Thursday, February 7, 2013

Color My Heart Blush & Cranberry

I knew two things when I got this week's Color My Heart dare colors, I wanted to use the Burlap Ribbon and I wanted to combine the Blush and Cranberry colors with another challenge.  Here's what I came up with:

The layout is based off of Mojo Monday Sketch #279.

I also thought it would be nice to limit my stamps to one set.  Although I own a bazillion stamp sets (yes, bazillion with a "B") and can combine to my heart's delight, I think we sometimes do an injustice to people who might have fewer sets.  This card uses Love Life. The only finagling I did was with "Love..."  The actual stamp says, "Live. Laugh. Love."  I inked just "Love.", cleaned it, then very carefully inked the "." and stamped it two more times. 

Can you see the pattern on the paper strip of Cranberry? That's tone on tone using one of the texture stamps.  The only non-CTMH thing on this card is the white satin-edged ribbon. It came from Hobby Lobby. The Blush paper is from an old B&T set.  If you wanted to achieve this same effect, you could lightly sandpaper cardstock to expose a hint of the white core.

And that swirl, well...let me tell you what happened there.  I got the card done without it and thought, "I need to create a triangle of Cranberry for the sake of symmetry." Mind you, the card is now done. Sewed, mounted, stuck down, done. And there are scissors, ink pads, daubers, and other bits of stuff littering my desk.  I decide to add the swirl but forget to clean off a space on my desk. I peel back the ribbon, stamp the swirl, and...oops.  The image isn't complete because the edge of my acrylic block is resting on a pair of scissors.


But even though I had to do a second stamping and it didn't line up perfectly, I wasn't so unhappy with it that I decided to redo the entire card.  However, if you plan to stamplift this card, I suggest clearing a space and stamping the swirl before you sew the blush piece or secure the burlap ribbon.  But it's only a suggestion.

Until next time,

P.S.  When I showed this card to my husband, he said, "Does it say 'obey' on the inside?" It doesn't, so he thinks the card isn't finished.  I'm not sure if I will dissuade him from that thinking or not.  I find it's better to let him live with his illusions sometimes.


  1. Great job with the sketch! I used the Mojo Monday sketch too this week. I LOVE that you used burlab ribbon for the center strip! Your little anecdotes are hilarious and I totally understand about having scissors in the way during stamping! But I didn't notice the smudge on the swirl. I think it looks great, it's an added touch that I appreciated most about your card.

  2. I love you story! In my studio space the same issue occurs despite 100 drawers to store things!!!!! Great card and I would not have noticed the issue if you had not told me. Have a wonderful week.

  3. Honour and obey? A lot of work (and final finagling!) went into that card, which deserves respect! Wonderful combination of textures, with lots of triangular elements, including the pinking-shears cut on the red strip, the zig-zag stitching and the flagged burlap...your feeling about that last cranberry flourish was spot on. I'd be game for the CMH gals to participate in OWH.

  4. Great use of the Mojo Monday sketch, Becca! I love the Love Life set and you showed it off beautifully with this card. I like all the stitching and the use of burlap ribbon also. Wonderful card for the Cranberry and Blush Color Dare this week!

    :) Marie

  5. This is one fabulous card Becca! Love the story about the swirl, something that has happened to all of us no doubt! Love all your textures, it makes for one magnificent card.


  6. Oh my goodness, I love this post! Great idea with using a single stamp set. I cannot tell you how many times I have bumped the block on a tool in the same way! Love your stitching and the red triangle, lol! ;)

  7. Congratulations for winning the Mojo Monday challenge! Your card is beautiful.

  8. Congratulations on winning the Mojo Monday, I linked over from there =)
    Your card is gorgeous & I loved your story, lol, how does all that stuff always end up right in our way?!

  9. Congratulations on winning Mojo Monday. Your card is so beautiful. Love your all your stitching!

  10. PS. It's nice to have a CTMH consultant win at Mojo Monday.


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