Abigail Rose Thank You Card PP601

by Joanne James24. July 2022 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous LeAnne to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge for us to work with:


I wasn't sure how to tackle today's sketch initially, but I thought the focal point 'any shape' might lend itself to some fussy cutting, so I decided to reach for some of my designer papers and see where the mood took me! I settled on the lovely browns and neutrals of the Abigail Rose Suite and ended up creating a 'kitchen sink' of a focal point - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I decided to use this bold pattern of white florals on a brown scripted background for my base, then fussy cut more of the flowers and used those as the basis for the decoration for my focal point. I used a stitched circle for my base, blending some inks to create an ombre effect and then layering a selection of leafy diecuts in shades of browns, along with some (retired) wooden leaves and sprigs and my trio of fussy cut flowers for decoration. I added a touch more colour to my fussy cut flowers using my Stampin' Blends, to give them a little more definition and added some Elegant Faceted Gems for a touch of sparkle:

I just kept layering and adding in bits and pieces until I felt happy with the way the decoration framed my sentiment (taken from the 'Hand Penned' stamp set) - hence my 'kitchen sink' reference! I decided to make my vertical banner element from vellum, so that it didn't obscure too much of the pattern beneath it. I also added some layered ribbon for detail and texture and to pick up the colour scheme (the Crumb Cake ribbon I used is retired but I've included a link below to a suitable current alternative). 

Very little stamping on today's card and just like my last one another card with lots of bits and pieces, but actually easy to recreate - the paper definitely does the 'heavy lifting' and I love the way the fussy cut flowers tie in with the base below. I'm also linking my card up with the ladies over at TGIF Challenges who are crafting with their favourite things this week - anyone who knows me well can attest to my love of designer series paper - I love it all, any pattern, any size and this card is definitely a showcase of that!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
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Enjoy your day; not much going on here 'chez James' this weekend - just enjoying a relaxing weekend in the garden, hopefully with a little crafty time thrown in now things have cooled down a little. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (10) -

Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
7/24/2022 1:31:17 PM #

What a pretty card! Love how you let the DSP do the work! And the focal point with the greeting and flowers is really pretty! Have a great week!


Tracy Grauer
Tracy GrauerUnited States
7/24/2022 2:59:09 PM #

Gorgeous card, Joanne! I love all the elements you used.


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
7/24/2022 8:18:10 PM #

Oh Joanne, this is so gorgeous!  Now, I think I need these papers in my collection.  My Mom always loved browns and I steered away from them.  Now, I have started to love them.  The DSP is spectacular and your lovely cluster of foliage is perfect!  You rocked this challenge, My Friend!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
7/25/2022 1:29:56 PM #

I would say that this is one of the prettiest "kitchen sink" creations I have ever seen!  I just love everything about it.  The neutrals are so soft and calming and all the eletant elements you added...perfection!  The receipient would surely think this is as much a work of art as I do!  LOVE IT!


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
7/29/2022 12:37:57 AM #

Gorgeous, Joanne! What a wonderful card for showing off this beautiful paper...and your amazing "kitchen sink" collage skills! This card is truly a masterpiece!


Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
7/29/2022 1:54:22 PM #

Gorgeous card, Joanne!  I always have trouble with lots of layered elements like you did here, I find it so difficult to get the balance right but you've knocked it out of the park here.  I love how you layered the ribbons and vellum for the strip on the sketch, too.


Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
7/29/2022 5:15:50 PM #

Wow! While this has the look of simple elegance, that I love, all those layers are NOT simple. They are fabulous! I love every thing about this creation, Joanne! The neutral flowers are so pretty! The ribbons and vellum and the script background make it over the top gorgeous! If I had to pick a winner for inspiration with these supplies, it would be YOU!


Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
7/29/2022 7:02:15 PM #

wow this is a pretty one!! Love the ribbon!


Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
7/30/2022 4:57:09 AM #

Elegant and stunning! Wow, you really showcased this set beautifully Joanne! Ad dthis to the list of sets that you just added to my wish list. Lol!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
8/2/2022 3:58:46 AM #

This is such an interesting card. On the face of it, it seems that such a busy background and monochromatic colour scheme just shouldn't work. Yet it does, with the focal point not being lost in the wilderness but standing out well. Truly the work of a master craftsperson indeed!


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