Gratitude for CTD258 and NAC53

Saturday, September 7, 2013

I spent the last couple of days puttering around my stamp organizing some of my supplies.  To the casual observer it doesn't look like I did a lot, but a sharp eyed stamper would know otherwise!  By Friday night, I was done with organizing and wanted to get inky so I found a couple of challenges that looked good together and sat down to make this card.  The colors are from Color Throwdown and the layout is from Nacho Average Challenge, back from a summer hiatus.



I'm not entirely happy with how this turned out.  I was trying to create a bit of a shadow effect using the two green colors of the challenge, but I didn't quite get the look I was going for.  On the plus side I tried something new.  After stamping the sentiment on the little flag I was confronted with some blank space and decided a staple would be the perfect embellishment to take up the slack.  I've seen others use staples and always thought it was a nifty look, so I thought I'd give it a go.  And it is a pretty nifty look!

I've got a busy crafting week coming up so I hope to be wildly prolific in my stamp room this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Meadow Greens (Papertrey Ink); Gorgeous Grunge, Fabulous Phrases (SU)
Accessories:  First Place Award Ribbon die (My Favorite Things)

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16 Responses to “Gratitude for CTD258 and NAC53”

Tammy Fite said...

Love the staple! What a cute and simple solution to the blank space!! I think the shadow effect is awesome! Will have to give that one a try myself!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us again!!

Laurie said...

I love your card. I hope it "grows" on you!

sandie said...

I love it Jen, think you should too!! The staple is a great idea to fill the space and the shading looks good x

Leilani McGranahan said...

Nice use of a double challenge. Thanks for playing along.

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty!

Yapha said...

Gorgeous card, Jen! I love the splatters and the grunge. Great use of the sketch! Thanks for playing along at Nacho Average Challenges!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Jen!

Kathya said...

Yay!! So glad you played with us at Nacho Average Challenges Jen! Love how you used the gorgeous grunge stamp set. Love the layers on your card. Hope you will play along with us again.

Sharon W. said...

Jen,
I think you did a fabulous job with our sketch over @ NAC. and I also think you did a wonderful job using the color challenge. I love how the leaf is a bit 2 dimensional. Bravo. Very creative!
Thank you for joining us @ NAC. love to see more of your beautiful work.

and it probably feels 'good' to have some of your stamping supplies organized. smile

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful CAS design...love your take on the sketch and you have used the colors beautifully!!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!!

shannon angel said...

Love this card! I think you did a Fabulous job with the shadowing. I'm sure it's going to grow on you. I used a staple on my first card recently too, and was pleasantly surprised as well. I think it was a great choice as was the Gorgeous Grunge. Who knew that set would be so pretty? Thanks for playing along with us and I hope you come back real soon!

Anne Hayward said...

Beautiful! Love the shadow stamping. Thanks for playing along with the Nachos!

Lynn Put said...

Wonderful card Jen! Love the elegant CAS look! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Color Throwdown!

Vickie Z said...

Think the shadow look worked perfectly....love those leaves! Staples are a nice touch!! Thxs for joining us at CTD!!

Christy Lynn said...

I had to giggle a bit when you said that to the untrained eye, it doesn't look like anything changed in your stamp room when you organized it. I'm the same way! Anyway, I think your card is best described as understated elegance...I miss Sage Shadow and it looks great on your card! I like how the speckles add to the card without distracting from that pretty fern. Thanks for joining in the fun at Nacho Average Challenges!

Wanda Cullen said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the balance you used in the throwdown colors!