Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge: Lovely as a Tree

Good morning friends!  What a difference a day makes, boy is it cold outside (fall is definitely here.)  My card for this weeks Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge is perfect for these fall days.  I needed to make a birthday card for my Grandpa so I decided to use the longtime favorite, but not used for awhile stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.  I started with a cardbase of Sahara Sand and then added a layer of Tangerine Tango and Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.  I used my 2 1/2" circle punch to punch out the outline circle.  I added another piece of coordinating DSP and wrapped a piece of Canvas Trim Ribbon for a fun accent.

The main stamped image is from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I colored directly on the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers and "thumped" the different colors on the leaves so that when I stamped them it looked like fall leaves.  I used the Big Shot and the Circle Collection framelits to cut out the tree image so that it nested inside the circle cutout and attached it with dimensionals so it pops.  For the final element I stamped the greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, punched it out with the Word Window Punch and then matted on a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock punched with the Modern Label Punch.  I softened both of the punched out pieces by sponging around the edges with Sahara Sand ink.  The greeting was attached to the card with dimensionals.
I really like how soft and calming the card turned out, I think my Grandpa will love it, and you could easily us the card for lots of different occasions by just changing out the greeting.  I hope you enjoyed this card and this is a fun sketch that you'll want to save to play with for your own projects in the future.
Happy stamping!

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  1. What a great way to use a classic stamp set! Love how you colored the tree! You gave it a real fall look! And I love the Natural Trim that you added, too! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  2. Such a great standby stamp set...I need to pull it out for fall! Love it combined with Sweater Weather. Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  3. What a wonderful card and a GREAT masculine card! I need to pull that set out again and play with it some! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  4. Oh, my! This is beautiful! A great masuline card! Thanks for joining us in the Sketch Challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. Oh that is a great stamp to use for this sketch and I love the multicolor leaves... great masculine card!! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!


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