Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Shelli's SIP Challenge

Hey there blog buddies! As you all know, I LOVE me the challenges. For me, I'd say that card challenges help me to dig deep and find my inner creativity. Does that sound a little corny? I think it's true though. Soo, before I get into a long philosophical tangent about creative inspiration, let me say that the creative challenge I participated in tonight is Shelli Gardner's SIP challenge. What is SIP? Well, it stands for Stamps, Ink, Paper and she says that we can create anything that only uses those elements. The key is to keep it simple.

I decided to go with some distressed edges, embossing, free-hand cutting and a modified punch to create my card today. The color scheme I went with was a simple 3 color combo of Rich Razzleberry, Going Gray, and Shimmery White. My inspiration came from the CB2 catalog - they had a lot of gray color schemes with a pop of one other color and white, so I used the Rich Razzleberry to add that extra color element. I've been drawn to that color lately! It's got a nice fall feel to it. Here's a look at the full card. It's sentiment free, currently, because at the time I took the picture, I couldn't decide on what sentiment to use! The beauty of it though, is that it could be anything, so this versatility makes for a great all purpose type of card! I got to use the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder for the first time today and I really love how it looks. It dresses up the card instantly, but in a really nice, subtle way. I also got to use the new Ornament punch that will be available in the upcoming Holiday Mini. It makes for a great contemporary vase! I created the two-tone look by first stamping the polka dots from the For All You Do stamp set onto the Shimmery White paper, then I punched about 2/3rds the way on the punch. I then punched about 3/4 of the punch on solid textured Rich Razzleberry paper. Next, I layered these 2 pieces together and ~Viola!
{Razzleberry Flowers Card Recipe}:
All supplies Stampin'Up!
* Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Going Gray
* Stamp Set: For All You Do
* Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Going Gray
* Accessories: distressing tool, Ornament Punch, Elegant Bouquet Embossing folder, sponge dauber (for the Rich Razzleberry distressed edge)
Hope you like it. Thanks for taking a peek and visiting me today!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful card!
Unique idea to use the ornament punch as a vase!
Take care!

Jane said...

Gorgeous! love it!

Anonymous said...


This is so pretty. I lvoe the colors and the vase is adorable. I can't wait to get my mini! I'm waiting...impatiently. LOL!

Have a great evening!

Winter said...

So cute! I love those colors! Sounds like a fun callenge! :)

Cam said...

What a great idea, using the punch to make a vase. Cool!!!!

suzARTe said...

I love this card, the flower in the vase looks beautiful.

Cindy Major said...

This looks wonderful! Love the look of the Razzleberry paired with the grey!

stampmiser said...

I hope you win - this is a fabulous card and so creative with the supplies!