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Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #71 March 6, 2009

Horray for Fridays!  Sharon Harnist will be hosting Beate’s weekend sketch challenge today, and she has come up with a wonderful sketch for all of us to try.  Head on over to Sharon’s site, Paperfections, to see the sketch.

I have another Sale-a-Bration sample to share.  This card features SU! Botanical Blooms stamp set.   


How can you not love this Raspberry Tart DSP?  The colors are beautiful together.   Very yummy indeed.  I had to include additional pics of this card as well to show you some of the little details.



There are 4 cut out layers to each flower.  The first flower layer is Crystal Effects mixed with a touch of Riding Hood Red re-inker topped with Micro Beads.  Next flower layer is Crystal Effects with a dusting of Dazzling Diamonds.  The third & forth flower layers are just Crystal Effects.  The flower stems were created with Green Bead Duo.  I tried out my SU! dotted texturz plate and  Scallop Oval Punch (in love).  Added Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and a Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Button.


mja-blog-march-6-3There is stitching to both the upper and lower card front to pull the card together.  I added some of the green beads along the bottom to coordinate with the flower stems.  Distressing also applied to areas of the card. 


Check out what the rest of the girls have created for todays sketch (they will amaze you):  Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, and Lori Craig.  I can’t forget guest designer Bev Rousch who also created a sample today for you to view🙂



STAMP:  Sale-a-Bration Botanical Blooms stamp set.

CARDSTOCK:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Real Red, Cameo Coral, and Rose Red cardstock.

PATTERNED PAPER:  Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.

INKS:  Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Riding Hood Red, and Basic Gray.

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; Backgrounds I texturz plates; Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons; Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; Scallop Edge Punch; Small and Large Oval Punches; Scallop Oval Punch; Green Beads Duo; Crystal Effects; Micro Beads; Dazzling Diamonds; Stampin’ Dimensionals; White sewing thread.


16 Responses to “Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #71”

  1. Debi Hadley Says:

    Oh my goodness! This is absolutely beautiful. I am so in to the dimension lately. It just pops! I will have so visit often now that I found your blog!!

  2. Jennifer Says:

    VERY, VERY pretty!!! I love the textures of the flowers. I have some of that paper and can’t wait to play with it.

  3. Lori Craig Says:

    Girl – Loving your flowers… This is gorgeous.

  4. THis is just gorgeous, Mary Jo! WOW!

  5. jenn Says:

    Ooh, this is sooooo, soooooo darn beautiful! Just. . .WOW!!

  6. GORGEOUS! Wow woman…. you knock my socks off…. EVERY week! 🙂

  7. Renée Says:

    supreme loveliness, MJ!

  8. Fabulous colors together, Mary Jo! I love that corduroy button and these flowers are wonderful! Great job with the sketch!

  9. Jami Says:

    Oh my heavens – I never in a million years would have thought something this gorgeous would have come from that little stamp set! Amazing MJ!!!

  10. marcia Says:

    This is, hands down, thee most beautiful creation I have seen with this SAB set. STUNNING! You are an inspiration!

  11. Ann Says:

    You could frame this in a frame without glass, what a piece of artwork!!!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity MJ!

    Stampin’ Smiles from Ear to Ear,
    Ann 🙂

  12. Brandi Says:

    What a great sample for SAB! I love the little beads you’ve sewn in to the card. It’s gorgeous!! TFS!


  13. Conniecrafter Says:

    such pretty flowers, love the layering and neat beading too!

  14. Alison Says:

    Beautiful work of art, love all the details, especially the beads on the stitching!

  15. This card is absolutely th emost beautiful card that I’ve ever seen!! The colors and all the details really make this card extra special. I’m sure the reciever of this card will treasure this card for a long time, just knowing the beauty of being ho-made!!
    Denise from OHio

  16. AnnMarie Says:

    Good God are you talented!!! Saw a link on split and found your talent with the cake die. I absolutely love your work. I was a demo, quit after almost losing my son and just resigned on. So glad I could find your work. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing your whimsy work.
    Stay well,

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