Natures Sweetness Notes of Nature Thank You Card AYSI320

by Joanne James29. March 2024 13:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for my favourite, a sketch challenge designed by the lovely Jan:


I love our sketch this week; it's the kind of layout that can be dressed up or down, with a clean and simple or much more detailed design - lots of possibilities! I decided to go over-the-top with this one and go big on designer series paper - there are no less than 5 different patterns used on this card! Too much? Here's my card - take a look:


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

Nature's Sweetness - It's that time of year when we are getting ready to say goodbye to lots of product from the Stampin' Up! annual and mini catalogues and time to get using up that designer series paper! On today's card I used 5 different patterns from the Nature's Sweetness specialty designer series papers - can you spot them all? One for the background, a couple for the strips behind the circle (another one) and finally the cocoa pods have been diecut from another of the sheets, bringing the total to 5. I wouldn't normally use so many on one card, but I think the colours and patterns work sufficiently well together to not be too overwhelming. 

A Touch of Colour - I used a diecut cocoa pod for the focal point on my card - I'm hoping this is ok for the theme of 'Just Add Chocolate' over at Just Add Ink this week - I'm sure they were thinking chocolate eggs and bunnies, but I don't have any of those in my current stash so I'm hoping my cocoa pods as the purest form of the brown stuff still ticks the box. I added a touch of colour to the designer paper with my Soft Sea Foam and Pecan Pie Stampin' Blends to make my pods stand out against the background detail:


Accessorize, Accessorize - I added a few leafy diecuts, some elegant gold trim and gold sequins as finishing touches to my card. I trimmed down to a simple 'thanks' sentiment and also stamped the inside of my card and the envelope with the 'Notes of Nature' stamp set to complete my card.

 I was a 'late bloomer' as far as this suite is concerned (I have Jan to thank for finally convincing me I needed it in my life), so definitely feel as if I'm making up for lost time!

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 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Here's a summary of our challenge rules:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can leave you lots of lovely comments. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSIXXX when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab on the As You See It Challenge homepage.
  • In a sketch challenge, you are welcome to rotate or flip a sketch. You can replace shapes used such as substituting a circle panel for a square panel. However, we must be able to still see the basis of the original sketch in your finished product.
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your Good Friday. Amongst other things, I will be visiting the farm shop today and driving to Birmingham to collect the oldest of the James Juniors who is coming home for the Easter break - we are all excited! 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 (5) -

VickyUnited Kingdom
3/31/2024 7:33:07 PM #

Never too much in your capable hands Joanne! You have used all the patterns in the perfect proportions so that the eye is drawn straight to your beautifully embellished cocoa pods. Enjoy having the family together again! Vicky x

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
4/2/2024 4:43:53 AM #

Nice balancing of all those patterns! The touches of gold add such elegance. I like the contrast of the plain, square sentiment against the riot of organic shapes behind it - it stands out all the more because of them. Such pretty papers and a great interpretation of the sketch. Smile

Kim Badelt
Kim BadeltAustralia
4/3/2024 3:37:55 AM #

Love the elegant vintage vibe you achieved by mixing all the different patterns and die cut elements Joanne. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim

Narelle Farrugia
Narelle FarrugiaAustralia
4/3/2024 10:39:01 AM #

So very clever! I didn't even think of this stamp set! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week!

Heather Cooper
Heather CooperCanada
4/6/2024 8:30:46 PM #

You are so clever...using cocoa pods for chocolate! Since my trip in February, I learned that they are all different colours depending on their state of ripeness! It's quite amazing the different colours they turn! I love your card - it has everything in perfect balance, just as the title of the challenge suggests! I love your touches of gold and how they add so much elegance! That is my favourite DSP right now and luckily, it carries over!!

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