Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mushy Sketch

I hope you have been inspired this week, and are looking for an exciting and creative challenge.  Because I have the challenge for you!  The lovely Lisa M. over @ Our Creative Corner has a super fun and creative challenge.  She has provided a sketch, and she wants you to create a Valentine's Day card.  Sounds very sweet and appropriate!  So, break out those romantic and lovely paper craft supplies you have been waiting to use, and create a lovely St. Valentine's Day card using our sketch!
Here is Lisa's sketch:

Ok, before you get a little discouraged, this sketch isn't that difficult to work with.  For a large variety of inspiration, please stop by our blog challenge @ OCC.
Here is what I did, not unique:

I have to admit, I started off pretty slow.  I had a bit of a struggle with the selection of papers.  So, I turned to a lovely paper company that makes a wide range of gorgeous papers:  Authentique.  (I think there is only one collection that I haven't purchased.)  So, this slightly distressed red polka dot paper is from their Valentine's day line.  I love the rich red color, and of course, I have an infinity for polka dots {smile}.  I used a soft kraft color: Latte, by Amuse Studio.  I opt to change the rectangles in the sketch for squares.  I thought the postage stamp edge was decorative and pretty.  So, I cut 1-inch squares to layer on top of the 'postage stamp'.  Now, what to layer.  I selected different pattern papers that I thought looked good with this layout.  
For the circle images, I used circles.  One circle is a mini bottle cap with a Valentine's Day heart inside: Be Mine.  The other circle is a button with some cream twine tied in a bow.  
For the two banner pieces, I used ribbon.  I used some Spun Sugar dyed seam binding into a bow and pulled one tail down.  For the other banner tail, I adhered some rustic ribbon to the back of this stamp piece and ran this piece through my sewing machine.  I'm loving machine stitching on card stock.
For the sentiment, I stamped the saying in Basic Grey classic ink and used a hand-held punch to create the shape.  I wanted to jazz that piece up, so I also punched out another piece and off set the label piece.
I hope we have inspired you to play along with us this week @ OCC.


Lisa Minckler said...

Oh my gosh Sharon, high fives all over the place! This is beautiful. :D I'm still shaking my head at the sewing you did on that inchie. I'm beyond impressed. No doubt I would have straight stitched right through my finger if I tried! You have mad designing skills and I love the bits n' bobs you've added for embellishments. That bottle cap has me over the moon!
Fantastic job on this challenge my friend and as always, your cards are always inspiring to me.
Big hugs,
Lisa xx

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Sharon
I think you and I were on the same wavelength regarding this Sketch and it's design, we both are shabby chic girls, so it is only natural for us to head in this direction especially if the theme is challenging!
I also love the exciting high arousal Red that you chose for the Bg, your bottle cap is my favourite element, I keep wanting to look at it, but I also like the other touches; the sewing and your pearl on the mini heart, it is a true Valentine card in every way.

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... Sharon, this card is such a stunner. Love the beautiful patterned paper you used and all the gorgeous embellishments. Great design!!! :)

Lili said...

Love it Sharon! The colors you used, the details are gorgeous.
Hugs ;)