Monday, April 28, 2014

PPA Sketch Challenge

Wow, this has been quite a day. I've been crafting like a crazed person because my week is so full, today was my day. I'll share my projects throughout the week. 

As promised, I have my PPA challenge to share with you. I figured out today that when you're under a time limit, you can't second guess yourself when you have a card idea in your head - just make it happen. Not only did I create challenge 201, but I have the color challenge for Thursday ready to go along with cards for a shower, a retirement, and a graduation. I also have a couple cards ready for the next Pals blog hop! Can you say productive?

I ran some errands today, came home and looked out my kitchen window only to see a good sized section of my siding billowing out from the house. I live in a wind tunnel and this time of year can actually get scary. The perfect location isn't always a good thing and this house is in the perfect location for wind. The neighbors don't have the same issue we do. Anyway, while I'm holding down the siding, I asked my son to get a ladder, hammer, screwdriver, scissors and duct tape. I was able to work the top of the siding back under the edging and duct taped the base length that was loose. I'll call my insurance guy in the morning. Never a dull moment!

Enough chatter, let's get to the serious business of cards! As you may recall, this is the challenge sketch:                                                         and here is my card:


                         

I used the Stippled Blossoms stamp set - I used that one for the shower card too. I love floral stamps and this set is so pretty. It is a two-step set. For this card I used Crisp Cantaloupe for the base color of the flower and then stamped the overlay with Calypso Coral. 

TIP: When purchasing 2-steps stamp sets, I recommend buying wood mount stamps. I use vellum paper along with my Stamp-a-ma-jig to create a template for each stamp in the set and store the templates in the stamp box. That way, I can save myself a step when using the set because the template is ready to go when I am! Questions about this? Give me a call, I'd be happy to show and tell.

The leaves were done with Certainly Celery (retired) and Wild Wasabi. I used the beautiful Watercolor DSP, Crisp Cantaloupe card stock for the base, Calypso Coral CS for the accent color. I had a few snippets of retired coral ribbon and accented with pearls. I'm always in need of birthday cards and the sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set worked beautifully. I sell my cards to a small in gift shop in a neighboring community and birthday cards fly out the door.

Time for me to call it a night. If I don't get home too late tomorrow night, I'll post about the catalog reveal; I'm so excited! If it is a late night, I'll post on Tuesday, so be sure to check back.

Retiring items are moving fast! If there are stamp sets or accessories you've been considering, buy now before they're gone! You can conveniently shop in your jammies at my online store, just click here. Until next time,

Take gentle care,

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