Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Call

Here is my entry for Clear Dollar Stamps Guest Designer Call for the month of August. The challenge was to make a card with this layout: 3 panels or 4 ribbons on one side and a shape on the other. Sentiment was optional. My first wonderful idea wasn't working and took too much time. Hey, I was busy making a deliciously smooth cheesecake at the time. I then thought about this wonderful Asian patterned paper I have. The three panels are actually from one sheet of paper, just different sections of the paper. I wanted the tree so I made sure I cut that portion out of the paper. I was going to add the CDS Asian plants potted bonsai tree in this card, but it just was not fitting. I needed a bigger image on the left so I got out my panda. Bought him at Ace Hardware of all places! Yes, they have stamps, yarn, fabric and all of your crafting needs there. Crazy isn't it? My first image on the left hand side had smaller characters on it and it just was not quite right. I tore that off and played around with Stampin' Up's Kanji stamp set. I used my black marker to ink just the character and not the english translation. Something was still missing! But what? I am not a huge ribbon person and I don't have a large selection. A brad? an eyelet? BAM! It was the framed "tranquility".
It was 8:30 pm on my second night of working on this so I quickly ran outside to try and catch a bit of sunlight to take the photo. Awful, awful photos. Inside wasn't much better. I ran over to my neighbor, who is a professional photographer, and he snapped a few pictures for me. What a difference! I would like to thank Mike Caufmann for taking the photos. I will try and remember his webpage address to give you a link to his business.
Let's try this: 5th Street Photography if that doesn't work, I will try and find it.

Here's the link back to Clear Dollar Stamps

Paper: ballet blue, vanilla, patterned asian paper
ink: stazon, bashful blue, old olive
accessories: brads, metal window, pearl buttons
stamps: Kanji by SU and Panda by ??

Hey! thanks so much for looking and don't forget to leave a really nice comment so CDS thinks I am the best!

Oh and by the way, the cheesecake is absolutely delicious. One of my best yet!


  1. Karen, this is gorgeous! Love it!

  2. You did a super job on this challenge card. I love the Asian theme. Great card.

  3. WOW! Karen Lynn, this is gorgeous! I mean mouth dropping gorgeous! LOVE IT!

  4. Serene, tranquil, and just the right colors, Karen!! Good luck on your submission!

  5. Just gorgeous and stunning interpretation of the sketch! Such pretty accents and pretty colors.

  6. Beautful asian inspired card!

  7. Congrats on being the Guest Designer for August!!! Love love love your card!!! It is beautiful!!!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS, QUEENIE! You've worked very hard and deserve this!! I'm proud of you!!


  9. Congratulations on your Guest Design Team position!


    Kim Teasdale

  10. Congratulations! Can't wait to see more of your work ;D

  11. Hi Karen,
    Congratulations making CDS Guest Designer for August!!! I can see why!! This card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the look you came up with using this set. Wow!!!! Welcome!!