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This could be a very short post as I am having big issues with my mouse & pc.

It was Gwen‘s turn to set our challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations & once again she has been easy on us.

All we have to do is create a card for a Male!  It could be a scrapbook page, 3-d project or anything else you can think of.  Some of us have trouble creating male cards, so hopefully with the lovely ideas the Design Team have should help you on your way.

I started with a sketch from another challenge, but somehow got off track & only created using the sketch so far & then I sort of went off on my own, which means I won’t be entering it in the other challenge.  Thank you Mary-Jo for your inspirational challenge!

I will be the first to admit I haven’t used Chocolate Chip in a long time, so decide to use that for my Base Card.  I wanted the colours to be beachy without going traditional, so I teamed it with Tangerine Tango with a touch of Always Artichoke.  I’m really happy with the final result, although the picture does not do it justice.  For some unknown reason I had a hard time taking a photo of this card.  The photos all seemed to be blurry…..

Supplies –

Stamp Set              By the Tide – 129120, Express Yourself – Hostess
Ink                           Tangerine Tango – 126946, Chocolate Chip – 126979, Always Artichoke – 126972
Cardstock              Very Vanilla – 106550, Always Artichoke – 108610, Tangerine Tango – 116206, Chocolate Chip – 108599
EmbossingFolder Woodgrain – 127821
Punches                 Modern Label – 119849, 2 ½” Circle – 120906
Accessories           Big Shot – 113439, Snail Adhesive – 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430,
                                 Multipurpose Liquid Glue – 110755
 
Inside Card –
 
Card Front –
 
Please click on link below for your tutorial
 
 
 
Now it is your turn.
 
Hop on over to Sunny Challenges & check out what Gwen, Kris & Jonia have created.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
Vicky

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Inside Card…

Yes, Sunny Challenges is back & ready for another year.  We hope you will be able to join in & play along.  This year, we are trialling the challenges as fortnightly instead of the weekly.  We would love to hear what you think of the idea. 

Our first challenge has been brought to us by Kris, who has been very easy on us as there is no sketch, products, etc to use.  Let your mind go wild, as it is a blank canvas.  All we have to do is create a card, 3-D project, scrapbook page, etc as long as it is celebrating “Birthdays“…..

Close Up…

I decided to use a stamp set that had been on my Wish List since I first saw it in the catalogue & was a “must have”.  As usual other “stuff” got in the way.  Anyhow, I’ve had this set for sometime, but this is the first time it has seen ink…..

I am hoping that this year I will be able to enter a few more challenges, so with that in mind, I’ve also created this card for the challenge over at Clean & Simple

 
Instructions & Tutorial for you to print –
 
 

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challengs to check out what Kris, Gwen & Libby have created.  Create your card, etc & link back with “Mr Linky”

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Today is Sunday & the start of the new challenge for the week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations.  We hope you will join us this week.

It was my turn to bring you the challenge & along with the sketch we have to use a Christmas Theme.  Seeing as though Christmas is just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make a start on your cards.

Measurements –
Base Card – Always Artichoke – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 10.5cm
Layer 1 – Cherry Cobbler – 4 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 14cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ or 13.5cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Cherry Cobbler – 1 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ or 3cm x 9.5cm
Layer 4 – Always Artichoke – 1 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 2cm x 9.5cm
Layer 5 – Cherry Cobbler – 5″ x 2″ or 5cm x 13cm
Layer 6 – Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 4.5cm x 12.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Tree Trimings, Short & Sweet
Ink – Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Punches – Word Window, Modern Label, Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folders – Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Lines
Accessories – Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

I embossed the large piece of Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots prior to adhering to the piece of Cherry Cobbler & then to the Base Card – Always Artichoke.

The smaller piece of Cherry Cobbler was punched along one long side with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, adhered to the embossed Whisper White with Snail Adhesive & the piece of Always Artichoke adhered to the top of the punched piece.

