Feb 20 2008

Spring Merci

There’s a bit of a story to this card, so please bear with me. Today at 6:00 a.m. (Wednesday the 20th) the uploads will start rolling in at SCS for this months Dirty Girl Challenge. This card was supposed to be my challenge entry — well, until I realized I broke some challenge rules, so now it’s just a regular upload, but I still like it!!! The challenge this month was to make a card using a stamp that had been designed by one of our own Dirty Girls — did you know many of them actually do design stamps? Or, as an alternative, we could CASE a card from any Dirty Girl’s Gallery – how fun!!! Oh, and it also had to have a spring color scheme, and NO Cuttlebugs, or Wizards, or any die cut type of machine — and therein lies the problem — LOL!!! I didn’t start my card until almost midnight (well gee, I only knew about this challenge for a month!), I had it about done, and as I was running my scallop Nestability through the Bug, I cracked my B plate — first time ever — a huge crack — which INSTANTLY reminded me that I wasn’t supposed to be using it — LOL!!! Oh well, too late to change course, so I carried on through with my plan as I was about done — but, knowing I was now out of the challenge, I went ahead and added the Swiss Dots embossing as well, and I really like it — maybe it was just meant to be!!! So, here’s my card:


The Dirty Girl stamp I used was the Pretty Pattern background stamp designed by Lisa Strahl (Mona Lisa) for Cornish Heritage Farms. Isnt’ it wonderful!!! Just love it!!!! And this is also a Dirty Girl case of this card by Amy Rohl (rohla). I omitted the stitching, changed the dry embossing from straight lines to Swiss Dots, and used a background stamp rather than DP, and changed the color scheme and main image.

I used an SAB set, Merci, and watercolored it with reinkers and an aquapainter and framed it with a Nestabilities rectangle scallop by Spellbinders. Tied on a ribbon, added a button, and that was about it. I do like the spring feel of this card.

  • Stamps: Merci, Pretty Pattern Background by Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Paper: YoYo Yellow, Regal Rose, Whisper White.
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black, Regal Rose, YoYo Yellow, Certainly Celery.
  • Accessories: Ribbon, Thread, Button, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots Folder, Rectangle Nestability Dies by Spellbinders, Mounting Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Aquapainter

Now remember, once 6:00 a.m hits, and thats not too far off, check out all of the Dirty Girl uploads by clicking here, or doing a gallery search for DCS208. The uploads will be rolling in all day. There’s sure to be a ton of great cards — fun!!!

Thanks so much for checking in!!! Truly appreciate it!!!

25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Spring Merci”

  1. Fabrizio says:

    Wow, it’s beautiful ! I felt queasy that you broke your cuttlebug…that must be an awful sound when a plate cracks … ! I hope the CB machine is ok.

  2. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Love the story, Sharon as much as the card. So now do you have to do another one for the dirty girls for today? The pink and yellow are very pretty together and I really like the background stamp. Cute, fun, and spring-y card. See you tonight.

  3. Debra says:

    This is gorgeous and oh so springy!!! I am so ready for spring. But I will take winter now so we don’t get it IN the spring. I will be so over winter by then. I am over it now. LOL But I want winter now so it will be over. Am I making any sense? Probably not. LOVE your fresh beautiful creation. TFS

  4. Velta says:

    LOVE THIS CARD! I am getting ‘Merci’ in about two weeks and hope I can do justice to it the way you have. Have a great day 🙂

  5. flossie says:

    This is so pretty, yes I see your dilema but it is so pertty with the embossed background. Beautiful card.

  6. bronih says:

    It’s a beautiful card, Sharon! I just love the swiss dots embossing! So sorry you’re cracked…..um, you cracked your plate!!!

  7. nancy littrell says:

    Heh, now we get to look forward to your DD Girl Challenge card too….cool 🙂 Love how the yoyo yellow makes your images pop. It is a really beautiful BG stamp and I just love our CB’ing and beautifully colored main image. Also the bright button and ribbon really sets off your entire card. TFS

  8. Carolyn (snowmanqueen) says:

    Love the embossed bg, beautiful card!

  9. Maren says:

    Wow! Love that dp and swiss dots folder! Amazing!

  10. This is just wonderful! You’re right — the dots make it!!! 🙂

  11. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – your card is so pretty!!!

    I’m sorry you can’t submit it….
    I love the new CB template – can’t wait to get mine…..and boy oh boy I hate to hear about your B plate – I think I would have cried!!!

  12. This is so cute, Sharon! I love it! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful night! 🙂

  13. Kathie says:

    Such a cute card. I love the cuttlebugged dots and this sketch!! I like how you didn’t just glue the button on but looks like you sewed it on. Do you stitch the thread and than glue? Very cute! TFS

  14. Stephanie says:

    Well, I must admit that I too am glad you forgot because this card is amazing! 😀 I can’t wait until I can invest in a cuttlebug! Thanks so much for sharing. Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

  15. Kathy (Wattle) says:

    I Love your card – it’s not often I see yellow used and this looks beautiful! Sorry about your B plate; hope your bug is OK!!

  16. rainy says:

    Oh Sharon so sorry about the B Plate… I’m still waiting to hear that ‘CRACK’. Just a matter of time I’m sure. Well I LOVE your card. Love that swiss dot embossing. I’ve ordered mine and it is taking FOREVER to get here. Okay so maybe not forever but it sure seems that way! lol

  17. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    This is so pretty!!!! I have ordered this set too, hopefully it’ll get here soon. When it does I’ll have to case you :D:D:D:D.

  18. rohla says:

    Aaaack, you caseing one of my cards–you made my day, girlie! I’m just catching up with your blog and saw my name in highlights…whoo hoo!

    Lovin’ your CHF backgrounder and that big yellow button–screamin’ spring!


  19. Linda S says:

    What a beautiful card!! And I love the background stamp. I’ve ordered Merci and now can’t wait to try it out :o).

  20. Joan Fricker says:

    I love your card! It is so fresh and springy! I can’t wait to get the dotted swiss embossing folder. You make everything look so beautiful with it! Joan

  21. Barb says:

    Pretty design. I didn’t like that Merci stamp set when I first saw the set but the more I see things done with it(like this ) the more I am liking it. Sorry to hear you “cracked” your bug……Makes me scaredycat a little more about trying my “one” set of Nesties. YIKES!!! lol Barb S.

  22. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Sharon, this is beautiful! You should have uploaded anyway, one or two of the others used a die machine by mistake and my colors weren’t exactly Easter. I hear you on those B plates, I just broke one myself. Thank goodness for those 50% off Michael’s coupons!

  23. Karen Witter says:

    We’re all better off from your “error”. This card is awesome! I broke a plate, too, and it scared me to pieces when I heard it crack (ha – no pun intended.) Glad to know I’m not alone. Love the swiss dots! This card is truly light and “springy”.

  24. Peg says:

    Love the card, Sharon. Where can I get the swiss dot folder?

  25. leslierich says:

    Oops! But it’s so darn pretty! Gosh, sorry about your cracked plate. I cringe whenever I run dies through my Cuttlebug. In fact, it bothered me so much I don’t use them anymore. I sure love your card!

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