Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Royally Cute Couple!

Hi, everyone.

Hope everybody is enjoying a great weekend! I have three cards for three separate challenges. So, let's start with the title card.  :)

Cutest Couple... EVER!

Grab our banner3/9/2014 Update: Entering this little couple in Paper Smooches' April Guest Designer Search.

Paper Smooches is continuing its 3rd Anniversary celebration with a challenge to create a fun and cute project. Well, I'm thinking this little couple qualifies on both counts.  :)

Paper Smooches Royal Cuteness stamp set
Royal Cuteness Botanicals and Group Hugs stamps
Paper Smooches balloon dies

Distress Ink core paper; black Bazzill black cardstock
Bead Avenue braiding necklace cording; crystal gems
sentiment and images stamped in StazOn jet black
Tombow foam adhesives; Glossy Accent for adhesive

To create the knight and princess, I stamped images multiple times, used the antique linen images as the base for each, then fussy cut out hair, clothes, and embellishments. The castle was stamped on the same gray as the armor, but the paper was sanded twice (before and after stamping) to create a more distant, far-away look. Finally, I tried to incorporate the wisdom of a former painting teacher when composing the card. Pat always said a color should appear three times in a composition. So, Pumice Stone paper was used for the armor, castle and dress embellishment; Victorian Velvet was used for dress, hair embellishment, and helmet plume; Scattered Straw was used for his hair, her hair, and the balloon; and white was used for his teeth, her cloud and balloon string.

Okay, time to move along from this adorable couple.... though I do love them. And, I'm hoping one of our hero's little princesses will, too.  :)
OWH Midweek Throwdown: Punny Cards

This isn't the first time I've made the card below. But, I love this retired Stampin' Up! set so much that there are a few more of these little guys going into my next OWH box. So, here's an encore of Happy Dirtday!  :)

Stampin' Up! I Dig You stamp set (retired)
Distress Ink core paper
clouds: Stampin Up! Build a Cupcake punch

garage sale brads

This last card is an Any Hero card that was made for this week's sketch.

Bo Bunny Anthem on Distress Ink core paper base
Stamper's Best sentiment
sponging with Distress Inks
Fiskars and Paper Studio star punches
Stampin Up! brads; Tombow foam adhesives

I decided to go with a black sentiment to show up better on the patterned paper. Since there was black on some of the other papers in the collection, I thought it would be okay. But, I also felt black brads and a black-cardstock star would help tie in the black sentiment. In addition, I sponged edges with black soot, as well as vintage photo and walnut stain, to add a more vintage look. Finally, I tried to go with three stars in the bottom portion, but was not happy with three of any of the sized punches I have. So, I went with one larger star for the lone embellishment in the bottom half.

Parting Thoughts

Two quick reminders:
  • Blog candy in the form of $20 in Really Reasonable Ribbon gift certificates (in honor of the 20th post) are being awarded to those who are have found me here at my new blog. Two $5 certificates and one $10 certificate will be awarded next post. New followers will be eligible.  :)
  • February 21 is the deadline for linking up a card for this month's Olympic challenge at Words 2 Scrap By.
Think that's it for today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Well all three are great cards. The first two are great cards for our heroes to send home. You are outstanding at fussy cutting (I'm not good at it at all). Looks like you listened to your painting teacher very well. She would be proud. Your second card is just precious and I do love the pun. Some hero is gong to be so happy when he receives this beautiful Any Hero card. If he is by any change having a down day, you will certainly lift his spirits. Enjoy your upcoming week.

  2. I just love how you make any sketch into a Hero Card. Your royal couple card is totally CUTE! Love the little dirt dump truck. Great job on all three cards.

  3. Nice selection of cards Sybrina. I like your take on this week's sketch and the distressed papers. Thanks for playing!

  4. Great cards, love how you described the three stars and then went with just one, that happens to me all the time! TFS!

  5. Fantastic cards, Sybrina! The punny one made me smile big :D

  6. awwww- your cute couple is so sweet! And your other cards are wonderful- love the dirtday- perfect for a little boy or a little girl too! And I like your sketch card- love the star! And thanks for the reminder- I have to work on my Words 2 Scrap By card!

  7. Love your patriotic card for a Hero!!

  8. Great details on the first card...the second is perfect for the little guy! Super nice take on the aketch with the last card! tfs!!!