Monday, March 19, 2018

A Good Life for Freshly Made Sketches

I think this is the last one! The last one of my Occasions Catalogue stamp sets that I haven't inked up yet, except for my Perennial Birthday set, which I'm saving for the kit it goes with. I knew this stamp set, entitled A Good Day, would take me a while to figure out because it has a ton of small line images, which are my least favourite kind of stamp! They are my least favourite because a) they don't fill up much of your space and b) are hard to colour in because they are so small, so c) don't provide much of a focal point. I bought the set, though, because of the tools and embellishments that it works with like the 1 1/8" and the 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches, which are new, and those adorable Mini Embroidery Hoops. I've been dying to use one of the embroidery hoops, too, but have put it off until now, due to the fact that I was trying to find a different image to use inside one, other than A Good Day stamp set!

But when I saw Freshly Made Sketches' challenge for this week, the Mini Embroidery Hoop was the first thing I thought of, so I decided to make an Easter card with the little bunny image.

The embroidery hoop element morphed several times as I tried to decide what to do with it and what colours to use. I also was planning to enter it into the Just Add Ink Challenge this week for their 400th Challenge (Congratulations, by the way!) with this inspiration photo:

I was going to make a shaker card with the embroidery hoop at first but that didn't work out as planned because of adhesive issues and due to it really detracting from the idea of the embroidery hoop in the first place. I changed colour palettes a couple of times as I looked for background DSP that would work. But, in the end, here is what I ended up with:

  • I settled on a colour combo of Berry Burst, Silver and White, with a little Pink Pirouette and Pool Party, and Light Shade of Rich Razzleberry mixed in as I coloured in the bunny with Stampin' Blends.
  • I used the old Stampin' Up! retired Spritzing Tool to add speckles to the rabbit image, as per the eggs in the inspiration picture. The 1 3/4" Circle Punch is just about the right size to punch a circle for the back of the large embroidery hoop. I needed to trim the tiniest bit off after it was adhered. 
  • The stitched Silver Square is created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. The background Designer Series Paper is from the Colour Theory DSP Stack in Berry Burst.
 It's Almost Time to Say Good-bye

As you may know, every year Stampin' Up! retires a set of 5 In Colours and brings in 5 new ones to stay current with trending colours. At the end of May, we will be saying good-by to our 2016 - 18 In Colours and if they were favourites of yours, like they were favourites of mine, I want to give you a heads up that now would be a good time to stock up on paper and ink before you cannot buy it anymore. Each year, when the Retiring List is published in April, the In Colour Products are usually the first things to sell out, and they usually go fast! Why not avoid the rush and disappointment and buy your extras now when you can earn Sale-A-Bration rewards for doing so?!! Don't forget to include Ink Refills! They will keep your ink pads in good shape for years!

8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock Packs are $10 each so all 5 of them plus a couple of ink pads will earn you a Sale-A-bration Reward!! 

And don't forget: I'm offering Double Papercraft Cat Reward Points once your orders reach $60 and above!!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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  1. That bunny is so sweet! The punks and silver together are wonderful! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  2. Adorable! I love that little hoop, and the silver accents add an unexpected and fun touch. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  3. Oh my word is this ever cute! That hoop is the perfect accent to this sweet image. Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  4. Aww, I love how that sweet bunny is framed by the hoop! Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Just Add Ink.


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