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Hey there! So glad it's Friday EVE! Thanks so much for stopping by yesterday and watching my very first video! I appreciate all of your generous comments!! I hope to improve over time! :)

Today's card was inspired by SCS Color Challenge. I really liked the color combo, but didn't know what I was going to make! I started with Great Friends and stamped the frame using my new SU! markers because I do not own all of the stamp ink pad colors. I thought this was the most effective way (other than investing in the ink spots) to get most of the colors quickly! I used the technique where you color onto the rubber stamp. It works GREAT! Just as if I stamped it. So, I'm very pleased. Also, I used Great Grads for the sentiment and if you have it, you know that there are three congratulations sentiments on one stamp, so the marker worked wonders to stamp the one I wanted. I will be needing another graduation card, so I made it "congratulations."

I practiced using my SU! slot punch to make larger scalloped edges and love the technique. I have no idea why I haven't been using it, but I will now...watch for it soon!

By the way, I am uploading my cards on Flickr and many times before I post them here, so if you want to see cards and projects I've completed before a blog posting view them here. I've also added a Flickr badge on the left side of the blog that features the most recent uploaded card!

Speaking of photos, did you notice a slight change in my pictures? I started using Mac's camera, an Digital SLR (is that right?!), and it works wonders! Now that I have identified the correct settings to use, I feel comfortable using it. Boy, did I make his day when I said, "I love your camera!" I know he thinks I'm going to start photography now, but naaaah, only for my projects and I'll leave the rest for him! I enjoy directing the sessions just fine. Oh yeah, we will photographing a TWINS infant session this weekend....HOW FUN! I'll share with you the maternity session from a couple weekends ago soon, along with a couple of my personal projects used!

Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim bashful blue cardstock into an A2 pre-scored card.
  2. Trim close to cocoa cardstock into a rectangle/square, dry emboss it, scallop edge one end, and corner round the opposing two ends.
  3. Stamp frame on baskful blue cardstock, cut out and adhere to close to cocoa cardstock with foam adhesive.
  4. Stamp flowers on so saffron cardstock, cut out and adhere to frame.
  5. Stamp sentiment, cut strip, add button + rhinestone, and adhere to frame/cardstock.
  6. Tie ribbon into a bow.
  7. Adhere close to cocoa cardstock with foam adhesive to card front.
  8. Corner round the card base.
:: My Goodies {congratulations}::
Stamps: Stampin' Up!-great grads + great friend
Ink: Stampin' Up!-close to cocoa (marker only)
Cardstocks: Stampin' Up!-bashful blue + so saffron + close to cocoa
Accessories: Stampin' Up!-chocolate chip corduroy button + scallop edge punch + so saffron ribbon; KaiserCraft-rhinestone; Provo Craft-cuttlebug + swiss dots embossing folder; corner rounder


Amber said...

This is a beautiful card! I just recently discovered your blog and I think your work is amazing! You've got a great style and a real knack for color.... I'll be checking back often!

Deb said...

I love this card! Your artwork is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!


Regan said...

wow, i am in LOOOOVe with this one

Heather P. said...

Absolutely fabulous! Awesome job with the color challenge! :)

Ann said...

So pretty! I love the Swiss Dots and ribbon, and I'm so glad you left it somewhat CAS.

Dondrea said...

This is such a nice card!!

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Stamping Cafe said...

This is fabulous, love the color combo!!

Anthonette said...

Wow! Beautiful. I've totally under-appreciated Close to Cocoa. I love it when I see it used.

Mrs. ABC said...

I like this one. And yes, in hopes of more videos from you, I'd like to see you make this flower. Thanks.

Angie Tieman said...

Ooooh, lovely card! Love the colors, texture and big ribbon!

Deb Rymer said...

Great card, Ashley! I love each of the elements and especially the way you placed them on the layout - so charming. Great use of the colors, too - just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!! Glad I stumbled in here! Love the colors, love the design! TFS!!

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