Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beauty is God's handwriting

I must admit, I messed up! I made this card for today's Diva Coffee Break Designs challenge... then realized (too late) that I used entirely the wrong colors. This must have been another color challenge I saw somewhere else. The DCBD challenge for today is to use Pale Plum, Certainly Celery and Rich Razzleberry. I inadvertently used Pale Plum, Soft Suede and Perfect Plum. Oops!

Fortunately I made a card the other day (second one down) with these colors so that is why what you see here and what you see linked to the DCBD blog are two differently cards! Now you know.

Anyway, for this one I was using a sketch from this card. The stamp set is an old hostess set that I'd never mounted. I've always liked it, but had put it up on my top shelf and forgot all about it. The Soft Suede patterned paper is actually from the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper pack- did I ever mention that this pack of paper went missing for about 2 months? I found it tucked away with my scrapbook stuff. I swear I am fairly organized, but somehow things still manage to sneak away from me for a while. I guess the good news is that I do find almost everything eventually (except those two scoring blades and that one butterfly stamp).

The flowers have a dot of Crystal Effects in the center, and the butterfly has a hint of Pale Plum coloring done with the aquapainter and ink from the lid.

Stampin' Tips: (I've seen this feature a few other blogs and think it is very informative and helpful so I'll try to add this for your convenience, from time to time.)
  • Wondering how to free-hand cut out an image neatly? The key is using the right scissors. In fact, you should have one scissor for cutting ribbon, one for rubber and one for paper! SU's Paper Snips are amazing- they are tiny and very sharp- perfect for those little details. Also, be sure to hold the scissors in place and move only the paper you are cutting. One more thing, I try to leave a thin border of paper around what I am cutting- getting too close is more difficult. Practice makes perfect- don't be afraid!
  • Add dimension! Variation of dimension on a card is a way to go from nice to WOW! Use Stampin' Dimensionals to raise a layer, and Crystal Effects to add a bit of shine, even added texture with some embossing or crimping makes a big difference without added expense!
That's about it! Thanks for visiting me today! So why don't you try out this color challenge then upload to the Diva blog- heck, you might even be selected as our next Featured Stamper!

SUO Supplies
Stamps: God's Handwriting
Colors: Pale Plum Perfect Plum, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Scallop Trim punch, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon


  1. Wrong colors or not, its beautiful!

  2. Hi Krisin....we missed you last night at the Olympic ceremonies...
    I just wanted to say a special thanks and it was great working with you on the team...

  3. Kristen! THIS is one gorgeous card. You always blow me away with what fabulous stuff you make and with ALL Stampin' Up! products (I kind of miss that). seriously, I LoVE this-those extra cut out flowers are I think what does it for me. and YES- the paper snips are the BEST, I couldn't create with out them. I was just wondering if I should get a new pair-you know, newer and sharper...ahhhh!

  4. Beautiful!!! I love your colors and design.

  5. Beautiful!!! I love your colors and design.

  6. Wow! This is stunning and so elegant!

  7. Just lovely! The colors you ended up using instead worked perfectly for this card. =)

  8. Looking forward to more of your tips! Great use of this set, too. I used it on a card that took first place at the NJ State Fair last summer. (You can check it out on my blog.)

  9. Really lovely card, Kristin. I must go look at the other card, now. Although I really like this one! Your color combo is so soft, so pretty, don't know....can you improve on it?

  10. this is sooo gorgeous. I have this set too! YEAH!!! Thank you for sharing!


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