Friday 26 August 2016

You're Awesome ! | International Blog Highlights - Theme: Encouragement

Today I am taking part in my first International Blog Highlight which is run by my Stampin' Up! upline and inspiring leader Kylie Bertucci.

The theme for this International Highlight is Random Acts of Kindness: Encouragement.

Click Here to view other amazing projects submitted by creative stampers from around the globe, and to vote for your favourite projects. (Link goes live 28th August at 6.30pm AEST)

EDIT: THANKYOU to all those who voted for my card in Kylie's International Highlight.
I am excited to add that I placed 6th in the top 10 :)
The Top 10 winners took part in an International Highlight Blog Hop. Check out the hop and my card here.

The card I created for this highlight had some layout inspiration from this weeks Global Design Project #050 | Sketch Challenge

Here is my card:

I only recently got my hands on the super cute Bella & Friends stamp set and just had to have a play.

I stamped this cute image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and created a soft sky background using my Soft Sky ink pad and a sponge. To get the clouds I just used a die cut cloud shape as a mask and sponged around it. I then coloured in the image using alcohol markers - I used the retired Blendabilities markers in Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay.

To give the dogs nose a little shine, I placed a tiny drop of crystal effects on his nose. I also wanted to make the balloon stand out so I stamped and coloured another balloon and then fussy cut it. I rounded the cardstock balloon with my fingers and raised it up with a dimensional.

My card base used Bermuda Bay cardstock and my sentiment which is stamped on Whisper White in Bermuda Bay ink comes from the retired SAB stamp set Botanicals for You. I only wanted part of the sentiment on the original stamp so just inked up the part I wanted.

To get my arrow shape for the sentiment I actually used 2 different framelits from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits. I ran it through my bigshot first using the larger arrow from the set and then cut out the final shape using the long thin banner to trim off the top & bottom from the original shape.

Here is a list of the supplies and tools used to create this card:

Whisper White A4 Cardstock (106549)
Bermuda Bay A4 Cardstock (131286)
Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad (131181)
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad (131171)
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (132708)
Bella & Friends Stamp Set (Clear 141870 / Wood 141867)
Botanicals for You SAB Stamp Set
Blendabilities Markers: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay
Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits (135854)
Magnetic Platform (130658)
Stamping Sponges (141337)
Snail Permanent Adhesive (104332)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Crystal Effects

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Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my creation.

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  1. Hey, Kirsten, your card is so sweet. I love your colours and the way you have done the Sky and Clouds look gorgeous. I will have to get this Stamp Set sooner than later, just adorable :)

  2. Kirsten your sponging and coloring looks flawless - a beautiful card. Angexo

  3. Cute card Kirsten! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for joining in with the Global Design Project sketch this week!

  4. Super sweet card Kirsten, I love the soft sponging too.

  5. Wow! Brilliant colouring & I'm loving the background! xx

  6. Your creation is so sweet, Kirsten. I love it. D x


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