Monday, September 9, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Under the Wire

Good Monday Morning!  I spent yesterday, after getting home from church, trying to get my Design 101 class together.  It's a bit trickier to plan because, rather than have everyone duplicate a card, I am giving them some variable options, so figuring out what to cut and how many of each is definitely challenging.  We will be learning how to use a layout sketch tonight and so I've taken sketches from some of the sketch challenges I've completed over the year and gradually offered them more and more choices, from colour and card orientation, to stamp sets to use and embellishments.  Each of the 3 projects gets more and more input from each of the participants.

It was late when I finished, but I still needed a blog post for today, so I decided to do the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #170 for last week, and I posted late Sunday night instead of early Monday morning, so I just squeaked in under the wire!  Phew!

I found the colour challenge palette a bit odd.  I don't think I would have ever come up with this on my own.  Here it is:

I was partly inspired for this card by a Pinterest card in black and white with a rosette and flourishes.

I don't know whose design it is because the link just led me back to the Splitcoast Stampers Home page.  If you know, please leave me a comment so I can give the proper recognition.  Anyway, I loved it at first sight and you can see how it influenced my design.

  • I used A Round Array stamp set to create the circlet for the top of the rosette, which is made from Eastern Elegance DSP in Crushed Curry. I punched it out using the coordinating 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch and several other Scallop Circle punches for the other layers.  The one that might stump you is the Early Espresso layer.  That was actually the result of a mistake.  Let me fill you in:
  • I found the greatest Stamp Set for this card, one that I had rarely, if ever used before:  Sent with Love.  Only after I had everything together, did I remember that it had been retired last year.  I thought I had cleaned out all my retired stamp sets.  I guess not!!  The Early Espresso layer is stamped with one of those images, but I liked it so much, I kept it and just put another image over top.
  • I inked up Flowering Flourishes with Midnight Muse ink for the flourish you see on the Whisper White and added some Pearl Basic Jewels.
  • Where you see the flag with one of the sentiments from Banner Greetings in Early Espresso, was actually a sentiment from Sent with Love, that I had to cover up.
  • Anyway, I'm happy with the results, and maybe the colour combo isn't as weird as I thought!
Just a reminder that you still have time to play the "As You See It Challenge" for this week.  I hope you will give it a try!  Check out the rest of the Design Team's samples!  I know you're going to love them.

Stamps:  Flowering Flourishes (w131998; c126367); A Round Array (w129087; c129090); Banner Greetings (w129711; c129714); Sent with Love (retired)
Paper:  Eastern Elegance DSP (130131); Early Espresso (119686), Midnight Muse (126843), Crushed Curry (131199) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Midnight Muse (126860) and Early Espresso (126974)
Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
Tools:  Designer Rosette Bigz XL die (125594) *; 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch (129404); 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861); 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854) and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874); Sticky Strip (104294); Big Shot (113439)
*needs Extended Premium Crease Pad (117630) and Extended Cutting Pad (113478)
A Round Array Stamp Set

Banner Greetings Stamp Set

Designer Rosettes Bigz XL Die

Eastern Elegance DSP

Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set

Pearl Basic Jewels

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