Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Story Behind Every Card

My friend and fellow August Center Stage Spotlight guest design team member for Gina K. Designs on StampTV, Tina, was scheduled to hostess the sketch challenge this week. Unfortunately, Tina's father-in-law passed away earlier this week. My condolences go out to Tina during this difficult time.

However, Tina's cool sketch design is still being used for this week's sketch challenge on StampTV. Jessica was kind enough to get it posted on Tina's behalf. Come on over to StampTV and play in the challenges! You don't have to, but, if you use Gina K. stamps, your entry goes into the drawing bin twice to win a free Gina K. stamp set!

I chose to use one of the new Gina K. stamp set releases for this month as designed by Asela Hopkins called Fruitful Harvest. These images are GORGEOUS and so much fun to color with whatever coloring medium you choose to use. I used my Copic markers this time around.

As you can see, I chose the apple image from this set, which has a little story behind it. Joanne, from my Doubledog Dare Challenge group, dared us to make a card using apples. I happily set about coloring my image and was thinking about Tina's sketch design when I got the lightbulb idea to make this an ornament for a Christmas card! After I was all done with my card, I re-checked Joanne's challenge requirements and saw that I totally forgot the part about the card having to have an autumn theme. Oi vay!!! Too many things on the brain, I guess, so I'll have to design something else for Joanne's challenge. Yeah, like that's really gonna be a burden----NOT!!

The weather is beautiful here today. My sister and her husband are here all the way from Washington State visiting us for a couple weeks (yaaaay!), so we're going to have the family over tonight for a campfire, hot dog roast, and s'mores! My parents use to take us camping a lot when we were kids, and we always enjoyed those family times sitting around the campfire talking, laughing, playing, and eating!

I hope you're having a happy Saturday, too!

Stamps: Fruitful Harvest (Gina K), All Holidays (SU)
Cardstock: Real Red, Black, Gina K Pure Luxury white, striped dp
Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Copic markers, MS picket fence border punch, red gingham ribbon, Bow Easy, ornament hook, 1/16" hole punch, white gel pen, round tab punch

Stamping hugs,


Joanne Travis said...

Charlene, I love this and this would totally work for our DDC challenge, my friend!! It's red so Anne will love it and it has an apple for sure so you've covered enough bases :)
Love your design and I am so happy that you are on the guest DT for Gina K and I think I read for Flourishes or Sharon Johnson. You totally rock!

Carolyn King said...

how awesome Charlene. LOVE how you used the apples on the ornament....tooo clever! looks great!

redwasher1 said...

Absolutely fantastic!!! It stands out in the gallery! I love it.

Joanne (jojot) said...

red, black and white.....apple.....awesome sketch, dramatic dp....this is a winnah fer sure my dear and talented friend...wowza

StampOwl said...

oh wow Charlene this is stunning ... might have to try this sketch myself ... maybe hehe

Pat (mspfd) said...

Another amazing creation! What a wonderful combination of elements. Love your ornament.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

beautiful and... delicious!

i just WON that stamp set! must get over to Stamp TV.


Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Yummy apple! Great job on the sketch, I like the crisp feeling of this card. No pun intended either. lol

Ann said...

Fabulous Charlene!! What a neat way to showcase the apples as a Christmas ornament.

Anne said...

You clever girl!! Such a fun idea to design this as an ornament, love it. I have (fake) holiday wreaths and evergreen garland runners that are studded with apples that I use every year to decorate for the holidays. I love the theme!!

Mothermark said...

There is just something about this card that just pops! It is truly eye catching...wonderful job on this Bertie!