Thursday, February 21, 2013

Enjoy this day/PSSparks/RS#51

Hi all and happy Thursday to you! I want to share a card I made for two challenges: Paper Smooches Sparks - Cool Shades challenge and Retro Sketches #51:

and the inside:

Here are the challenges: a color theme and a sketch:

I literally had so many ideas for this sketch. I kept picking out a stamp set, then I'd see another one and have a better idea, discard the first one, see another one, etc... I swear it is AGONIZING just trying to get started on a card! I can't make up my mind! Anyone else have this problem?!

I got to play with my new Paper Smooches dies! EEK! So happy that Kim is making dies to go along with her adorable stamps! (Doing the Happy Dance!) I cut the Duo Dies 1 twice: in the aqua dots and in a scrap of chocolate card stock that I embossed months ago and held on to. (Cuz ya never know when ya may need it!) And it turns out I used it today! I even used the negative aqua dots die cut for the inside. Sweet!  I die cut the Butterflies 2 dies and stamped them. (using a cherry colored marker, thus the funky lines on the larger butterfly. That's ok, I like the wonky look it gave.) Glued those down then added rhinestones, along with the rhinestones along the side. Stamped the sentiment, added some twine, and done!  I love a great sketch, even better when you can combine it with a specific color combo! I am stoked about how good this turned out! Yay!

If you haven't tried your hand at either of these challenges, I highly suggest you do. They are so much fun! Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a fantastic day!


Card stock: Bazzill (brown card base); Recollections (cream, brown)
DP: Echo Park - Dots & Stripes Metropolitan (aqua dots); MME - Ooh La La (cherry crosshatch)
Stamps: Paper Smooches - Flap Happy; Birthday Sampler
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa
Adhesives: SA by 3L (MyStik, 3D foam squares); Therm-o-web dots; Helmar 450 glue
Accessories: Grand Calibur; Paper Smooches Duo Dies 1, Butterflies 2 die; Doodlebug twine; Rhinestones from my stash; Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl Embossing Folder


  1. this is a fab design Chris! i love the layered dot papers, 1 patterned the other embossed!

  2. Using the marker really gave the butterfly a neat texture! And those huge rhinestones...awesome :)

  3. Ooh, love the new Paper Smooches dies! And love this adorable card! The polka dots are so happy and cheery. Love the colors and the butterflies, too!

  4. What a pretty card...diggin those large polka dots :0)
    Still waitin for the PS dies to reach our shores :0)
    Jenny x

  5. I love that you decorated the inside too! Darling card!

  6. Love how you used the positive and negative die shapes!

  7. Great design! The butterflies are so pretty in that bright pink. Love how you used the new PS dies here. Thanks for joining us for the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.

  8. OHHH! I love that you decorated the inside! I need to remember this sometime:) FAB card! THANKS for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge-- I hope you join in the fun with this week's challenge {picture perfect}!!!


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