Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Perfect Sentiment Challenge Blog Launches Today!

Good morning everyone! I have lots of exciting news today!  First, I had mentioned that Jennipher Lowery was starting a new weekly challenge blog called The Perfect Sentiment, and she was looking for a DT. I haven't had a chance to post the news that she now has her DT, and I have been chosen to be a Senior Designer on the Executive Design Team for this exciting new blog!!!! WHOOOO-HOOOOOO!  You may have noticed the badge in my sidebar - that was a clue! lol  Can you tell how happy I am? : )  Jennifer and Sami, who is also on the Executive Team and is the DT Coordinator, have done a fabulous job chosing several very talented ladies for this team. Not to mention that they are so talented themselves! You will be truly inspired, I know.
Soooooooo.........drum roll please.........the next big news is that The Perfect Sentiment Challenge Blog officially begins today, October 5th. I am loving the first challenge, PSC01, which is to make a Sympathy Card, and the twist is - it must have lace of some type on it.  This is how all of the challenges will run.  Each Wednesday, you will be challenged to make a type of card - Sympathy, Get Well, Missing You, and who knows what else, but you will be given an added "something" to challenge you.  Doesn't that sound like FUN?!!!  Yep! lol

Every week that you enter, your card might get picked as one of the Perfect 3! Click on the PS Challenge link above and have a look at the lovely badge you get to post on your blog if your entry gets chosen for this honor.  To top it all off, we are proud to say that we have a sponsor for our very first week!    Our sponsor this week is GLITTERBABE DIGIS.  Stef, the owner, has been extremely generous and is offering a $10 gift certificate to her store if your name is drawn. That is enough to buy 3 of her fantastic digis!!  Click on her shop name above and have a look at her lovely images. You will want some!!!
So here is the card I made for PSC01 using one of those beautiful digis:


For those of you who may not know me, you may be surprised when I say that for me this card is actually on the CAS side! I decided not to load it up with my usual embellies and bling since it is a Sympathy Card, although everyone may not feel this way at all.   Notice that you don't have to use the word "Sympathy" in your sentiment.  I used a sentiment stamp that conveys sympathy from Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped it with pink pigment ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. The paper I stamped it on is a piece of cardstock that I colored using the "shaving cream with alcohol ink technique".  It is hard to see the paper in this picture, but it has all the colors that are in the rest of the card. If anyone is interested in this technique, let me know and I will post a tutorial. I adhered my sentiment to a rosey-pink cs, then adhered the whole thing with 3D Dots over my lace ribbon (There's my lace requirement!), which also has Prima flowers glued to it.  The pretty striped dp is from Sassafraslass, and I used an EK Success border punch on the bottom. I adhered this to a 5 x 7 blue card base.  The lovely waterlily I used is (as I mentioned) one of Glitterbabe's lovely digi's. I printed it out on Neenah paper, colored it with a combination of Copics, Prismacolor Pencils used with Googone (I use Googone instead of Mineral Spirits all the time - are you familiar with this?), Smooch, and chalks for the background. I use a Spellbinders Label Nestie to cut it out, and to cut the rose Little Yellow Bicycle cs under it. I inked the edges of both of these and adhered these both with 3D Dots for dimension. I finally added some flat-backed pearls in each upper corner. I can't help it - I always have to have a pearl somewhere!

I hope you will join in our challenge! Get started with us right at the beginning. Remember, link your blog post with your entry to THE PERFECT SENTIMENT CHALLENGE BLOG, and please use keyword  PSC01. Deadline for your entry is Sunday at 10 pm EST.
Also, if you decide to enter, why not stop by Stef's blog, GLITTERBABE GREETINGS, and leave her some love for her generosity to us.

As I mentioned, when you stop by the PSCB, you will definitely be inspired by the DT. There are links there to all the blogs, but for your convenience, I am going to list the DT blogs here also, just to make it easy for you to stop by. I promise you will be inspired! Here they are:

Jan's blog

Kimberly's Blog 

Paper Expressions
Jennipher's Blog (owner)

Rochelle's Blog
Two Tears in my Bucket

Samantha (DT Coordinator)
Crafty Couple's Corner

Sarah's Blog
My Little Somethings   
Shelly's blog
Gemini Visions Art

Stacey's Creative Corner
Stacey's Blog

Theresa's Blog
The Paper Peasant

With All My Heart
Tere's Blog

Shaunna's Blog


I hope I didn't leave anyone out! I also hope to see your creations at The Perfect Sentiment! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Let me know what you think about any of this - including any questions or ideas about my card.  I love to read your comments!


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

holy moly lynn! wow! absolutely gorgeous!

i am grabbing it to showcase on my SHOWCASE SATURDAYS. please keep checking on saturdays because if you have the winning card with a GB image, you stand to win a free image from me!

hugs :)

Kimberly said...

This is so pretty!! I love the bouquet of flowers!

Sarah Bennett said...

Wonderful card, Lynn! I love your special little touches like the pearls in the corners and the way you cut the border. Beautiful!

shaunnaRooskie said...

i love your card Lynn! the stripes really give it that extra something, and that little bouquet is such a wonderful touch!

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

Such a pretty card! I love that little bouquet!


Rochelle said...

Great coloring!

Scrappin Abby said...

Hi this card is awesome..I really like the digi you used and the colors just make this card pop...great job : )

The Paper Peasant said...

So beautiful Lynn! The little extra's that you included just really pull it all together!!!

Jennipher Lowery said...

I love what you did with that Lilly! All that pink is so pretty and then you paired it with that soft blue...gorgeous! Great work Lynn!

Margaret said...

Fabulous card and you did an awesome job on the coloring. I love flowers and this one is just over the top!