Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fish and Flowers and Lots of Challenges

I've been doing some major therapy and finished several cards for challenges this weekend. I am having a lot of fun with two Gina K Designs stamp sets illustrated by Theresa Momber.  Here is what I have to share so far.

I made this fish sweatshirt card for the Release Party Sketch Challenge hosted by Theresa over at  I wonder if she realized that the little fisher guy in her set, Gone Fishing, makes the perfect "i" for the word fish from her Eat. Sleep. Fish sentiment. I discovered this by accident and decided to use it on a sweatshirt stamp from Just So Sporty. I stamped the sweatshirt on white and blue sheets from the Basic Grey Granola pad.  I cut the sleeves and hood from the blue shirt and paper pieced it to the white shirt.  I also stamped the "F sh" from the sentiment stamp using a black marker to omit the "i".  Then I used a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the little fisher guy. The sweatshirt is mounted on a piece from brown paper from the same pad and then mounted on Pure Luxury Black Onyx.  I used a real piece of burlap and stitched the border with black DMC embroidery floss.  Stampin' Up's retired Blue Bayou matched the blue from the paper pad perfectly. I inked up a small piece with the same color ink using the SU background stamp, Sanded.  The striped piece is also from the Granola pad.  Attached some pewter brads and put it all together on a PL Black Onyx card base measuring 5" x 6.5". 

Next is this card I made for Lee's Release Party Color Challenge. She challenged us to use Aqua, Lemon and a neutral.  Most people were using white as the neutral so I decided to pick a different color.  I chose Pure Luxury Chocolate.  The aqua is Cool Caribbean and the Lemon is Pure Luxury Lemon Drop along with some lemon colored paper from Basic Grey Origins paper pad. I love the font used for the Happy Birthday sentiment from the set Sending Sunshine and could not resist using it here.  The daffodils are also from Sending Sunshine.

The paper flower on this one was originally intended for the Color Challenge card but was too big.  So I decided to make another card with the similar color scheme, but adding some Kraft and a piece of green satin ribbon. Sentiment and butterflies are from Sending Sunshine.

My final card is my entry for Tina's color challenge to use Ocean Mist and Tan Leather with a neutral.  I used the spotlight technique on the flowers and kept the card simple.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. It had been dreary here and sign of sunshine for the next few days. Good stamping weather. :o)  Back to work tomorrow and another crazy week.  If you have time, please leave a comment let me know what you think or if you have any questions about anything I've shared.  Make it a fabulous week!


Linda Beeson said...

Wow, these are all wonderful! Can't even say which is my favorite except that I do love the last one with the colored daffodils over the black/white ones.

Donna said...

all these cards are fabulous, Melissa!! But I ADORE the itty bitty fisherman on the hoodie, how clever are you?!?! The material you used on it makes it more earthy and awesome for a masculine card!!