Saturday, 1 September 2012

Card for Dynamic Duo Challenge 18

Here we are, welcoming September and today is my first post as a Guest Designer on the Dynamic Duo Challenge Blog. Wow!

Call it what you want - the colours this week are red and green and that always makes me think of Christmas. So I made a Christmas card.  BUT - I knew I could come up with something that was not Christmas too - and remembered this fun leaf stamp by Uptown Stamps. It's been in my collection for years and I always enjoy using it.

My Lucky Limeade card stock (and ink pad!) are on-order so instead I went with the retired Pear Pizzazz. I love that shade of green and was so disappointed that it was being replaced. Hopefully I'll enjoy the Lucky Limeade just as much.

The leaf was stamped with brown Momento ink, coloured with Copic markers and then I added Crystal Effects to the little Ladybugs.

I used the new Stampin' Up label dies, cutting two same sized ones out of red card stock and white. The red one was cut apart and layered behind the white one, to bring in a bit more red without being another full mat. I like the look and will be doing this again!

I stamped the words (Cornish Farms) in green onto a strip of white card stock, used a square punch to nip the corners and then added some red Bakers Twine.

I used white and kraft as the allowed neutrals in the challenge, and the Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder. I really waffled on buying it as I already had a couple of woodsy type folders. I figured they would work in a pinch - but every time I use this woodgrain one I'm happy I splurged.  :-)

Finally, a peek at the inside:

The dotted trail is a Stamps By Judith - stamped in Real Red ink.

I had so much fun making this card, and thinking outside the Christmas colour box. That being said, I will share my Christmas card tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out all the wonderful samples from the Design Team at the Dynamic Duo's blog!  (Hopefully the links worked in the copy & paste)

Karen Aicken (GD)   That's me!!


  1. Karen, this is so sweet! I love the ladybugs on the leaf and the cute sentiment!

  2. I made a Christmas card first, too. ;-) I can't help it - it's what I think when I see red and green! I love your card here. Those little bugs are fantastic, and I love the woodgrain background. You definitely did these colors very well. ;-)

  3. Hi Karen, so happy to have you joining us this month! What a cute get well card, love those little lady bugs!

  4. Congratulations Karen! Love your non Christmas card.Those colours really do scream Christmas!
    The crystal effects look fab on those cute ladybirds and love the woodgrain.
    jayne x

  5. What a fantastic idea for these colors!! The leaf and ladybugs are absolutely charming. The sentiments are perfect...the whole card would brighten anyone's day!!


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