Saturday, July 11, 2009

Two in One

Isn't is great when you can combine two challenges in one project, and it works out?! Plus, with this card I'm getting in my entry for Makeesha's sketch challenge well before cut off (lately I've been scraping it in by the skin of my teeth - thank goodness for time differences!), but Stacey's Jewellery Colour Inspiration entry will be true to form and cutting it a bit fine...
I was SO stoked to see Perfect Plum in Stacey's inspiration this week. It seems AGES since I've used it - Perfect Plum was the very first ink pad I bought!! I never would have thought to pair it with Really Rust and More Mustard, but I think they look great together. And when I saw Makeesha's latest sketch, I just knew I had to use the two challenges together.

This sketch is fabulous! I have a few more ideas floating around, so I may get another card or two made with it this week.
I made a few wedding cards for a friend last week, and have a couple I need to make for myself for weddings in the next few weeks, so Always is living upstairs for the moment. I just stamped the heart three times in Perfect Plum - one for the base, one I used pastels with sponge daubers to colour the middle part with More Mustard and Really Rust, and the third I cut out the little flowers (that are still vanilla in the middle). I attached the coloured heart tothe base with dimensionals, and the whole heart was eventually popped up with dimensionals too. The More Mustard flower with the half pearl added just a little something extra. Keesh's sketch had quite a few rows, so I tried to have each one different, but the top one didn't look right without the Always in Bloom like the bottom panel. Both those panels had their edges swiped in Perfect Plum to soften them. I also sponged the edges of the base card with Perfect Plum. A few more pearls from the Pretties Kit were added to finish.
Close up of the coloured heart, daubed with More Mustard and Really Rust. I quite like the effect. I don't use pastels anywhere near as much as I do my other toys!
We have a lovely relaxing weekend planned, before the busy-ness that comes with show weekend. Hope you have a great one too!

Stamps: Always, Always in Bloom wheel
Card: Perfect Plum, Really Rust, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum
Other: Stampin' Pastels, Pretties Kit, Scallop edge punch, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon


Karen said...

Natasha - this is just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week!

Luv Karen

Mel Hanlon said...

I love it, Tash!

Stacey Schafer said...

This is a gorgeous creation, Natasha! The sponging and pearl accents are fabulous:) Thanks for playing the JCI44!

LeAnne said...

Just gorgeous! Great take on both the sketch and the challenge!

Sue said...

sensational card, love how you have combined the colours!

Sharon said...

I so love this card! The colours are fabulous. Well done Natasha.

Leah said...

Lovely. The colours look great together.

Makeesha said...

Hey Natasha, Perfect plum was the first stamp pad I ever bought as well!!! Too funny, and you know I am not really a purple person either. I absolutely love what you have greated here, and the pearls really set it off beautifully! Thanks so much for playing! Love Keesh x