Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

adventures of perseverance

I need a masculine birthday card this week, and I was excited to use one of my newest stamp sets with the sketch at IN{K}SPIRE_me.  I spent over an hour trying to make it work, but it just wasn't coming together.  First the colors weren't right and when I needed a background image for the top part of the card, the whole stamp set changed:
stamp set - The Open Sea; ink - Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; card stock - Hello Honey, Very Vanilla, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; designer series paper - Typeset; tools/accessories - Bitty Banner punch, Big Shot with Circles Collection framelits, Stampin' Sponge

Now that it's done, I love that the banners echo the ones in the ship's rigging, and that they begin with B so that I can link up at Cardz 4 Guyz, too!

After that struggle, I thought I needed something that involved fewer decisions.  I checked my challenge calendar and realized that CASE-ing Christmas closes tomorrow, and Donna's card is so beautiful it would be a shame if I didn't participate.  This was almost easy since Donna did all the design work - layout, colors and a theme.  The snag for me came when I started sponging - I thought I had spoiled it and would have to ink and emboss a second front panel - aack!  I stuck with it, though, and I'm glad I did:
stamp sets (all retired, sorry) - Four the Holidays, Endless Wishes, Warmth & Wonder (hostess), Berry Christmas; ink - Versamark, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky; stampin' emboss powder - Iridescent Ice; card stock - Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder; tools/accessories - Stampin' Sponge, heat tool, embossing buddy. Stampin' Dimensionals  


Asha said...

Very elegant take on Donna's card, Kathe. Love how you've worked those pretty colours... soft and peaceful. Thank you for sharing your project with CASE-ing Christmas. Our July Blog Hop starts tomorrow and there’ll be lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs. Make sure you visit the challenge blog tomorrow for details. I’m really looking forward to seeing you there. :)
hugs, Asha

Julie B said...

Well done for persevering, you got a fab result in the end. B is also for blue 'boat as well as banners!
Thanks for linking up at C4G. :)

Mynn Kitchen said...

These are both just absolutely stunning! LOVE the gorgeous colors you used on the Christmas card! Thank you for joining us at CASE-ing Christmas! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

PS: Did you get my email about The Pony CASE-Press?

Cazro said...

I love how you combined the newspaper with other stash, super boat for our challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

Judy V said...

Love this Kathe! Beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at CASE-ing Christmas!

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely pair of cards Kathe. The first one is a great masculine card and I love the ship with the circle that reminds me of a porthole. The second on is just dreamy and beautiful, and well worth the perseverance!