Today is the monthly Dirty Dozen challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. Val hosted us this month and gave us a fun challenge.
School's Out for Summer
Challenge Focus: Create a project that screams school's out for summer. Do you like the beach, camping, the mountains, bbqing, you name it, whatever screams summer to you is fair game.
Required Element: Mini brads
Restricted Element: Buttons
When I think of summer, I think of picnics, swimming, camping, going to the lake and canning. As soon as school is over, the boys and I go strawberry picking. I put up a ton of strawberry freezer jam and this year I also tried some strawberry rhubarb and cooked strawberry jam. Later in the summer it is all about the salsa and peach jam. It is especially delightful now that our kitchen has been reno'd. So, a strawberry theme seemed perfect for this challenge. Here is what I came up with...
There is actually very little stamping on this but all the distressing makes up for it! I've made pumpkins out of punches before, why not strawberries? I used the wide oval punch with real red card stock and then embossed them with the CB Swiss Dots folder. I used the reverse sides and in the dimples I dotted a black glaze pen to crate the seeds. The shine of the glaze pen creates a nice touch. The leaves are made with the 5 petal flower punch and I used old olive textured card stock for added depth. As you can see everything is distressed. I used some Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper and stitched it onto some vanilla that was punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The ribbon is SU's black gingham and I sponged it with walnut Distress ink so it wasn't so stark white.
The tag is one I purchased at Joanne's ages ago, I cut it down a tad and punched the bottom border. The label is a combo of 2 Paper Trey sets--Green Thumb and Holiday Treats. I made the tag after tying on the ribbon so, to attach it, I cut a slit at an angle from the top to the hole and slipped it over the ribbon. Perfect fix!
Strawberry season is a wonderful thing!
You can see the other challenge creations here.