Here it is another Tuesday and time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge on SUOChallenges.com. But this just isn't any old challenge week. Nope, it's a week when we on the SUO Challenge Design Team are congratulating one of our own – Michelle Laycock – on reaching her 10th Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
And, of course, we were to make a Card of Congratulations for the occasion! There are going to be lots of opportunities for needing Congratulations cards as the Spring progresses, so we challenge those who like to participate in challenges to make such a card and enter it in the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this week. What fun for all of us!
For my card today, I wanted to use bright and cheery colors. And I also wanted to try to use up some of the Designer Series Papers I have hoarded since the beginning of the current Stampin' Up! year because I'm going to have one less month to use them this year. Stampin' Up!s new annual Idea Book and Catalog is going to be starting on June 1st this year instead of July 1st! So the rush is on!! The paper that I ended up choosing for this was the Hostess set of Designer Series Papers, Cheerful Treats. The colors that I used to highlight the Designer Series Papers are Melon Mambo (the bright pink), Concord Crush (the gorgeous grape color – which will retire as an "In Color" with this catalog), and Lucky Limeade (the fab green, which will be staying with us for another year).
I used two stamp sets for this card. The strip on the top is from the set that coordinates with the Designer Series Paper and it's called Borderlines. There are three stamps in this set and each of them is replicated in one color or another on the Designer Series Paper. The Congratulations greeting is from the set called Curly Cute. Love all the curls in the five greetings in this set!
As is so often the case, I tied this card together with some ribbon, in this case some Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon. I'm almost out of the ribbon, but was really glad to have enough for Michelle's card! Oh, and there are some of those twinkly little Basic Rhinestones top and bottom, too. Gotta have some glitz for a Congratulations card!
I also (at long last) have a sketch for this card! I had to measure the heck out of those strips to make the design work as I had envisioned it when I first started. But I had a blast making this card for Michelle, and I hope you'll have fun with the sketch making a fun card for a friend or family member of yours! One thing you might note is that the ribbon covers the bottom of the square on the left and the top of the square on the right. You could certainly make those squares shorter if you wanted to use a different size ribbon.