Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WWC66 - Libby's Sketch Challenge

I'm delighted to let you know I was invited to be a "guest" designer on Watercooler Wednesday this week. You won't believe what an honour this was for me. I'm so over the wall inspired by this group of exceptionally talented paper crafters, it was a real thrill to join them.    

This week Watercooler Wednesday is featuring a wonderful sketch challenge by the talented Libby Fens who just recently became a permanent member of the design team.  Congrats Libby!

Here's Libby's sketch - WWC66:  
Mother's Day is just around the corner so I decided to use this delightful sketch to design a card for my mom.

When she was younger, my mom was an avid gardener who couldn't wait for Spring so she could work in her garden. She planted a variety of fragrant and colourful plants including Pinks, Bachelor's Buttons, Forget-Me-Nots, Cosmos, and Sweet William. What joy she took in those flowers!  
Mom really enjoyed her flower garden and I can remember going to the store with her to buy her precious packages of seeds.
I'm hoping this card will bring back some of those memories not only for my mom but for those of you who are flower lovers too.  

Here's My Card:

April was a special month for Stampin' Up's Paper Pumpkin as they were celebrating not only their 3rd birthday but also their one millionth sale.  To reward new Paper Pumpkin subscribers they included an extra exclusive photopolymer stamp set called "All About Everything" which I've featured in the two stamped panels on this card.

In this closeup of the large rectangle you can see some of the detail achieved with the two-step stamping method.  This is the perfect stamp set for creating background paper.  The Lovely Lace Embossing folder which will retired later this month, was used to create the beautiful texture on the Pink Pirouette layer. 
By stamping off before applying the stamp on the oval you get a softer version of the image that looks like it's been water coloured.  To define the edge around the oval I used a retired paper piercing template to poke the holes on the Pear Pizzazz oval.

I always finish the inside of my cards and the matching envelopes with stamped or embossed images. Here's what the card looks like inside:

The "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment is from the Lovely Little Wreath stamp set which was part of the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I really like the lettering and the small flowers on this sentiment.  
Stamp Sets:  All About Everything, Lovely Little Wreath (Paper Pumpkin April 2016)
Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Accessories:  Big Shot, Trimmer, Lovely Lacey EF, Decorative Edge EF, Decorative Dots,

I hope my card has inspired you and that you'll want to take part in this challenge too!  Be sure to enter your project back at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (#WWC66). The deadline to post your entry is Monday, May 9th, 2016. Thank you for visiting today.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot


Heidi Weaver said...

Penny you set the bar high for future Guest Designers. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. You've really done justice to Libby's sketch. I love your use of those seed packages and the way your card reflects some of the nicest parts of them, especially the colours and the style of flowers. I'm so glad you agreed to come and be our very first Guest Designer for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Penny. This is a beautiful card. I love the colors. Very pretty!

Deborah Smart said...

Penny, I was so thrilled when I learned that you would be our guest designer!! You certainly belong here - your cards are always amazing with their beauty and attention to detail - and this one is no exception. I know your Mom will be delighted to receive this card, and the memories it will bring. Thank you for being a part of our group! ~Deborah

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi and Deborah for your kind comments. I absolutely was thrilled Heidi when you asked me to be a Guest Designer this week, and I'm glad I didn't let you down. I so enjoy participating with this group.

libbystamps said...

Congrats on being a guest designer Penny! You card is soo lovely. Great choice of stamp set and colors!

Heather Hopson said...

Oh Penny! Your card is beautiful! Mom will love it too. You totally inspire me and keep me striving to do better. Your attention to detail on the outside and the inside just brings the card together.

Gail said...

Penny, it is so fitting that you are our first Guest Designer! Your contributions to both Watercooler Challenges and Blog Hops are always inspiring. This card is exceptional - love the design and the story behind it. I'm sure you Mom will love it.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Heather I'm so happy you saw my card and I hope you're participating in this week's challenge too! Glad you like the inside of the card too. And, yes, I think mom will like it.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Gail thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my card. I was so happy to be chosen as the first Guest Designer for this challenge site, as it's one of my favourites. Glad you liked the card and my story.

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