Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sketchy Birthday Celebration



So how much of a whiner did I sound in my last post? I didn't mean to!! I was just tellin' it, you know, but when I re-read it just now, it sure sounded whiny. Sorry!

For today's project I got to play with some new Stampin' Up goodies that came this week. I am in love with this new Haiku patterned paper. Talk about happy colors!! I wasn't planning on getting the Upsy Daisy set yet, but when I saw that it was on sale, I took a few things off my order to make room for it. And I'm so glad I did!

The layout today comes from Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try. You'll find the sketch, Jen's sample, and guest designer Bonnie Sharp's sample at i{heart}2stamp. Then be sure to check out the samples from Amy, Shannan, and Susan. Carole is playing too, but not until Sunday, when she gets back from a weekend getaway. Hope you can play along this week! If you upload to SCS, remember to use keyword: SYFTT.

This is also my sample for this week's challenge over at Our Creative Corner, which is to make a birthday card. I have quite a few birthday cards to send out (both overdue ones and upcoming ones), so this was a great challenge for me. We'd love to have you play along. You'll find all the details, along with samples from the other OCC designers (Cindy Haffner, Dawn Easton, Denise Marzec, Jennifer Meyer, Laurie Schmidlin, and Lynda Benden), plus guest designer Julee Tilman's sample, over on the Our Creative Corner blog.

I used Nestabilities to cut the circle window and to create the scalloped border. The top layers are mounted on 1/8" foam squares over the Very Vanilla stamped panel. For the stamped image, I inked the stamp in More Mustard, then used a sponge dauber to add Tangerine Tango to the edges of the flowers. The Tangerine wasn't quite dark enough after I stamped, so I used an aqua painter and ink from the lid of the Tangerine pad to deepen and intensify the orange edges. It really made a difference! While I had the aqua painter out, I painted some Angel Wings Shimmerz Glitter Paint onto the flowers as well. A very cool product available at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. (I don't see the Angel Wings color listed anymore, but there are a bunch of other colors.) Here's another shot of the shimmer that adds:



On the inside, I repeated the stamped image in the lower left-hand corner on a layer of Very Vanilla matted with Tangerine:



Have a fantastic holiday weekend!



Stamps: Upsy Daisy (SU!)
Paper: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, More Mustard card stock, "Haiku" designer paper
Ink: More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive
Accessories: classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Floral Screen cuttlebug folder (Provo Craft); large oval punch, Tangerine Tango ribbon, aqua painter (SU!);
Angel Wings Shimmerz; foam squares, paper piercer

38 comments:

Marie said...

I don't think my jaw ever DOESN'T drop when I come to your blog. I LOVE this card!! I've got to get some of that Angel Wings Shimmerz - MUCH easier than stamping in VersaMark and then on your ink pad, and THEN stamping the image so that you can emboss with Iridescent Ice ep!!! Would save my inkpads from that little hint of VersaMark that gets on them too!! Thanks for sharing the product and your card is gorgeous!!!

Lynda Benden said...

Oh my gosh Amy, this is just beautiful!!! I love everything about it!!! Don't you just love the Shimmerz?? Wonderful picture of the detail!

peanutbee said...

Awesome use of the new DP...I got it too, and I'm lovin' it! Love the look of the shimmer paint. Now I guess I need to go check that out at Jacksonbelle...you enabler you! {smile}

Nancy Riley said...

Amy, this is gorgeous! I love the two tone you've given to the stamped image, along with the sparkle! BEAUTIFUL !!!!

2stampis2b said...

Gorgeous card! I love how you created the vignette for the Upsy Daisy image...mine is on its way! I wasn't going to get it, but I've seen some beautiful things made with it, like your card!

Cindy Haffner said...

Amy I love your flowers, love your layout, heck i just love your card.

Michelle said...

You weren't whining, just sharing your busy life with us!! I always love to know what's going on in my idols lives!! I absolutely LOVE this card ~~~ everything you make is always AMAZING!!!! And I love the new look to your blog! Wish I could figure out how to do 3 columns!

Jackie Pedro said...

