So guess what?!! I have a fun announcement to make! Yes, I have been holding out on you but I can finally share. I am one of two new additions to the design team at The Card Concept! Now try to contain your shock but I’m one of the clean designers….. Clean and Graphic to be exact. The definition: Clean lines, simple treatment of text, no frills, bare boned, message communicated quickly. Yep….I think Lesley (the challenge creator) knows me pretty well!
Our inspiration for this challenge spoke to me right away. I knew right away that I was going to pull out this sentiment from Paper Pumpkin. This one makes me smile every single time!! I’ll share why a little further on. For the background, I pulled out the Dots & Stripes stencil (to mimic the graphic) and my new Clarity Stencil Brushes. Yes, they really are ALL that. You can blend and no lines or unevenness shows. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and they blended so well! To keep it clean, I simply added the sentiment to an offset panel and a few sequins.
So now the sentiment. When I first graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, I became an instructor in the T-38, the secondary training jet at the time (and a beautiful, fast, pointy nosed jet it is!!). My students were more advanced so we could give them a little more latitude as they learned. Instead of direct intervention, we could give verbal hints and suggestions. Well, apparently over time I started calling my students “sunshine”. As in “What is the plan, Sunshine” or “Where are you going, Sunshine”. They learned that when I called them Sunshine that they might need to reconsider what they were doing, lol. Fast forward almost 20 years…. My husband finds that another instructor that I flew with is in his Guard unit. I had totally forgotten about the Sunshine thing until he was telling my husband about it. Needless to say, the reminder brought back some good laughs and stories!! And yes, the military is remarkably small sometimes. My friend who works with my husband is also a pilot at United with me. So there it is….Hello Sunshine! And really, no corrections needed. Hmmm….I think I might need to send this one in to my friend, don’t you think?
So if you stuck with me, thanks for humoring me. Sometimes cards just have a bigger story! So now you need to jump over and see the rest of the inspiration from the design team. Make sure you add in a welcome to the lovely Ilina Crouse too. How amazing to be a part of this fabulous group! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon! (and a reminder that my Freshly Made Sketches post is down one…went up a little earlier today)
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamps: Paper Pumpkin (SU); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink ; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Basic Black; Accessories: Clarity Stamps Stencil Brushes, Dots & Stripes Stencil (SU), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and SU)
Hooray, Jennifer! I loved reading your story about your card. Thank you so much for saying yes and joining the team. Your card is perfect! You really understood the clean & graphic look! Welcome to the team!
Congrats on joining the team! And yes Lesley knows you well……you are a master in that category! Love this bright card and I love your sunshine story! I can hear you saying it!
What a lovely backstory for the card! It’s always so special when the process of making a card brings back fun memories. Congrats on making the Card Concept Team!
Fun post to read! Welcome to The Card Concept! I really like you added an ombre affect with the stencils. Awesome card!
What a great debut with this card! Love it! You are perfect for this DT spot!
Congratulations on your new DT! They are so lucky to have you 🙂 I really enjoyed the story behind the sunshine comment. How funny that you had forgotten about that until your friend was telling your husband about it. The world is so much smaller than we realize!
Congrats on your new gig! It’s a wonderful challenge and you’ll fit in perfectly. And what a wonderful story to go with your wonderful card.
Great to have you on the team! Thank you for your service in the Air force, how awesome to be a pilot! I LOVE the subtle inking on the yellow dots and the story behind the Sunshine:)
What a bright and cheerful card! This is super fresh and CAS!
Hello Jennifer: Well, that is a fabulous story behind your fabulous card, thank you for sharing it and congratulations on being picked as a designer to this awesome challenge blog, I’ve participated a few times, this one included, and it’s always fun.
This card is a perfect example of your style, beautiful and colorful but simple and fabulous.
I’m looking forward to the next challenge.
So excited you have joined the team!!! I love your ombré polka dots!!!! So pretty!
And thanks for sharing your story!!!!
Welcome to the team! I love the card!!! So pretty!
Such a beautiful card – loved your story too 🙂
Yay!! I don’t play along as often as I would like – but it’s a challenge that I study every time to see how each designer creates their cards. They are lucky to have you!