“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” - Anawanitia

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Very First Challenge

TGIF! (Almost) First and foremost, thanks for stopping by! Between creating new projects and writing up the content for my posts, I have been sooooo busy! It did not take me long to discover how much dedication is required to maintain a blog… kudos to all bloggers! I’m feeling inspired all over again – thank goodness! Otherwise, what am I gonna do with all this craft “stuff”?!

Today, I am participating in my very first challenge, hosted by The Sweet Shop – with a name like that, how could I possibly resist? The challege is to use ONLY a sentiment for the main focal point of the card.

Here's my creation......

There are several different elements to this card. I wanted to try something a little different, so I inked my Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder with VersaMark, and ran it through with glossy paper. Then, I sprinkled black embossing powder over the embossed image, “cooked” it with my handy dandy embossing gun & TA-DAAA! I love the glossy look of embossing powder (did I mention I am easily distracted by shiny objects? LOL!) So, after I punched the Morocco lace border on black cardstock, I embossed the border as well – love it! The sentiment was cut using Spellbinders ovals, and then adorned with Spellbinders Fancy Tags. To give the focal item a little “pop” I embellished it with Kaiser Craft Pearls (my latest fav). The butterfly was cut out of black glitter paper, then “kissed” with a little pearlescent watercolor paints.

Creative Ingredients:
Paper: DCWV Luxury Stack, Black Cardstock, White Cardstock, Stampin Up! Melon Mambo, Petaloo Glittered Sheets - Black.
Ink: VersaMark, Stampin Up! Regal Rose.
Tools: EK Success Morocco Lace border punch, Spellbinders Lattice Pendent, Fancy Labels and Butterflies Embossing Die, Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy Embossing Folder.
Embellishments: KC Pearls – Snow, Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, Pearlescent Watercolor Paints.


  1. Hi and thank you for joining in on my blog candy !. Love your cards they are very pretty
    I also became a follower of your blog..
    Hugs Norma

  2. Hi,
    Welcome to blog land...gorgeous cards..love the layout you have used on this one...thank you for entering my candy and becoming a follower...off to become your follower so i can see more of your gorgeous work...
    Mandy xx

  3. First let me congratulate you for participating with your first challenge and trust me:It's addicting!
    I think your card looks great, thanks for playing at The Sweet Stop.

  4. What a beautiful card, your first challenge of MANY, it is addicting... Thanks for playing with SSS...

  5. Well thanks for making the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge your first ever! Be careful, challenges can get addictive! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along!


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