As I mentioned earlier, I'm going to be one of the Senior Designers in the Create With Connie and Mary Holiday Edition program. So I'm hard at work on the projects that I'll be doing for the program. That means that, at least for the next 4 weeks, all that will be out on the Craft Room work tables will be Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog products.
My first project for the program will be my preview project, which I'll be featuring right here on Monday, September 12th. So, when I found an online greeting card sketch challenge in which I wanted to participate yesterday, I selected one of the stamps that I'll be using in that preview project (it was out on the table!). Believe me, this card is nothing like the Create With Connie and Mary preview project! That definitely will not be a greeting card. But you will see this stamp, and ALL the stamps from this set, Gift Givers, in the project.
Isn't that Designer Series Paper luscious?! I just love that Pool Party, one of Stampin' Up!'s 2011-2013 In Colors, is part of the paper set, Spice Cake. (Yum, spice cake – may have to make some this weekend! But I digress….) I also love this 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon – I find it so easy to tie a bow with it because loops and ends don't slip out of the way and the bow is almost painless. The card stock elements are More Mustard, and Soft Suede, both of which, along with Pool Party, are colors in the Designer Series Paper.
Mr. Turkey is stamped on Very Vanilla card stock, which makes the colors that I used to color him in look a bit different than if they were on Whisper White card stock. So I added in some Peach Parfait and Daffodil Delight for the leaves and tail feathers. I punched the stamped image with the Curly Label Punch, and matted it with some Pool Party card stock cut with the Curly Label Sizzix Die from the Movers and Shapers set. EVERY STAMP in the set, Gift Givers, is made to go with one of Stampin' Up!'s punches. On the other hand, those stamps don't HAVE to be used with punches. That's what I'm going to show off in my Create With Connie and Mary Preview Project.
Next time I make a card with this layout (and I will be as part of my Fall 2011 Card Layout eBook!) I plan to texturize the card stock elements to give the card a little more pizzazz. But I was being timed on this challenge and didn't have time to go back and redo any of the pieces.
You know, even when I'm making a card on a deadline (or a project – I definitely have a deadline for the Create with Connie and Mary projects!), I really do have fun coming up with ideas of colors and embellishments to use. When you use today's sketch, imagine that you have a deadline to meet and just go have fun with whatever's out in your crafting area. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you end up making!