I embossed the longer piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (I must confess that this is not a folder I have used that much, but when I do, I can’t understand why), adhered 2 pieces of Linen Thread to the back prior to adhering to the long piece of Cherry Cobbler & finally to the Base Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped 2 of the images from Tree Trimmings with Cherry Cobbler onto a scrap of Whisper White, cut them out & adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I tied 2 bows from the Linen Thread & adhered them to the tops of the images.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, punched with the Word Window Punch, & adhered to a piece of Always Artichoke which had been punch with the Modern Label Punch.  The whole lot was then adhered to the card with Snail Adhesive & Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I’m not usually one for the tradional Christmas Colours, but I picked colours that I don’t usually play with.  I also opted to go for Whisper White rather than Very Vanilla & I think it gives the whole card a very modern, yet old look about it.  I also think the Linen Thread helps the feel of the card too!

Don’t forget to pop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris, Gwen & Christine have created.  We hope you will be able to join us this week.

Until then, have a great week & Happy Stampin’

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Our challenge this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been brought to us by Christine Blain, who just happens to be our Guest Designer for the month. 

With Father’s Day coming up in September for Australia, it is the perfect challenge to start creating your cards or project using this challenge.  I opted to go for a male’s birthday card & used a set that I really like, but must admit, haven’t used it for sometime.  In fact, I am really happy with the final result!

Measurements –
Base Card – Soft Suede – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Very Vanilla – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ or 14cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 x 2 – So Saffron – 4″ x 1/2″ or 14.5cm x 1cm
Layer 4 – Not Quite Navy – 4″ x 2″ or 14.5cm x 5cm
Layer 5 – Very Vanilla – 4″ x 1 7/8″ or 14.5cm x 4.5cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Totally Tool, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink – Soft Suede
Cardstock – Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Basic Grey
DSP – Well Worn
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Crop-a-Dile, Stampin’ Up! Wirte Markers – So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy

I inked my images with the Not Quite Navy Write Marker, stamped off once onto a scrap piece of paper & stamped onto the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I repeated this same step until I was happy with the look of the card.  I then stamped 3 images onto scrap Very Vanilla direct onto the card, cut the images out, coloured part of the images with Stampin’ Up! Write Markers – So Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler & set aside.

The piece of Very Vanilla was adhered to the piece of Not Quiet Navy, then So Saffron, to the piece of DSP, Very Vnailla & finally to the Base Card – Soft Suede all with Snail Adhesive.

I completely forgot to add my Silver Brads to the top left hand corner of the card, so I comprised a little.  I punched out 6 circles using my Crop-a-Dile, adhered 2 to the top LH corner with Tombow, 1 to the middle of the screwdriver, 1 to the handle of the spanner & 1 to the card where I wanted to place the hammer.

The tools were then adhered to the card – as per the photo with Tombow,with the spanner being my 3rd brad at the top LH corner.

The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla, cut to size & adhered to the card prior to adhering the final Faux Brad it.

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Gwen, Kris & Christine have created.

We would love for you to join us!

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Our sketch this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations was to create a male card & of course we had to use the sketch too.

 

I set this sketch & for some reason or other found it very hard to do, but managed to get there in the end, I think.

Measurements –
Base Card – Not Quite Navy – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in the middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Crumb Cake – 3 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ or 10cm x 14.5cm
Layer 2 – Not Quite Navy – 5″ x 1 1/2″ or 13cm x 4cm
Layer 3 – Ridinig Hood Red – 4″ x 3″ or 10.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – Crumb Cake – 3 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ or 10cm x 7cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Circle Circus, Perfect Punches
Ink – Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red
Punches – Large Oval, Decorative Label
Accessories – Simply Scoring Tool, Snail Adhesive, Regal Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Crystal Effects

I stamped my large piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock using images from Circle Circus & Crumb Cake Ink.

Using my Simply Scoring Tool, I scored a couple of lines along the piece of Not Quite Navy prior to adhering it to the Crumb Cake Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.

I stamped the smaller piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock with random images in Basic Black Ink, tied some Linen Thread through 3 different sizes of  Regal Buttons & adhered to the centre of the images with Crystal Effects.  This piece was then adhered to the Riding Hood Cardstock & then to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock in Basic Black Ink, punched with the Large Oval Punch & adhered to a piece of Riding Hood Red which had been punched with the Decorative Label Punch & adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

Why not pop over to check out what Gwen & Kris have created, create your project, post to your blog or on-line forum & then link to Mr Linky.  We would love for you to join us.
Happy Stampin’
 

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…. and non-traditional Christmas Colours.

