Wednesday, August 15, 2012

... That Anchor Holds!

WOW!  Here we are mid week again already!  

I purchased a few stamp sets from Our Daily Bread earlier in the Spring and after receiving a request from my Mom for some cards for her church, I knew I wanted to get inky with those stamp sets.  Here's a card I made today using the 'Anchor' stamp set ...

I also had a couple of challenges in mind when I was putting this card together.  First, of course, is the challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs blog - Sponging and secondly is the Paper & Such Design Blog challenge - Just Stamp On It - stamping on designer paper.
I've used a sheet of design paper from a DCWV matstack to stamp my verse on for my background.  For my focus image, I've used 3 different Tim Holtz distress inks and large sponge daubers to create the sky/water/sand background before stamping my anchor image with Versafine Black ink.  A 'sky' stamp from Ala Art helped create my clouds and I've used a fine tip black marker for the faux stitching.  White organza ribbon from Michaels and an anchor charm from Inky Impressions were my only embellishments.

Other challenges this card qualifies for are:
Cards & More - Anything Goes -must stamp (3rd entry)

Another card I made for the church also fit two of this week's challenges over on Splitcoast Stamper.  
The CAS (clean & simple) challenge and the Technique challenge.  The technique was really cool ... it was called 'Water Stamping'.  I will be doing a quick tutorial to share this technique with you very soon so be watching for it.  And for those of you who belong to SCS be sure to check it out in their Tutorial Section.
The verse on this card is from Impression Obsession.  I also (FINALLY) purchased some of the ever so popular TWINE and have used it both on the focus sentiment & the bottom edging of the inked panel.  LOVE that stuff and will be purchasing more very soon.  My angle panel was first inked using Tim Holtz 'Broken China' & 'Dusty Concord' before doing the 'Water Stamping' technique.

Here are a few challenge this card qualifies for:
Can You Dig It - Purple Please
Creative Craft Challenge - Just a Sentiment
LEJ Designs - Clean and Simple
Shopping Our Stash - Technique Time (try something new or revisit something old)

Well I'd better get back to work!  
I was commissioned yesterday for 20 Note Cards using pages from this ladies OLD music book as the background ... should be fun ... will share when I get my thoughts finalized and get creating.  Thanks again for stopping by today and for all your kindness!

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sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning cards Darlene. I really love the inked background on your first card and the verse on your second card is fabulous.

Hugs Sue

Mynnette said...

These are both just beautiful! LOVE the created background in the first one--so fabulous! :)

Cheryl said...

Your cards are gorgeous! Thank you for joining us for the "Stamp On It"" challenge at Paper and Such.


Desire Fourie said...

Darlene this is so beautifully designed. Lovely colours and embellishments. Everything works together perfectly.
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Carly said...

ooohhh very nice. I really love that second card! My eyes keep getting drawn to it.

Thank you so much for joining us over at Creative Craft Challenges.

xoxox Carly

Tabitha Davis said...

Great job on both cards. The church will be happy:)Thank you for joining us at LEJ Designs Challenge #16-Clean & Simple

jimlynn said...

BOTH are fabulous! Love the look of the water stamping....just gorgeous and great use of that twine too.
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash.

rachel said...

beautiful cards - thanks for joining the CAS challenge over at LEJ designs this week! Hugs Rachel x

Sandee said...

Both are so beautiful!!!!

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

great card thanks for joining us at LEJ designs and good luck emma xx

Shelly Parker - Shellys Images said...

Soooo pretty. I love how you wrapped the oval in the twine. Such an eyecatching look!

Nan G said...

Love both of these, Dar! You did a terrific job of sponging the background for the anchor! Great job masking and sponging for the water stamping. I'm not on SCS so I'll wait for your tutorial. :D

Claudia said...

Hi Darlene, what an elegant card. The picture, the colours you used and how you arranged the ribbon just perfect.
Thank you very much for joining us at Cards und More Challenge.
Hugs Claudia

nwilliams6 said...

Darlene, these are GORGEOUS!!!! I love them. I am so glad you joined us at the CYDI? Purple Please Challenge, and look at those pops of purple. I am definitely going to try that water stamping and this is one of the best examples of it I have seen! Wow. Fun twine too - I need some that color.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What beautiful cards Darlene!! I just love the design and the sponging of the anchor. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week. Hope all is well my friend!!

Jan Marie said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the sponging and shading and the interesting colors! Beautiful work! Blessings!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Hi Darlene!!! Love both of your cards! I'm so happy to see an ODBD creation from you....I have always loved your work!! Thanks for joining our challenge!! Blessings, Angie

Linda said...

Darlene these are such lovely cards!! I might have to give these techniques a go myself :)

Thank you for joining in on our challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

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Julie said...

Great cards!! Thanks for joining us at Paper and Such!

mixamatoasties said...

Great card.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges.

Come back again soon.

Susan x

Cards By Jan said...

Both cards are so beautiful, I really love your anchor, and your sponging on it!!

Lelia Pierce said...

Darlene, these are wonderful cards, as usual! Thanks so much for joining us at Can You Digi It? this week! Good luck!


alicaz said...

Wonderful cards! Love the background on the first one!
Thank you for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)