Monday, January 23, 2012

Card for Market Street Paint the Town Color and Skipping Stones Design Challenges

We had a crazy busy weekend that involved a lot of running around, and not a whole lot of sleep. Add to that the fact that Ellie's been a bit of a pill lately. I'm pretty sure she's going through a growth spurt, which tends to just make her ornery and not that much fun to be around if you aren't doing things her way. Anyway, imagine my delight to find that the federal government had a delayed start this morning. I really needed a little quiet crafty time at home, so I dropped the girls off a little late, and headed home to work on some cards.

Here is the first one. The stamps are from the Faith in You set from Market Street Stamps which I was lucky enough to win last month. It's a great little set with some very sweet sentiments.

This was a bit of a technique card for me, i.e., I got to try some new things:

1) To create the top portion of the card, I cut a piece of white cardstock 2" wide, and then the patterned papers and Vineyard Berry cardstock at 2 1/2". Then I cut those 2 1/2" strips into smaller strips at random widths. I adhered those to the 2" piece and then trimmed the whole thing to 2". It's a little easier to do it this way since you don't have to worry about lining up the top and bottom edges of the little strips you are adding....just need to get that one edge butted up to the piece next to it.

2) Basketweave paper ribbon. I wanted to try Teri Anderson's basketweave technique seen here , which involves running your cardstock through a paper crimper twice. You run it through once, turn 90 degrees and send it through again. I sponged a little bit of ink over the entire piece to give it some more depth. I created a little bow as well, and used my brand spanking new Tiny Attacher (I think we are going to become good friends) to secure the bow.

For the bottom of the card, I accented the edges by swiping my stamp pad directly on the paper. The sentiment came out a bit faint for my liking, so it's double stamped.

All in all a fun way to spend some found time this morning. Hope your weeks are off to a creative start, and Happy Chinese New Year!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock/Paper: CTMH - Mayberry Level 2 Paper Packet, Believe Level 2 Paper Packet, Vineyard Berry, Creme Brulee, and White Daisy cardstock
Ink: CTMH - Garnet, Heavenly Blue, Creme Brulee, Smoothie
Stamps: Market street Stamps - Faith in You
Other: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; CTMH - Liquid Glass, Dimensional Foam Tape; Creative Memories - Circle Punch


  1. Very Pretty! Love all the techniques you incorporated into your card! Thanks for joining us for the Skipping Stone sketch challenge!

  2. This is so pretty! I love the colors! Thanks for playing along with us over at SSD!

  3. Super cute card! I love the different papers you used! Good luck with the Market Street Stamps' Paint the Town Challenge!

  4. That paper bow is such a fun touch! Thanks for joining us this week at Skipping Stones Designs!