Sunday, February 22, 2009

First SSS Challenge

I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend who's father passed away last week. While doing my morning blog reading this morning, I came across Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge on her blog, The Sweetest Thing. I decided to play along.
I think this is only the third challenge I have ever tried and the first sketch challenge. I always find it a little challenging to come up with the dimensions of the the sketches. As it turns out, what I thought I was doing with my measurements ended up to be wrong. I wanted my layers to be the same as Karen's card, but I figured the card base was 1/4" from the Soft Sky layer which was 1/4" from the DSP layers. They must be 1/8". Oh well, I like how my card turned out. My measurements are at the end of this post.

I'm guessing that it is okay that I used three brads on each side instead of two because Karen did on her card. I hope that it is okay that my focal image is smaller than in the sketch. Can you tell that I'm new at this? Can you tell that I am a rule follower?

I inked my image with Certainly Celery ink and then used my Old Olive marker to colour in the leaves. I "huffed" the stamp before stamping. This technique is called "Dirty Stamping", but I had a hard time finding any information about it. I learned about it from Dawn's card.

I used my Crop-A-Dile for the hole for my Stay Put Bow, which I think is a great way to make a knot exactly where you want it. I also use a lighter on the end of my ribbon to keep it from fraying. I used my Mat Pack to create the holes for my brads so they would be lined up and evenly spaced.

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Certainly Celery; Baja Breeze Textured; Old Olive, Whisper White
SU Designer Paper - Green Tea from Fall-Winter 2008
SU Ink - Certainly Celery; Old Olive, VersaMark
Stamps - "All I Have Seen" - from SU (Retired);
Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink
Accessories - SU Marker - Old Olive; Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; Certainly Celery Brads from
Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts; Distressing Tool; Mat Pack, Crafter's Tool Kit; Crop-A-Dile

Certainly Celery Base - 5 1/2" by 4 1/4
Baja Breeze layer - 4 3/4 " by 3 1/2
DSP Rectangles - 1 5/8" by 2 1/4
Old Olive - 1 3/4" by 2"


Shari Bielefeld said...

Great job! I really like the colors!

Karen Giron said...

Haha, you make me laugh - I'm a rule follower too! Your card is beautiful and perfect. Sketches are a guidline and as long as you can still see the sketch in your card, you did it right :) Thanks so much for participating! Hope to see you back next week too.

Yankee in England said...

I love the colour combos you used! Great job on the sketch!

Rachael Knight said...

Hi Kim,
Great job with the challenge, love it! I had a giggle too - I'm also a rule follower... so much so that I only put two brads on each side with my entry, even though the voice in my head said three works better!

Hope to see you play along next week too!