Friday, May 7, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge - SSC150

Hello stampers! It's that time again - another fun sketch from Stamping 411! I've had a great week getting back into the groove after cruisin' last week and I've been stamping a LOT! All that sunshine must have recharged my mojo! :)
I loved the sketch that Selene gave us to work with this week and knew immediately what stamp set I wanted to work with.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Can you tell that I was still in a tropical mood?! Actually, when I saw the three little elements across the top of the sketch, I just knew that the little flowers in the Tropical Party stamp set would be perfect to use there. So, here is how I made the card beginning with the card base.
I folded a piece of Old Olive cardstock in half to make a card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". It is sponged around the edges with Soft Suede ink.
The next layer is Naturals White cardstock cut at 4" x 5 1/4". I ran it through the Big Shot with the Texturz plates and then sponged the edges and surface with more Soft Suede ink.
Next comes another Old Olive layer which was also sponged and then layered with another piece of Naturals White that I stamped with the palm leaf in Old Olive. Yep, it's sponged too!
I added a small strip of the Island Oasis DSP across the bottom of this piece and all of it was sponged before adhering it to the Old Olive mat.

For embellishments, I used a piece of narrow Twill Tape and wrapped around the focal panel to cover the dsp seam. To accent it, I tied two pieces of Linen Thread on one side of the tape. On the opposite side, I added one of the large flowers from the stamp set. This was stamped on Naturals White cardstock using the Rock-n-Roll technique. The stamp was inked up first in Pumpkin Pie ink, then I rolled the edges in Rose Red ink. I trimmed this out with my paper snips and punched a hole in the center to add the Vintage Brad. Once I adhered the flower to my card with a Stampin' Dimensional, I brushed on Crystal Effects to make it stand out.

For the three small flowers I followed the same process as the large flower, eliminating the brad for the center.
My greeting was added by stamping it on a piece of Naturals White cardstock and punching it out with the Curly Label Punch. After sponging, I adhered it behind the focal panel, finishing the card's front.

Here is a photo of the inside:

For this, I simply cut a piece of Naturals White cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4", sponging the edges with Soft Suede ink. I did two more Rock-n-Roll flowers, one full strength, one stamped off and then added some palm fronds in the corners. The message inside comes from the Heard From the Heart stamp set and was colored using Stampin' Write Markers.

I had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you've enjoyed seeing it! Now be sure to visit the Stamping 411 blog and check out what all the other operators have done with the sketch - I know you'll love the samples! Then you can take some time and play along this week - all the information you need to do that is on the Stamping 411 blog. We love to see your creations!

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Great card, Robin! I love your interpretation of the sketch. I like the way you embellished with the twill tape.

  2. Hey Robin, Love everything about this gorgeous card. The twill....I'll be using this cool idea and Rock and Roll with this set is fabulous!! I'll be using this one....Love it!!!

  3. This is awesome.. you used my favorite tool, crystal effects! Welcome home, I missed you.

  4. Robin, the attention to detail on this card is over the top. Love it all...esp the rock-n-roll technique on the flowers. It's so beautiful with this stamp set.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  5. Robin -- Such a great card -- and so wonderful to meet you on the cruise.

  6. This card is great. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Well you have got some mojo that's for sure!!! I can feel the warm breeze again as I look at this card :) Every added detail is just perfect as always!!

  8. Hi, Robin.
    I received a Sunshine Award on my blog from a fellow Demo. I thought I'd pass it along to you because I love your projects and really appreciate your willingness to share with the rest of the Remarkable Stampers. Thanks! You can get more information on the award by going to my blog at

  9. Great card. This is one of my favorite stamp sets as well. Love the Crystal effects on the large flower.

  10. oh ! great card ! I love the glossy flower !

  11. This is fabulous - totally tropical with a great background!

  12. Great card, Robin! I love the little flowers in a row and the beautiful colors! My favorite stamp set right now!


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