Our challenge over at Sunny Challenges & Creations has been given to us by Gwen.  What a great challenge this week – the possibilities are endless.  We have to use Circles on our project this week.  Why not pop over & check out what Kris & Gwen have created & then join us.  We would really love for you to link your project with Mr Linky!

Measurements –
Base Card – Concord Crush – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ or 14cm x 9 1/2″

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Baroque Motifs, Circle Circus, Short & Sweet
Ink – Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Concord Crush
Cardstock – Whisper White, Concord Crush
Punches – Itty Bitty Shapes, 3/4″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle
Accessories – Rhinestones, Stampin’ Up! Markers – Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 I stamped the large image from Barquoe Motifs in Pear Pizzazz straight onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock.

3 images from Circles Circus were stamped direct onto the piece of Whisper White Cardstock – 2 with Tangerine Tango & 1 in Concord Crush.  3 of the larger image was also stamped onto a piece of scrap Whisper White Cardstock – 2 in Concord Crush & the other in Tangerine Tango.

I punched one of the stamped Concord Crush images using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, while the 2nd image was punched with the small Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes set.  The Tangerine Tango image was punched using the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The punched images were then adhered to the main image on the card & built using Stamping’ Dimensionals

The lines were drawn with a Ruler & Stampin’ Up! Markers – Tangerine Tango & Concord Crush.

Prior to stamping the smallest image from the Circle Circus Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight ink, I stamped the sentiment in Concord Crush straight onto the Whisper White Card.

I had all intensions of just adding the Rhinestone to the middle of one of the images, but to add more depth to the card, I scattered the Rhinestones around the card.  I think it adds a little bit of a sparkle & finishes it off a little.

As always, this isn’t how I pictured my card to be, but I am quiet happy with the final result. What do you think?

Until next time, Have a great day!

Guest Designer….

Sometime ago I was asked to be a Guest Designer over at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  Thank you so much Tracey for asking!

This site has been going for some time now & I have followed it for quiet awhile, although I must admit, have not participated in their challenges for so long.  This site is a great way to complete those Christmas cards ready for posting come 1 December!

Anyhow, on with the challenge.

The challenge this month was to –

 
TWINKLE-TWINKLE Christmas Lights

Multi-colored or clear, embossed or bling, strings or singles, vintage or new, bright or dull, broken or whole …inspriation is limitless! Make it electric and fun.
 
Measurements –
Base Card – Crumb Cake – 11 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 30cm x 10.5cm – scored in half & fold in the middle
Layer 1 – Glimmer Paper – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 2 – Whisper White – 1/2″ x 4 1/8″ or 1cm x 10.5cm
Layer 3 – Glimmer Paper – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 5.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 4 – Riding Hood Red – 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ or 6.5cm x 7cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 2 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ or 6cm x 6.5cm
 
Supplies –
Stamp Set – Dasher, Short & Sweet
Ink – Riding Hood Red, Versamark
Cardstock – Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Glimmer Paper Red
Ribbon – 5/8″ Organza – White
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty
Accessories – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Glue, Pearls, Black Journal Writer, Heat Tool, Embossing Powder – Clear
 
I punched the narrower piece of Glimmer Paper along one of the long sides using the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I attached the piece of Whisper White Cardstock along the edge of the punched line with Snail Adhesive.
 
The larger piece of Glimmer Paper was run through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Petals a Plenty and adhered it to the top of the Whisper White Cardstock so that a small piece of the White was showing.  This breaks up the red on red.  In hindsite, I should have added another smaller piece of White to the other side, but only thought of it when everything had been completed.
 
Dasher was stamped in Versamark & then Riding Hood Red Ink prior to being stamped onto the small piece of Whisper White Cardstock, heat set with the Heat Tool & then adhered to the piece of Riding Hood Red with Snail Adhesive.  I adhered a small piece of Ribbon to the side, applied Stampin’ Dimensionals & adhered to the Base Card.
 
