Friday, June 12, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #103 - Sketch Challenge



Happy Friday everyone! I feel like I'm finally back in the swing of things in the studio and I actually got my challenge card completed last night before my Big Shots Class started! I've had an up and down and very busy 2 weeks around here with just lots of family and personal stuff, so it's been "stamp when I can", kwim? I'm hoping that once school is out next Wednesday, things will relax a bit and for a nice while. A girl can dream, right? LOL!



Today's challenge was to interpret the sketch shown here that our challenge Mom, Lisa sent us. I have to say, when I first looked at it, I thought I was going to have a tough time with it, because it just didn't speak to me. But, the best way to finish anything is just to start it, so I did and pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets - Seaside - as my jumping off point. Seaside is actually retiring at the end of June too, so if you don't already own this beautiful collection of shells, I highly recommend it.



To find my color scheme, I turned once again to some Designer Series Paper, this time using "To the Nines" which has been extremely popular. If you love it, you will be happy to know that it IS in the NEW catalog!



My card base is Creamy Caramel cardstock which I've spritzed with my Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Marker and my Color Spritzing tool. I then layered on two pieces of the DSP in the paisley and houndstooth prints.



The horizontal layer is Close to Cocoa cardstock which I've distressed top and bottom with my Bone Folder then wrapped with a piece of Twill Tape. I liked the texture better than the Kraft Taffeta ribbon that I started out with. For a bit of emphasis, I've added a Pewter slide from the now retired Hodgepodge Hardware set. I've been hoarding these!


The nautilus shell image was stamped with Basic Brown ink onto Naturals White Cardstock and I added some Sage Shadow ink with my Aqua Painter. The edges of this piece were also distressed with my Bone Folder and I then colored the edges with the Close to Cocoa Marker before spritzing it as well. This piece is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals to add depth.



Lastly, I stamped the "for you" greeting from the All Holidays stamp set on a scrap of Naturals White. It's punched out with my 1" Circle Punch, then edged it with Basic Brown ink. It's layered onto a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock punched out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. It's also edged with Basic Brown ink then layered under the greeting. I've popped the whole thing up on two stacked dimensionals to raise it above the shell image.



All in all, I'm pretty happy with this card, in fact, I think it will make a great Father's Day card, don't you? I hope my Father-in-Law thinks so anyway!



Thanks for stopping by today to visit - I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know you've been here! Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge Players by clicking on the link in my sidebar. They will have tons of ideas with this sketch to inspire you!



And if you like sketches, come back tomorrow for week #3 of www.stamping411.blogspot.com Sketchy Saturday! My creation will be posted here with measurements and instructions, then you can go to the Stamping 411 blog and view the other Design Operators creations as well. If you play along and upload your creation to the Stamping 411 blog, you might just be picked as one of our Fab Five next week for Stampers Showcase on the blog!



Have a great weekend everyone!

~~Robin



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17 comments:

  1. This is a great card. Love the colors you chose and the buckle element is fantastic.
    So sorry to hear about your computer crash. Hope you recover your photo's.

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  2. A lovely card Robin. Love how you intrepreted this sketch, and I love the buckle on your twill ribbon. Great job...

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  3. Great job with this weeks sketch, love your choice of colors too!

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  4. Very pretty card, glad to know that paper is in the new catalog!

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  5. Nice card, love the colors! It would make a great Father's Day card for someone special!

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  6. OH Wow! I love this card and the colors are so soothing.

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  7. Oh how I can use the beach right now!! This card is stunning. The colors are so calming and serene.

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  8. Beautiful Card Robin! Great job with the sketch. I'm going to miss this seashell set.

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  9. So pretty! I love the colors and paper!

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  10. Great take on this sketch! I love the buckle on your twill tape!

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  11. Great masculine card, Robin!

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  12. Absolutely love these colors together...very serene card! {sMILES}

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  13. Great card for the sketch. Love your colors--especially the touch of Sage Shadow. Very pretty!

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  14. Robin, This is lovely! I really like the buckle look with the Twill ribbon...GREAT job!

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  15. Very pretty and elegant Robin! These colors work so well with this set! Hope all works out well with the external hard drive! :D

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  16. Very cool, that shell looks great with those papers. Great job.

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  17. Your card is great!! Love this DSP and that stamp set is just awesome!!

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