Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Perfect Sentiments Friendship Challenge

It's time for another challenge from The Perfect Sentiment! It's hard to believe a week has already passed since the launch of our new challenge blog. We had so much fun and received some really wonderful submissions. Congrats to all who participated; your work is beautiful!

This week we are doing a friendship inspiration challenge. (I'll get to the details in a minute.)
HeartSongDesigns is our sponsor this week and will be giving a prize to our lucky winner.

Here's the card I came up with as my inspiration for you~

When you go the The Perfect Sentiment challenge blog, you will see the inspiration photo for this week. It will be obvious to you that the colors in the photo is where I got my colors from. That, for me, was the easy part ;-)

Although there are no flowers in the photo, it's just so unusual for me not to use flowers in the cards I make. This was no exception. I made this one by first stamping the big flower from Stampin' Up's Fifth Avenue Floral set onto Baja Breeze card stock in versamark ink. I then embossed it using brown embossing powder. After that, I stamped it again in versamark on vellum card stock and embossed with the brown embossing powder. I cut each of the images out and layered the vellum flower over the baja flower. The small amount of adhesive I used was done by placing glue dots just behind the knot in my ribbon and down in the upper left corner of my sentiment. This held the flower on, but allowed for the flower to have some dimension with the layering, as you can see here in the lower part of my photo.

I thought this little sentiment from A*Muse was a perfect choice. I love the size, the font and the simplicity of it. Again, I embossed with brown embossing powder.

You may not be able to tell from the photo, but I also embossed my baja cardstock layer using a Sizzix striped embossing plate to add a little texture and some subtle stripes.

I must say this really was a bit of a challenge for me! If you are familiar with my cards, you know this was not a typical card for me. It's more of a "clean & simple" style than I am accustomed to making. But it's what I was inspired to make from the challenge photograph. I started with the colors, then added the stripes in the ribbon, as well as the card stock layers. The circles in the photo came in to play through the dots in my background paper. I kept everything pretty straight and in line with each other, but I just couldn't resist adding a big flower for a little pizzaz!

So head on over to The Perfect Sentiments challenge blog to see the inspiration photo that inspired me to make my friendship card. Hopefully you will also be inspired to play along!
Just remember: your entry must be submitted by the deadline next Tuesday at 10:00pm EST!

And you can also check out all the other wonderful DT's cards and blogs here:

Thanks for visiting me today. I hope I'll see your friendship card soon, too!


Samantha said...

beautiful card, I love the embossing and the thick ribbon knot. Really creates a wonderful texture.

Jenn Fontaine said...

Sarah, this card is beautiful, you did a wonderful job- what attention to details with the embossing and texture plate. I can "feel" your joy as you are posting your cards- it's lovely! Great job!!

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

This is so pretty! I love the layered flower and your embossing rocks!


Rochelle Sodipo said...

Very pretty!

Kimberly J. said...

So pretty!! I love how you used vellum and that ribbon!! Great card, I love it!

shaunnaRooskie :) said...

adore this card, Sarah! the rose is gorgeous!!!

Parables of a Crafter said...

How wonderful this is Sarah!! That ribbon is so rich and the flower....gorgeous!!

Scrappin Abby said...

Love this card Sarah...I was wondering how you made that beautiful flower...thanks for sharing that info : )

Lynn said...

Oh Sarah, your card is beautiful! It's hard for me to do CAS cards also. I do the same as you - feel inspired by a photo to make that type of card, and then have difficulty doing it! You, however, pulled it off perfectly! I don't think the flower takes away from that look at all, and remember - we are INSPIRED by the photo - and we go from there. Your heat embossing really adds to the card, and it looks so precise, nice and neat. So does the bow! Tied all perfectly. How did you do that? I think you need to give me lessons!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card Sarah. Love the detail around the petals. Very pretty.

Have a great day!

Margaret said...

Your card is very elegant and beautiful Sarah. You did a great job on it. I'm another one who likes flowers. Love your ribbon and how you adhered that flower.

Jacquel said...

Beautiful card Sarah! Love the colors & layout...TFS!!!!