Friday, February 29, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #36

This week's blogger's challenge was to use the layout on page 44 of the Spring Summer Catalog - "with deepest sympathy".

The baby's baptism is scheduled for April 20, so I've started thinking about making invitations. Mind you, his baby announcements are not done yet, but why should that stop me? Perhaps because he has some sort of sensor that wakes him up from his nap the instant I walk into my stamp room?

At any rate, I thought this layout was simple enough that I should be able to whip up 20 invites in the next week or so. If I get the cutting and stamping done, I can assemble them anywhere.

For this card, I wanted to use the christening dress from the retired stamp set Buggies & Booties. In fact, I bought this stamp set when it was retiring so that I could make my future children's baptism invites. ;)

I was inspired by Heather Nichols to stamp on kraft cardstock instead of white. It's a very different look and I think it makes the card look a little more vintagey.

I tried just stamping the dress and sentiment with white ink, but it didn't show up enough so I had to emboss it. (For the record, I tried Stampin' Up Craft white, Brilliance White and Palette Noir new canvas and none of them were bright enough.)

I did sponge some Brilliance white ink onto the embossed panel to make it pop a little more.

That's pretty much it. I'm hoping to become a regular blogger's challenge member again, but to be honest it might take me a couple more weeks to get up to snuff. I literally threw this card together in 20 minutes before my little guy noticed I was gone.

Stamps: Buggies & Booties, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: VersaMark, Brilliance white ink
Paper:
Confetti Tan, Blue Bayou, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories:
Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon, Brass Hodge Podge Hardware, white detail embossing powder
Tools: Cuttlebug, Textile Texture embossing folder, sponge

17 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Good for you for "stealing" some time for yourself! And I'm so impressed with your card. Lovely in deed! I really need to break out my Kraft paper more. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lila H said...

So HAPPY you are back - love this invite for such a special occasion!!

Lisa Somerville said...

These make beautiful invitations - love the vintage feel.

crltggrt said...

It's beautiful! The gown really stands out against the darker background, it almost looks like sheer fabric.

Connie said...

Love the kraft paper...I just picked that up to use this week, too! That is a wonderful invitation...great job with the layout!

Barb Hardeman said...

Darling Invite...good for you getting some stamping time...really sweet card...
Barb

Karen said...

so sweet and what wonderful baptism invites!! great job and welcome back!!

Basement Stamper said...

welcome back and such a wonderful card to re-enter the bloggers challenge with!! This is beautiful!

Nikki Bond said...

So simple and elegant! BEAUTIFUL! {SMILES}

Regina Cornelius said...

What a beauty!!! the card is gorgeous too! lol! you sure have one handsome fella there! I love the feel of your baptism invites.....very nice!

Ida said...

Yeah, You had time to play. Great job with the sketch. Love how the white image shows up on the Kraft card stock, it's very striking. Love the Embossed cuttlebug as well.

Lori said...

This will make a lovely invitation. White ink on kraft cardstock is such a nice combination.

Charlotte said...

Love the look of the white againsta the craft paper. This card makes a beautiful invitation.

Leigh said...

Lovely card, Stef!

Lisa Bohler said...

I'm so glad you have returned to the stampin world...even if it's only during naps!

I love the look of the white on the kraft, too! This stamp really leans toward vintage so the look is perfect!

Amber Porter said...

This is adorable! Love that white ink on the kraft cardstock!!

Margaret said...

This is beautiful, Stephanie! Love this set! The white on kraft looks wonderful.