Thursday, May 15, 2008


I *tried* earlier this week to make a card for the SCS Color Challenge, which was to use pumpkin pie, real red, and soft sky...and failed miserably on that first try! I ended up tossing the whole card. Ugh! A friend (thanks Silke!) rooted me on to try it again. I *think* I got the colors to come together a little better today. Hope so! ***ETA***....nope, still didn't get the color challenge right because I was supposed to use RUBY RED...not Real Red. Oh my word, duh! I think I need sleep, LOL!

This card is also for today's Ways to Use It Challenge, which is to make a card with inchies (1" squares). My inchies are the white square panels behind the red flowers.

I used an old sketch from Jen Del Muro that I've wanted to try for a while now.

The bird, flowers, and sentiment are all stamped in black Colorbox ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I watercolored the bird and flowers with inkpads and reinkers. Oh, so I guess this can also count as another card for Monday's Technique Challenge, which was to combine heat embossing with watercoloring. The flowers are popped up on dimensionals, as is the large orange circle behind the bird image. The rhinestones were glued onto the card with crystal effects.

Recipe ~
Stamps: SU Natural Beauty, SU Hugs & Wishes
Paper: Papertrey White, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Sky
Ink: Colorbox Black, Soft Sky, Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Real Red Striped Ribbon, Dimensionals, Nestabilities Circle Dies, Clear Embossing Powder, Red Rhinestones, Corner Rounder Punch, Crystal Effects, Sponge
Technique: Watercoloring with Inkpads and Reinkers, Sponging, Heat Embossing

I added a white panel inside the card. I used the corner rounder punch for the scalloped edges on the left and right sides. Then I sponged Soft Sky around all four sides, and stamped the large flower from Natural Beauty in the lower left hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Hope you come back soon! {smile}

P.S. to Lori and Janice......about 24 hours, girls!!! Tee-hee!


Shannon Erskine said...

very pretty Denise! Great use of the colors!

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful card Denise! love the flowers on the inchies - and you used the colors wonderfully on this!

I've added you to my blog roll at my blog

hope that's ok!?

silke said...

Oh Denise - this is just gorgeous!!! Wow - Wow Wow!!! I love how you've playded with the colors from the CC!!! The sketch brought the best out of you - my friend!!! I love your card and the inside is fab too!!!

Jacynthe said...

This is truly gorgeous!!! Awesome job! TFS

Anonymous said...

Very pretty, Denise! You did a wonderful job with combining both of those challenges! I have always loved this stamp set and you have done this set justice, girl! I love it....the colors & layout! WOW!

Have a great day! Enjoy your weekend at the beach!

antjeegypt said...

Very, very nice the inchies and the bird, together with flowers - justs perfect!

LeAnne said...

Very, very pretty card Denise, inside & out! I did not even TRY that color challenge!!! I am jealous, I want to go with you guys!!!

beate said...

Beautiful card, Denise. I am glad Silke made you try again!!!
Hugs and smiles

Giovana said...

Denise, your cards are so pretty and this one is not the exception.

Lovely card.
God bless

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This is gorgeous! You did a great job on this card and I even like the colors!

Jen said...

This is just a stunning card! Love how you used the inchies as embellishments vs main images. Perfect card...the person who receives this should feel blessed!

Carolyn King said...

beautiful card---glad you are having a wonderful trip!!!

dpkennedy said...

I think it's fantastic, whichever red! I love how you finish the inside of your cards. Really give it that extra special touch!