Friday, September 6, 2013

The First As You See It Challenge

This is so exciting!  The "As You See It" Challenge Blog is posting its very first challenge today!  It's such an honour to be on the Design Team with some pretty awesome card designers!  I hope you'll take the plunge and submit an entry, or at least try it out on your own.  Amanda has created a really amazing sketch challenge for us today.  Here it is:

I dug into my Holiday Mini stuff and brought out the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit!  I'm excited to use if for my Thanksgiving table decor, but since I won't be having 10 dinner guests, I felt I could use a bit of the material on a card, specifically that GORGEOUS Birch Paper Ribbon!!  Here's what I came up with:

  • This gives me a very masculine, monochromatic card, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I love the combination of texture and  different shades of neutrals!
  • The biggest problem with this sketch is actually getting all the flags lined up properly.  I started trying to do it on the back of the birch bark piece, but since the four small flags were on top I had to glue those to the back of the panel first.  This made it very difficult to judge where to place them without the Very Vanilla Core'dinations flags.
  • I finally figured out that the best way was to glue all the flags to the card base first, then add the birch bark panel last.  DUH!  So much easier!

  • I used the Magnificent Maple stamp from the Holiday Mini, for an accent behind the Naturals Designer Button, threaded and tied with some Linen Thread.
  • The sentiment is from the Four You stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso ink right onto the Birch Paper Ribbon (which is mounted on some Crumb Cake cardstock).  The bark colouring shows through the sentiment in places which adds a distressed look.
  • The smaller flags are cut from some Sweater Weather DSP.
So there's the first one under my belt!  I can hardly wait to see the designs all of you come up with!  I'll be looking for yours!

Stamps:  Magnificent Maple (w131868); Four You (w130535; c130538)
Paper:  Birch Paper Ribbon (as part of the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (133463); Very Vanilla Core'dinations cardstock (as part of the Neutrals Collection Core'dinations) (129956); Sweater Weather Design Series Paper (132184); Early Espresso (119686), Crumb Cake (120953) and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Chocolate Chip (126979) and Early Espresso (126974)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (104199); Naturals Designer Buttons (127554)

Magnificent Maple Stamp

Neutrals Collection Core'dinations cardstock

Stampin' Sanding Block

Sweater Weather DSP

Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit

Four You Stamp Set

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