This month our Stampin’ Up! team, the Inkypinks (led by our wonderful team leader Nicole Wilson!), was set TWO sketch challenges. Either sketch could participated in, or both. I decided to try my hand at incorporating both! :)

These were the two sketches – a layout sketch and a colour challenge. Unfortunately, Strawberry Slush is retiring, and the cardstock and ink refills are now sold out. You could substitute Strawberry Slush for Rose Red as well – it’s duller and darker, but it still works well with Blackberry Bliss and Pool Party.

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To get the feel of the sketch, I started playing around with the layout. I used with a top-fold card base of Whisper White cardstock, and layered a slightly smaller piece of Blackberry Bliss over that. I then cut a banner using Strawberry Slush cardstock, a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock, and a smaller banner using Pool Party cardstock.

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Once I was happy with the layout, I embossed the piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the Spring Flowers embossing folder in my Big Shot.

I used my Painted Petals photopolymer stamp set, and stamped on the small piece of Whisper White, the stems of the flowers in Pear Pizzaz.

I then used my Strawberry Slush and Pool Party Stampin’ Write markers, to individually colour the co-ordinating flowers. I continued this pattern, also using my Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write maker, until I had a complete floral design.

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I love this Painted Petals stamp set so much, I couldn’t stop at just the small piece on the card front – I had to do the inside of the card and the envelope too! :)

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Lastly, I stamped “You’re The Best” from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set, but instead of stamping as is, I used my Stamp-A-Majig and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write marker, to line the words up on one line, on the small banner cut from Pool Party cardstock.

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And here’s the final result! I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out, as I was a bit unsure of the colour combo to start with! But I accepted the challenge gladly ;)

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