Good Morning and Happy May!  It is Saturday and time for the first Challenge at Create with Connie & Mary!

I hope you enjoyed the preview week projects – I know I did.   To see the winners of the FREE passes please visit the Create with Connie & Mary site.  Congratulations to all the winners – I’m so glad you are joining us!

This week our challenge is a sketch challenge.  The featured items this week are from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog  – Elements of Style stamp set, Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Mostly Vintage Stencil and the Rough Type Alphabet stamp set.  My choice was to use the Elements of Style stamp set.  I actually made two different cards for this challenge using the same stamp set and same colors.  One follows the shapes of the sketch and the other is a different interpretation without the rectangular shapes – it is what I call a loose interpretation – I’ll show you both versions – and you can see if you see the sketch in the second one.

For the first card I started with a Garden Green card base.  I added a Sahara Sand rectangle down the right side – stamped with Garden Green and sponged the edges with Sahara Sand.  There is a Ruby Red scalloped trim on the right edge.  The focal point is actually a 3×3 square – so you could use that portion of this card as a 3×3 card if you needed it.  The roses are stamped in Black StazOn ink and water colored.  The Hummingbird is inked with Stampin’ Write Markers and then cut out and popped up.

The greeting is inside a piece of the Hodge Podge Very Vanilla hardware.  I colored my hardware Ruby Red so it would match my card and stand out more than the vanilla color.

This is how I colored my hardware – first I covered the hardware with Ruby Red Craft Ink.  Then I covered the ink with Clear Embossing Powder.  Use a heat tool and heat the embossing powder just until it melts.  I hold my hardware with a pair of craft tweezers – it will get hot and the heat tool is hot and you don’t want to burn your fingers.  Don’t overheat because the vanilla finish underneath can burn if it gets to hot and it turns rusty colored.

Here is a full list of Stampin’ Up! supplies for this card:

  • Elements of Style stamp set
  • card stock: Garden Green, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • ink: Garden Green Classic and Stampin’ Write marker, Ruby Red Classic and Craft and Stampin’ Write marker, Black StazOn, Sahara Sand Classic and Stampin’ Write Marker, Black Journaler
  • Vanilla Hodge Podge Hardware
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Aqua Painter
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

And here is my other card – most of the supplies are the same as the first card with the following differences.  The roses are stamped on Watercolor paper twice – one full piece is layered on the front of my card and the second set I cut out the larger flowers and mounted them with Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the matching flowers for a 3-d effect.  The roses represent the vertical rectangle in the sketch.  I stamped the hummingbird and cut it out – it represents the horizontal rectangle in the sketch.  The hardware is the same.  Can you see the sketch in this card?Check out what the rest of the Create team did with this challenge:




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Thanks for stopping by today!  Happy Stampin’!