Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Challenge

Hey it's Saturday, so there's a new Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge going on here. I truly cannot believe I'm actually checking it out, and stamping it on time!!! Woo Hoo!! I've been so behind the times lately that I've missed out on many of them. If you find the time today (or even later on in the week), why not give their challenge a try? The 411 ladies all have so much talent and come up with easily workable sketches that really do make up into lovely cards. Give them a try!
Since I've been working on designing cards for my ladies at church to make for our soldiers, my thoughts have been geared towards Halloween and Thanksgiving. I know, that's so far in advance I'm having a really, really hard time thinking pumpkins and ghosts! I got out one of my favorite sets for Thanksgiving though, and thought I could use it for today's sketch. Hope you like the finished product....
Stamps: Autumn Harvest
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive
Ink: Basic Brown, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and (the very new) Cajun Craze pads, and Chocolate Chip Marker
Accessories: Big Shot with Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Aqua Painter, Vintage Brads, Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Color Spritzer Tool, and Dimensionals

Ok, if you've checked out the sketch already you know that I didn't follow it exactly. After I had all the components together, I just didn't like the ribbon going across the card, soooo.... Yeah, I improvised just a bit. I tried several different things, but nothing worked for me until I hit upon the ribbon loop. And then I thought it needed the brads to anchor it. So, there goes another opportunity to follow a sketch that I've blown. It seems to be a disease with me - I just can't do a sketch or case another card exactly!
On another note, does anyone have any suggestions on using the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz? It sprayed so blotchy I was happy to cover most of it with the main image. Help!! What am I doing wrong with it???? I turned to the Color Spritzer Tool and a marker to add the speckles onto the main image because I didn't want the whole thing blotched with the dark spray. I know there has to be a trick to this, but I haven't found it yet. If anyone knows, please share with me and I'll pass on the info here. TIA
Have a happy stampin' day!


Patti Chesky said...

Sharon, this is beautiful. I love that textured works perfectly for the pumpkins.

As far as the Smooch Spritz goes, it's supposed to be splotchy like that. The Log Cabin is just so dark that it's easy to see the splotches (when compared to the other colors). The vanilla is my favorite since it's more forgiving.

Have a great weekend!

krisj1971 said...

This is one of my faves too. Great card.

Rhonda Langley said...

Yes, I love the textured background also. I like how you did your ribbon.
My smooch spray sprays splotchy also. I have to say that I am not real sold on it. I like the shimmer paint and "homemade" shimmer spray a little better.

Selene Kempton said...

This is awesome.. Yes, the log cabin almost adds bite to your project.. You add shimmer and texture at the same time with it.. Great job! Love those pumpkins!

Kerin said...

Beautiful card, and how wonderful that you're stamping cards for soldiers. It's tricky to stamp for events so far in the future, but I'm sure they will be well received!

Steph said...

Love this card. Fall is my most favorite time of the year. I agree the dark smooch spritz is challenging to use. I love the vanilla one. Love what you did with the ribbon, great card:)

Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

Oh I just love this. The water coloring is fabulous.

Robin Merriman said...

I love these pumpkins and love what you've done with them - great card!