Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF 2015: Patterns Challenge, Less is More Challenge-Sprays/Mists and CAS on Sunday-Splash! Challenge

It is Sunday here in blog land. It was a long week, with the start of school and me going back to work. I also got some bad news but I am hoping that there will be a better outcome this week.

Today I had time to play with Papertrey Ink's "Project Stamp-a-faire" at Nichole Heady's blog. It was a day long affair of fun challenges that were played off of the show Project Runway. I did not participate all that much but had fun glancing at the blog and browsing the forum as everyone was playing along.

I did manage to create a card for the "Patterns Challenge," though. It was to choose one of the designers "patterns" (sketches) and create a card. I chose to use Dawn McVey's pattern for my card below.

Here is Dawn's pattern:

The first thing I did was die cut and stamp the three flowers and the leaves from Papertrey's "Friendly Flowers" set. I used Hawaiian Shores to stamp the flowers and a mixture of New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores and some water for the leaves.

While the flowers and leaves were drying, I created the background. First I stamped dots with the bottom of a pencil with New Leaf and Hawaiian Shores ink. I then used a tiny stamp from the "Friendly Flowers" set to stamp some tiny dots in Tropical Teal ink. The background still looked blah so I decided to use "Picket Fence" Distress Spray and "Teal" Color Shine Mist onto the background as well.

When that was dry, I die cut the bottom of the edge with Papertrey's "Edgers #3" die. I trimmed the top as well and adhered it to a Tropical Teal A2 top folding card. I then stamped the sentiment in Smokey Shadow ink.

Next I adhered the leaves and then the flowers. Two of the flowers I used foam adhesive to give them a little bit of dimension. I decided the flowers needed something more. I adhered teal sequins, as well as Pretty Pink Posh "Sparkling Clear"sequins over the teal and topped them off with some Diamond Stickles to create the flower centers.

My finishing touch was to add three tiny Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins around the flowers.

Things I learned making this card:

  • I enjoy using sketches or patterns for my cards. It lets me use the colors I want, as well as stamp sets of my choosing.
  • I had a difficult time using this stamp set, even with my MISTI. For some reason, I could not stamp these darn flowers straight!! I cannot tell you how many I wound up throwing out. 
  • I think that next time I use these stamps I might use watercolor paper. I think that it will have a better effect when I mix the ink with water. 
I thought I would share a few photos from Charlotte's first day of Sophomore year. She fought me on these. Notice the socks? She refused to put on shoes until right before we left!!

I am also entering this into:

That is all for today. I hope you all have a great day!!

Teal Sequins


Diane Jaquay said...

Nora, love this beautiful card, the fabulous background you created is fabulous!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, I love how you translated the dots into imperfect splatters! Beautiful card!

Happy Dance said...

Such a sweet card, Nora. Love those blues and greens together. Yeah...even with MISTI, some things are still hard to line up, but your flowers look fine to me. And kids are funny, aren't they?! Someday she'll wonder why YOU didn't make her put shoes! She's gorgeous, btw. Bev

Kim S said...

Lovely card! I love the colors - and the splatters!

Lovely girl!! (Even the socks!)

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, your card is so pretty! And what a lovely daughter you have!

Anita in France said...

What a fabulous card, Nora ... love the background you created with the dots and splatters ... and those blooms (which look fab to me!) are gorgeous nested into the corner with the sequins! Super photo's ... your daughter is lovely! Anita :)

Kim Heggins said...

Sweet photos, just love them! And your card too, so sweet and so feminine and I love all those wonderful flowers. Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Nora, what a gorgeous card, and I just love these colors! I love the background you've created and love how you've used the distress spray and color shine mist. Must be even prettier IRL. And I love the take on the sketch with these beautiful papers! Stunning card! Not sure whether you are on SCS, but there's a great video that Iliana did on how to line up stamps with matching dies. There's a whole listing of videos and lots of other resources including templates, etc. I also have a Pinterest board for the MISTI. But here's a link to the YouTube that Iliana did. Hope it helps. But truly, your card is gorgeous! And your daughter is so adorable and pretty, and I love her socks!! Hugs!

Taunya Butler said...

Oh, boy!!! I am so impressed and just so totally delighted with the awesome beauty of this card - you have done such an incredible job with that sketch!! Loved seeing pics of your cute daughter!! I hope things are going well for you!! I am always impressed when you post a card - ALWAYS AWESOME!!!