Espresso and Cream

Sammy Jane
It is Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge Day.  This week it is a card sketch, and the biggest challenge of course is to finish the card in 10 minutes or less.  Here is the sketch:
And here is my card:
Can you tell where I got the inspiration for the colors?
I also made a vintage version that you can see at the end of the tutorial.
Here is the story:
Lil T is already to go with his new satin bow tie.
The palette is
Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Naturals Ivory,
with Very Vanilla for the image piece that I colored.
I started with the Big Shot and the Ovals Die.
I really like this sketch and was excited to start playing with it last weekend.  
I had a moment of panic when I realized
I didn't have a simple way of making mats for the ovals.
Oh, my, how am I going to create something without mats????
This had me stumped for a couple hours.
Then I found that the smallest oval from the die would make a mat for the Large Oval Punch.
And I would just have to learn to make the larger ovals work without mats.
I stamped each oval with the roses from Elements of Style
in Early Espresso Ink.
I have fallen in love with this new color from Stampin' Up!.
It is so rich and dark, and gives a very crisp and elegant image.
I forgot to take a picture of this step, 
but you can probably see it in your imagination.
Next  I colored the image on the smallest oval.
I used Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Markers,
scribbling some of the color on my Window Sheet palette,
 then picking up the color with a Blender Pen.
Then I sponged each of the ovals.
I like how the repetition of the image
gives some depth to the layering ovals.
I used the Very Vintage Wheel
with Crumb Cake Ink
as background for the image pieces.
I am delighted we have this color ink available
in the new catalog.
When it was called Kraft, there were no inks or markers to match,
and whenever I did a vintage project
I was wishing for Kraft ink to age things.

How am I doing, Lil T?
Look how far I got in only 6 minutes!
Good going, Sage,
now just don't get too fancy 
and you just might finish in time.
and you will be fine.
Oh, no, this card really calls out for some distressing.
Just don't do it on MY watch! 
You are soooo bossy!
But I will heed your advice this time.
It took another 2 minutes to cut and punch this strip of Crumb Cake.
Now for the Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.
I used a Clear Mount Block to tie my knot.
I have a tutorial on this technique HERE.
I am not going to stop, T.  I am almost finished.  
All the pieces are ready to put together.
Yikes.  Did I really spend 5 minutes with the glue and Dimensionals?
Yes, yes, I keep telling you how slow you are!
How did you ever get on this design team, anyway?
Didn't they know how you are?
They never said  I had to be fast.
So once again,
since I am already over 10 minutes,
I decided to add my usual little extra–
this time I used a Mini Vintage Label
with one of the Tiny Tags stamps.
I tied it to the ribbon with Linen Thread.
17 minutes.
Personally I think that is a very respectable time, T.
For you, I guess it is.
I just can't resist the distressing, T.
Now that you have done your job, I am going to play!

Here is what it looks like in Vintage style.
I have a dear friend getting married in a couple months,
and I made this one to send to him and his fiance:

I added a layer of Soft Suede under the Naturals Ivory,
and made a tag from Very Vanilla
stamped with the sentiment from Elements of Style in Early Espresso.
I sponged it and curled it and added one of my favorite,
but oh so retired, brads.

So leave me a comment and let me know which version you like best.

Well, Lil T, that is all for this week.
 Now you can go check to see how Mr. Nasty and the others are doing.

I am so relieved you didn't do all that vintage stuff on MY time.
It looks good, but I don't want to think about how long it took you!
I am out of here.  See you all next Friday.

So that is my challenge card for this week.  You will find a link to all the other Design Team projects on Carole'Anne's blog HERE.  And we would love for you to join the challenge.  Don't worry about the timer, as you might have noticed, most of us don't make the 10 minutes anyway!
If you don't have this wonderful Elements of Style Stamp Set and Very Vintage Wheel, perhaps this project will inspire you to get them for yourself.  I am delighted to see them in the new catalog, since they debuted in the Occasions Mini Catalog last winter.  Now they will be with us for a long time to come.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and want to order them, use the Shop Online link at the top of the right sidebar.  Happy stamping to you all.

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6 Responses to Espresso and Cream

  1. Rita June 25, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    I love the vintage version a lot! I wish I had a clue where to even start to make something so amazingly beautiful! Mine would look like a kindergarten project gone wrong. LOL ­čÖé Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous June 25, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Sage this card is just stunning you did an amazing job on the sketch challenge this week, way to go, and give your color inspiration a little scritch for me, tee hee..

  3. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway June 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Whow Sage this is just fabulousI love your Sammy Jane ahw !and what a wonderful trick with your ribbon and your blockyou are brilliantthe distressing you did is just the right about love it!way to go

  4. delysc June 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Sage I adore your card! Great job you rocked the challenge!

  5. Mary Sue June 26, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    Sage, you did it again!! By far your vintage card takes the cake. You know that I love everything that you do, you are an awesome designer.

  6. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) June 26, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Another beautiful card(s), Sage. Thats why youre on the Design Team! I like a combo of the two cards. Im not into distressing (maybe because it makes me think the USPS has gotten a hold of it), but the transition from the Natural Ivory to the Espresso is drastic on the first version so maybe Id try a soft suede mat between the Ivory and the espresso, but without the distressing. BTW — Tell Lil T if he didnt spend so much time arguing with you, you could get a lot more done in your 10 minutes! Ha ha!

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