Oh, what a fun card that turned out to be today! I looked up some challenges and settled on the Deconstructed Sketch #140 and ColourQ #230. When I saw the sketch, the scallop circle shape reminded me of the Floral Frames Collection Framelits dies, which I bought last summer and have barely ever used, so I thought the sketch was the perfect kick to run them through the Big Shot again. The ColourQ combo seemed really modern and different from what I would choose to pair myself, which is always a good way to keep my card collection diversified.
I started with the Dream Medallions stamp set and embossed the biggest circle in Basic Black Stampin' Emboss powder on Coastal Cabana cardstock and die-cut the image using one of the Floral Frames Collection Framelits dies. I then created a circle from Summer Starfruit cardstock for the center, punched with the 2-½" Circle punch. The circle was embossed with the Mosaic embossing folder and I stamped images from the matching Mosaic Madness stamp set in the embossed grooves using Summer Starfruit and Crumb Cake inks.
Then, when came time to find a Circle die big enough to create the card base... I had none. That's when I had to get creative and I spotted my Oval Accent Bigz Clear die, which I thought might work. I then stamped the card base with the Hardwood background stamp (Occasions catalogue, p. 37 - if you don't have it yet, make sure you purchase it before the catalogue ends, it's a kick-ass background stamp!). Doesn't it look fantastic with those shapes combined?
A banner made out of Basic Black Designer Series Paper was created and I added a bow made out of Gold Sequin Trim, which I tied with a piece of Gold Baker's twine. (Note: We carry Gold Baker's twine in the Occasions catalogue, but the one I used here was a leftover piece from the Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit - it's thinner than the other one.) A Summer Starfruit In Color Dahlia was added on top.
The main sentiment is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and was embossed with Pool Party Stampin' Emboss powder. I die-cut it using the Pennant Framelits dies and rounded the top using my 2-½" Circle punch before layering it with Stampin' Dimensionals on the card.
A matching envelope was made out of Summer Starfruit Designer Series paper using the marvelous Envelope Punch Board (in a non-standard size, which is made possible with this great tool).
Color Combo: Summer Starfruit + Coastal Cabana + Crumb Cake + Basic Black
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Parfaits fanions (Perfect Pennants), Mosaic Madness, Hardwood
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit
Designer Series Paper: Neutrals paper stack, 2011-2013 In Color paper stack
Ink: VersaMark, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit
Big Shot: Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Pennant Collection Framelits, Mosaic embossing folder,
Oval Accent Bigz Clear die
Accessories: In Color Dahlias, Stampin' Emboss Powders (Basic Black, Pool Party),
Stampin' Dimensionals, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold baker's twine, Envelope Punch Board