Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Good morning!

Well, we had a very productive weekend in our yard. We cut back out huge - and I mean HUGE, Forsythia bushes, transplanted a creeping vine that was strangling the Lilacs, reduced the number of Daylilies in the front garden and transplanted some wayward tulips to another area of the garden. Oh, and we rototilled an area of the backyard ready for our veggie garden! And that was just on Sunday! I was a little sore yesterday but it was worth the effort.

I'm sorry I was a little quiet last week, but after returning from my work trip to Sacramento, I was busy trying to get the last few cards done for April's Dirty Dozen gallery - which, by the way, opened last Sunday. This month's theme is Let The Sunshine In and you should see some of the samples in that gallery! Whoa mama! I made a couple of cards using some recently released stamps and dies from All That Scraps too!

Speaking of which, today is review day over at the ATS's blog and the girls and I have changed things up a bit this week - literally! You'll get to see all sorts of new cards made from any one of the new stamps released a couple of weeks ago! Since I did a ton of gardening over the weekend, I decided to use the cutie pie from the Laugh Lines Garden stamp collection!

Is she not the cutest?! I looooove her boots! I so want a pair now! Hehe

To make this card, I stamped out the image onto some Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock with my StazOn Jet Black ink, then colored the image up with my SU reinkers and aquapainter brush. I used Creamy Caramel for her skin, Pretty In Pink for her blush, Buckaroo Blue (retired) for her overalls, a combination of Pumpkin Pie and Regal Rose for her boots, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride for her bucket and a combination of Really Rust and Chocolate Chip for her hair. Oh, and I copied something that I saw Amy Young doing with her Laugh Lines girls - I gave her some green eyes! Awesome idea Amy!! I meant to give her hair a bit more shine, but I'm breaking in a new aquapainter brush and the thing leaks too much water for my liking! I prefer my brushes a little bit more worn! ;)

The card's layout is based on this week's Deconstructing Sketch #47, which I ADORE! I just turned it on it's side to suit my image. I sponged every edge with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Ink, them machine stitched them to some matching cardstock. The card looked a little bare with just the twine and button on the side, so I added a little more detail by adding a border made with the Curly Q die, also from ATS! The sentiment is one of Amy R.'s ones from her So Wordy collection. I really love the fonts she uses!

Ok, now you're free to pop over to the ATS blog to check out everyone else's cards! ;) Enjoy!

Stamps: All That Scraps 'Laugh Lines Garden' and 'So Wordy'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Buckaroo Blue, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Tea Dye'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl'
Access: ATS Curly Q die, PTI Rustic Button Twine and Button - Cream, Sponges, Machine Stitching, Dimensionals


Nancy Thomas said...

Love the earthy colors on this - just perfect for that little cutie pie.

Jen Shults said...

This is absolutely adorable Sandra! I love these papers and that stamp! Too cute!! gorgeous work girl!

April said...

Super cute card!! Love the colors, the papers and the coloring is wonderful!! I must get that Laugh Lines stamp... Thanks for sharing!

jeanne girl said...

Fun card Sandra!!!

Delphine said...

Both gorgeous and super cute, Sandra! Hugs Delphine xx

Mary J said...

such a fabulous use of the papers Sandra - love this!

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