Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Handstamped Sentiments Design Team Tryout

Some of you are probably familiar with Handstamped Sentiments, a weekly challenge and inspiration blog.  Well, it just so happens they have a few design team spots available, so, I figured I'd give it the good ole college try.

HSS, you see, holds a very special place in my heart.  Back when I first started blogging, My Cheery Cherry Blossoms card was chosen as an artist pick, which happened to be the very first challenge I ever won.  That gave me SUCH a boost, I'd love an opportunity to give back.

Here's my entry:

I recently discovered (quite by accident, actually) that the negative strip left behind after cutting out a Fancy Favor Box makes a REALLY COOL border strip, and that strip in pool party is what started this card off. The background is double embossed with Vintage Wallpaper and Stripes and the patterned paper is from Attic Boutique - this paper is GORGEOUS... I'm so happy I finally cut into it!

The flowers are punched from Boho Blossoms, and hand-colored using a modified technique I picked up from Kittie over at Kittie Kraft.  Her flowers look way awesomer than mine do, but I'm learning, lol!

Here's a close up of the sentiment treatment:

I first saw this curled edge technique from Ann over at Stampin' Chic - she's my hero! I ADORE her style (she also introduced me to the Color Spritzer tool, which was love at first sight, lol!) and I'm constantly inspired by her creativity!

This card is very "michey"- it's kinda sophisticated and a little bit shabby 'n vintagey. Hopefully this entry is worthy of Design Team consideration -- I'm frequently inspired by the HSS gals, and I'm super excited for the opportunity to share the love!

Most of my creations feature only Stampin Up products, here are a few of my favorites to give the judges a better idea of my style:

Thanks for taking a peek!


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  1. Hi! That's really lovely! I like how everything is so clean and understated and elegant! Good luck!!!

  2. Curled edge treatment makes this card fabulous! My neighbor showed me how to quill and this reminds me of that. I pictured her first card on my blog and it has quilled flowers ('natch).

  3. Beautiful card. Love your flowers. Great idea for using the negative from the Fancy Favor box!

  4. Lovely card as are the others you submitted for the Hand Stamped Sentiments design team. Wishing you luck.

  5. How cute are those little scrolled banners?! I love the layout, the colors and the different textures. Thank you for "trying out" at Hand Stamped Sentiments!! Good luck! :)

  6. Beautiful card!! I love the elegant look. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  7. So many beautiful layers! I too love the negative strip from the Fancy Favor box. Thanks so much for your entry to the Hand Stamped Sentiments design team tryouts.

  8. Beautiful card!! I love your project and am so happy that we helped boost your creative confidence!! You are talented. Thanks so much for trying out for HSS!!

  9. Love the POP of yellow, such a pretty card!! Thanks for joining us over at HSS for the DT tryouts, best of luck! :)

  10. Very lovely card! Love your use of the 2 embossing folders. Thanks for trying out for our design team.

  11. Oh, Michey! This is the prettiest card I've ever seen! I love the texture, colors, and especially love the little curled banner - adorable! xoxox


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