Monday 20 April 2015

Sketch #32

Good afternoon and welcome. 
It's time for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations. Here is my card -

and here is the sketch -

I had quite a few ideas for this challenge but eventually went for a card influenced by the challenge over at Fusion and a card made by my teamie from ATSM, Sarah. It was the colours in the photo that caught my eye with the cerise silvery mirror and blue. I must admit I added a few other colours for the flowers but the central panel and stenciled background are definitely cerise!
I started off by inking the Shutters stencil from ARTplorations with Picked Raspberry then I turned to the flower element. I used Eclectic florals to stamp using DIs and then softened the edges with a paintbrush and some water, dragging the colour into the petals. When dry I fussy cut them and shaped them using an embossing tool and some foam. I die cut the swirl of green using a Marianne die and stamped two butterflies in blue using the Trendy Butterflies set. The sunshine and warmer weather has brought out a whole range of butterflies around here so I had to include some!
For the central panel I used a polaroid frame like Sarah's card instead of a circular aperture I was going to use. I inked the central panel with the same Picked Raspberry then did some water stamping with some more of the butterfly set to give it some depth and embossed the greeting from the new Noteworthy set in silver.
I inked up the edges of a slightly larger panel in Picked Raspberry to mount the top panel on, it does help if you haven't got matching cardstock, then onto a white base card.

Don't forget you can use stamps by other companies in projects that you enter to our challenges but we ask that you please not use our challenges for the sole purpose of promoting another stamp company if you are a design team member of that company. If you have our stamps and/or stencils in your stash, we'd be tickled if you use them!

As usual Shery is offering the following prizes:-
(voted by the design team)
prize: 2 stamp sets (3" by 5") if you use STAMPlorations stamps, 1 stamp set if you don't
+ guest designer spot in a Sketch Challenge
Top picks
prize: 3 digi stamps 
+ the option to be a guest designer too in a Sketch Challenge if you will use  STAMPlorations digi stamp (to be provided )OR if you already have STAMPlorations clear stamps
All winners and top picks will receive a personalized guest designer badge that they can display on their blogs, as well as a STAMPlorations guest designer watermark.
Frequent Players Spotlight. Play in all 3 challenges for the month for entries to the random draw. Prize is always going to be a stamp and stencil pack valued at $10.

So no excuses to have a go and join us.
Pop over to the DT's blogs for more inspiration and info on their designs and check out our fab GDs.

Suchi GD
Robyn GD
 Coni  GD
Becca DT
Shery DT
Tenia DT
Wei Wei DT

I would like to join in the fun at -

As you like it Challenge - Alcohol markers or Distress Inks
DIs are great if you want a softer effect for your image, I use them especially for flowers.

Thanks for calling around, see you back soon. :)


  1. Vibrant spring colors! Cute card Julie! :)

  2. What a wonderful spring design Julie.

    Hugs diane

  3. This is so pretty Jules and you have amalgamated the challenges brilliantly, including visiting us at AYLI!! Good Luck!! xx

  4. I gotta invest in an embossing tool! Those stamped flowers look stunning the way you shaped them, Julie! I just love the softness of this card...the watermark butterflies in the polaroid panel give your card a dreamy feel! Beautiful, beautiful card!!

  5. Gorgeous flower spray clustered around the background swirl, love the colours. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  6. Just so pretty! Great colored flowers - Thanks for joining in at AAA!

  7. Beautiful blooms, Julie! Love the pop of blue on the butterflies!

  8. Gorgeous card, Jules. I love your flowers and take on the sketch! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  9. Such a beautiful card, Jules! Love the embossed sentiment and the pretty flowers! hugs, de

  10. Oh do I ever love these colors - so very pretty!!
    Sandy xx

  11. Beautiful flowers and card, love what you have created here with your inks. Thanks for sharing over on AYLI. Carol xx

  12. This is so beautiful Jules! Love the stenciled background and the waterstamping on your polaroid panel --- so cool! And your spray of flowers is gorgeous. xx

  13. Wow Julie
    I love the colorfull of flower on your card
    really great idea to change the circle to be rectangle
    lovely arrangement of that adorable flower on your card
    that blue butterfly I LOVE IT MUCH the colors..
    Julie I still have my bday linky party if you maybe like to join in (I would be soo soo glad) is the link to make you easy to find..

  14. I just join also the sketch #31 at Stamplorations hope you like to visiting my card as DT :) hugs , Monika


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