ATSM Challenge #181 – Anything Goes

I’m so happy to be joining you today with a card for this week’s ATSM Challenge #181 Anything Goes.


Prize is a $15 certificate
My Card: Using Happy Little Stampers Sentiment Thinking of You.
This was a fussy card to make! It is all paper piecing! 🙂 I will try to remember and explain how I made this card, but I made it quite a while ago (at least 2 years ago?), so I’m going by memory on this ladies! 😉 I did not know how to finish it, so I set it aside. Recently, when I was looking at it and thought of this challenge I decided that a simple ombre sentiment might be all it needed.
(I have updated these instructions after making another card today (Wed 17 Feb) and following the instructions  myself. Please look for the BOLD lettering for some possibly helpful tips.)

The 2 together. Today’s card on the left, the original on the right.

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1. I chose 8-10 different colors of cs and cut them to measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. (Update from my remake today: You may want to increase these dimensions by 1/4″ to make it less fussy. I had a lot of pieces that were too small and would not reach to the edge of the adhesive paper.)
2. I cut those pieces in half – leaving me with 2 of each color, measuring 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. I set aside 1 of each color.
3. I drew a pencil mark at the midpoint edge of the 4 1/4″ side of one color, lets say it was the lightest pink. Then, using a ruler, I made tick marks at irregular intervals along the opposite 4 1/4″ side.
4. I continued making marks along the 2 3/4″ sides. (I did not bother with this today. I merely moved the paper at an angle and sliced a thin triangle.)
5. I can’t remember if I connected the tick marks to make triangles or if a simply lined up the marks as I used my paper trimmer to cut the slices. (Update: I found that drawing the lines was a waste of time. Basically I winged it!)

6. I followed this same method for all the remaining colors of cs.

7. I cut 2 pieces of adhesive paper/label paper to measure 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. (Update: Depending on whether you increase the size of your colored cs rectangles or not you may want to decrease the size of the adhesive paper.)
8. I proceeded to make the first sunburst (I think I did the sky first), carefully adhering the different colors in a semi-random pattern to the sticky side of the adhesive paper.
(I made a crease down the center of the adhesive paper and started my pattern from there.)
9. Setting that aside, I made the bottom half/water in the same manner.
10. I punched/die cut a circle/sun out of the bottom middle of the sky panel.
11. I punched/die cut a circle of yellow cs and taped into the hole with some masking tape/paper.
12. I trimmed the bottom bit of the sun to be even with the bottom edge of the sky panel.
13. I cut another piece of adhesive paper, measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and carefully lined up the sky and the water, adhering it to the adhesive paper. (I added a thin strip of orange cs in between the two starburst/sunset panels. It runs the width of the card and measures approximately 1/18″ wide.)
14. Trimmed the panel to 5 1/16″ x 4 1/16″.
15. Dry embossed with circle embossing folder, dry embossed again with striped embossing folder.
Here’s today’s remake of my initial card:
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Lots of POPS of color and the sun pops too, so I’d like to play along at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #220: Anything Goes and at Inkspirational’s Challenge #102: Pop.
Here’s a quick slideshow of the process I used today:

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Again, here are the 2 side by side:

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Make sure you stop by the blog and check out my teammates’ beautiful work! Please do check our rules at the top of the challenge blog page if you are new to our challenge blog.

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35 thoughts on “ATSM Challenge #181 – Anything Goes

  1. Wow, this a lot of wonderful work! All the colors and the cutting, great job! So blessed you joined our last Challenge and hope you join us again in our current Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the encouragement only the Word of God can provide in James 1:12 which tells us, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Have a blessed weekend.

    JO ANN

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  2. Holy Cow, these cards are awesome! You completely inspired me to try this out one day 🙂
    Thank you for playing with us at Inkspirational Challenges for our “POP” theme. Hope you’ll join us for our next challenge.
    Pia xx

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  3. FABULOUS cards – I just love your color choices! And wonderful tutorial. i’m impressed by the patience and attention to detail this took! (Both the card and the step by step photos & instructions) 🙂 Bravo!
    Your ATSM Teamie,

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  4. Running late with commenting, as it’s been a hectic week, but here I am, dazzled and beyond impressed with your amazing cards! Talk about needing to have patience – and a keen eye for straight lines (neither of which are part of my skill set *grin*). Truly WOWed by your creativity!

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  5. Hi there, Melissa!
    What a fabulous card. Your participation in our challenges means SO much to me, and I can thank you enough for playin along with us. I hope you have a blessed week, and that you will join us again soon.
    God bless you,
    Karen Letchworth
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. For another fun challenge, please join us at CropStop –

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  6. Oh my God
    it has many times to make your card
    thanks for the tutorial
    and you did double embossing with circle and stripes
    wowww woooww and woow
    german said WUNDERBARE KARTE
    I love this
    may I have one Melissa
    Monika (teammate)

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