Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 1

Today is day 1 of the Karen Burniston Challenge for April – The Great Outdoors – and I’m doing something new.  I saw a beautiful card here by Kittie Caracciolo and I’m casing it 🙂  Here is my version


PIU Garden Bench 01 detail

I started by sponging the top of the card with Soft Sky and the bottom with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.  The small flower are from Stampin Up’s Floral Wings and  are in Rose Red.  Then I took an Elegant Eggplant marker and started making the little dotted flowers around it.  To soften things out I used a white gel pen and some Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight markers.  The picket fence is a very, very old Sizzix die (I mean really old!) and the butterflies are an old SU embosslit.   The grass is from Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges, cut is Pear Pizzaz and sponged with Old Olive.  The flowers are a mix from an SU punch and the flower in the KB Garden Bench die.  The gate swings open by just creating a score line.  I added a banner and sentiment.

PIU Garden Bench 01 open

On the inside I repeated the sky, grass and die cut grass and flowers from the front.  The tree is from All Season Tree.  The focal point is the Garden Bench die (fav!!) and the bird from SU’s An Open Heart.  More butterflies, more flowers!

Thanks to Kittie for the awesome inspiration and a chance to try some “new to me” techniques.  Check out what the other designers have done for this challenge on Karen’s Facebook page and blog!  Then stop by tomorrow for some challenge fun!  Hugs, Fran

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