Thursday, June 4, 2009

My First DT card - Its a Girl

Hi there everyone,

yep the title says it all. I was delighted (translation excited jumping up and down accompanied by squeals of joy) to recieve an email from the lovely Makeesha to ask me to be the first guest design team member for her weekly challenges. I will be on the DT for the month of June so I will look forward to saying hello each week and hopefully hearing from you all as well!

Now I have discovered that I find colour challenges the hardest to work with - imagine how daunting it was to start off my tenure with a colour challenge. This is the colour combo that Makeesha picked this week.

I did do a fair bit of fiddling and in the end made two cards. But the one I have decided to select as my DT card is right below.

A family friend is expecting a baby in the next few weeks - so my start point was a baby card, given the involvement of Pink Passion - one for a girl. Overall its actually a fairly simple card. My main colour decision to was when possible to space the Celery between the Pink Passion and Pumpkin. I found it gave better contrast for both of them. So starting with a Pink Passion layer, I added a Celery one on top then a Whisper White that was stamped with Polka Dots to match the dotty Pumpkin DSP at the bottom. The main element is the Pink Passion elephant, dressed up with a Celery brad for its eye, glittery Pumpkin ear and a Pumpkin felt Fusion flower. To dress up the Celery ribbon below I also added a row of Pumpkin felt fusion flowers with alternating pink and Celery brads. In the process I discovered that Tombow and Crystal effects just did not want to stick the flowers down but some glue dots and sticky strip later I got that problem solved. Lots of scallops, some piercing and "Its a girl' for the flower stalk and it was all done. The inside was also just finished off simply.

Ok having seen my official card here is the second one I made for the colour challenge.

My starting point for this one was to use the most recent (at the time) Mojo Monday sketch and also to use the same layering as I did for the first. The points to note here are that I used the stripy Background sampler stamp to make the Pink Passion strips on the bottom, then using markers added in Pumpkin and Celery stripes. I got the colour effect on the largest flower, by colouring the centre with a Pumkpin marker and the edge with a Pink Passion one, then used a blender pen to pull the Pumkpin out into the Pink, I did go over after with an aquapainter and a little ink from the ink pads lids to deepen the colour. The top flower was simply rock and rolled and Dazzling Diamonds was added to the Celery flower. The opened up pink brads was accidental really, I opened one up flat just so I could see if the Pink brads were right for the card - size wise and looked and went - hmmm Ok I might keep it this way.

I want to finish today by saying a big thank you to very good friend (and now upline) Sam who kindly lent me Polka Dot, Background Sampler and Petals Pizzazz.

You can check out the brilliant creations from the other DT members here.


"Its a Girl"
All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Wild About You, So Many Sayings, Polka Dot
CardStock: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Wide and narrow Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Pumpkin Pie felt Fusion flowers, 2-way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Certainly Cerlery brads, Pink Bo Bunny brads, Mat pack and piercing tool, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals

"Thank You"
All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Petals Pizzazz, Background Sampler, Simple Wishes (retired hostess set)
CardStock: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Certainly Celery DSP, Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes folder, Ice Rhinestone brad, large pink Bo Bunny brads, wide Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, 2-way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, blender pen


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What fun..... you should be feeling very proud.. I love the "its a girl" card it looks great... I have to make a card tonight for Sue's sister in-law who has just had a girl so I am going to use your card as inspiration - thanks :)

  2. I can see why you've been chosen - love the cards & your blog

  3. Hi, Kim

    Welcome aboard! I'm so happy that Keesh snagged you for the team! You are one talented stamper :)

    Funny - I also started out as a cross stitcher myself! I still like the stitch while watching TV, but I don't spend as much time on it as before, as the stamping and scrapbooking has taken over!

    Just like your little girl, I am also a redhead, and you'll notice that a lot of the ladies on my cards tend to have red hair as well... What can I say, I just think we're underrepresented! ;D Tango Tangerine was just the perfect ink for it.

    The two cards you've shared are fabulous! I love how you've rock 'n rolled your flowers on the second card - I just won this stamp set last weekend and you are inspiring me to put rubber to ink!

    Looking forward to what you'll create this month! :D


  4. Hi Kim!! LOVE what you've done with this week's challenge!! The use of the colours is stunning!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you create this month!!

  5. HUGE CONGRATS KIM!!! Welcome aboard for the month of June! Your work is just georgeous and I look forward to being a regular visitor to your blog!


  6. Congratulations for being selected for the month of June by Keesh. I found her on a blog when I decided to start using my collection of stamps and she was kind enough to send me a technique booklet to get me started when I asked her a question about a card (about a year ago). She is amazing. She obviously has a great eye for talent, as I can see that you have a lot of talent as well! I'll be anxious to see more of your work, Kim. I love the inspiration that you all share with the rest of us. Greetings from Minnesota USA.

  7. Kim, Congratulations on being the June Guest Designer. You deserve it as I have always admired your work!! LOVE your challenge cards and they are just soo well finished off - beautifully made!

  8. Both of your cards are lovely - congratulations!
    Love how you have decorated the inside of them too. Looking forward to seeing your future creations!


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