Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Artsy Fartsy

I love combining two of my favorite challenge blogs, Friday Mashup and Stampin' Celebration. The problem with challenges is I always have to move my blog post up so I can submit the card before the challenge closes. All the more pressure to keep creating further down the road so I have something for the blog. And... I am usually creating birthday cards with the challenges, so there's the risk of spoiling the surprise. The prices we pay to play along.

So here's the challenges for this week -

I used Studio Sketches. This art form probably has some name like Fresca or something, but I don't have any art background whatsoever. I had no idea what to use for a post title. The images in Studio Sketches remind me of the European table, and they have a vineyard or two over there, so it seemed like a good choice for a card for Hubby's side of the family.

I tried to recreate some white grapes with this solid, two-step stamp. I would have liked more gradiation, probably with a line stamp and watercoloring, but I think it works. I kept telling myself to not sponge, leave it clean. But then the sentiment tag didn't pop, so I inked the edges. Well, then I had already jumped into the pool. It highlights the stitching better anyway.

Stamps: Studio Sketches, Gorgeous Grapevine, Clearly For You; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP, Greenhouse Gala DSP; Ink: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, So Saffron; Accessories: Aquapainter, Sponge, Curly Label punch, Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon, Button, Linen thread, Sewing machine, Thread.

Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

Kim P said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't have this set...but now I might need it. All of your details are lovely...great job on the challenges!!

Candace Lawlor said...

This is absolutely amazing Heidi... you really hit this challenge out of the park. Thanks for playing along this week at the SCIC!

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Beautiful! Love that you created your own background paper--it works beautifully!

Yapha said...

What a gorgeous card! Your grapes are amazing -- it thought it was DSP!

Tanya Boser said...

I thought the grapes were DSP too and was trying to figure out which pack it came in, lol! And as a fellow addict to sponging and inking edges, I say just give in. It really works well ;)

Adriana Benitez said...

My goodness, that is so pretty! Love the combination of images you used. So elegant together.

Allison said...

Gorgeous! What great details. I love the combination of stamp sets. Thanks for playing along at Stampin' Celebration!

Belinda Keller said...

ooooh this is so pretty, I think it came out great. I have the same problem when making cards... I love adding color to the edges, it adds character. I say do what comes natural :) TFS.
Belinda
www.studiobeedesigns.blogspot.com

Cori said...

Whoa - this is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it!! Thanks for joining us at Stampin' Celebration!

Terry Blais said...

Your card is very pretty, Heidi. I love the stitching and the coloring. Very nice! Thanks for participating in our Friday Mashup!.

Shelley said...

Such a pretty card! Love how you created your own DSP with the grapes.

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Hey Girl... I love the card, it is Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at friday mashup and thanks for using the mashup banner on your post!

Hugs
Shirley

Mickey Roberts said...

Awesome card! So very pretty! I think your grapes are gorgeous!