I got some new Essentials by Ellen stamps this week, so I decided to play along again with their Mix-It-Up Challenge to combine Ellen's stamps with Hero Arts (because the $50 prize would buy a lot of creative fun).
I started with Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks (don't you love that font). I loved the *heart of gold* sentiment, so I decided to design around it.
I took my inspiration from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch and covered my focal panel with various shades of green paper flowers (... I was super-excited to see my card was a favorite for last week's sketch)
I paper pieced my Sketched Cupcake from Stamplorations using a green cupcake wrapper & bright pink frosting ... in my mind it's a moist dark chocolate cupcake with rich raspberry frosting.
My card was also inspired by this cutie by Julee Ebersole for CASEplorations February at Stamplorations. I added sequins to decorate the frosting, a banner sentiment, and some tiny bokeh dots and gems.
The card came together quickly using scraps from my stash.
When I got ready to post my card, I realized there was a problem ... Sketch Frenzy Friday is a Stampin' Up only challenge blog. Since my Stampin' Up stamps have also been neglected, I decided to see if I could create a second card using their images.
The images from Hello Sailor were small enough to work in an inchie-like design (my squares are actually 1 3/8" in this card). This time I went with monochromatic blue in keeping with a nautical theme.
I should really challenge myself to do this more often to build my stash quicker ... it was fun using the same theme and design with different images.