Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SC002/11 & CTD #154

I used to get a bit confused when I saw abbreviations like those I've used in my post title ..... thought it was some kind of secret code.  That is, until I entered the world of online challenges with my cardmaking - now it makes perfect sense!  Read on, and you too will understand (if you're a little confounded).

I have made a card for a very special friend of mine, who turned 80 a little while ago.  I only just found out that she'd passed this milestone birthday (I thought she was 5 years younger!), and couldn't let it go without marking the occasion.

There is a new Australian challenge site that has caught my eye - Sunny Challenges & Creations.  The challenges are a 'double-edged sword', in that a sketch is provided ...... but you also have to use a certain Stampin' Up! stamp set when making your creation.  I'd planned to take part in their inaugural challenge, but completely forgot the second part of the challenge (really, two things is not that hard to remember?!), and the card I made didn't fit the bill.  This time I've been more careful!

Here's this week's sketch, that is to be used with the Friends 24-7 stamp set - a favourite of mine, that I'm sad to see retire from Stampin' Up!'s range at the end of this month.

This challenge relates to the SC002/11 in my title - Sunny Challenges' 2nd challenge for 2011.

When I saw this week's colour combo at The Color Throwdown, I knew it'd work perfectly for the card I had in mind.  Here's challenge #154 at The Color Throwdown (hence the reference to CTD #154 - makes perfect sense now, doesn't it?!).

..... and here is the card I made tonight (and photographed late, so apologies for the colours - in real life it looks so much nicer!):

Stamps: Friends 24-7
Card: So Saffron smooth and textured, Basic Gray, Whisper White
DSP: Play Date Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive stampin' pads
Other: Blender pen, Boho Blossoms punch, Curly Label punch, Neutrals brads, Basic Pearls, sponge daubers, Timeless Type alphabet sizzlits die, oval Nestabilities


  1. Love your card Christine! So soft and pretty and how perfect for an eighty year old. She will love it.

  2. This is gorgeous Christine. I'm sure your friend will be delighted. I love what you have done with the sketch, so soft and pretty. I am glad you could play along with us at Sunny Challenges and Creations this week.

  3. This is really beautiful Christine, as always!

  4. Perfect for your friend's birthday Christine. I lke how you incorporated the colours, sketch & stamp set. I also love your description - 'double-edged sword'- gotta keep you on your toes lol. Thanks for playing along with Sunny Challenges & Creations.

  5. Hi Christine, what a lovely card, never did buy that stamp set but have always loved everyones creations with it. Like the idea of the new challenge site, will have to check it out.

  6. What a lovely, soft card; perfect for any age I think! Very prettily executed :) -Lynda

  7. This is lovely Christine. Yellow is a colour I find very challenging, but this very elegant and perfect for the occasion.

  8. This is so soft and delicate Christine. You are to be commended they way you have pulled it all together. Love the colour combination too. I am sure your friend will be chuffed with such a beautiful card from you.

  9. Beautiful card, and I'm sure your friend will love it! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown!