Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cards and Things Challenges

Good Morning Friends!

I was surprised and honored when a stamper I admire, asked me to be the guest designer for her Cards and Things challenges for the month of August. Krista Driessen is one talented lady from the Netherlands. She has a challenge blog called Cards and Things.

I have to admit, when I saw this week's color challenge, I felt REALLY challenged! :) I'm pretty happy with the result of my card. The color challenge is not quite navy, rose red, crumb cake and bashful blue.... All on ONE CARD! Here is what I came up with. I showed the 4 markers together in the picture, because that's how I started in my creative process. I stamped my cupcake on watercolor paper using stazon black, and then began to watercolor, using an aqua painter I layered bashful blue on top of rose red cardstock and ran them both through the big shot at the same time. I find on designs that have a lot of detail, sometimes my cardstock shrinks, then it looks like my cardstock is not cut right. By running both layers at once, you can avoid all of that. :D

So ~ then I pulled out my kraft colored ribbon. I know that it's retired, but I purchased 3 rolls when I knew it was going out. I love the taffeta ribbon in kraft/crumb cake. It's so darn pretty. Finally, I took a 1/2" scrap of vanilla cardstock and stamped my sentiment. I trimmed the edges by hand to make my faux tag and stuck it under the ribbon with some glue dots.

Finally I added some smooch top coat in gold and clear illuminate top coat to add some bling. I'm not sure if the photo does it justice here, but it's a cool accent ink ~ not really meant for coloring images in.. It's only meant to add a dash off color to accentuate the positive. :)

This one is pretty simple, but there were a lot of colors for me, so I kept the layout pretty clean. Let me know what you think and please pop over to the cards and things blog and let them know I sent you!


Basslady said...

this is so adorable!

love the texture and the muffin...i am a great fan of muffin-images...

xoxo silvi (germany)