Thursday, April 19, 2012

Challenges, Challenges..........


 I found a new-to-me sketch challenge yesterday over at Freshly Made Sketches so I decided to play along since sketch challenges are my favorite way to create.


Here's my take on the sketch. I used cream & chocolate card stock, along with a piece of SU! (r) Parisian Breeze dsp. The embossed panel was done with a Sizzix ef, and the butterfly was cut with a Memory Box Vivienne butterfly die that I chose as part of a very generous prize I recently won from the SimonSaysStamp store. I added some tiny flatback pearls, also part of another generous prize package I won from Pizzazz Aplenty. My luck has been incredible lately, and I'm extremely grateful too! The sentiment was done with an Inkadinkado stamper on a piece of matching card stock, and the brown layer was popped up with foam tape.

This card was made for two challenges. I played along with the Tuesday Throwdown #94 to recycle something and use it on your card. The embossed panel was a scrap I'd cut down from a previous project and saved, so today was the day to use it. This is also for the OWH Stars and Stamps mid-week color challenge to use brown and turquoise. I used a MS hydrangea punch for the flowers, dotting them with some Viva Pearl pen accents. The branch is a Memory Box die called Woodland branch and was done with chocolate chip card stock. The kraft panel was punched with an EK dotted scallop punch, and the sentiment was done with a G Studio stamp. There's a "." underneath the tail on the word "happy" that just didn't look right to me, so I covered it with a matching turquoise flower. I think doing that added the perfect balance, so as Martha always says........."that's a good thing :)"

Now that I've made a few cards for challenges this week, I need to get back to working on the scrapbook I'm making for someone! If only the days had more hours to craft :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday!

Carol

28 comments:

jimlynn said...

First of all....congrats on those great "wins"! LOVE both of these Carol. That butterfly die on the first one is awesome - along with the embossing - and the second one....love the tiny little flowers. Both are fantastic!
Lynn

Lee Mae said...

Both of your cards are simply beautiful! Love those turquoise flowers on the branch set on the embossed panel. Lovely sentiment too. Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!

LeAnne said...

Oh my, that FMS card is SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!!!

Linda Beeson said...

I really like both cards, what a pretty butterfly and sprig of flowers.

One Scrappy Gal said...

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous! I particularly like the branch and flowers!

Sherry Hickey said...

Carol, these cards are delicate and exquisite! Great work!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Very pretty and intricate Carol! Love the color scheme as well.

cindyann said...

I really like the way you used the woodland branch die! I have this die as well and want to use it more often. The tiny turquoise flowers are perfect!

amanda stokes said...

Hi Carol,
Gorgeous card love your take on the sketch and your second is so pretty :) x

Cindy's Card Co said...

Carol both of your cards are gorgeous. The OWH card has an Asian flair to it, very pretty.

redwasher1 said...

Carol, both of your cards are just over the top gorgeous!!!! Perfection in every way!!!

Donna Hanley said...

Carol Both of these cards are beautiful, but that first card is out of this world classy and gorgeous. Way to go girl. Your seconds card is just as pretty and I love that little flower covering the "." Great idea. Talk soon

Donna Nuce said...

Your cards are so elegant. I love all the textures and layers.

Yolanda said...

That is just beautiful! The embossed panel with the flowers reminds me of classic hand-smocked dresses. Thanks for joining in on the Tuesday Throwdown.

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

I love your butterfly and the panel with the pearls down the middle is gorgeous. Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Cindy Hall said...

Both are gorgeous cards. I especially love all the details and texturing on the one for FMS! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

JoAnn Ross said...

They are both stunning! The first is so elegant and the second, as Cindy said, has a bit of an Asian look in its simplicity. I LOVE that sentiment and how clever of you to cover the period (why did they do that?) with a flower.

Tui Nathan said...

Oh my goodness ... what fabulous cards! I love that gorgeous butterfly and that fab embossed panel ... just beautiful!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Benzi said...

Oh, Carol...these cards are absolutley beautiful. Wow! And, congrats on all your luck with winning lately..or is it talent? That's what I'm thinking. Super creativity showing here!!!

Davi said...

VERY pretty cards Carol!! I love the pretty butterfly card with the soft soothing color! The second is so cool with the lovely stem of flowers :) So glad you shared with us at TT this week ;)

Sybrina K said...

Carol,

I have to agree with Benzi. Talent most definitely has something to do with your wins. Congrats!

Both of these cards are so lovely!

Jayne said...

Both beautiful cards, very pretty!

Denise Marzec said...

Oh Carol!....seriously, GASP! These are B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris D. said...

Carol, both of your cards are amazing!

Lisa said...

Oh GOODNESS this is so pretty! Love your embossing and the pretty pearls!!

Pam W. said...

Your cards are simply gorgeous.

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Both these cards are just gorgeous!

Shannon White said...

Wow Miss Carol! These are both Soo Pretty! Love the Wonderful textures and The Fabulous Butterfly on the first one and the Sweet Flowery branches on your second one! A Very Big Congrats on your wins too! So well deserved my friend! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

P.S> Just Back form Vacation so I will be be playing catch up for a bit .. lol