I am in the midst of a scandalously messy craft room as I prepare swap projects for 30 team members attending this year’s Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.  This will be my first year attending and it’s going to be so much fun!  I couldn’t resist the photo of a woman with messy, painted hands; I have to say there is something therapeutic in knowing I am not the only creative woman that has to make big messes!  In the midst of all of this, I am thrilled to bring you the fourth edition of Makery Challenge. It’s always fun to see what Carrie Rhoades and I created using the same Fun Stamper’s Journey products; the minds and hands of two different artists using the same products comes out so differently!  Here’s our challenge criteria for this round:

The pencils my card is sitting on are the FSJ Colorburst Pencils I used to color the flowers, buds, and leaves on this card.  They make coloring a breeze as they are slightly waxy which makes beautiful blending a breeze.  The flowers and the greeting are from a single stamp that I cut apart so that I could position the images differently than the layout of the actual stamp.  I added some colored paper dots using the Sour Lemon Cardstock around the outer edges and in the center of the flowers to create some cohesiveness to the design and also to bring your eye back to the greeting.  Since the colors are so bright and bold, I decided to add a light and breezy bow to the top of the card to lighten the entire design while leaving weight at the bottom to anchor the entire thing. 


 Next lets take a look at Carrie’s adorable design: 

Carrie’s project taught me a new technique in her instructions for this card. She added Fun Stampers Journey’s Silks to her flowers to intensify the color and to add a beautiful shimmer.  To get more instructions on how to use this technique, hop over to her blog http://www.carriestamps.com