Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Tropical Thank You

Hello my friends!

My little card today combines the CardSwaps and OWH Midweek Throwdown challenges together. On Tuesday CardSwaps posted their CardMaker Corner Challenge to use a sketch from CardMaker Magazine. I'm using sketch #20 from the November 2010 issue as I already had this set out to use for Christmas Cards.

On Wednesday OWH Stars & Stamps posted their Midweek Throwdown challenge to create a 'Thinking of You' card. So I thought... why not combine the two. I'm slowly learning to combine different challenges into one card.

I had some Graphic45 paper left over from a summer project. The background paper has fish on it but you can't tell it here, it's one side of paper called "Oceania". The tropical bird is from one side of paper called "Botanica". This particular piece of paper has several birds and other tropical images, 9 altogether, and I love that. They come in handy when Mr. Artha Ritis won't let my hands do fine, detail coloring. The image already had the distressing around the edges. I distressed my cream card stock so it would somewhat match. I used dark blue card stock for matting and some dots of Liquid Pearls for bling.

Papers: Graphic45, Tropical Travelogue Collection
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Admiral; Cream from my stash
Ink: Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink
Ribbon - My Stash... and I wish I could find more. :(
Liquid Pearls Ocean Blue by Ranger

If you've ever been intimidated about combining challenges I say 'go for it'! It's like anything else, once you do it a couple of times it's not so intimidating. I'm sure glad I tried it. It gets easier every time I combine challenges.

Thank You so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!


  1. I could use some lessons in combining challenges too! LOL Great card, and I love those papers you used! I have that pad and have barely used it! The bird looks gorgeous!

  2. Oh gorgeous card! I love that Graphic 45 paper. You did a beautiful job highlighting it!

  3. Beautiful card Marlene... thanks for sharing ~ Pam

  4. This is lovely!! Great card, awesome papers. :)

  5. WOW this is fabulous! I just LOVE these papers. You did a great job on this card!!!

  6. Wow Marlene... I absolutely *love* that card!! Awesome tropical papers, great design and great color combo!! :) ~Tracy

  7. This is gorgeous, love the colours and that ribbon is perfect hope you find some more! Ger x.