Happy Wednesday!!! Whew!! I am finally back on my normal schedule again - I did not know that so much laundry could be accumulated in a week's time - WOW!!! Good thing I like doing laundry, LOL! So, we had a nice day of rest yesterday to recover from vacation and will be going to the new aquatics park they just opened up - it has several large pools and some water slides with one being a 25 footer! So, it will be a nice afternoon with the kids considering it will be 108 degrees here today - YIKES!!! I will be in the water for sure. So, today I am going to share a card that I made using.....well......non-SU! stamps (looks both ways to make sure nobody is watching). I could not help myself, these stamps are so very cute that I caved!! They are stamps by Melanie Muenchinger called Cuddles and Hugs and they are so freakin' adorable that I had to have them! Everything BUT the image is Stampin' Up! though - I cannot leave my stampin' roots, I feel too guilty *wink* But come on, look at these koalas, I mean they are totally stinkin' cute! I also used the sketch challenge from Lesli's blog - when I saw it, I knew I had to do it! I love it and will be using this one again! I am thinking Convention swaps....but I digress. Back to my card! Although the sketch was not a square card, I decided I wanted a bigger card for this image so I went with it! I water colored my image using my stampin' pads and blender pen - I still love my blender pen, it is soooo very easy to use! And, I did the same on the leaves stamp - I just stamped the leaves in differing directions all over so it sort of looked like the koalas were sitting amongst them and not hanging out in mid-air. This is a simple card, but I am really pleased with how it turned out! I will leave you with the recipe - now I am off to get ready for a day in the hot sun and cool pools! Have a wonderful day! I will be back tomorrow with another awesome sketch from Tamara!
Card Recipe: (all items SU! unless otherwise noted)
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Naturals White card stock, Chocolate Chip Designer Prints dp
Stamps - Cuddles and Hugs (non-SU!)
Inks - Going Gray, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Handsome Hunter, Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pads
Accessories - Photo Corners Punch, Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive buttons, Vintage Brads