LINDA TRACE DESIGNS

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Final week of GD at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.

Hello sweet friends,

I'm here with a bit of a bittersweet post today, it's my final week as Guest Designer over at the wonderful Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.  I've had such a lovely time being a part of the team, its honestly been a dream come true. I am still finding it hard to believe that they invited me!

I'd like to say a very big thank you to all the girls on the team, Lols for organising us all and being such sweet support when I emailed her, having a bit of an I'm-not-good-enough moment and of course, to Heidi and all the team at Simon Says Stamp for bringing us the amazing store that this blog is dedicated to!

So this week's challenge is ANYTHING GOES, highlighting the amazing company My Minds Eye.

thanks to our fantabulous sponsors


So here is my card:


You make my heart happy

There are lots of little details on this card. If my sewing machine was working I'd have done some stitching too, but unfortunately my poor baby is broken and in need of a servicing. 

Here's the how-to:

Take some white cardstock and cut to size (8" x 11"), scoring down the centre to make a 5.5" x 4" card.
Trim a piece of orange MME paper 3.5"wide by the length of the card and punch the side using a scallop border punch.
Cut a piece of the blue dotted MME paper slightly smaller than the orange paper and adhere them together, then adhere onto the card front.
Use a Tim Holtz Tab die to diecut a piece of the script MME paper, round of the corners with a corner chomper. 
Take a 2.25" x 4.75 " piece of white cardstock and round the edges with a corner chomper. 
Use your Memento Markers to colour in the image on the Hero Arts Wild Flowers stamp (colour directly onto the rubber). 
**You don't need to be gentle or precise, nor do you need to worry about muddying the colours of the markers if you colour over a section that has already got ink on it.**
Huff (blow warm air) onto the stamp to re-moisten, then stamp onto the white cardstock. Press down firmly to make sure you get a good impression.
Add a little Antique Linen Distress Ink to the edges of the image, to give a nice antique distressed look. (this also helps to make the stamped image look 'right'.  With very crisp white cardstock behind it, it can look a little pale/poorly stamped. The distressed edging ties it all together nicely.)
Attach this stamped piece to the 'tabbed' piece, then adhere onto the main card. Add a Tim Holtz tiny paper clip to the top. 
For the sentiment, take the Hero Arts Good Friends cling stamp. Using sticky tape (cellotape), cover the area around the sentiment you want to use. Carefully ink up the sentiment with the corner/edge of the ink pad. When you've got good ink coverage over the sentiment you want to use, remove the sticky tape from around it, which will remove any excess ink from the words you don't want to stamp. (I hope that makes sense!)
Stamp onto a strip of white cardstock, ' banner' cut the ends and adhere using dimensional adhesives!
Tie jute twine through three blue buttons and adhere onto the card. Finished!

It really looks like a lot, but it's not. trim some paper, adhere it all together, colour on a stamp, stamp, then adhere. Embellish :)

Well I hope you like it!

Be sure to join in the challenge for the chance to win


Just think--that could be $50 towards more My Minds Eye paper!! lol.

Now be sure to pop on over to the blog with me to see what the rest of the design team has made!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support in my GD role :) I've loved every minute of it.

Take care and I'll speak to you soon!

*hugs*

Linda xxx

Here are the products I used to make this card, to purchase, just click the picture!

       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       
       
           
                                                               
       









9 comments:

Joy said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what you have created and brought to our Simon Says team each week...thanks so much for joining us Linda...this card is totally gorgeous, love all the layering and that beautifully coloured image is the perfect accent..hugs

Mary Dawn said...

amazeballs. that is all.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Loving this layout!! The colors are beautiful :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Heidi said...

Thank you so much Linda! We appreciate you sharing this and your other eye catching gorgeous art with us! Hoping you guest again soon!

Big hugs and Thanks!

Heidi Crowl
Simon Says Stamp

Chari Moss said...

I confer with Mary Dawn :) oh and I would like to add...It's purrrtty! hehe

Lorraine A said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Linda :-) I just LOVE everything about this ,, very arty :-)
All your work has been fanbloomintastic and it has been a pleasure to have you join us in February :-)

I will be in touch about joining us for another month if you are interested ? :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Marcea said...

Hi there hun, oooh this is stunning!!! I wish I could make cards like this -maybe I can have a go now though. It has been so lovely having you join us for February with your beautiful cards.
Take care xxx

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Linda, so pretty, I love everything.
Thanks so much for being our guest designer :)
hugs Mandy xx

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Your card is gorgeous Linda! It was such a pleasure having you be our guest designer!!

Hugs...
Melissa