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Friday, January 2, 2015

You Make Me Smile!

Happy New Year!
One of my resolutions this year is to participate in more stamping challenges.  I continually see wonderful sketch, color or stamp challenges, and have never played along.  I thought it would be fun, and help me build my "artistic eye" if I got involved and made some cards according to the "plans".

Today, after a little time relaxing and scouring the blogs for ideas, I came across TWO challenges that I thought I could meet.  First up was this sketch by Paper Craft Crew:

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 125 #papercraftcrew #stampinup #cardsketch #papercrafts  

Then I saw a color challenge by Pals Paper Arts:

And decided to roll both into one project.  Take a look:

I took a little liberty and made this a 5-1/4" square card due to the size of my stamps.  And instead of a primarily white background, I chose Wisteria Wonder (with Gorgeous Grunge splatters in Night of Navy ink, stamped off once).  But other than that, I stuck to the sketch.

I stamped "smile" from So You (coming on January 6th in the new Occasions Catalog) using Wisteria Wonder ink.   Snapshot is a single stamp of a camera--it was stamped on Brushed Silver cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and fussy-cut with my trusty Paper Snips.  I added Night of Navy Candy Dots to the front.

The frame is cut using the On Film Framelits and Night of Navy Cardstock.  This is popped up over my Whisper White layer using Dimensionals. And the camera is also popped up.

 The sketch called for some kind of  embellishment/starburst/circle in the lower right hand corner, and I chose a piece from the Essentials Wooden Elements, covering it with Versamark ink and heat embossing it with Silver Embossing Powder (I embossed it twice).  Then the sentiment is stamped on Whisper White (with Night of Navy ink) and cut out with the included arrow from On Film Framelits.

So what do you think?  Did I meet both challenges?  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?

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What have you created today?


  1. Beautiful way to combine both challenges! Love the picture theme! Thanks for sharing it at PPA!

  2. Love it, Priscilla! I'm a camera bug anyway so that grabbed my attention, but I love the way both challenges work together so well. Super idea having that great big "smile" in the frame with the camera. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yes you did!! And I think the result is great! I also like the "smile" within the frame along side the camera. Thanks for including the PPA in your stamping fun this week! Hope to see you back often!!

  4. You combined the two challenges beautifully! I just love the embossed wooden element! And I agree, participating in challenges helps us grow creatively...thanks for playing along with the PPA this week!

  5. This is a fabulous card, Priscilla! Love all the details! Thanks so much for creating along with us at Pals Paper Arts.

  6. Such a great card! Love the colors used from the Color Challenge and you nailed it with the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with the Paper Craft Crew and we hope to see more of your creations on future Paper Craft Crew Challenges. Also, your card has been selected to be included with this weeks Featured Artisan Blog post - Congratulations!

  7. Wonderful card Priscilla! I love how you've combined the two challenges and that fun smile :-) Yes, i agree that participating in challenges is a great way to be encouraged to grow. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Craft Crew and congratulations on being one of our Featured Artisans this week!