Friday, February 11, 2011

Say It With Polka Dots

Hi there!!
Sorry for my extended absence - this week has been so busy with my son's birthday sleepover and then Wed night I took my two boys to see 'Wicked' and it was great!! I am a massive fan of musicals but was a bit sceptical about whether I would like this or not. But I was really surprised - the music was great and the special effects were amazing! Also I stay after work on Thursdays to learn Auslan - sign language and my brain feels like mush at the end of it. Its an amazing experience to learn this, but I now have the utmost admiration for those who are proficient at it - it is quite difficult. Hopefully I will feel more confident by the end of the term!

Now onto my card today -over on the AnnaBelle Stamps blog the challenge this week is Say It With Polka Dots. I had a lot of fun with this and decided to also enter it into Card Positioning Systems challenge 204 as the sketch seemed to match my idea for this card.
Here is my card:
I went with one of my fave colour combos - Kraft, Red and White. I started off by adding a border to my card front with my Apron Lace punch. I matted my embossed/stamped polka dot layer on Kraft cardstock and then added this to my white base. The stamped polka dot section uses a stamp from the Backgrounds By Design 1 set and I used the Ballerina Rose set to stamp my main image in red ink. I then stamped it again and cut out three of the flowers and popped them up on dimensionals, adding some AnnaBelle Cherry Sprinkles to their centres. For my corner detail, I stamped the larger flower image from the Ballerina Rose set in Real Red ink a couple of times and coloured them with copics before cutting out and adding glitter to them. I also found a Sizzix die that matches this perfectly so I die cut my leaf image, embossed it with my Swiss Dots folder and layered it with my flowers in the corner. Some AnnaBelle Red stitched ribbon was gathered along the edge of the polka dots to finish the front off.
To complete the inside, I added one row of polka dots in red and then added my sentiment with Crumb Cake ink in the centre. I also added some red cardstock cut with my Apron Lace punch and positioned it so that when the card is closed, it layers in neatly beside my white Apron Lace border.
To see some other wonderful creations using Polka Dots,  have a look at the rest of the design team's cards:
Sue W
Sue K

Don't forget that by posting your entry for this challenge on the AnnaBelle Stamps blog, you go in the draw to win a $20 voucher to spend at AnnaBelle Stamps.

Finally, speaking of stamps, its almost time for the Belles to begin previewing this month's new releases. Why not snag a blinkie for your blog - just copy and paste the code below:

I will be back on the weekend with more. Have a happy Friday!!

Stamps: Backgrounds By Design 1, Ballerina Rose (AnnaBelle Stamps)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White (PTI); Kraft, Real Red (SU)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Cherry 3mm Sprinkles, red stitched ribbon(AnnaBelle Stamps); Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Sizzlit Little Leaves Die(SU); Apron Lace Punch (Fiskars); Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Copic Markers


  1. Kerry this is another beautiful card and those polkadots really set it off!

    Good on you for learning sign language too. I can only imagine how hard that is!


  2. Beautiful card Kerry, love the colour combo, love the stamp and those sprinkles are devine! FAB design and FAB take on the polka dot challenge!

  3. Kerry this is fantastic. I just love the outline image left uncolored and popped up. Wow. Sure packs a classy punch. Oh so beautiful.

  4. What a beautiful card Kerry. So very stylish and classy!!!

  5. FABULOUS!!!! The added detail takes this card to the next level! Love the Swiss Dots embossed panel with your narrow strip of stamped polka dots! The fine strip of ribbon to merge one to another is spot on (pardon the pun!). My favourite detail though would be the larger petals you coloured and cut for your corner detail - perfect!!!! Stunning - I love it!!!

  6. Simply STUNNING Kerry!
    LOVE your colour scheme and the way you popped up your flowers and your corner embellishment, just AWESOME!!!

    Take Care,
    Kylie X

  7. This card is BEAUTIFUL. Love how clean and crispy it look. Love those two bigger red flowers in the bottom.

  8. Wow Kerry, this is just stunning! The layout and everything has just come together so beautifully!
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  9. This is very pretty! I love the little bit of dimension you added to the floral branch! Great job with the CPS sketch! ♥♥♥

  10. You're on fire Kerry, another stunner!! loving the contrast of the red on white and my all time favourite -the dots! I love how you have layered and coloured the flowers!!