Friday, August 13, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge

Here we are again stamping friends - another wonderful Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge! At first glance, this sketch may not seem as full of possibilities as last week's, but if you take the scalloped edge as a suggestion for a border, then the sky is the limit! Now don't go thinking that I don't like scalloped borders - I've done plenty of them, but I just think it lends itself to some styles better than others. So, here is the fun sketch for you to ponder:

And here is where my imagination took me:

This is another card that had me doing the stampers happy dance! I LOVE how it turned out!
I started with a piece of Old Olive cardstock that just happened to be lying on my workspace. I thought, "Oh, Old Olive, how 'bout a Christmas card?". So, I pulled out the FREE stamp set that we were all given at the end of Convention this year (it's a new Hostess set in the Holiday Mini!) and got to work!

I stamped the Old Olive card base with the pretty holly leaves from the stamp set in Old Olive ink. The two paper layers are Cherry Cobbler and Newsprint Designer Series Paper. I sponged the edges of both papers with Cherry Cobbler ink after tearing them and distressing the torn edge.

For the greeting, I used my Big Shot and the Ovals Die to cut a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock. The greeting was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink and then I overstamped it with the holly leaves in Old Olive. This was stamped off 2 times before stamping it on the greeting. I sponged the edge of this piece with Old Olive ink and added one of those AMAZING Antique Brads to the top edge.

Now, for my ribbon treatment, I place a piece of Sticky Strip across the layered cardstock before adding the greeting layer. Taking my Old Olive Satin Ribbon, I softly pleated it across the Sticky Strip. Once it was down, I trimmed the ends in a flag and then frayed them a bit. The little safety pin is from the new Pewter Trinkets and the brad is from the Vintage Brads. I added these not only because they are pretty, but they help keep the ribbon in place on the ends.

Once I had the ribbon in place, I added the greeting layer with Stampin' Dimensionals and for a final touch, took out my Smooch Spray in both Log Cabin and Gold Glow, spritzing the whole card with both colors.
Isn't it a cool effect?

I hope this card puts you in the Christmas Spirit - it sure helped me get ready for my Christmas Card class on Saturday morning! Even though we aren't doing this card, I needed a little Christmas to help me make a little more! :)

Be sure to leave a comment if you like the card - and then make sure you visit the Stamping 411 blog to see what the other Operators created with this sketch! I know you'll be inspired to play along with us this week!

Stamped blessings,


  1. This card is lovely! I had a really hard time with this sketch! The pleated ribbon looks amazing with the music note paper.

  2. Robin, your card is beautiful, I love all the details, perfect dp and the sentiment as the art piece is beautiful too with all the smooching going on. Excellent work.

  3. Can I just say THANK YOU for allowing your blog posts to be viewed in the Google Reader viewer? This has definitely made my week!

  4. WOW! This is just stunning! AND I'm happy to see a use for those cute little safety pins....they sure had me stumped!

  5. I love your card, thanks so much for explaining how you pleated that ribbon. I am so going to be using that in the immediate future! Love that newsprint paper, it's so vintage looking. Awesome job.

  6. I really need to try this Ribbon Treatment you do. I love this card. It's totally gorgeous!!

  7. Beautiful Robin!!! What a pretty card...your ribbon trim is just the right touch!

  8. This card is gorgeous!! And, I'm so happy that you told us how to make the perfectly pleated ribbon, I have issues with that so I'm going to have to give it another try now :) Love the colors and the big antique brad too!

  9. Beautiful card. Love this stamp set. TFS

  10. I don't like this card. I LOVE it!

  11. Robin this card is beautiful! I love this DSP for a christmas card and can't wait to ink up this stamp set myself. I love it!

  12. beautiful, as usual, Robin! Love the music theme and the ribbon treatment. Perfect for this week's sketch -- great job and thanks for sharing. Blessings, Gretchen

  13. Another great idea for that set and sketch! LOVE your card and that ribbon treatment!

  14. Just beautiful Robin, as usual!!! You always seem to out do yourself each and every week girlfriend!! I love this and that ribbon treatment is the da bomb!!

  15. a delicious card!

    i LOVE music-images...and the warm and classic colours make it so noble!

    xoxo silvi (germany)


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