This one was for Clean & Simple Sketch 101.
I am always afraid to veer off too far from the original sketch, but I was also using a sample from Creative Memories (did you know they are more than just scrapbooking, now?)
They provide project bundles which can make sets of cards which a bunch of paper and accents leftover. My favorite bundle (Simply Beautiful Cards) is no longer available as a bundle, but you can still buy all the great supplies to create your own cards... Here is a picture of the HUGE system that can be used. My favorite parts are the paper ribbon and paper flowers... you can purchase it all individually, too!
So anyway, on to my card...
I do not like to make my cards very heavy with lots of layers of cardstock, but I really wanted to brown base (but I like the inside to be white for easy writing) so I used a brown ink pad directly on the surface of the card to give it a distressed brown look. Then I used Creative Memories paper... their journal boxes make it easy to line up your stamps! Then it is Simply Beautiful Paper Ribbon and Paper flowers to add some more color!
My favorite part is that I used the paper ribbon to make a matching envelope!!
I love it so much, we are using it as my mother-in-law's birthday card... hope she likes it too!!
To see all the creativity that comes from a simple sketch, go here!