It's Wednesday and you know what that means… I'm over at the Paper Craft Crew for the Weekly Card Sketch Challenge!   Come on over and check out this weeks sketch as well as the Design Team submissions.  The challenge starts today and ends Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:55 PM EST when you can start voting on up to 3 of your favorite submissions with voting closing on Monday, May 25th @ 8:00 PM EST.

 

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Card Sketch #144

I hope all the lovely mom's that read my blog enjoyed their Mother's Day.  My Sunday started with me digging a hole to plant my last Peony Bush then my Husband and son helped finish the hole all the while we were hoping Tropical Storm Ana didn't dump a bunch of rain on us.  Let me just say we had fun and even tried growing more "Caleb's!"  Here is an adorable photo of my son standing in the hole.  It was so sweet seeing him help his daddy dig then helping me plant my bush, fill the hole with dirt and pat all the dirt down.  When the last Peony Bush was planted, he insisted that we pray for the plants so they can grow big and strong just like him.  He just melts my heart.  I truly hope to see many beautiful blossoms in about a year along with Butterflies as I feature the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set this week.

 

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Butterfly Basics

Now, for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Design Team card for Card Sketch 144…  Let me just say that I LOVE Butterflies and I'm so excited that the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and coordinating Butterfly Thinlets will be in the new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  My card today actually uses 4 out 5 of the NEW In Colors.  

To set the scene for the card based off this weeks Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 144, I stamped a background with Sahara Sand Classic Ink three times in a row then I used the fern stamp with the NEW Cucumber Crush Classic Ink stamped as an overlay on the background.  Next, I added another background image with the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set using the NEW Delightful Dijon Classic Ink.  Instead of stamping an image and cutting out a circle or similar image, I opted to do a circular wrap of Linen Thread.  Next, I stamped a small strip of Whisper White with the Hardwood Background Stamp using the NEW Tip Top Taupe (I love this Taupe!) and added it to the front of the card.  

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As I started adding the final elements, I used the Banner Punch with the Banner Banter Stamp Set.  The stamped images feature the Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush colors again.  For a little something "different" and to show a color that coordinates with the new In-Colors, I used the Blushing Bride Card Stock to create a small flower which I attached to the card front just about the stamped Hardwood strip.  Finally, I added the Butterfly which was cut out using the Butterfly Thinlets and Watermelon Wonder Card Stock.  But… of course, the card still wasn't finished.  I added some pearls to complete the card.  I love how this card turned out.

I'm just starting to explore the NEW In Colors and I know it will take me a little while to completely fall in love with them especially as I LOVED the 2013-2015 Stampin' Up! In Colors SO MUCH but I am quickly discovering the potential of these new colors.  I'm certain I'll be head over heels in love with the new colors in no time at all (I usually do!).  

Here is this weeks Card Sketch with the Paper Craft Crew.  If you are having a mental creative block, card sketches are a great way to kick start your creative juices.  Why not stop over at the Paper Craft Crew, create a card inspired by this weeks Card Sketch and post to the blog!

 

PCCCS105-159-014To purchase the products used on this beautiful project, visit my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE!  For your convenience, I've also included a supply list at the end of this blog post – just click on any of the items to be taken directly to my 24/7 Stampin' Up! store to purchase the products used.  

 

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