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:
Jennipher's Blog (owner)
Two Tears in my Bucket
Samantha (DT Coordinator)
Crafty Couple's Corner
My Little Somethings
Gemini Visions Art
Stacey's Creative Corner
The Paper Peasant
With All My Heart
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!