January 27, 2015


I did something a little different the other day. Well, at least, it was something I've never done before. 

I wanted to participate in a sketch challenge put forth by the Paper Players. Not having any specific image in mind, I -- here is the different part -- reached into the drawer where I store all my Stampin' Up! clear mount stamp sets, shut my eyes, and randomly picked one. 

The set that came to hand was a beautiful Hostess Set, Bloom With Hope.

This loose interpretation of the sketch challenge is what I ended up creating:

I had great fun with the flower. In planning to do an emboss resist technique with it, I embossed the image in elegant gold, then used Sponge Daubers to add varying shades of blue to the petals and warm colors for the center. 

When I finished, the flower was just not prominent enough for my taste. The fix came as the result of adding a little Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker on the petals and Calypso Coral in the center. 

The end result then was a more stand-out flower that is still elegant because of the gold embossing. 

Here is the sketch upon which my card was based:

So, anyway, I call this a Random Act of Creativity. Do you ever find yourself choosing a set and/or image randomly like I did for this challenge card?



  1. What a great idea! I'll have to give that a try..close my eyes, grab, and then create. It sure worked for you, very pretty card! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Your hands picked a great stamp, it turn out lovely and thank you for stopping by to share!!!

    Karren @ Oh My Heartsie Girl

  3. Your hands guided you to just the right set! The gold embossing is gorgeous with the blues. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  4. Wow, it is gorgeous. I love the colors you picked and the theme is elegant. I would love to get a birthday card like this! You did a great job crafting this.
    /Charlotte - My Green Nook

  5. Oh my I just LOVE your cards!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. This looks like the petals are curving right off the page. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :) Hope to see you again next week.

    Life With Lorelai

  7. This is so beautiful!! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark; hope you'll join us again this week :)