Dynamic Duos #8

Time for a new challenge at Dynamic Duos!  This week we are featuring River Rock & Always Artichoke.  You are welcome to use a neutral color as well. I chose Bamboo and New England Ivy from Close To My Heart, with Kraft as my neutral color.

My card is based on the sketch challenge at Viva La Verve.  The sketch looks a little intimidating at first, but I loved working with all of the layers.

I incorporated a lot of sponging and natural textures into my card.  My Colonial White base was sponged with Bamboo ink.  I added strips of burlap to my die cut along the edge and tied my wood button with a left over strip of burlap as well.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1298 Beautiful Things
D1476 Card Chatter-Sympathy
D1477 Universal Backgrounds
Sentimental About Sympathy by MFT
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
1301 Bamboo Cardstock
Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
X5920 New England Ivy Cardstock
Retired New England Ivy B&T
Z2103 Bamboo Ink Pad
Z2135 New England Ivy
Z1387 Wooden Buttons
Fishtail Dies by MFT
Vertical Greetings Die by MFT

 I made this card with the intentions that it could be sent to a male or female.  I did not add alot of frill to the card.  Instead of adding more layers on the inside....I carried out the sponging to add texture and added a single strip of burlap to the bottom. 

Some of you old timers, might recognize the plaid paper.  Years ago, Close To My Heart sold pattern paper with various designs to match their cardstock.  You received 24 sheets in each pack.  All of the papers featured one color mixed with white.  Obviously white, was not going to go well with my Kraft scheme.  I loved this paper at the time, so I have hoards of it.  I am on a mission to use what I have.  My quick fix was to ink up the paper with my Bamboo ink...the result you will see below.  Now, instead of a stark white on green plaid...I have a nicely aged green plaid that will go well with my kraft paper.  I am sure we all have tons of pattern paper, that might not be just the right color.  Trying adding some ink and see if you like the results. 

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:

Delightful ChallengesAnything goes
Divas by Design - Diecut
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Dimension & texture

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. LOVE this woodsy card Allisa! Your touches of burlap are the perfect detail. Pretty,Pretty,Pretty!

  2. I love the clever use of the burlap on your card.

  3. GORGEOUS card, Allisa!!! Oh my goodness...it is just STUNNING!!! Such a beautiful sentiment...I need to put that set on my wish list! Thank you for stopping by my blog during The Outlawz celebration :) I appreciate the follow and am now following you as well! Hugs to you!

  4. Fabulous and earthy, this sketch does look intimidating but you aced it!

  5. Gorgeous creation, love the colours & layout!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Divas & Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  6. What a beautiful card! Thanks for the tip on inking up background papers, too.

  7. Gorgeous card love your image and your fabulous papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  8. Wow! Allisa, you certainly rocked the sketch! I have to agree that it does look pretty intimidatng, at first glance. Love the tip you shared about adding ink to the BG paper, too. Very clever! Absolutely gorgeous, in every way! Hugs! :)

  9. Beautiful card lovely colours....thanks for sharing with us at Divas by Design big hugs Jo xxx

  10. What a lovely sympathy card, the sentiment is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Delightful Challenges for our "Anything Goes" Challenge hugs Susan x

  11. I have hoards of this exact same paper. I recently set it aside because the white background was too stark. Thanks for the reminder about inking it with Bamboo!!

  12. This is really lovely, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this week.
    C xx

  13. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

  14. Such an adorable card.. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Shelter.
    Hugs, Linda

  15. Nice Designer Paper Allisa, great tip. Fantastic designelements.

  16. What a great way to make more use of your designer paper by sponging it with a different colour. Love how you have done it on this one.

  17. Oh gosh, what a lovely sympathy card this is! I really like that it is suitable for male or female--that's fairly rare. You have combined the perfect patterns to go with that tree!

  18. Thank you for entering our Kraft challenge over at The Paper Crafting Journey

    I have some Blog Candy on my blog if you are interested!


  19. Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges this time, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have a new challenge sponsored by Sarah Hurley if you would like to pop by and play along! http://sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/exciting-new-challenge-for-all-my.html


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