Pearls were adhered to the antelers & around his neck for some bling.  His eye was marked using the Black Journal Marker.  The greeting was stamped in Riding Hood Ink.
 
 
Why not head over to Christmas Cards All Year Round & check out what the rest of the team have created, create your project & link back.
 
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 
 

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Wishing everyone a very Happy & Safe Easter!  I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Autumn sunshine, as it is not the norm for Easter on the coast.  Me, I am off to the beach.

Our sketch this week over at Sunny Challenges & Creations is for all the mothers out there.  Yep, with Mother’s Day coming up, thought it would be great to do a card for the mum’s.

I made my card a couple of weeks ago, forgot about it & created another one yesterday, but will post that during the week.  I’ve tried my hand at a little bit of vintage this week and am quiet happy with the result.  I am enjoying this “out of the box” for me!

Measurements –
Base Card – Pink Pirouette – 11 3/4″ x  4 1/8″ or 29.5cm x 10.5cm – Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – Soft Suede – 5 3/4″ x 4″ or 14.5cm x 10cm
Layer 2 – DSP – 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ or 9cm x 9.5cm
Layer 3 – Pink Pirouette – 2″ x 4 1/8″ or 10.5cm x 5cm
Layer 4 – Very Vanilla – 1 7/8″ x 4″ or 10cm x 4.5cm

I run the piece of Soft Suede through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots, before rubbing Whisper White Ink over the top.

Inside…

Prior to adhering the DSP to the bottom of the embossed Soft Suede, I sponged around the edges with a SU Sponge Dauber using Tea Stain Distressing Ink from the Distressing Essentials Kit

The piece of Very Vanilla was run through the Bigshot using the Embossing Folder – Finial Press.  I rubbed the Tea Stain Distressing Ink over the top of the embossing & adhered to the piece of Pink Pirouette & then to the DSP.

I pulled a thread from the middle of the Ribbon so that it would gather a little & adhered along the bottom part of the DSP, tucking ends under.  Tied a small bow, wrapped a Glimmer Brad around the middle & adhered to the ribbon with a Mini Glue Dot.

I cut the butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies from Soft Sude Cardstock, adhered to card using a Mini Glue Dot.  Three basic Pearls were adhered to the middle of the butterfly.

The whole piece was adhered to the Base Card with Snail Adhesive.

Why does it always sound so easy that I think I have done it in 5 minutes, when in actual fact, it sometimes takes me days to complete a card.  This one included!

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Nil
Ink – Tea Stain, Whisper White
Cardstock – Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
DSP – First Edition Speciality
Embossing Folder – Finial Press, Perfect Polka Dots
Embosslit Dies – Beautiful Wings
Ribbon – 1/2″ Seam Binding – Very Vanilla
Accessories – Multipurpose Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber,
Basic Pearls, Glimmer Brad – Champagne
Don’t forget to hop on over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what Kris & Tess have created along with out Guest Designers.  Better still, make your card, pop back & link with Mr Linky.  You could be our next Ray of Sunshine & a guest designer for an upcoming challenge.
Until next time, Happy Stampin’
 

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Sunday brings the beginning of a new week & the start of the new challenge over at Sunny Challanges & Creations.  It was my turn to create the sketch & issue the 2nd part of the challenge.  This week, I opted for DSP – Designer Series Paper.  How easy can that be???

Measurements –
Base Card – Cherry Cobbler – 8 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ or 21cm x 15cm –
Scored in middle & folded in half
Layer 1 – DSP – 3″ x 4″ or 10.5cm x 7.5cm
Layer 2 – Island Indigo – 1″ x 4″ or 1.5cm x 10.5cm
Layer 3 – Basic Black – 4″ x 2″ or 10.5cm x 5cm
Layer 4 – DSP – 3 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ or 10cm x 4.5cm
Layer 5 – River Rock – 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or 9cm x 6.5cm
Layer 6 – DSP – 3 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 8.5cm  x 6cm
Layer 7 – Island Indigo – 4″ x 2 1/2″ or 10cm x 6.5cm
Layer 8 – Very Vanilla – 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ or 9.5cm x 6cm

Using my Eyelet Border Punch, I punched along the side of a scrap piece of Basic Black Cardstock & adhered to the larger piece of DSP prior to adhering to the Base Card – Cherry Cobbler using Snail Adhesive.

