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Jul 18, 2010

Dare to Get Dirty!

It's Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers! If you're a Fan Club Member this is your chance to play along with design team members (aka Dirty Girls, which I am honored to say I am an alumni of!), past and present, in a ton of fun challenges! If you're not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one -- you can get all the info here. We'd love to have you play with us this week! There are 33 challenges to choose from - play one or play them all.

Today, my friend and fellow Dirty Dozen alumni, Sharon Harnist, is hosting a sketch challenge and I helped out by making a card using her sketch. 

You can see a couple more cards using the sketch on Jami's blog, and of course on Sharon's blog.  If you'd like to play along, you can get all the details right HERE in the forum.

I feel like I went "back to my roots" for this card.  The sketch ruled the design of this card and it was calling for flowers... and solid stamps... and a background stamp... and distressing.  It's been a while since I've "gone there" and it was nice to step outside of my norm and challenge myself to make a "dirty" card. :)

For this card, I turned to some Kim Hughes solid flower silhouette stamps.  I used Versamagic chalk inks for good coverage.  Before stamping the flowers, I lightly stamped a linen background stamp using Creamy Caramel ink.  All the edges of the card stock and patterned papers were distressed using a Tonic paper distresser AND rolled with my fingers to make them nice and grungy. 

I added a fun mix of ruffled ribbon and net ribbon (and of course stitching all over).

I found a metal-rimmed vellum tag in my stash, and decided to use that to create a frame for my sentiment (stamped in brown chalk ink and clear embossed).  It was a green metal, which matched, BUT I wanted it to be brown, so I covered the metal rim with 1/8" red line tape and then dumped brown glitter on it.  I pressed it in well, and then brushed off the excess with a stipple brush.  Stray glitter drives me crazy!  LOL  Then, I used an oval from Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut an oval in the vellum, and strung some fun net ribbon and a felt flower through the pre-punched holes in the vellum tag.

I hope you'll hop over to the challenge thread and play along.  I know there are prizes being offered AND you'll have the chance to show off your "dirty" work. :)

Have a great day and see you soon!


  1. As always, a fabulous card. I marvel at how perfect your stitching always is--straight, even, perfect corners.

  2. Wow! This is fabulous! I love how the frame highlights the sentiment, and I especially love that curled net ribbon! So Perfect!

  3. This is exceptional!

    I'd have to say it's probably my favorite so far. Thank you so much for sharing.

    ~sharin ;-)

  4. oh, Jody! this is just beautiful! seriously, beautiful!


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