25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

Saturday, September 8, 2012

UDI Sketch Challenge #205

Hey, everyone! I’m back again!  It’s Saturday, and it’s time for the Utah Divas International (UDI) Sketch Challenge.  The Divas are a bunch of great ladies I met at Stampin’ Up’s Demonstrator Convention a few years back, and they’ve been a lot of fun to create with.  After you see what I’ve done, be sure to check out the UDI Blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with for this week’s sketch.
Here’s the sketch:
UDI Sketch Challenge 205 (1)
And here is my card:
UDI Sketch Challenge 205 (2)
I took a couple of liberties with this sketch.  I added the panel with the bird, and I used 3 ribbons instead of 2, but the ribbons were so narrow, I figured 3 would fill the space better, right? I’m so glad you agree with me! LOL!
I really wanted to use this stamp set today, so the 3rd panel had to happen because of the bird, and I didn’t want to turn the card. I don’t know why I was so determined to use this Stamp Set. It could be all of the birds fighting over the bird feeder outside the window of my craft area. We’ve had a lot of bird activity this year, and a family of house finches built a nest in one of our hanging baskets in front of the kitchen window. The bird in this set reminds me of them, and the knots and the weave of the ribbons make me think of their nest, so here we are!
Here are the tools I used to make this card:
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Baja Breeze.
Ink: Basic Gray, VersaMark
Stamp Set: Nature Walk
Ribbon: 1/8” Taffeta in Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, and Daffodil Delight.
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF), Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots
I used Sahara Sand Cardstock for the Card Base.  I cut a Basic Gray layer 1/4” smaller than the base (5.25” x 4”) and stamped the floral stamp in VersaMark repeatedly as a background. On the back of the Basic Gray layer I used 1” of Sticky Strip to attach the ribbons at the top and the bottom. (when you’re looking at the back the Sticky Strip goes on the RIGHT side…yeah. Experience.) About 6” of ribbon will work here.  I braided each strand once to get the crossed over effect before attaching the second end. I cut another 2” of each color to tie the knots.
Once I got the ribbons situated, I used Snail Adhesive to center the Basic Gray layer on the Card Base.  The Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight panels are both 2.5” x 3.5”. I Ran the Daffodil Delight panel through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice TIEF and layered them on the Basic Gray Panel.  (Note: Whenever I use a TIEF with a lot of detail and not much flat space, I use Mini Glue Dots to adhere it to my card.  They stick better on uneven surfaces. You could also use Tombow Glue.)
For the bird panel, I stamped the bird in Basic Gray Ink on Baja Breeze Cardstock. That panel is 1.75” x 2.75” and the Whisper White Panel is 2” x 3”. I used Snail Adhesive to layer the Baja Breeze to the Whisper White, then used Dimensionals to center both panels on the card.
That’s it for this week’s Sketch Challenge. Remember to check out the UDI blog to see what the rest of the Design Team came up with!
Have a great weekend, and take a scrap of time to create something to brighten someone’s day!
Happy Stamping!


  1. Michelle, it's so good to have you on our team. I love your card ~ it's one of my favorite stamp sets. Thanks for sharing your inspiration for the card!