Envelope & Inside Card…

I adhered both pieces of DSP to the corresponding Cardstock with Snail AdhesiveDSP Red to the Basic Black & Black DSP to River Rock.  This piece was then adhered to the longer piece of DSP with Snail Adhesive & set aside.

I stamped my image onto Very Vanilla Cardstock with Staz-On Ink.  I meant to do a little embossing, but completely forgot about it until I had assembled my card.  Oh well, next time!  I adhered the stamped piece to both pieces of DSP ensuring that it overlapped.  I didn’t quiet adhere permanently but left a little so that I could tuck the ends of my ribbon under.

The whole section was then adhered to the Base Card.  A bow was tied & adhered to the card with a Mini-Glue Dot.

The greeting was stamped in Staz-On Ink.  Again, the embossing was forgotten.

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Forever Young, A Word for You
Ink – Staz-On Black
Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
DSP – Timeless Portrait
Punches – Eyelet Border
Ribbon – 3/8″ Ruffled – Island Indigo
Accessories – Mini-Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive

Don’t forget to pop over to Sunny Challenges & Creations to check out what both LibbyKris have created along with our 2 Guest Designers for the week.
Once you have completed your card, scrapbook page, etc pop back & link to Mr Linky.  We know you all have heaps of DSP, so this is the perfect challenge to cut into it & use some of it.
Until next time, Enjoy!
  

Guest Designer….

I found a new challenge blog – A La Card Monkey – the other day, as I had a heap of “stuff” on my desk & had not yet cleaned up, thought I would play along.  The blog has been going for some time, but new to me.  This is the card I created & suprise, suprise, I ended up being “The Princess” for the challenge.  How great is that.

As part of being selected “Princess“, I, in turn am a Guest Deisgner for one of their upcoming challenges & it just happens to be this week.

This is the sketch we had to use.  Part of the challenge is we had to use something which represented “Memories“.  To me, happiness always brings back happy memories!

I had only just received a new stamp set the morning I was asked, so of course I had to use it.

Measurements –
Base Card – Wisteria Wonder – 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ or 21cm x 15cm
Layer 1 – Whisper White – 5 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ or 14cm x 9,5cm
Layer 2 – Wisteria Wonder – 3″ x 2 1/4″ or 7.5cm x 8cm
Layer 3 – Whisper White – 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ or 7cm x 7.5cm
Layer 4 – Lucky Limeade – 3 5/8″ x 1″ or 9.5cm x 2.5cm
Layer 5 – Whisper White – 4″ x 1/2″ or 10cm x 2cm

Supplies –
Stamp Set – Fabulous Florets, Heard from the Heart
Ink – Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock – Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
Punches – Scallop Trim Border
Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Accessories – Snail Adhesive, Bigshot, Basic Jewels – Pearls, SU Marker – Basic Black, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue

Envelope & Inside Card…

Using Border Punch, punch along one long side of Lucky Limeade & trim back to about 1/2″ on opposite side of punched side
Run the larger piece of Whisper White through the Bigshot using Embossing Folder – Perfect Polka Dots
Adhere to Base Card – Wisteria Wonder with Multipurpose Glue
With Lucky Limeade Ink, stamp images onto small piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  With a coupl eof images, I stamped off a couple of times prior to stamping
Adhere this piece to the piece of Wisteria Wonder Cardstock with Snail Adhesive & then to the Base Card with Mutlipurpose Glue
Adhere the punched border piece of Lucky Limeade to the card as per the sketch using Multipurpose Glue
Ink your sentiment with SU! Marker – Basic Black & stamp direct onto the smaller piece of Whisper White
Adhere to card using Snail Adhesive
Adhere 3 Pearls to the card
Stamp 3 flower images onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock with Wisteria Wonder Ink, cut around images & adhere to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I adhered one to the card with Snail Adhesive & then the other 2 were placed around this one

Why not head over to A La Card Monkey & have a go at the challenge yourself

Until next time, Enjoy!