HSS Sketch Challenge #16

Good Morning Stampers!!! Finally SUN here in the HOT state of TX. I am thankful for ALL the rain we did get but I am SOOOOO happy to finally have sun, even though it is already like 500 degrees outside and it is like mid-May.
So onto our challenge for this week over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, using a sketch from the Stampin‘ Success Magazine. Here is the template/Sketch that we are using this week. I did 2 cards from this template, I know can you believe it! I am beside myself too- I did one pretty much TRUE to the sketch and then one more interpretive. I hope you like.

Here are my 2 cards, the one on the left is my interpretive one and the one on the right is pretty literal. The stamps sets I used were PUN FUN and ALL HOLIDAYS these are FAB sets to have and so completely versatile. I use PUN FUN for almost anything for anyone from kids to adults. I also REALLY like to color (watercolor and also basic traditional coloring book style coloring) so that set is perfect for that. I have to be honest, these wonderful ideas came from a swap I took part in YEARS ago. I still have a TON of photos that I have taken at different events. I could have seen or gotten the originals at Convention or my old CO team events. If they look familiar- THANK YOU for your inspiration. I love coming home and taking pics of all the swaps I receive and then I package my cards in groups of 5 and use them as door prizes and gifts at my club meetings. I started doing that when my Up-line suggested it at an event years ago, to get rid of all the excess swaps we end up with after events. Great Idea- now onto the cards lets take a closer look see…
With my first card I did a slight variation of the layout. Instead of scattering the inspired shapes so that there were 2 on one side and the 3rd on the other side I lined them up almost vertically. I thought this would be a cute kids card for ANY occasion. I can simply add a sentiment and BAM I have my Birthday, Thank You, Sympathy, or Congratulations card!
I used many different tools to create this card. I used the Marker Direct to Paper on this card, I felt that with me using such primary colors that was the way to go. I used Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun card stock & Ink (I prefer that yellow to the Yo-Yo- Yellow for some reason). I also used Black Staz-on to stamp the main image- so there would be NO bleeding when I colored the image in. I used the spiral punch for the trim along the side and the striped grorgain ribbon in the Real Red color.

Then I used the Spritzer tool with my Brilliant Blue marker to create this cool “Splatter” effect on the Whisper White background card stock. I used my small and large star punches for the star images. I punched out the smaller one first on my card stock and then came back and framed out the small one to give me that perfect image for my card. Then I layered the entire thing onto my Real Red card base- easy peasy!!!

Now for the second card… I jest got this stamp set and have been dying to use it and I actually had the pic of this card saved right after the top one. The first was so fast to make that I thought I could crank out two this week. Plus I had an excuse to use this stamp set. The card stock I used were Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cameo Coral, and Vellum. I changed the sketch just slightly for this card as well. I had originally added ribbon to the card but honestly looking at it thought it was just TOO much- so very gingerly I ripped it off!

For the flowers I did a combo of felt flowers and my 5-petal flower punch using the Cameo Coral textured card stock. I finished off the flowers with a rhinestone brad from my pretties kit.

I used my markers again for the center sentiment, I just LOVE that effect and you don’t have to hassle with lining up and masking and all- easy peasy. Then I just layered the stamped image onto my other pieces of card stock and using my Crop-A-Dile I made a hole that would fit the prongs for my Designer Brad– notice the phrase on the brad, “genuine”- how perfect, right.

I hope you liked the cards for today- come on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along with us, it is SO much fun!!! We love seeing your creations and inspiration. We hope to see you there soon and until next time~ TTFN


  1. Erin,

    I love your cards. Two great color combos. You did a great job this week.

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