We're finally back from a whirlwind trip to visit all our kids and grandkids (one set on the east coast, one on the west), two cousins (one for me, one for my darling husband), one great aunt (husband's), and several couples whom we've not seen in quite some time. Whew!!!
Of course, with all the wonderful hospitality we were offered throughout our trip, there will be Thank You cards to be sent. And, when you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, the cards must always be handmade. Now that's not a chore – it's fun to get into my Craft Room and start playing around with paper and ink and ribbons and whatever else happens to catch my fancy on any particular day.
Today, though, is also a Divas Coffee Break Design Team color challenge, so this first Thank You note was definitely going to be different from anything else I've ever made. The color challenge included one brand new color (Concord Crush), one color that's kind of new, though not this year (Tangerine Tango), and one that's been around for awhile (Old Olive). This is how it was presented to the design team:
These colors really aren't too bad when it comes to colors I probably wouldn't have ever put together myself. I especially liked having one of the colors – Tangerine Tango – be light enough on which to write a note. So that became the color for the card base. After that, I went looking in the closet to which I have banished all non-holiday stamp sets and came up with Eastern Blooms, and everything else fell nicely into place.
This is a fairly quick layered card to make, as you can see in the sketch, below. I added some interest by punching out one of the small flowers from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and adding the flowers and some Old Olive Brads to the center of three of the flowers that I stamped using the Eastern Blooms Stamp Set. Before I attached the small matted strip to the large piece of Concord Crush, I stamped the sentiment from the Heard from the Heart Stamp Set using Versamark and then embossing using White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I punched the bottom edge of the Concord Crush layer with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, and texturized the front of the Tangerine Tango card using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. The final touch was some Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon.
OK – I'm still a bit jet-lagged. But I'll be back later in the week and show off some more new projects, some of which will be from the class I'm holding tomorrow. Hmmmm. Hope I'm not too jet-lagged for that!!
Oh, and here's the sketch for today's card. Have fun with it!