Sweet Stampin' ~ No DSP

Hey there my lovely blog pals, my laptop is misbehaving today, I've had to copy and paste the 'e' into every spot you read it here on my blog today, as 3 keys on my laptop have suddenly stopped working!! (So forgive me if I miss a couple.) It's Saturday, so it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is 'No Designer Series Paper'. We are sponsored by the lovely folks at Freckled Fawn this challenge, so our winner is in for a lovely treat!

I made a thank you card for 'new' friends who had us over for dinner on the weekend. Man oh man, I have never had such good Brisket, ever! It was a fab night, the food was delicious, I got to try out a new recipe, (would you believe I'd never before made a potato salad?!) the wine flowed, the conversation flowed and we all had a fabulous night. So a thank you card was most definitely in order. Our friends own an art gallery, so I thought it was fitting to do a little 'arty' piece myself for their thank you card. I love how it turned out and kept the card style very CAS to allow the ink work and stamping to feature.

The sentiment I've used is from an Inkylicious set called Journey. I made a second card on the same day with an Inkylicious Thank You sentiment, which I had originally thought I'd give these friends, but when I finished this card, it was far more 'arty' looking, which I thought would appeal to them more. 

I used a couple of different ink pads to create the colours for this background. The main background was created with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade. I then added a grass line using Bundled Sage. I added some water splashes to create texture. Then I used a Tsukineko Kaleidacolor inkpad in Creole Spice to ink the grasses. I used the first two colours on the pad only, turning the stamp to ink it. So the colours shifted between the warm gold and copper colour, giving a nice variation in the grasses. I let the little dragonfly reach onto the green portion of the ink pad to set him apart a bit. Then randomly stamped the little dandelion clocks in darkening shades above the grasses. The sweet little dandelion grasses stamp was from a Practical Publishing magazine cover gift, which had a fairy template and a mix of fairy and foliage stamps. I can't recall which magazine it was, so if anyone knows, please do tell me! The taller grasses on the side are a Joy crafts stamp called Silhouette Grasses.

Thanks for popping in today. Do head over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge to see what my talented teamies have been up to. We've had two Sweet Stampin' birthdays this past week, so if you're stopping into their blogs, be sure to wish Cass and Abi a happy birthday! See you again really soon with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Fantasy Stampers: #70 ~ Sunshine Colours
613 Avenue Create: #188 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #440 ~ Words/Numbers
4 Crafty Chicks: #313 ~ Let's Get Sentimental
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #40 ~ Anything Goes
Squirrel's Not-So Random Challenge: #1 ~ Anything Goes


Chana Malkah said…
This is such a soft, mellow design! The colors are fabulous and you did a great job of blending the distress inks! I must get the Creole Spice...what a fun color! Your design is beautifully organized and well executed! Thanks for dropping this in our mailbox here at 613 Avenue Create.
Chana, Owner
Sandy Palmer said…
I just love the peaceful feel to this card! You did a wonderful job on it! Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! :)
Juls said…
Gorgeous!!! Loving the colours xx
Chris said…
Beautiful stamping Wends, love the arty look of this fabulous card. Lovely sentiment too, a perfect complement to the wildflowers and grasses.
Can't believe you never made a potato salad:D
have a great weekend
Cara said…
A beautiful piece of artwork. Pleased to hear that you had such great food with great company too. Cara x
Deb said…
BEautiful card, love that saying!
Many thanks for joining us this week at Cute Card Thursday!
Tina Z. said…
amazing, really piece of art!
What a fabulous card Wends - love your colour usage and the water splats on the background.
Sarah said…
Love this fantastic scene Wendy, great colours, great sentiment and perfect for your art loving friends xx
Squirrel x said…
This is just fabulous hun, stunning effect, thank you so much for joining in at the first SNSRC! Hugs Squirrel xx Hope your e has been fixed now!
Leanne said…
Great saying and the colors pop, awesome I like the stamps you used as well. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT/4CC
Pat said…
Beautiful card Wends with such a lovely scene, glad you had a good time at your friends at the weekend.

Pat xx
Karen said…
My sweet Wends, this is spectacular. You have created such a peaceful, inspiring scene... and how perfectly tailored to the recipient. Your ink work is gorgeous and I just adore the stamps you chose. Truly this masterpiece draws me right in, inviting me to breathe easier and let my little self sparkle as my heart desires. The sentiment is beautiful. Thank you for the sweet inspiration, my darling friend. I am grateful for you and think of you often. :o) Have a blessed day, Wends. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Pop's Cards said…
Absolutley stunning sweetie :0) hugs Pops x
Kat W said…
You have definitely created a beautiful piece of art here and I bet your friends will be both delighted and impressed with it. It takes a really good eye to get the colours and composition looking as good as this, so it's lovely to read your process of making it.

This inky style is something I would love to try but to be honest, there are a lot of things on my 'would love to try' list - lol! I suspect I might have those fairy/foliage stamps tucked away somewhere but I have no idea where...or where they came from - ha ha!

Big hugs, Kat xx
Sue B said…
Love the peaceful scene that you've created… great inking and gorgeous colours!
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for our CAS Challenge! :-)
Big hugs, Sue B xx
Linda Levoir said…
A lovely card and beautiful sentiment! It's awful when our gadgets misbehave isn't it, then we see how much we really rely on them, a scary thought! :) xx
Cazro said…
A beautiful serene scene. Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers. Caz DT.

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