Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Create in Shades of Blue

Howdy, howdy.  Hope your weekend was fabulous.  Mine, oh yeah!  I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with 3 fabulous friends at the Hen House Retreat, aka the Inspired Retreat!  We had a ball.  We laughed until we almost peed our pants, paper crafted, ate, drank, sang songs, played games (and won big!) and gabbed until the cows came home!  It appeared that we all really needed the time away from home, and to regroup with crafty girl friends.  We all went home tired, and very de-stressed.  Recharged with a new energy, and tons of good memories from our silliness.  You know how that is, you remember a snippet of a line, or a crazy joke and just start laughing.  Either out loud or softly to yourself.  Either way, memories made that will leave smiles on our faces and a deeper friendship in our hearts.  
So, with this new energy and a re focus, it games me a new prespective on this week's sketch challenge, over @ Nacho Average Challenge.  A new way to look at color combos, and a new way to look at sketches.  
Here is this week's sketch, #41.

Before we get to my card.  For those who know me, would see this sketch and already vision a hand-made flower where the blue decorative circle is.  A shabby, vintage embossed background piece.  Vanilla, with crumb cake sponged on the edges.  But, that isn't what I did!

First, you will notice that I have rotated the sketch 90 degrees and mirrored it.  
I used mostly blues.  I just love the depth of the marina mist.  The color is so sweet, and soft.  I took a scrap piece of neutral DSP gray polka dot pattern paper and matted a baja breeze card stock under it.  I also tied a simple bow with baja breeze seam binding around the center panel.  I stamped the frame in marina mist classic ink.  I used the matching punch to punch out the label piece.  I matted the decorative label onto marina mist card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in basic grey classic ink.  The sentiment comes from the Creative Elements stamp set.  I love this word and how it is assembled.  I love the different fonts, and how they are off-set.    The pinwheel is made from the pinwheel die.  I used a tiny silver brad to hold that adorable pinwheel together.  For the large panel of the card,  I matted the floral print Twitterpated DSP onto baja blue card stock.  The card base is made from marina mist card stock.
I hope that the design team has inspired you to play along with us @ NAC.  I know that we would love to see what you create with this sketch.  And thank you for stopping by.  I will be sharing a book that I created over the weekend with you another day.  So, please come back again soon.  Take care.

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Lisa Minckler said...

See..that's your wonderful creative mind at work that puts a groovy spin on everything! I love the colors and your papers, the double bow and that pinwheel is AWESOME!!
Beautifully inspiring card fit for publication in ANY craft magazine. :)
Lisa x

Meihsia Liu said...

Love the cute pinwheel and beautiful paper! such a fabulous card, Sharon. :)