Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Diva's Coffee House Design Team Challenge 101

I was recently asked if I would like to be on a design team for Heidi Michel's weekly challenges, and I humbly accepted. As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited that she would think of me! Here is a picture of our first challenge.

It just so happens that yesterday was my 8th wedding anniversary (10 years together) to my wonderful husband Brian, and I thought that I would like to make an anniversary card for him. Buzzing around online I saw some cards made with the sizzix top note die on Beate John's site, and I really couldnt get over how quick and pretty they are.
I started with some Bella rose DSP and cut a card base to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored it the long way at 5 1/2". I lined my paper edge up on the sizzix at the fold (so I wouldn't cut my card in two) and ran it through the sizzix machine. Next I used some red riding hood taffeta and tied it all up with a ribbon slide. I used crystal effects, mixed with reinker and dazzling diamonds on the ribbon slide to give it a little pizzaz.
I pulled out this adorable flower set, pretty peony, and stamped a two step image. For the first image (which has a larger ink coverage) I stamped off on a separate piece of card stock, then on my whisper white. I stamped the outline image full strength on top to create the outline. It's really wonderful how you can obtain different levels of the same color, by stamping off first. I didn't think I could fit one more thing on the front of this card, so I omitted the oval, rubbing a sentiment from chit chat, in it's place... Can you see the imaginary oval? I can, I guess that's all that matters.. LOL Right?
I always seem to have a difficult time photographing glitter. This is what my friend Robin has named "Selene's Glitter Edging Technique" Basically, I take a two way glue pen, get a little spot in the middle recessed, by pressing it on a piece of paper, then I "edge" the entire paper with the glue pen and stick it in the glitter. It really adds a TON of glitter, and I like that.
Finally, I added 3 brads following the sketch.
One thing I did notice, when using the top note die to make a card, I had a lot less workable space than a standard A2 card. I really felt that I had to cut too much off. It came out pretty and the DH was so excited I made him a card. Now, if i could just get him to make one for me! :) A girl can dream....
Check out the AMAZING creations of the other design team members by clicking on my sidebar links, normally. For today, since this is something totally new, here they are:

9 comments:

Heidi Michel said...

You are not gonna believe this but I ALMOST used the top note card for my design but I just couldnt get it to work with the stamp set I wanted to use!! How funny! Anywho, I love your card and I cannot wait to see your upcoming creations. As always they are beautious!!
Hugs
Heidi

Kristin said...

Oh this is gorgeous! I LOVE how you used the top note, and your glitter technique is awesome! I totally "saw" the imaginary oval- you aren't missing a thing without it. The rub-ons are perfect!

Dannie Graves said...

Your card is gorgeous! I'm not sure what you were worried about. I love the glittered edge on the cardstock too. Great job with the sketch.

Inked Dujour said...

Selene you did an awesome job on the card!! It is absolutely beautiful!

Julie

Connie said...

VERY clever use of the Top Note die for this sketch! Awesome job...

carolm said...

i'm all caught up again.

the invites, ornaments, cards, etc are gorgeous!!!

love the coffee house card!

xox ~ carol.

Luv 2 Cre8 With U said...

Beautiful card. I would never have thought to have used a shaped card for the main part. Great idea. I love this.

Lisa said...

Love it! I just got this as my free set for the recruiting contest too so I can't wait to copy your idea!

Dee Tollaksen said...

Love your design, just can't beat the dynamic duo of the BigShot and Dazzling Diamonds!