So how about a sketch challenge? Create any card you want to using the sketch below and link me up in the comments of this post (or email me with a photo of your card) by 10PM mountain time on Friday, August 31. I will announce two random winners on Saturday, September 1. The first prize is a Marvy Super Jumbo Scallop Square Punch and the second prize is a Marvy Extra Jumbo Scallop Rectangle Punch. (These have both been removed from their packaging, but have never been used.) You may enter as many cards as you like, but can only win one prize. To be eligible to win, you must have a shipping address in the US or Canada.
So what do you think of the sketch? I really like it, but my sample card is lacking some serious mojo. I've been feeling a bit under the weather and it's kind of wreaking havoc with my creativity. :(
The tree and snowflakes are from a new clear set I just got from Impression Obsession (I got it at my LSS, but I can't find the set on the Impression Obsession website to show you. It's brand new and designed by Leigh Hannan). This tree just called out my name, and who can resist a talking stamp? I stamped the tree in Black Stazon on a light blue paper from the Periphery BasicGrey line and then colored with Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke markers. Next I used my Stamp-A-Majig to stamp the tree again with VersaMark and emboss with Irridescent Ice. Next I stamped the snowflake with VersaMark randomly around the edges and embossed with Irridescent Ice.
Next up, I sewed! Holy moley, can you believe it? My mom has always been an excellent seamstress and when I was growing up she tried to teach me how to sew. There was only one rule... I wasn't allowed to sew with fabric and thread until I could sew a straight line on a piece of paper. I spent many many summer days with scrap paper my mom had drawn lines on and an old clunker sewing machine to no avail! As you can see by my not so straight lines, I never did graduate to fabric and thus never learned how to sew! I even messed this card up. I didn't know how to end the stitching without going past the edge (which I didn't want to do) so I just stopped the machine and cut the thread. Wouldn't suggest this, as the thread then starts unraveling!!! Oh well, I'm a creative gal, a metal WeRMemory Keepers photo corner glued down with a little Diamond Glaze covered up my booboo until I fessed up to y'all.
Next I layered this piece onto the dark green paper from the Periphery pad and used my spiral notebook punch down the side. I then tied Celery grosgrain ribbon across the panels every third hole. The red piece is some Paper Accents Pearlized Garnet paper that I stamped with Versamark snowflakes and embossed with Irridescent Ice. For the sentiment, I stamped the snowflake in Certainly Celery (stamped off once on scratch paper to soften the color) and then overstamped in Always Artichoke with the Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbons sentiment. I then punched it out with the Extra Jumbo Scallop Circle Punch, sponged with Artichoke ink and added an accent to each scallop with a White Glaze Pen. There you have it. I made a booboo that I had to cover up with the sentiment, so the placement isn't exactly where I normally would have placed it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
Have a great weekend, peeps! I can't wait to see what you create with my sketch.