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~Merci Mon Amie~

Dare to Get Dirty Day #4

merci-mon-amie.jpg    G’day mates!

I just made an observation about my cards.   I make a LOT of thank you cards.   I like to say thanks.   In fact, I want to say thanks to you!  Can you believe I’ve been blogging for nearly a year?!  Yup, going to have a blogaversary at the end of next month.   I’ve got a little suprise in store for ya…. but I can’t give it away just yet 😉

I do have a secret (kinda) that I can share with you!   Today I’m hosting a Dare to Get Dirty Challenge!!   You can see the challenge HERE.   I’m also going to have a *chat* thread… so if you’re not doing anything, drop by and say HI!   It will be posted by 12pm EST…. and it’s a fun one :).  **note: the link to the challenge will only be visible to SCS Fan Club members.   If you’re not a member and would like information, you can find that HERE.

Let’s talk about layouts.   I’m drawn to layouts quicker than anything else.   I see layouts in all kinds of things.  I especially like to watch those cheeky home improvement shows (like clean house).   I tend to look for room layouts  and  color schemes.   I think I mentioned before that I like geometrics.   They always feel balanced to me and that it soothing for some reason.  I like balance!!   After I receive the inspiration, I use a program that most everyone has on their computer… ms Paint… to create my layout.   Try it out, if you haven’t already!   Where does your layout inspiration come from?

Ok, remember the card at the top of this post? LOL.. well this is my submission for today’s challenge.  

I wanted to create something elegant and interesting.   Of course, it’s a thank you!   I have really shunned this set (Carte postale) since I purchased it.   I love the images, but couldn’t  quite make them work for me.   Then, the other day I was in Joann’s and they had their dp on sale.   I found this piece of dp and just went WOW!  There is a richness AND a coolness to it, at the same time.   I wanted to keep it rich, so I pulled the chocolate chip out and went to work.   The focal image is first stamped with French Script (Hero Arts) in chocolate chip.  Then I added the small floral in black.   The bird was stamped on very vanilla in versamark and embossed black.  I cut it out and popped it up.   I used both sides of this gorgeous DP…. turning a corner down to reveal the “merci” and then as a 1/2 mat.  Then I added the velvet chocolate ribbon for a little more richness. 

Here’s the deets:

Stamps: Carte Postale (SU!) and French Script (Hero Arts)

Colors: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, DP

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Chocolate Chip, Versamark

Accessories: vanilla brads, chocolate velvet ribbon, oval scallop punches, mat pack (for piercing), black EP, dimensionals.

TFL!~ and have a blessed day!

7 Responses to “~Merci Mon Amie~”

  1. on 24 Jul 2008 at 11:37Julia (artystamper)

    Hey Holly! thanks for hosting the challenge today ! I love the sketch and I love your beautiful card especially the folded corner and all your popped up layers! Wonderful colors on this too!

  2. on 24 Jul 2008 at 16:12Kathy (Wattle)

    WOOHOO!!! I was so excited when I saw you were the challenge person today that I nearly screamed (which isn’t good because I’ve just woken up and everyone is still asleep)!!! I adore that card you made for it – so gorgeous!!!! I can’t wait to play!!!

  3. on 24 Jul 2008 at 17:15Marisa

    Yeah, there is a computer here I can use the first day of vacation – after that, no such luck! Absolutely LOVELY card, Holly!!! Love the many details, turned down corner, DP, layers, everything!

    HOPE I can sneak on tomorrow to see your challenge – just wish I was at home to participate. Maybe I’ll have to make it the challenge I do when we get back home and I have 24 hours to do something before the cut off!

    Going to have to try out that site. Never heard of it before – thanks! Gotta run, we’re making dinner for our friends who are hosting us for a few days.

  4. on 26 Jul 2008 at 10:36Wendy

    Really beautiful, Holly! Lots going on and yet still clean and uncluttered looking! Great job!

  5. on 28 Jul 2008 at 14:11Kim P

    Holly, this is GORGEOUS! I just started doing some of the DTGD challenges…and I hope to do this sketch challenge today. My cutting tools are lacking, so the oval will be a CHALLENGE! (Oh for some Nesties!)

  6. on 11 Aug 2008 at 10:04Debbie G

    Beautiful card!!

  7. on 29 Aug 2008 at 19:56Elena

    Very elegant and beautiful card! Love the papers! Gorgeous!!!

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