Wow, have I been busy this week! Not only have I just about completed my new 2011 Card Layout CD, I'm also on the verge of having a real eBook ready to publish on Amazon.com. I still have a couple days of work to finalize everything and proof both "books." But I'm almost there!
And there I was last night looking forward to a productive morning with my editing when I realized that I had a challenge to work on for my online group for Stampin' Up! demonstrators, SUDSOL. Like I had time to come up with a sketch and card on that short notice (my fault, not SUDSOL's for sure)! But I did what I'm encouraging you who buy my eBooks to do – I went looking for a sketch I'd done before and then quickly made up a card with the products that were out on my work table!
Getting ready for Thanksgiving, I'd been using a lot of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, Spice Cake. It's really grown on me as the fall season has developed. But today I used a winter figure to "spice" it up – one of the stamps in the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Gift Givers. That set has seven (7!) stamps in it all of which can be punched out with one of Stampin' Up!'s punches. This little lady, all wrapped up for the snow that some of you have seen lately, can be punched out with the smaller of the two Scallop Circle Punches. I stamped her on Very Vanilla Card Stock with Soft Suede Classic Ink, and then colored her in with More Mustard and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers. Voila! There are four of the colors in the Spice Cake papers!
One of the fun parts of this project are the two Spice Cake Designer Buttons on which the scallop circle punched element sits. I used Stampin' Up!'s 1-1/4" Circle Punch to punch out two pieces of the Spice Cake paper to glue into the centers of the buttons. A fun use for the buttons!
As I frequently do, I tied this card together with Stampin' Up! ribbon, in this case some More Mustard Scallop Dots 1/2" Ribbon. A fun way to finish this card off!
You may have seen this sketch before – I haven't had time to search my blog archives to see if I've ever used it. But even if I did, it bears repeating because it turned out to be so easy to use! The layers are the basic 5-1/2" w x 4-1/4" h card, folded at the top, with a bottom layer 5-3/8" w x 4-1/8" w and the top layer consisting of two pieces of 5-1/4" w x 2" h Designer Series Paper. I hope you have as much fun with it as I did!