Guest Designer for Mary Fish/Stampin’ Pretty
Hello, friends! Today I’m guest designing for the fabulous Mary Fish from the Stampin’ Pretty blog. I’ve been following Mary’s blog for the past 5 years, and through her I “met” the incredibly talented Ann Schach of The Stampin’ Schach. In May of this year, I joined Ann’s downline and thereby became a member of the Pals group. It is such an honor to share my CAS Thankful For…card on Mary’s blog.
2013 is rapidly drawing to a close. Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, with Christmas right on its heels. I like to use this time of year to reflect, give thanks and look ahead. This has been a year of “new things” for me. I started my blog, joined 3 design teams (go big or go home, right?) and joined Stampin’ Up. I’ve also pushed my creative side, trying new techniques, new styles and honing my skills. My natural crafting style tends to be a mix of shabby chic/vintage/girly grunge and most of my projects reflect that. But I am a great admirer of the clean and simple style. It just is a very difficult style for me achieve. But in line with “new things” vibe , I decided to create this CAS Thankful For…card
As soon as I saw the Truly Grateful stamp set in the holiday catalog, I knew I wanted to add it to my collection. There was something about the trendy chevron/woodgrain stamp combined with the rustic acorn and wheat images that just captured my interest. For this 6 1/2″ x 5″ card, I created a base from Crumb Cake cardstock and rounded the corners. I chose a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of Island Indio DSP from the 2011-2013 collection for stamping the woodgrain chevron. I stamped it twice in Versamark, and then covered it with copper embossing powder. After tapping off the excess powder, I lightly rubbed my finger around the edges of the stamped area to soften the lines and give it a slightly distressed look. Then I heat set it and was very pleased with the result!
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock, cut it into a fishtail banner and then matted it onto Early Espresso cardstock. The wood chip was stamped onto Crumb Cake using Early Espresso ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorn was also stamped onto Crumb Cake with Early Espresso Ink, embossed and then colored in with markers. I topped it with some Glossy Accents and Copper Stickles and once it was dry, mounted it onto the wood chip.
The corners were rounded and this panel was matted onto Island Indigo cardstock and again onto Lucky Limeade. I love the punch of non-traditional color this adds to the card design. This entire panel was glued down onto the Crumb Cake card base.
I stamped the woodgrain chevron several times onto Early Espresso cardstock using my Versamark pad. Copper embossing powder was used to give it a rich, autumnal finish. I cut fishtail banners, matted them onto Lucky Limeade or Island Indigo cardstock and trimmed around them. These were topped with a twine bow and a fabulous button from the brights button collection. I did sponge some Early Espresso ink around the edges, because a girl has got to get her grunge on, even on a CAS card like this!
The interior of the card carries over the themes from the front. The sentiment from Loving Thoughts is stamped in Island Indigo onto the Lucky Limeade base. I then stamped the wheat from Truly Grateful in Early Espresso ink. The end result is clean and simple with a more modern color palette than I generally use.
So, my question for you two-fold: First of all, do you think I managed to create a CAS Thankful For card? Secondly, What are you thankful for? I have too many “thankfuls” to enumerate here…but I think I can sum them all up by saying I am incredibly thankful for all the new adventures that have come my way this year. I have been challenged, encouraged and delighted with the opportunities that have presented themselves…all because I decided to listen to my friend, Ann Schach, and start a blog. What fun I am having!
That’s it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my CAS Thankful For card. If you would like to purchase any of the items used in the making of this project, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help on that end. If you have any questions, ask away! You know that hearing from you makes me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,