Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday Mash Up Card Entry

Hello everyone.  It's been a rather stressful week around here.  We're still waiting to hear if my husband has been selected for a promotion, which involves another transfer.  I've been battling wicked allergy sinus problems, and I am just SOOOO ready for this week to be over.  So to de-stress, I made myself do some stamping tonight.

I decided to take on Friday Mashup challenge #2.  Not so much because of the layout, but because I was intrigued by the suggested color combo of Marina Mist, Cajun Craze and Crumb Cake.  All great colors, but I'm not sure I would have thought to put them together.  I seem to always gravitate to the subtles group, so it was a fun change of pace to take a subtle, a neutral and a regal and play!

Here is the sketch from Friday Mashup that I followed.

Once I decided on how I would use the colors, including a piece of the new Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (love that stuff!), I then had to figure out what stamped images to use.  As one of my free sets during Sale-A-Bration, I had selected "Happy Together" but I had never used it yet.  I'd been thinking a lot about those little birdies and how I could use them.  And as you can see, I turned the whole design sideways.  Here's what I came up with.  What do you think?

I even gave the inside some love.  I always feel like a dark card base needs a lighter interior for the greeting or personal message someone will add.

I did my usual sponging of edges .. I seem to do that a lot.  I also pulled out the Color Spritzer Tool and my Marina Mist marker to add some small splashes of color.

I did a little sneeky Pete cheat as well.  Most of the entries have included a punched scallop edge of some sort.  But I decided to take the "stem" stamp from Happy Together and stamp at the very edge of the Marina Mist layer.  I thought it looked kind of scallopy (yes, I'm making up words again) without doing any punching.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little expedition in colors this evening.  I hope everyone has a blessed Easter holiday.

Thanks for looking at my blog. I appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone leaves. Happy Stamping!


  1. This is adorable! The spritzing adds a great subtle touch. I also always line the inside of my dark cards...and adding bird inside was a great idea.
    Thanks for playing along with the Friday Mashup!

  2. How cute is this! Those little birdies are darling! So happy you joined us at the Friday Mashup this week!

  3. Such a sweet card - love those little guys! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Friday Mashup!

  4. Great idea to use your stamp on the edge like that.. An edge sponger girl like me.. I say you can never sponge too much or spritz! Great take on the sketch and color combo.I hope you get good news about your hubby soon and your sinuses clear up the pollen is killer this time of year. Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

  5. Fantastic card!! I am SO with you on the edge daughter yells at me because I hate to leave edges plain. If I dont sponge them I feel like I havent finished the card.

    You did a great job mashing up the challenges, and I hope your week ends on a good note!! Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

  6. You did an awesome job with the challenge, the birds were a perfect choice.

  7. This is soooo cute! Every time I see that set, I think....I should get that! So adorable! Thanks for your kind comment on my watermelon card! Have a happy Easter! ~Chanda