Timed, Brown and a Bow

As You See It Challenge 218
Just Us Girls 521 Word Week

The card I created today will be entered into two different challenges. The first challenge is from the As You See It Challenge #218 which is a timed challenge of 10 minutes plus shades of brown no other color except neutral.

My card was completed in 8:05.67 which I was surprised by since it took me two days to figure out what I wanted to do and then find the stamps. Unfortunately this is a sympathy card for a cousin who lost her husband at the age of 60. The stamps I used on this card were: StampinUp’s Upsy Daisy which was stamped in GKD chocolate brown ink, the background stamp is Hero Arts Italian Poetry background stamp stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The background seemed too white so I sponged some of the vintage photo distress ink over the background sentiment. I have several templates for “stencils” on my desk for use so this did save me a step of die cutting a template. The sentiment is GKD’s Sympathy Duo stamp set and stamped in chocolate brown ink. The added bow was made using some Denami Designs ribbon and the bow thankfully came together more quickly than normal. Mounted the card front on some kraft cardstock, added some wink of stella for a little shine and crystalline drops just because. The Bow meets the requirements of Just Us Girls Challenge “Bow” Word Week Challenge

I enjoy the timed challenges….it’s gets the juices flowing!! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!!

20 thoughts on “Timed, Brown and a Bow

    1. Thanks, Bonnie, it does take pretty long for me to decide on a layout and then trying to find the right stamps or dies takes just as long. These timed challenges are fun.

  1. This is lovely. Keeping templates on hand is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing it! I know that stamp set is in my mother’s collection. Glad you used it, giving me an idea for it.

    1. Thanks, Lisa, I’m anxious for you to see your card with this SU set. I’ve been going through my SU stamps and have found quite a few that although older are now on trend.

  2. Great card Gayle. I love everything about it and glad you made it work for 2 challenges. Sorry about your friends loss though – that isn’t nice at all.

  3. Lovely card. I like the flowers over the script background. The bow turned out great and is the perfect color.

    1. Thanks, Judy, I was searching for a script background and needed something large enough to fill that circle. I think I many need to check out SSS for something with smaller print.

  4. Gayle, although this is a sympathy card and it’s never nice to need one of those, it’s a great card! It looks as though you lavished much more time on it than just over 8 minutes. Fabulous effort. You’re right – a speed challenge gets the juices flowing alright! Thank you for joining us again at As You See It.

  5. So sad that you needed a sympathy card, but I don’t think you could have come up with a better one! The silhouettes look so nice against the sponging, and the ribbon adds just the right touch! Thanks for playing with our AYSI challenge this week!

  6. I love this stamp set. I owned it but think I sold it. Your card is so pretty! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  7. Sympathy cards are so difficult to create, yet, you achieved such a pretty one. I love those neutral colors and the elegant organza bow … Thanks so much for joining us at Just Us Girls.

  8. This is a beautiful sympathy card, speed challenge or no, and anyone would be comforted by receiving it! I love that you not only sponged the background, but you also added the script before stamping the silhouetted flowers. The bow is just beautiful. Thanks for getting your adrenaline pumping with our speed stamping challenge at As You See It Challenges!

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