Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Skipping Stones Sketch #112

Hello there!

Just wanted to share a card I made for Skipping Stones Design sketch 112 by Pamela Young.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I would make a card that I could give to my daughters.  We have always loved the book, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, so I used that book as inspiration for my card.  I love that book so much, that it is rare that I make it through a reading without sobbing (at which point my hubby looks at me like I have lost my mind, but I know I can't be the only one, right???).

I used several SSD sets to create this card including Garden Stamp Kiss, Grunge and Pumpkin Seeds.  On a rectangle of cream cardstock, I stamped the script image from Garden Stamp Kiss repeatedly to create the background.  I thought this could be a tricky proposition, but it was really quite simple.  I used a banner topper die cut for grass to "ground" the rectangle.  To make the tree, I die cut a scallop oval from the same cream cardstock and stamped the circle image also from Garden Stamp Kiss several times.  This was followed up with some sponging of chalk ink to give it a nice green hue. I cut the tree trunk from a piece of brown cardstock and trimmed the top with my pinking shears.  I stamped the woodgrain pattern from Grunge on the trunk to make it give it more depth.  I adhered the tree top and trunk to the cardstock along with several buttons and a die cut heart.

Here's a close up of the tree:

The strips of color you see below and behind the focal image are paper tape (similar to washi tape) from Martha Stewart.  The sentiment (from Pumpkin Seeds) was stamped in Dark Chocolate ink.  I added just a few more buttons to finish it off, and because I really like buttons. :o)

Here is this week's sketch: 

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Don't forget to visit the other Skipping Stones Designs gals and our guests for more great takes on this week's sketch!  Our guests this month are Candice Fields, Emily Leiphart and Julie Day.  Pamela Young is our amazing sketch artist.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great week! 



  1. The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books, such a superb message! Your tree so cute with the buttons!

  2. ACK! How cute is this???? I absolutely LOVE IT!

  3. So so cute Katie! Love how bright and cheery it is!

  4. Super sweet, Katie! I love the buttons on the tree.

  5. Pretty! I love all of the fun, bright colors! :)


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