Thursday, May 14, 2020

IB124 Cheery Cherry Hello

 Happy Thursday, peeps!  It's time for another Inspired By challenge, and I just LOVED this one!  Here's the photo prompt as well as the optional sketch; I did use both this week:

This is just a little notecard (again), because the little cherry images were so small, I thought they would get lost on a larger we go:

I love this card so much, I don't want to send it away, LOL!  I began with a panel of Pool Party, embossed it with the Pinewood Planks EF, then sponged it with Smoky Slate.  It was adhered to a mat of Cherry Cobbler.  I then cut a banner from some Smoky Slate gingham using a Poppystamps die, and embellished it with three little cherries from a really old SU set, which I am thinking might have been an incentive set since I can't find it on Splitcoast Stampers:

I watercolored the cherries with some inks and an aquapainter, and colored the "hello" with a marker.  And I thought I'd share a quick tutorial about how I diecut the stitched circles!  I had stamped my images first, then realized that the die I wanted to use did not have an opening, so I couldn't center my design easily.  So here's my fix:

The die on the right is the one I want to use, but as I said, there is no opening, so I wasn't sure how I was going to center it, so I got the smallest circle die I owned that did have an opening; this one happens to be from SU's Stitched Shapes:

I centered the larger die over my stamped image and used a pencil to draw a circle, using the inner portion of the die as a guide:

I then centered my smaller die, face down, over the image, using the drawn circle as my guide, and ran it through my Big Shot:

And tada!  A nicely-centered design!  I guess ideally, you could diecut first and then stamp, but with smaller wood-mount stamps, as this one was, it would have been a challenge.  I was happy with this technique!

I hope you'll find some inspiration to play along with us at Inspired By this week!  Be sure to check out what the DT has for you as well!  And you might notice a NEW member on the Design sweet friend Lisa from My Paper Tales!  SO EXCITED!  Be sure to stop by and give her some love! Thanks for popping in today...enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Country Occasions (ret)
Card stock & Papers     White Notecard, Whisper White, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Neutrals DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Smoky Slate
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (ret), Dimensionals,
Tools     Big Shot, Pinewood Planks EF, Sponges, Greeting Tags Dies (Poppystamps), Stitched Circle Dies (Lil'Inker), Aquapainter, White Gel Pen (Zig), Smoky Slate Marker


~amy~ said...

What a perfect take on the sketch and photo inspiration. Those cherries are so sweet!

I Card Everyone said...

Where there's a will, right? You've found an adorable way, LeAnne! So I think you should very well keep this one displayed in your craft studio - it is the cherry on top!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Adorable - those little cherries are so sweet! I can see why you wouldn't want to part with this card LeAnne - too cute!

Lisa Elton said...

Oh yes, this one IS a keeper LeAnne! Just write a little "congratulations on making such an adorable card" note to yourself in it!! This one is extra sweet with those cute cherries, gingham and aqua woodgrain. SO happy to be joining you on the team ~ yipee!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Too cute!!!!

Tracy Grauer said...

I love those sweet cherries! What a cute card and a great sketch to use! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Callahan said...

Absolutely adorable!

Danni Reid said...

I.LOVE.THIS! Your design and those sweet cherries make this card so special!

Donna K said...

So many elements of the challenge. I love your little note and I think you should keep it too. Super sweet.

Nora Noll said...

Oh I LOVE how you die cut that sentiment at the bottom This is SO CUTE!!!

ElizStewart said...

Cute beyond words! I took the same approach on my card... yours is so warm. Love the pale blue and gray with the red.

Colleen Dietrich said...

That's a good tip about how to get your stamp centered in the die cut, LeAnne. Your card turned out so sweet. Love that soft gingham touch, too. Reminds me of grandma's country kitchen, where lots of good things come from. :-D