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4.30.2009

CONGRATS!




OMG...it's already Thursday! YAAAY - It's almost time for the weekend!! The other night, I made this card for K. Werner's 50th Color Challenge. I really liked the color combo and had an idea driving me crazy in my head. Has that every happened to you? It is happening to me more and more and it seems like I'm breathing card designs! HEE Anyway, I sketched out the layout, then while creating it, I selected what parts of the sketch would be certain colors. Now, this is not a technique that I use all the time. I remember a time when I could not even sketch my ideas. It's neat how we evolve over time. Since I purchased my wood-grained background stamp from Michaels earlier this month, I've been thinking of different ways to use it. When I saw this challenge, that stamp was embedded in my brain to use, so I did! The part that took the longest was deciding the sentiment. I sketched something different, but decided to use thickers. Then, I realized after adhering some of the thickers that I didn't have all of the letters in red to spell the sentiment. UH OH! SHOOT! What should I do? OOOH! Use some coordinating color thickers and alternate!! There's always a solution in paper crafting and that's why I love it. It is like problem solving to me. Since it's graduation season, 'CONGRATS!' fits perfect!

Oh yeah, I forgot to photograph the back, but there are cute red polka dots stamped on the back!!! I was going to use it on the front, but thought it was too busy. I just discovered that decorating a coordinating pattern on the back is so NEAT! Maybe I should photograph it (later)! I hope you all like how it turned out.

I hope to be back tomorrow with a fast card, but if not, you still got one on Monday this week! I will share a card regardless! There's always something laying around here to share.

One of the engagement session pictures are up!! These are just a select few of the shots taken. Enjoy them HERE! They're awesome!

Thanks for coming by today and I'll catch you tomorrow!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim turquoise cardstock to an A2 card.
  2. Trim brown cardstock into a rectangle and stamp wood grain pattern, then heat emboss.
  3. Corner round brown cardstock bottom edges.
  4. Take a strip of red cardstock and create scallops using slot punch (deeper effect).
  5. Adhere scallop edge cardstock to top center of card base.
  6. Tie ribbon around wood grain cardstock and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.
  7. Add thickers and rhinestones.
  8. Corner round the edges of card front.
:: My Goodies {CONGRATS!}::
Stamps: All Night Media - wood grain background rubber stamp (Michaels)
Ink: Versamark
Cardstocks: Papertrey Ink - dark chocolate + pure poppy; Close to My Heart-turquoise
Accessories: Heat Gun; White Embossing Powder; American Crafts-thickers; Kaiser Craft-rhinestones; Stampin' Up!-so saffron ribbon + slot punch; Corner Rounder

25 comments:

Mr Lee said...

Enjoy your blog.So kind.Good luck!
We hope that we will have the opportunity to make friends with you.
We invite you to come to our blog. You are welcome any time.

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Heather P. said...

This is such a happy card! Love the way you brought all the colors together, and that wood grain is so fun! :)

sarahmartina said...

Hey Ashley! I've been eye-ing that stamp for years!!! You are really pushing me to finally buy it! Your train of thought reminds me of myself so much! lol... Well- Love your card! Have a fab night (and weekend!)

Dana said...

This is so pretty! Turquoise + wood grain = I {heart} your card!! :)

tracy said...

gorgeous! especially love the woodgrain stamp. very unusual as a centerpiece but goes really well!

Regan said...

eeeek!!

its awesome girl!

Winter said...

WINNER, hands down!! :) My favorite card in the challenge! I have been looking for a wood grain stamp, but haven't had any luck. I don't think they have that at our Michael's, but I will keep my eyes open for it! Beautiful card!!

Katy Frame (Kate Creates) said...

Cute card! I hope we both win, lol! Also.. love the engeagement pics! Your Husband seems to be a great photographer!

Odette said...

Ashley your card is one of my favorites!! I just love the design you used and the colors fit so well, and I agree with Winter, a winner for sure!
Hugs,
Odette

~Lori (loree2000 SCS) said...

This is super Ashley! I love how you incorporated the woodgrain into your design!! CUTE!!

Dainty Diva said...

Great card I love the color combination.

Christina said...

This is beautiful! I am loving that wood-grain stamp! You are amazing!

Takisha said...

love your card and the photos Mac took of the engagement!
Kisha

Linda Beeson said...

Wow, about everything on your card. I so love the way you used that wood stamp - do I need to go get one of these now? I am so with you on the ideas in my head that just have to be worked out! I UNDERSTAND!!! And isn't it fun! You did a wonderful job on the color inspiration challenge.

Anya said...

Neat! The woodgrain gives it such a cool, retro look!

Maria said...

FUN card and the engagement pics are amazing too. Love that woodgrain stamp and the layout too.

Savitri said...

What an awesome card. Yes, the colors are awesome this week :) Love that woodgrain stamp! Hmmm, Michael's huh? :P

Purple D said...

The turquoise background really stands out!

Sharon said...

Your card is beautiful. I love it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Deanna said...

Wow love it!

Melissa Sauls said...

Loooooove this!!! That wood grain looks AWESOME! Great job on the color challenge...I thought it was so hard!

Stamping Cafe said...

This card ROCK, LOVE it!!

Jessica said...

I really like this card! So neat looking!

Amy said...

I love coming to your blog and seeing your wonderful creations -- this post is no exception! I think the alternating colors of the letters worked out well.

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