Sunday, May 22, 2011

Define my Gratitude: {PP48} & {JAI68}

Happy Paper Players Sunday everyone!  I am so excited to be your hostess this week for a sketch challenge.  Here's the sketch I designed for you and I can't wait to see what you make with it:
 I used it to make a Teacher Appreciation Week card for my daughter's teacher using the beautiful color combination over at Just Add Ink:  
 
Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum and Whisper White.
Would you like to see the details?  OK, happy to oblige!  I started with a Perfect Plum card base (why don't I use this color more often?) to which I added the flourish stamp from Strength & Hope in two columns roughly down the center:
I stamped each flourish in Perfect Plum ink and placed a piece of Greenhouse Gala paper down the middle.  I cut a 3" circle of Whisper White with my 3" circle die and a Baja Breeze scalloped circle with a nestie. 
I stamped "gratitude" from Define Your Life in Pear Pizzazz and over stamped with a Broadsheet Alphabet "G".  The "G" is stamped off once so it shows as more of a watermark behind the definition.  
Next, I stamped the roses from Flower Fest in Whisper White craft ink on Perfect Plum DSP, sprinkled with white stampin' emboss powder and heat set.  To make the 3 flowers on my card, I made 6 embossed flowers and cut out the center of half of them to layer and add dimension.  I wanted them to look a bit like sugar coated flowers, so I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the edges with a glue pen.  So sparkly IRL!  A few Pear Pizzazz branches from the 2-step Bird XL punch finished off my flowers perfectly!
The inside uses a non-SU sentiment that is so fitting for my daughter's teacher!  I stamped it in Perfect Plum on Whisper White and added some more Flower Fest roses in Baja Breeze and a couple more Pear Pizzazz leaves.

So, what do you think of today's card?  I would love to know!  Can you play along with us this week?  I sure hope so!  You have until Friday May 27th at midnight (PST) to link up your creation at The Paper Players.  We can't wait to come visit you.  Have a great week my friends!

supplies:
stamps: flower fest, define your life, broadsheet alphabet, strength & hope
ink: pear pizzazz, baja breeze, perfect plum classic inks and whisper white craft ink
paper: perfect plum, pear pizzazz, whisper white, baja breeze CS; designer patterns stack subtles; greenhouse gala DSP
xtras: 2-step bird punch; white stampin' emboss powder; dazzling diamonds; 3" circle die; scalloped circle nestabilities

26 comments:

Always Playing with Paper said...

Oh Nance! Such a thoughtful, pretty card and the scroll from Strength and Hope looks perfect! Love the embossed roses with the glitter too! Such a fabulous card! I KNOW her teacher will treasure it! I would!
Hugs!
Lesley

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance this is such a pretty card! Love the color combo and your sketch. I really like the watermark scroll from Strenght and Hope on the plum, and I LOVE the watermark G under the definition. I have this set and never use it much for cards, mostly scrapbooking, but WOW great inspiration and beautiful card.

Mae Collins said...

Lovely card, I especially love your 'sugared coated' flowers and the watermark effect you did with the 'G' behind the definition. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink this week.

Linda Callahan said...

Love those sparkly edged flowers! Your sketch is terrific - as is your card :) And I love how you did the sentiment - classy!

Christina said...

Nance, this card is simply amazing! It is just so elegant and beautiful. I especially love those "sugared" flowers and the watermark under the sentiment. Brilliant design!

Deb Naylor said...

so pretty!

Nancy said...

My original post didn't come through! Anyhow love the color combo, the sugar-coated flowers are yummy looking, the watermark over the sentiment and your use of the Flourish stamp in columns down the center of the DSP, very nice touch. The inside sentiment is perfect for a teacher, I'm sure she loved it.
Luv,
Mom

Marisa said...

Love how you used the sketch and the colour combo. The flowers are fabulous as is the image down the vertical panel. Lovely as always :)

Karen said...

Nance, I really love how you interpreted your own sketch and used the flourish down each side the the DSP. Awesome colours

Anne Marie said...

Nance, thanks for the awesome inspiration with the sketch this week. I just love eveything about your card! The color combo is stunning and those flowers are fan-tab-u-lous! The scroll border down the missle panel looks awesome. I also really like the inside of the card. Such a fun card with perfect "Nance-Style"! Hugs!

Ann Schach said...

Wonderful sketch, Nance! I love the embossed flowers and the flourishes! I am sure your daughter's teacher will love it, too!

Joan said...

This is beautiful, Nance! I love the flourish down the side of the column! And the glittery embossed flowers just pop off the page. You're daughter's teacher will love this, I'm sure.

Lauri said...

This is beautiful! I love the effect of the alphabet stamp! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jen said...

Oh my! I love the dimension of the flowers and how you've highlighted them with dazzling diamonds. But how you've used the flourish stamp from Strength and Hope is genius! Your card is just fabulous!!

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

Really gorgeous Nance. I really love the embossed and paper pieced flowers. Thanks for playing at JAI this week. Great sketch and colour combo!

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous card, Nance! I hope I get to play with these CD colors because I LOVE them!

LeAnne said...

Oops, I was thinking these were Color Dare colors, but I see they're JAI! Well, I knew what I meant! :D

Beth Fesperman said...

I love this card and your blog...following you now...
www.bethfesperman.blogspot.com

Alicia said...

There's so much great detail on this card! It's beautiful! I love the polka dot flowers and the embossed edge detail and paper piecing.

Melissa said...

A great card and I love the sentiment done that way, very effective.

jaydee said...

Nance, the flowers are just amazing. I love this sketch and what you did with it! The colors are so soft and serene. Thanks so much for inspiring me to get out the Define your Life stamps... I really need to do that.
Hugs
Jaydee

delysc said...

Beautiful card and love the flowers

Heidi Baks said...

Great layout and flower accents! I love how you combined the letter with the sentiment. Thanks for playing SUO Challenges.

Christy Q said...

Nance- somehow I missed this card the first time you posted it so I'm catching up now. I love this - the colors you used and how you created your background for the card base. Each time I visit your blog, my wish list gets longer (seriously!). :)

Jen Timko said...

Love the "g" behind the definition! What a pretty card! So glad you joined the SUO Challenge this week!

Melina said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at SUO Challenges :)