Monday, January 11, 2021

First Challenges for 2021

Hi everyone, Happy January and here's to new beginnings and hopefully a much, much better year ahead.

January is such an opportunity for fresh starts and I'm happy to say that I'm planning to do more paper crafting challenges this year.  This week I'm entering two challenges - a colour challenge with CAS Colours & Sketches and a sketch challenge with Freshly Made Sketches #467.

Colour Challenge: 

Challenge #401

Sketch Challenge: 

Here's My Slimline Card: 

My finished slimline card measures 8 1/2" x 4".  I cut a piece of Bermuda Bay for the base that measured 8 1/2" x 8" and then scored it at 4".  I added a layer of Pool Party that measures 8 1/4" x 3 3/4".  This was followed by the Whisper White layer which measures 8" x 3 1/2".  The inside Whisper White panel measures 3 3/4" x 8 1/4".

I fell in love with the images and sentiments in the Darling Donkeys Darling Donkeys  stamp set featured in today's birthday card. I don't know about you, but they put a smile on my face.  I knew they'd be perfect for this birthday card. 
This 8 piece red rubber cling stamp set is available in the newly released Sale-a-bration brochure and I got it for free when I ordered $60 in Stampin' Up! products.   You can too!

I stamped the donkey for the card front in Momento Black ink on a scrap of Whisper White card stock and coloured it with blends (see details below).  I fussy cut out the image and mounted it over the splotches with mini and regular dimensionals.   

The donkey inside the card was stamped directly to the panel and coloured in the same way.

The splotches beneath the donkey were inspired by Tashanda Lundy,  and are created using two images from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  

I stamped the center one in Pool Party and the two outer ones in Bermuda Bay ink.  I like the way they anchor the donkey and provide a great backdrop and, I think the colour contrast of Pool Party and Bermuda Bay really makes this card special.   

There are 3 splotch images in the Poppie Parade stamp set.  I used the flat one which created the background and stamped it off once (2nd generation stamping) in Pool Party.  The two pebbly splats were stamped in Bermuda Bay and were first generation stamping so you get a darker look.  I didn't use the smallest splotch although I contemplated it for the inside of the card.  

The sentiments on this card are from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.  There are only 4 cling stamps in this set, but they go the distance, in terms of great birthday greetings.  I stamped both sentiments with Cherry Cobbler Ink.   
I stamped both sentiments in Cherry Cobbler ink.  Unfortunately I did not use my re-inker on my ink pad or my Stamperatus to stamp these sentiments so they are not as robust as I would have liked them.  

Stamps:    Darling Donkeys (155264), Happiest of Birthdays (152539) and Painted Poppies (15382)
Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Whisper White
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Momento Tuxedo Black
Blends:  Gray Granite (Light/Dark), Light Crumb Cake, Light Petal Pink, Light/Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light/Dark Granny Apple Green.

Well that's it for today's card and challenge.  Hope you liked it.  If you need any information about Sale-a-bration products or the new January to June Mini Catalogue, please contact me. 

Happy Stamping!
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Amy O said...

I love this mix of the three stamp sets! Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Amy for taking the time to comment on my card today. I had fun with this one. Loved the double challenge of sketch and slim line. It pulled me out of my comfort zone.

Jeanne said...

Fun, fun, fun! I love these donkeys too and you've created a great card with them Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S!

Jen Timko said...

What fun! You did such a great job with the sketch. So glad you joined us this week at FMS!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Hi Jeanne. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Glad you liked my card and it was nice having a great colour challenge to start off the year!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Jen thanks for your comment. I really had fun with this sketch and enjoyed playing with those Donkeys. So cute!

Shannon Lorenz-Hatch said...

Oh my goodness, this little cutie is sooooo versatile, not to mention popular. Great job combining the challenges, I love the water color splatters in the background. This little guy just warms my heart. Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S

Penny Hanuszak said...

Hi Shannon. Thanks so much for your comments on my donkey card. I've rediscovered your challenge site and hope to visit often. This colour challenge was a great push forward for me into the new year, and it really helps when all three colours are part of my favs list! I actually used stamps for the splatters in the background. Sometimes I revert back to Stampin' Ups! old Grunge stamp set, but for this one I used Painted Poppies. Love it!

samantha's cards said...

What a lovely card, thanks for joining us at CC&S.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Samantha, I really appreciate your taking the time to comment. Means a lot.

Bhavya Raghavendra said...

Such a fun card ! love how you have used the challenge colors on your card, loved it! Thanks for joining us at CC&S!! Bhavya DT

Penny Hanuszak said...

Bhavya, thank you so much for your comments on my card. The colours from the CC&S challenge were perfect for the background. Great challenge.

YoonYoung Kim said...

Wow~~ This donkey looks so exciting. And the background is very impressive! Thank you for playing along with CC&S.

Penny Hanuszak said...

So nice of you to leave a comment Yoon Young Kim. I like the backgrounds and so easy to do too. My pleasure to play along on this fun challenge.

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