September 9, 2010

Practicing Creativity sketch challenge

Oh my, we're almost to the end of another week! Thankfully we're enjoying cooler temps today and there is a wonderful fall breeze. {sigh} I'm looking forward to more days like these.

I have two cards to share tonight for a special challenge over at the Practicing Creativity blog. Courtney and her talented design team just celebrated a new release, and each DT member provided a sketch to try. You only need to pick one to play, but I am working on a set of cards for a friend and decided to use these sketches as my inspiration. I'll share the first two today, and hopefully I will be able to post the other two tomorrow.

I don't have any Practicing Creativity stamps yet, but I just ordered one of the new sets, Fall Fest, so I'll be sure to share my thoughts (and creations) as soon as it arrives!

Here is Dana's sketch, which I used for my first card.

I picked up the Bissette stack from SEI specifically for making a set of cards because I love the patterns and colors (Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, and Dark Chocolate). Gorgeous, I tell you!

For this card, I layered a block of patterned paper on Spring Moss cardstock and placed it on a Dark Chocolate card base. The sentiment panel is white cardstock stamped first with text in aqua, then small medallions in green, then the sentiment in brown. I stitched a ruffled Aqua Mist ribbon behind the panel and added a punched border to the bottom.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, white)
Patterned paper: SEI (Bissette stack)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style), WPlus9 Designs (Mehndi Medallions), unknown sentiment
Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Clearsnap (Lettuce, Seaglass), Ranger (Antique Linen)
Tools: Martha Stewart crafts (border punch), EK Success (corner rounder)
Accessories: Papertrey Ink (ribbon), Michaels (pearls), thread

The second card uses another patterned paper from the Bissette stack and the same color combo.

Here is the sketch from Courtney:

This time I used Aqua Mist cardstock de-bossed with the Linen & Canvas impression plate. The circle is white cardstock stamped with the text in green, a large medallion in aqua, and the sentiment in brown. I gave the edges a bit of Antique Linen distress ink, as well.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, white)
Patterned paper: SEI (Bissette stack)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style), WPlus9 Designs (Mehndi Medallions), Fiskars (All Year Greetings)
Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Clearsnap (Lettuce, Seaglass), Ranger (Antique Linen)
Tools: Spellbinders (circle, scallop circle dies), Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate), EK Success (corner rounder)
Accessories: Michaels (ribbon, pearls), thread

I can't wait to play more with these papers and sketches! I always find it easier to make a set of cards if I have a stack of coordinating papers in patterns that I really like. That way all I have to do is add some cardstock, a bit of ribbon, and a sentiment and let the patterned paper take center stage.

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight! Have a happy Friday!


Courtney Baker said...

Wow girl! These are GORGEOUS! Thanks for playing along with our little sketch challenge!

Jen Carter said...

These are FABULOUS!! Love the color combo you chose! The way you did the ribbon in the first card is so cool and I just love, love the 2nd card so much!!

Marisa said...

Oooh, yummy colours and cards :)

Laurie said...

Both FANTASTIC cards! Love the ribbon on the first! Love the colors on the second! Boy are they both gorgeous!

Karen B. said...

Holy cats, these are amazing. Love the color choices, how soft everything feels. Can't wait to see the other two, hope you have time!

Niki Estes said...

Just gorgeous! I love everything about both of these cards!

Laurel said...


Jean Martin said...

These are gorgeous Christina! NOW I really have to get those medallions stamps!!! AND that edge punch!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful cards! I love the way you layered the medallion images and sentiments on top of the text backgrounds! And your color combos are so pretty!

Unknown said...

Both of your cards are beautiful!! Love the colors, texture, and layers... so pretty.

Dana said...

These are both incredibly gorgeous Christina! wow. Such elegance and subtlety together. You rock.

Dana said...

CONGRATS GIRL!!!!! Did you see the news on Courtney's blog? WOO HOO!

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