Monday, July 13, 2009

The Next Level Challenge

Hope Stamps Eternal is very excited to be one of the sponsors for this week's challenge on The Next Level blog. I encourage you to check it out and play along, because one participant will be randomly selected to win a $25 shopping spree at the Hope Stamps Eternal store!

I'm not often one to toot my own horn, but this is one of my favorite cards that I've made in a very long time! I don't think the picture quite does it justice (for one thing, the color of the flowers look different in the photo - I swear they're a better match in real life!) but I am in love with how it looks in person!

This was a tricky challenge because it incorporated not only a sketch, but also needed to contain a 3-D element as part of the main image. I chose to use Hula Anya and popped up the flowers in her hair as my 3-D element. Take a look at this second photo to see what I did. First I colored and cut out the entire floral wreath and popped that up with pieces of foam adhesive. Then I colored and cut out another of the center flowers and popped that up as well, so in the center of the hairpiece, there are actually three layers of flowers. I love how this technique looks and how much interest it gives to a card!

Anya was colored with Copic markers and then Stardust Stickles were added to her hula skirt and to the centers of the flowers in her hair. The patterned paper is from an old SU scrapbooking kit and, using a Quickie glue pen, I adhered small clear crystals from my crystal wheel to the center of all the larger white flowers on the paper. The background paper was created using one of the small flower stamps from the Basic Grey Teapot set, which I stamped repeatedly in Versamark on Melon Berry cardstock. The flowers are from a set I got at Target ages ago, and I stuck little Memory Box pearls into the centers. The sentiment is from the Greeting Farm set called Sentiments, and the ribbon is SU white taffeta. Clear crystal dots from Zva Creative finish off the corners of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you decide to try out this challenge, let me know so I can check out your creation!

Stamps: Hula Anya, Basic Grey Teapot set, Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, PTI Melon Berry, Versamark
Paper: PTI white and Melon Berry, SU Cool Caribbean and patterned paper
Other: foam adhesive, Stardust Stickles, Quickie glue pen, crystal wheel, Memory Box pearls, crystal dots from Zva Creative, circle Nestabilities die, SU white taffeta ribbon, SU slot punch


  1. This is CUTE! Pretty colors and love all the glitter on her!

  2. OMG! This card totally ROCKS! love the colors. You did a great job with the layout and I love what you chose to do with the 3-D element! It looks great!

  3. Oh Jessica! This is very beautiful. I love the soft color palette and great job on the layering!! Everything is perfect!!

  4. What a gorgeous card! I love the 3-D effect, and the sparkle!

  5. Wow cute card so gorgues ,fabulous colours
    Thank you so much for joining this weeks challenge over at
    The Next Level.
    Hugs Dawn+Annxxxx

  6. What a stunning card this is love the cute image and the great colours
    Hugs Jacqui x

  7. Jessica, she's darlin'!!! Love the way you popped up the flowers. Ever so sweet.

  8. beautiful Jess! nice coloring, love the color combo, and how you popped up the flowers!

  9. This is beautiful, and your coloring ROCKS!