Fall off your chair gorgeous! I love the Haiku DP and you made Upsy Daisy stunning!!

Maria Gurnsey said...

I LOVE THIS CARD!! Aren't SU's silouhettes the best!! I'm having a blast with them. I had to re-read yesterday's post to find the "whiny" but I didn't think it was. It's nice sometimes to just have a place to say it!!!!

jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

I am going to "ditto" the first sentence of the first commenter. JAW DROPPING GORGEOUS!!!

Karen Giron said...

Amy, this is gorgeous - I love the colors and the layered nestibilities is fantastic. I'll have to remember that one *wink*. Now I *need* to get that paper too...

Bonnie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Amy! That paper is beautiful and the shimmerz adds such a WOW!! Thank you for your wonderful comments!! It has been a great month for me here!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Another incredibly beautiful card!! Wow, wow, wow!

Joanne B. said...

THUD! This is gorgeous! I love it.
Beautiful.....

Shannan Teubner said...

Amy, this is just GORGEOUS!! I love it!

Stampin_Melissa said...

Gorgeous Amy! Love the colors!

Margie said...

WOW! This card is so pretty :)
I just purchased SU!'s 'Haiku' paper set with 'So Saffron' and 'Earths Elements' to match and was re-thinking the whole order thinking that maybe it was all a bit much; but your card definitely took my doubts away! I really, really love the way everything came out - the colors are beautiful and the layout is perfect! I am so happy that I didn't cancel my order!
Thank you so much!!!
xo, Margie

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is AMAZING ... love the colors/images/everything!!! Great use of this sketch ... can't wait to give it a try myself!!

Elaine said...

Very beautiful card!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Stunning card Amy, I LOVE what you did with Jen's sketch and all of the NEW SU products.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Jennifer :)

Amy said...

Amy, you have got the midas touch, girl! Everything you touch turns to gold I tell ya!

I can't wait to try your flower technic with this set...I know I love it, but I know I've got to play around with it, and you have inspired me!

Once again, bravo!

Charleen said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, so love all the colors, especially in the flowers, and the neat layering!

Jody said...

SOOOOOO pretty! I love the colors and how you did the 2 colors on the flowers. Love how they're framed and the sparkle!

Jennifer Ofiana said...

Ok, now that is an amazingly awesome card! It's just beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer R said...

Holy smokers girl. This card just knocked my socks off!!!
Absolutely brilliant. I'd be framing this one. Thanks for sharing.
As I said, brilliant,, just brilliant!
Jennifer R. Calgary, Alberta

Shelly said...

Not much more to add except that your work is simply stunning. Beautifully done, Amy!

texasjodylynn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Have you bought any colors OTHER than angel wings? That is the only color I have so far, but am wondering if the other colors are good too. I like the sheerness of angel wings and that color shows through. Wondering if you have experience with the "colors"

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

This is drop dead amazing! Every peek at your blog is jaw dropping. Love the two toned daisies and the shimmer is fabulous! WOW...what an amazing card!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

WOW! Just lovely, Amy! You've made these bright, fun colors so elegant. (Did you know these are Jenn Balcer signature colors? It's true... not hinting, but I'm sure she would LOVEY this... ;) ) Dare I say you're a stamping genius?! Yes! I dare! You're a stamping genius, girlfriend!!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is STUNNINNNGGGG!!!!

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

Totally amazing and just an incredibly YUMMY card! You totally rock!

Kari said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the colors and the layout with that stamp set!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Joan said...

A fantastic card - I am loving the Haiku paper! Your colours are wonderful. Joan

Shelly said...

I love this card, the shimmer, colors and dimension are awesome!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

WOW, Amy, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Bastelfrosch said...

Jetzt schreibe ich einfach in deutsch.
Die Karte ist ein absoluter Traum!!!
Ich w├╝rde gerne Deinen Blog bei mir verlinken, leider kann ich so schlecht englisch, dass ich nicht fragen kann.
Wonderful!!!
LG Annett

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Jaw-dropping gorgeousness, Amy! Wow, love the shading on your flowers, and the dimension and that beautiful shadowbox type frame is just stunning.

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