Saturday, April 26, 2008

Challenged Again

While blog surfing (blurfing??) today, I came across another challenge on Erin's fun Inky Smiles blog. Although I've never met Erin, she's a former CTMH consultant who seems to me to have a heart as big as her smile. Her challenge included, not only a sketch, but criteria to go with it. While I don't know how well I did with either, I had fun trying.

The "rules" include using patterned paper, a horizontal element or two, only two stamps (a sentiment and another), dimensional Pop-Dots or anything that adds dimension, and something sparkly. The first challenge was using only two stamps. Every focal point image I could think of at first involved using more than one stamp, and every single stamp I could think of wasn't one suitable for sparkle.Then I remembered "The Gals." I had been thinking previously that it would be fun to add a little glitter to their attire. I had my two stamps figured out. With regard to horizontal elements, I laid the stripes of the patterned paper from the retired Stylin' paper packet horizontally, killing two birds with one stone. The photo turn, which is holding the gate-fold card closed, is horizontal, too. With regard to dimension, the focal point image and sentiment are mounted with my favorite 3M foam mounting tape, the sentiment is on a round Dimensional Accent, and for a little extra dimension, I ran my Hollyhock cardstock through the Cuttlebug. I think I met the criteria. I did end up changing the sketch a bit, as a horizontal sentiment didn't work. Like I said, it was fun giving it a whirl.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Hollyhock, Baby Pink and Black cardstock; Retired Stylin' paper packet; Black, Hollyhock, and Baby Pink ink pads; Autumn Terracotta, Holiday Red, Kiwi, Topiary, Barn Red, Grey Wool, Desert Sand, Hollyhock, and Tombow Flesh markers; Emerson Quillin "The Gals" stamp and Impression Obsession Anytime Sentiments set; Black photo turn and mini eyelet; Round Dimensional Element; My Legacy Writer; Sakura Quickie Glue pen; Prisma Glitter; Cuttlebug w/D'vine Swirl embossing folder; Sponge dauber; 3M foam mounting tape.

This post is long enough without my adding any jabber to it. Besides, I ate so much for dinner that I need to go lay down. Overeating is not generally something I do. Now I know why . . . Thanks for stopping by. I had a good day and hope you did, too.


The Cute & Adorable, Yet Ever So Humble, mE said...


I love this card and I MUST HAVE THAT Stamp set!!!! It totally reminds me of my friends, Martini & Merlot (Terri & Susan)... in a good way, of course!

I like your rounded horizontal element (sentiment), too!

Thanks for playing!


Jeanne said...

Love what you have done with the "gals!" I meant to do Erin's challenge, but well...someone else inspired me, too! LOL

Liane said...

Can we talk? I had to go to the website and pick up $60 worth of those cute stamps. Color me addicted! LOL