Sunday, March 20, 2011

CMC Classroom Birthday Celebration Sketch Challenge

Hi all! I’ve been hanging out at the Color Me Creative Classroom this week. CMC Classroom is celebrating it's first birthday with a week full of fun. This card is for the March 15th Sketch Challenge at CMC Classroom. 

This is a pretty simple card to make. So, I’m just going to share with you the details and if there is anything you have questions about, just leave me a comment!

The techniques I've used in this card are machine sewing, distress inked edges, embossing, spiral flowers and Copic markers. My Gypsy Gem for this project is my watering can. I spent a whole evening searching the internet for a digi stamp of a watering can. I knew just what I wanted, but couldn’t find it. I finally gave up and went to Photoshop Elements and created this cute little watering can with a Happy Birthday greeting in honor of CMC Classroom. I’m pretty proud of my first ever “Digi” stamp.

Supply List

“Tilda with Ladybug” from Magnolia Stamps
Watering Can Digi Stamp created by the Polka Dot Gypsy

Face, Hands & Legs – E000, E00, E11 & R20
Hair – Y32, E33 & F57
Dress – G21, G24 & G28
Pinafore & Boots – R00, R20 & R22
Ladybug & Pockets – R22, R24, R27 & W3
Ladybug Face – C1, C3 & C5
Watering Can – R00, R20, R22, G21, G24 & G28

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

Miscelaneous Supplies
Swiss Dots & Starry Night Embossing Folders
Scallop Circle Nestabilities
Flower Die from Cottage Cutz
Spring Flower Boquet and Scallop Trim Border Punches from Stampin’ Up!
Ribbon & Wire
Sewing Machine, Cricut & Cuttlebug

Red - 6" Square Card
Green - 5 ¾” Square Mat
Marabell Plaid from the Paper Studio - 5 3/8” Square Design Panel
Green - (3) 1 1/8” X 5 3/8” Mat Strip
Red Minidot print from Heidi Grace Designs  - (3) 7/8” X 5 3/8” Main Panel Strip
Green -  3” X 4 7/8” Horizontal Mat Strip with Scallop Trim Border punched along bottom edge
Green Minidot print from Heidi Grace Designs – 2 1/4" X 4 5/8”
Red – 4 1/8” Scallop Circle
Green – 3 ¾” Circle
Cryogen White – 3 ½” Circle embossed with the Starry Night embossing folder
(3) Red Minidot print Flowers cut with the “Flower” die from Cottage Cutz
(3) Tissue paper Scallop Circles embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder
Various Flowers punched with Stampin’ Up! Spring Flower Boquet Punch and Flourishes cut with Cricut.

Basic Card Assembly

Color Tilda and the watering can with Copic markers and set aside.

Make the Spiral Flowers as described in my previous post of March 6. Set flowers aside.

Emboss the Cryogen white circle. Punch along the bottom edge of the green horizontal mat using the Scallop Trim Border punch. Set aside.

Distress all the panel edges with appropriate colors of Distress inks. I did not distress the Cryogen White circle.

Layer the individual panels and sew around the edges.  I did not stitch around the circular panels.

Gypsy Tip
I use double sided adhesive tape to tack pieces together before sewing. Be sure that the adhesive will not be in any area where you will be sewing as this will gum up the sewing machine needle. I don't sew more than 2 pieces of cardstock together at a time. When sewing along the edges I stop at corners with my needle down, lift the presser foot and turn the paper to make my corner. If I am too far away from the edge, but too close to take another stitch before turning, I reduce my stitch length and make one more stitch, stopping with the needle down and then make my turn. Before I resume stitching I adjust my stitch back to the normal length.

Attach the layered panels to the card front. Be sure to attach the ribbon around the horizontal panel before attaching the scallop/circle layers.

Decorate the card with Tilda, watering can, flowers and tisue paper scallop circles. I used pop dots to attach Tilda and the watering can to the card. Wire was used to replace the stamped antennae cut away from the Tilda image. I cut some cardstock swirls with the Cricut and tucked them in the flower grouping to add some color.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed viewing my Sketch Challenge card featuring “Tilda with Ladybug” and my very own watering can image! I’m going to head on back to the party at Color Me Creative Classroom. Have a great week! – Jane, the Polka Dot Gypsy


Linda Palmer said...

Jane, your coloring is beautiful. Love your challenge card. Great job.

Annette Bowes said...

Gorgeous card Jane, beautiful flowers, take careX:)

Cathy said...

Hi, Jane...Thought I would stop by and visit. I just love your cute little Tilda Birthday card. So sweet and great coloring too.

Cathy Lee

Diane said...

This is a great card, Jane and I love the little watering can image!
Diane x

Lisa said...

Hi Jane!
Fantastic card and is coloring is really good. I love this card and thank you for the great tip on sewing on your card.
I love your blog and I am your newest follower!
Big Hugs!

Tracey's KRAFTS said...

Jane your card is beautiful I really love the colours and the flowers, its lovely!


Suzanne J Dean said...

Just darling and I love the colors and patterns with this cutie! Great job on the sketch!


Patricia St Martin said...

Welcome to the group, please feel like you belong here. We all are friends and now you are one so jump right in. Wonderful card. Great job on the sketch. Thank for the tip on sewing on your card. Paper is fantastic, just love it.

Tracey's KRAFTS said...

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cdjcape521 said...

I love the way you share all the details, thank you so much! Your work is beautiful!

cdjcape521 said...

BTW, I nominated you for "Most Stylish Blog" award (only i neglected to mention it to you, LOL!) Enjoy, I'm your newest follower!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Such a darling card, Jane!

I just stopped by to become a follower! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Happy Huggies ~

Janice W. said...

Beautiful card Jane and I am so impressed that you made your own digi stamp! Awesome!

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Awesome card with striking color combo, beautiful coloring, and fun sentiment. The popped up portions of the image add such a super effect!
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