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Claire Harrison Independent Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Challenge combo

Hello, me again. Just recovering from the *shock* of the enormity of the Stampin' Up! retired list this year. My stamp collection is officially decimated! I will be particularly sad to say goodbye to my Paisley background stamp, I think I will have to keep that one for "personal use" lol! Looking forward to the new catalogue though, I can't wait to see what wonderful goodies they have replaced my old favourites with.

Now, to the real reason for this post. A challenge combo. For this card I have used Makeesha's Inkspirations sketch challenge no. 5 (to check out the other fab entries go here), along with Kristina's colour inspiration for this week. (Play along with Kristina's challenge here).












Kristina's colour challenge reminded me of some photos my Mum took on a trip through central Australia last year, lots of earthy desert colours combined with the green of the sparse vegetation and the blue of the sky. That inspired me to make this card with a set I borrowed from a friend to make some swaps. (Thanks Lynda!)


Not the greatest pic (it's late) but you get the idea! I used some of the masking and sponging techniques I learned doing Michelle Zindorf's chef tutorial (see this post) and have to say I am really pleased with the way this one turned out!

Card recipe:

Stamps: All Aboriginal, Polka Dots and Petals, Live your Dream

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, Spring Break DSP

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Versa Mark, Ruby Red, Old Olive

Accessories: Markers, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Techniques: Emboss resist, Masking

Hope you like it. Please leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire

13 comments:

Rachael Knight said...

Wow Claire, that is stunning! Gorgeous work with the sponging. I'm reeling from the shock of the Retiring List too - pulled my Retiring sets off the shelves and now they're looking very barren. So I fully sympathise!

Yankee in England said...

Wow your gecko is soooooo cool! Great card.

Kim said...

This card is absolutely wonderful. I've often looked at this stamp set in the catty and wondered how it would look as a finished work. I'm glad it's not on the retired list now! I might just have to add it to my wishlist - thank you for the inspiration and they fabulous eye candy.

Ange Kelly said...

Wow! Fabulous card for both challenges.

Jeanne Couch said...

Wow! Our Aboriginal folk would be proud of your efforts! Fantastic card.

Andrea - EnchantINK said...

Hi Claire ... this is a sensational card. Wow! I was so blown away! How clever! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi ... I really appreciate it when I get feedback! And ... I agree ... the retiring list is HUGE! But ... hopefully we will have lots to drool over in the new catty! Stampin' Hugs, Andrea

Jenny said...

That is gorgeous!

Ann Wills said...

This is lovely Claire

Tracy McCarroll said...

Very stunning Claire, you've done a great job... and thanks for stopping by...

Butternut Sage Designs said...

this is definitely a capital WOW card!

Kez said...

What an amazing card! So visually stunning! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Makeesha Byl said...

WOW Claire that is a piece of Art! All that sponging has really created a wonderful effect for the lizard! Fabulous! thanks so much for playing! Love Keesh x

Michelle said...

WOW WOW WOW Claire - this card just looks amazing! What fabulous colours! I've done a few of Michelle's tutorials as well, but I can assure you that none of mine look anything like yours (or hers...) I guess it's all in the trying, right!? Thanks for your comment on my blog - so nice to hear from you!
Have a great weekend.
Michelle