Friday, May 1, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #97 - Sketch Challenge!

Good morning stampers! I can't believe it's really been a week since I posted here. I promise you that I have been stamping, but honestly, this week just flew by! We have been doing a multitude of things around our house and we are still recovering from having houseguests for two weeks as well, so I'm going to give myself a little slack - but I am sorry I've been absent here. I'll make it up to you, ok?

Today's Blogger's Challenge was to be based on this sketch by our challenge Mom, Lisa S. Actually, I used this sketch by accident in this post here when I got back from Hawaii. I got my weeks confused and since I'd already made the card, I went ahead and posted it then. On that card, I turned the sketch on it's side, but here, I used it as produced.

I'd been playing around with my Big Shot and Texture plates (I know, insert surprised face here!) and had a piece of Mellow Moss cardstock that had been embossed with the diamond pattern laying on my countertop. This became my starting point for the card. I also had a piece of the Riding Hood Red gingham design from the Bella Rose Designer Series Paper laying on the counter and I thought that would be a cool, kind of retro combination - reminiscent of my Grandma's kitchen. So, I pulled out my much loved, never used Puns from the Past stamp set and selected the antique grater stamp for this project. This stamp set has super images and I love the tongue in cheek quips that go along with them.

I stamped the grater on to Very Vanilla cardstock with Basic Brown ink then layered it onto a piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock and again onto Close to Cocoa cardstock. There is a dimensional in each corner to make it pop up above the rest of the layers.

This was mounted on top of the gingham dsp which was matted with more Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon as my accent here.

The Mellow Moss piece was trimmed off at the bottom edge with my Paper Snips a la tablecloth style and formed the left side layer.

Now as you can see, I was channeling my inner Patti Chesky yesterday and EVERYTHING in sponged! (Love you Patti!) If you are not a regular reader of my blog or haven't checked out hers in my sidebar, you should know that the Stampin' Sponges are her BEST FRIEND!

I sponged the Mellow Moss piece all over the top to pop out the dimension in the texture pattern and all the other edges are sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. I think it just gives this card the old fashioned feel that it needed.

Lastly, I pulled out one of my all time favorite, now retired background stamps, Canvas. This was inked up in Riding Hood Red and stamped on to the card front, also Riding Hood Red. It may be a bit hard to see in the photo, but it's there, I promise!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm so glad you did! Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge Players by clicking on the link in my sidebar. They will have some great ideas with this sketch as well!

I hope to be back again tomorrow with another post - I do have some things ready to show you - but Emma has her Spring Ice Skating Exhibition tomorrow afternoon and my Mom is coming to visit today, so just send up a prayer for me that I find some time to stamp and blog!

Stamped blessings,



  1. Looks great Robin, great choice of colours too. Smiled about the sponging!

    Happy working around the house.

    :) Marcia P

  2. Love you too sweetie!! My sponges were smoking for this week's challenge too!!!!

    Your project is too cute!!!! I don't own that stamp set, but it really adorable!!!


  3. Cute, love that you cut around your Embossed panel.

  4. Reminiscent of my grandma's kitchen and the happy times shared. Thanks for the memories. Great card...

  5. Oh this is FUN! Love the "Punny" image and the Gingham pattern but most of all I love how you cut your embossed piece to mimic the grater. Very clever.

  6. Definitely reminds me of the kitchen, love the sponging, I love to sponge too!

  7. LOL, cute image/sentiment...Great card!

  8. Love that you embossed the looks fabulous! {SMILES}

  9. Very cute...that set is so much fun. The gingham combined with it reminds me of an old fashioned kitchen. Great job!

  10. This is too cute Robin! What a fun set! Great mix of colors too! :D

  11. Your card does evoke a sense of a by-gone era. Great idea; I do like that stamp set too! Great card!

  12. I LOVED canvas, still do! I especially like how you trimmed the green textured piece at the bottom following the pattern of the texture! The gingham is perfect for the "kitchen" look the grater gives!

  13. Great card, Robin! I love the idea of cutting along the diamond shape embossed line!

  14. How cute, Robin! I love the old-fashioned look you created.

  15. Very nice--love your texturx plate. I've yet to use that set--but you sure did a great job!

  16. Great card! I love the way you cut the diamonds on the embossed cs!

  17. Your card is just awesome!!! Love the punny image and the textured cardstock!! Great job!


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