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

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My First Guest Designer Invite

I am delighted to have been invited to be the July Guest Designer for The Sweet Stop Challenge.  This is truly an honor for me, as it is my very first invite of this sort.  So without further delay, here is this week's sketch challenge:

Here is my creation...

I was inspired to create this card based on a design I saw at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Chantilly, Virginia this past weekend.  I love "shaker cards," and this was my first attempt to make one of my own. 

I have to share a little secret with you though, the plastic dome for the "shaker" is actually recycled embellishment packaging! 
Yay!  I've gone green - LOL!  I was pretty happy with the outcome of this project.  The fish stamp I used is from The Angel Company.  I coloured the image with COPICS, then added Stickles Diamond, two coats of SU Crystal Effects, and for the finishing touch: those crazy googly eyes.  I tore a strip of paper, and used it as a template to sponge shades of blue for a water background.  The seaweed is hand drawn, and I used Mudd Puddles (fun stuff!) for the ocean floor.  Then, before I encased the finished image into the "shaker,"  I added some dew drops.

I did not use any printed designer paper for this card.  Instead, I hand-stamped the "designer paper" using the following stamps: SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds,  Stubby stamper Tiny Leaves by Judith, and Seashells from The Angel Company.

Other tools used:
Nesties: Circles, Labels #8
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Mesh
Cricut (for lettering): Lyrical Letters

What a fun card this turned out to be!  Come play along at  The Sweet Stop Challenge - I can't wait to oooh & ahhhh over your creations!

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
KL Stampin' N Scrapping Challenge #37 - Summer and Beach Theme
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #90- Water
Crafty Calendar Challenge #10 - Summer
Other Lovelies #0019 - Something Fishy
The Crafty Pad - Animal Fun

Thanks for visiting today.  Please leave me a comment to let me know that you stopped by - I love hearing from you!


  1. this is a great card Annette!! I love it! I love the fish, and the dew drops and the sentiment! It's all awesome!! Great job and congrats on the Guest DT spot! You deserve it! Talented lady! :o)

  2. Welcome to being our guest designer this month at The Sweet Stop Sketches. We are so glad to have you and your blog and card is wonderful!

  3. I love your card and aren't yo the crafty one going green on us!

  4. OMG......Your card is fabulous Annette!!! I'm totally blown away with your detailing, your image is fabulous and your layout amazing!!! Thanks for joining us at KLSNS!

  5. Hi Annette ... this card is totally aweesoome :) I looove it. What a fun stamp and I really love the embossing too.. you've reminded me that it's been some time that I did a shaker card now and yours is fab. Wanted also to thank you for choosing me as this month's GDT at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenges, I am so happy about this as its a first for me xx

  6. great card thanks for joining us at the crafty pad

  7. Great card

    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

    Hugs Jane x

  8. Fantastic card.
    Thanks so much for joining us at the crafty pad this week
    Hugs rozzy xx

  9. so creative Annette! wonderful attention to detail and designing! TFS!
    Pam Going Postal

  10. congrats on your GDT spot! love the card. and what a great trick - reusing embellies packaging! so creative in every way...

  11. Wow, this is such a fabulous card! I love the cute fish and the colours you've used are lovely! Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calendar Challenge! :) Georgia xx

  12. This is absolutely fantastic! What are the little pebbles? You may have said but I missed it. Thanks for playing along with other - lovelies thoughtful thursdays challenge! BTW, you are the winner! Email with your info.


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