Sunday, August 18, 2013

Just Sweet Enough

This week at Pile It On, we want to see NO Designer Paper on your projects. Don't worry, a little birdie told me that we'll be having a Designer Paper challenge soon!

Our sponsor is Oak Pond Creations, so I used their Lemons digi stamp to make a square easel card:

I layered the lemons using foam tape, so it's very 3D. I only used Copics for the leaves and inside the lemon; I inked the lemon skins with yellow ink using a finger sponge. It gave them a nice texture. I pinted the inside of the lemon with Glossy Accents.

I got the idea for the rosette lemon from the accordion-fold watermelons on the Fiskars website. I cut it from yellow paper using the TH/Sizzix rosette die. I cut a thin strip of what printer paper, edged on side with a yellow Copic marker, and glued it on top of the rosette's original scalloped edge. For the middle, I simply "quilled" a strip of white paper and glued it inside with Glossy Accents.

I used the emboss-resist technique for the lace. The stamp was heat-embossed in clear and inked in Broken China distress ink. I cut out the lace and glued it to the bottom of the front of the card, over the die-cut doily (Sizzix). The doilies were cut from white cardstock and inked with Broken China distress ink.

I made the text and banners in InDesign. The sentiment was inspired by a conversation my husband & I had recently with our waitress at Bahama Breeze. They make their lemonade with sugar cane, but the local Southern population is used to a much sweeter sugar. We talked about how different sugars are used in different places, and how we get used to one taste over another. Anyhoo, their lemonade was "just sweet enough," and I thought that would go well with this lovely Oak Pond image.

Finally, I added some green gems from my stash. The final card size is 5x5; I just bought some 5.5-inch-square envelopes and am enjoying making large cards!

Artistic Inspirations: Die Cuts/Punches (Rosette & Doily dies)
Aud Sentiments #8: Anything but a birthday card + Sentiment
Cards/Crafts Galore: Bingo (middle row: Gems, Die cuts, Inks)
Crafty Sentiments: Dies and Punches
Jo's Scrap Shack #13: Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Things that begin with F (Fruit, Flower)
The Crazy Challenge: Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. Like the coloring on your lemons CG and that lemon rosette is inspired!! Very creative! Thanks for sharing your project in the “Anything but a Birthday Card” Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
    Aud Sentiments Design Team
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  2. This is card is super cute !! I love the colors and the way the lemons look !! The rosette is one of my favorite details !!


  3. OMG your creation is bright and cheerful,l love it , goodluck on our challenge over on artistic inspirations x

  4. Great card CG! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week!

  5. and I just realized our designs are very similar this week LOL

  6. what a pretty card, CG! Love the layers in your medallion and those pretty lemons - I REALLY love those lemons! Darling card design. hugs, de

  7. Love this card and love that lemon rosette! Thanks for joining us at Jo's FFC;-)

  8. Nice card. Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

  9. Fab card! I love the lemon rosette!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Southern Girls!

  10. This is adorable! I LOVE that paper rosette - looks like a slice of lemon! Too cute! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week! We hope you will play along with us again soon!

  11. Very clever. the rosette is inspired.
    Thanks for joining in at Aud Sentiments.


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