July 22, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks--Cool Shades


My friends, it has been ages since I've played along with a challenge out there in blog-land.  Summer always throws me for a loop, with its lack of routine, kiddos underfoot, and days that are too hot to spend in my craft room.  But even more than that, I've just been in a little bit of a slump that I hope to break out of soon.

After two weeks away from home (and my stamps), I was definitely itching to spend some time putting ink to paper.  A glance at current challenges in my blog reader brought me to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, which is a color combo.  Just what I needed to get started.  :)





I interpreted the colors as Kraft, Pool Party, So Saffron, and Not Quite Navy.  Using images from Paper Smooches Reflections set, I stamped leaves along the side and bottom of a kraft card base, then gave it a little bit of texture with an impression plate.

I stamped another aqua branch onto a strip of kraft cardstock, added a sentiment, and scored two lines along the top before adhering it to the base.  I added the rest of the sentiment just below the strip.  

Finally, I stamped and fussy cut the flowers and popped them up with foam tape, then added a few clear gems.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Reflections, Sentiment Sampler)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Not Quite Navy, Pool Party, So Saffron)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate), Martha Stewart Crafts (scoring board)
Accessories:  Queen & Co. (rhinestones)

I hope you've had a great weekend!  I'm trying to ease my way back into life post-vacation, but the mountains of laundry will probably have to be addressed this week.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

23 comments:

Cassandra said...

Glad to see you back, even if you don't quite feel into it yet. With the Olympics coming up, not sure how much time I will spend with my stamps.

xiumaiyuki said...

I love how you chose to stamp on the Kraft card base. Those colors look awesome on Kraft.

There is something going around this time, isn't it?! My craft table is collecting more dust than anything else in the house. LOL....

Marisa said...

Love your card, Christina :) The color combo is fabulous and the touches of bling perfect. Welcome home :)

Maureen said...

oh, Christina! You've melted my heart with stamping on kraft! YUMMO!! And love how you've randomly placed the gems (although, you probably placed them very carefully). Welcome home and hope you can spend some more time in the studio :) Thanks for noticing our SAF pics!! Ah, good times! And I still love seeing your blog photo, knowing that Lynn and I are there too :) You better not change it EVER!! LOL Even in 20 years! LOL

Jenny said...

Oh wow... your card really caught my eye from the dashboard ! Love how the colours look on the Kraft :0)
Jenny x

The Paper Parade said...

Christina, you always know the perfect placement for stamps! I also love the embossed kraft strip added, it gives the card dimension, and I looove the sentiments ;)

Lynn said...

Welcome home my friend! Love the layout...and the touch of scoring!

Kara said...

gorgeous...love these colors stamped on kraft!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I'd say you found your mojo just where you left it, no dust at all.

Kara Lynne said...

Love the placement of your stamps and the way those colors look on the kraft! Such a beautiful card, Christina!

Suzanne D. said...

Welcome back, Christina! I hope you had a great time. I am in love with this card and I may CASE it! I love the kraft strip on kraft with the popped up flowers.

Tracey McNeely said...

Love you colour choices Christina! Gorgeous card.

Lisa said...

This is WONDERFUL Christina, love the soft colors on the kraft! Have a splendid day ;)

Aimes said...

Gorgeous stamping, Christina! I love the raised strip of Kraft - totally highlights the focal point to perfection!
Hugs!
x

Renee said...

Welcome back!! Hope a wonderful time with your family...but you were missed! :)
And what a gorgeous card...
the colors!
You made that kraft paper just come alive...
love it! :)

Andrea M said...

Hey there friend! Long time, no comment, I know. I've missed you!

This card is GORGEOUS!!! Absolutely beautiful!! I know what you mean, I can't remember when I played along with a challenge. Must get back up on that ol' horse soon… I hope!

Vickie Z said...

Hope your mom's doing well! Love the stamping on kraft and the bling is perfect! Glad you're back home safely and getting a chance to stamp!

Kelly Griglione said...

Love your design, the sentiment strip with the corresponding flower stamp, and how you have the three happy yellow flowers arranged. Really pretty card!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty Christina. Love the Kraft base with the pretty images.

Virginia L. said...

Beautiful job you did, Christiana! Love the kraft background and how you layered the images! The scored lines are divine!

Sharron said...

Welcome home! Your card is just stunning! Fabulous design--you always place everything so perfectly! Those colors on kraft are gorgeous and I love the embossed strip of kraft!

JJ Bolton said...

You know when I think of Paper Smooches, I usually think funny and cute! But Kim has so many great graphic images that are wonderful background builders! As is perfectly demonstrated by your card:) I love how you stamped it on kraft! Just beautiful!

Bethany said...

wow...this is one super gorgeous card! I love the colors and the beautiful design! Have a great weekend!

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