Right on the heels of the PTI Stamp-a-faire 2013 comes the monthly blog hop and since I had to wait for the challenges to start yesterday, I decided to get the blog hop card done! This month Nicole presented us with an array of colour schemes and sketches to chose from and I must say I like all of them.
I went with the Blueberry Summer Smoothie sketch and colour combo. Since my PTI inks are still in transit, I had to use whatever colours I had that resembled the PTI one. But I think it worked and I really like the combination of colours and the very simple sketch.
The idea might have been for the cards to come together quickly but I spent a good deal of time making sure everything was straight and that I liked the end result. And I must say I am really happy with the way this card came together.
I used Mini Blooms for the flowers and since the coordinating dies are also in transit, I had to cut the flowers by hand. It took some extra time and I look forward to having the dies so I can create without having to hand cut as well. For the circle I used a Nestability die and simple drew along the inside of the die; I like that that created a circle that didn’t have a uniform thickness all the way around.
Coating die-cuts and other embellishments in glitter is a long time favorite for me so this last of the SAF-challenges was right up my ally. I wanted to make my own version of this gorgeous card so I stamped the Mini Blooms (there they were again) and added glitter to the die-cut word.
I just love the way the word looks with all the glitter on it! I think I’ll have to look into the Christmas versions of word dies from PTI… The word “noel” all covered in glitter would be perfect for Christmas cards.
The Sprinkle of Salt challenge really challenged me! But it was so much fun even if I wasn’t completely sold on all the projects I made. The 2nd paper I made came out great even if the effect of the salt is almost understated – it is there but it doesn’t jump right out at you. I like how moving the salt around ended up with me having blue splotches on the light green portion of the paper.
When it came to putting a card together I really like the way Dawn McVey had embellished her card and I therefore used it as the inspiration for my own card. Again, I used Mini Blooms (and once more I really missed having the dies), cut some leaves and embellished with white bling.
The finished card really turned out much better than I had anticipated! And as I wrote earlier: this was a really fun and challenging technique that I just might revisit at some point – and maybe try to perfect a little more.