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Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy and bright - let's fly a kite! TCP Tuesday 282

Wow, it's been 12 days since I last posted. Last week I was working on a mixed media project and intended to blog about that, but I haven't finished the assembly so perhaps next week.

If you haven't noticed yet, I adore The Cat's Pajamas. Their TCP Tuesday challenge was the first challenge I ever participated in; I had a blast and realized I needed to do more of this card making stuff. So I try to make a point of joining in each challenge, which fortunately is only every two weeks. :)

This time it was a sketch challenge:




I really love sketch challenges because I'm still quite new at this whole cardmaking thing, and it gives me a really good jumping off point.

For some reason, I've been wanting to make a card with a kite. And in my mind, kites are bright bold colors. I kept trying to use patterned designer paper, but I don't have much in bright and bold. Fortunately I had a pack of primary colors cardstock to work with.
You know, I didn't even realize till just this moment that I used the same yellow background color as the sketch. Too funny, that was so not deliberate!

I used a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder from the 'Dainty' set. The kite is a retired Sizzix die that was in the package Krista sent to me. It was one die, so I ran it through with red, yellow, and blue cardstock, and then cut out and layered the yellow and blue bows over the red ones.

The buttons were from The Cat's Pajamas Buttons CutUps die. This was my first time using this die and it worked great! Then I dabbed the buttons and the kite with Versamark ink and used Judikins clear embossing powder to heat emboss everything. Then I layered some of the buttons over different colored non-embossed buttons to show a little pop of color in the buttonholes, without the gloss.

Last but not least, I used the 'Life is Good' sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas 'Spring Fling' set. I really waffled back and forth over the sentiment. I originally planned on using the 'Happy Spring' stamp from the same set, but I really liked the font of 'Life is Good'. Realistically, 'Life is Good' is more versatile. :)

And there you have it. My contribution to TCPTues282. I really like how this card turned out, and I'm actually thinking of replicating it for a card swap I'm in. What do you think... if you were one of the swappers, would you want to receive this card? What kind of sentiment would you prefer? I might put the sentiment on a little banner and send a bunch of them so they can use the one they like. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your comments. :)

12 comments:

  1. Great primary colors - this is a card that just makes you smile! Thanks for joining The Cat's Pajamas challenge!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I had a ton of fun making it. :)

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  2. Hi Kim, thanks for visiting my blog! I'm glad I made the trip to yours, this card is so cute. Nancy is right, it's so happy with those primary colors! I love that you added the shine, embossing powder is one of my favorite "toys"! Wonderful job with the sketch!

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    1. Thanks for popping by Brenda, and congrats again on being chosen as Swanky Stamper! I can't wait to see your contributions for the next release and blog hop. :)

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  3. Love your bright and happy card! People would love to receive this in a swap! I almost always leave my blank, so I'm not much help with a sentiment.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Paige! I like to leave my cards sentiment-less too, I think it gives greater latitude as to how and what you can use the cards for. :)

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  4. Here from the SCS group to say hi! Love your card- the bright colors are great. Loving the kite die and how cool is the embossing on the buttons. I think it is a great idea to include a number of sentiments as you suggested. Love that great sketch.

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    1. Hi Shelly, welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments, it's great getting feedback! :)

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  5. Hi there, SCS groupie! :)

    That embossing is GORGEOUS! When I'm brave enough to try that technique, I'll definitely be reaching out to you for guidance!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It's so super simple, you'll kick yourself for not trying it sooner. ;) Just give me a shout if I can help! :)

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  6. Love your chosen colors and the sentiment.

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    1. Thank you Crystal, much appreciated!

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