Saturday, 22 June 2013

You Add Colour...

My first time playing with a new CANADIAN sketch challenge, Atlantic Hearts. This challenge blog was created earlier this year by a couple of East Coast CTMH women, and features a new sketch every week.
Here's this week's doozy of a sketch:

Loved that chevron background and wanted to incorporate my present fave colour combo, inspired by the skirt on the far left (this image is a blog-header from my favorite women's running apparel website, Running Skirts).

(to see another card inspired by these colours, see link HERE).

I had lots of fun making my own puddle pad!  I know you can just use a folded baby wipe, but I had seen Jennifer MacGuire use the Ranger Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry stamp foam pad to create a custom ink pad. My dear crafty sister had sent me a pack of this in a care package, so I broke it open.
I cut a piece of the foam pad to the size of my stamp and added drops of CTMH re-inkers in COTTON CANDY, SKY, HONEY, LAGOON and SUNSET. They melded together wonderfully!
I used a couple of different Paper Smooches stamp sets, Geo-graphics and I {Heart} Art. I started by masking off the space for the multi-coloured sentiment and stamped the rest with a series of blah-and-increasingly weathered grey chevrons. Then I added the sentiment, paint splotch and the paint-brush.

This card kind of mirrored my day: grey grizzled weather in the nation's capital with a few bright spots: attending a Jazzfest concert and seeing my nephew drumming; eating Alabama pulled pork while downtown at Ribfest (short lines b/c of the rain); finishing the day with a family barbecue, singing along to the Beatles Rock Band on the Wii....

Here's da card:
Love that splotch!

Now go check out the goings on "north of the border" at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! I believe the current sketch ends this Sunday (June 23rd) but there'll be another sketch to try every Monday.

Happy crafting,


  1. FABULOUS stamping Caroline - gorgeous card :)

  2. That is just so fun. I love the Chevron pattern, and happy to see you included it in the design. Thank you for playing along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  3. Awesome card, love the paint splotch and how you used the reinkers for your colours.

  4. This is awesome! The custom ink pad just takes this over the top.

  5. Fantastic. Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  6. Beautiful card, Caroline! Very creatively done!

  7. Oh I love how you created that ink pad! Great card!

  8. Caroline, this is fabulous! I really love how you used the stamps...that is one of my favorite paper smooches, and I wish I had bought it. Awesome job! :)

  9. Such a cute card! Love it. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts!

  10. Gorgeous card - love that you put the stamp foam to such amazing use!! Also love the distressed chevron. I think I need to be purchasing some more PS stamps ;-)

    xox, Muggie

  11. Caroline, I love that the paint splotch is rainbow! My fave color :D The light gray chevron is perfect for this doesn't take away from the fab focal point and sentiment. Awesome design! Thanks for sharing this awesome challenge too. I'll be linking up!


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