Sunday, March 8, 2009

Banana Split Sunday!

Today is the first of a new challenge brought to you by 2RedBananas! It is called Banana Split Sunday! Each week will be different...sometimes a sketch, perhaps some inspiration, a theme, a list of specific supplies to use, etc...something that will a-peel (pun intended!) to everyone! A weekly "top banana" will be randomly chosen, and on the 2nd and 4th week of the month, there will be a prize! Doesn't that sound scrumptious?!

This week's challenge is a sketch...feel free to rotate, flip, or manipulate the sketch, add or drop layers, etc., so long as it is still recognizable! Upload your creations to SCS using the keyword 2rbbss01.

Somehow or another I missed the memo about the Friday deadline for my challenge submission (it was right there in the email I got, in black and white...what can I say, except sorry Jami!). I spent my Saturday morning at a reFocus seminar for our church, and then when I got home went straight to work on my card. I wanted to use a 2RedBananas stamp set that hadn't seen ink yet (I still have several!) and after a morning of discussing our church's vision and mission statement, it seemed appropriate to use this beautiful cross and companion scripture about Unity and Love from the set Wrapped in His Love.

I inked the cross using SU's ruby red classic ink and colored the ribbon with prismas and baby oil topped with a Spica clear gel pen. I chose these colors with Imaginisce's Love Me/Weak in the Knees designer paper in mind. I used an oval nestabilities die to cut the image, then bordered it with a scalloped oval. All of the edges were inked with Tim Holtz distress ink. I was originally planning to use primas around the oval as the sketch illustrates, but the primas covered the beautiful Love is in the Air floral print too much for my liking and distracted from the image of the cross, so I opted for 10 pale yellow dewdrops instead. I'm really into liturgical symbolism, so I love the idea of the red cross representing the blood of Christ...the 10 dew drops make me think of the 10 commandments. For the inside of the card I inked the entire sentiment with Pretty in Pink ink, then markered over the words Love and Unity with a Ruby Red marker, stamping it in the bottom corner of some ivory cardstock topped with a bit of striped paper.

I hope you'll play along with our new Banana Split Sunday challenge every week! We have lots of delicious stuff planned!


  1. Wonderful card. I really like how soft it feels.

  2. This is beautiful, Deb! I can't wait to play with the Bananas! I don't have any of the 2RB stamps yet, I hope that's ok? Love your card!

  3. Deb, love that image! You did a great job with it!

  4. Thanks soooo much for the sketch Deb. It really took me out of my norm. It was so much fun making this one.

  5. Gorgeous Deb!! I love how you used the dew drops and their great symbolism.

  6. This is a really great card. I love how you stamped and colored the image, and the colors are great. Very pretty!