowers and adhered them to the card front with dimensionals. The greeting is from the Many Mates stamp set and embossed in white onto Old Olive card stock.
The final card challenge was to create a card using some of the new In-Colors for this year. I used the card sketch I found in the current catalog for this stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers. The publications are a great resources for sketch ideas and much more. I often start there and bounce ideas from there. This card was pretty quick to put together. I used four of the five new colors, showing how they go well together.
I die cut the bases for the sunflower and leaves from the In-Color pattern paper and the “detail” die cuts from the matching cardstock. The middle of the sunflower is die cut from Early Espresso and the lighter brown is the detail sunflower die cut from the Cinnamon Cider card stock and then I just trimmed off the petals. I love the contrast between the flower and the Misty Moonlight.
The large scalloped rectangle was die cut from the Stitched So Sweetly die set and is the largest rectangle from that set. The greeting is included in the Celebrate Sunflower stamp set and was just stamped in Early Espresso on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.
Hope this sparks some ideas for ya!
Our challenge for last week was to create a project with product(s) you have acquired in the last three months. These cards turned out so beautiful. Great job Michele, Jacque, and Linda!
Supplies used in my challenge cards