Sunday, March 25, 2012

Monday Musings: The Early Edition


Since my men are gone, I'm a little ahead of schedule. (Boy, not too often we get to say that, huh?!) So, why not post a little ahead of schedule?

OWH Sketch #114

Another Sketch, Another Any Hero Card! This week's sketch calls for the background rectangle to be divided into two sections. I considered a couple of options before deciding upon a more subtle approach. 

Paper: Bo Bunny Liberty, Bazzill admiral, BasicGrey kraft
Cuttlebug embossing folder, red and blue Stickles
I was really struggling with the square until I added the layer of kraft. The navy by itself was just too strong. I'm thinking navy behind the embossed kraft would have made the card even stronger. But, not too bad -- and I'm thinking of tweaking this a little to make a few "My Dad, My Hero" cards.

I'm really liking this Liberty paper. I picked up a few 12 by 12 sheets recently and found out there is a 6 by 6 pad. My LSS wasn't able to order it since it was last year's collection. Luckily, I found it online at ODBD. So, a few pads of this great paper is headed my way!

OWH's Father's Day Challenge

Looks like we rocked the Mother's Day card challenge. So, we're moving on to a Father's Day card challenge. (It's still not too late to send in a few "Love You, Mom cards.)

I was able to carve out a significant amount of card-making time yesterday. And, cards for dads were my number one priority! All of the following cards were made from Kaiser's Konstrukt 6 by 6 pad.

Kaiser Konstrukt paper, Zip'eMate letters
Kaiser Konstrukt paper, Zip'eMate letters, Kaiser rhinestones
small rectangle: crimped and inked

Kaiser Konstrukt paper, Zip'eMate letters
Sentiment: Jillian Vance Celebrate Dad stamp set
(Sorry about the scanning distortion on this one.)

Wish that the scanned images did  better justice to these. Cards with "bumps" don't tend to scan as well... Hope the designs come across anyway.


This week's CAS-ual Friday challenge is to make a card using pastels and black. The card below was also made from Kaiser's Konstrukt paper.

Kaiser Konstrukt, American Crafts black cardstock
Kaiser rhinestones, Celebrate It ribbon, Fiskars border punch
Butterflies are tri-layered: bottom, purple; middle: black, top, polka dot.
(Another disappointing scan. The shadow takes away from the prettiness of the card.)
Designers always tell us to not be afraid of black. (I sure remember hearing that a lot on Trading Spaces!) Yet, there's a natural tendency to stay away from it. So, I'm really glad I gave this a try -- I love the way this card turned out!  :)

Parting Thoughts

Hoping to get a few more cards made today. But, my first goal is to catch up on Tim's Thursday and Friday online classes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy scrappin'!


Carol L said...

What a fabulous collection of cards! I love the various colors and designs of them all, and especially the tiny dots of stickles on today's sketch card! NJ!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

rocking both challenges - love that Kaiser pad - great colors. thanks for playing along

Barb HOusner

Donna Hanley said...

Sybrina, Wonderful cards, all of them. I especially liked the first card. The kraft and blue look great with the red. Boy, you've been a busy lady. Great work.

ThePurplePlace said...

A wonderful selection of cards! I really enjoyed seeing your OWH Father's Day cards and also love these too!

You've been busy and all your cards came out very nice!

Happy Crafting!

Jen said...

Nice cards! Your sketch card is great; love the kraft and navy!

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Like all of your cards. Your Any Hero Card is just perfect -- I like the star embossing with the little bit of bling you added. Your other masculine cards are great too I like that you used purple on these cards - very nice. Your last card looks great with the black border. Great job on all your cards.

Sharon S.

Dixie Cochran said...

You rocked the sketch challenge. Your Dad cards are terrific too. That Kaiser paper is wonderful for masculine cards.

Julie said...

Great cards, Sybrina! Love the little touch of stickles on the stars for your sketch card. Dad cards are awesome, too! Thanks for joining us in this week's OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Linda said...

I love the idea of my Dad, My Hero cards! The DAD cards are awesome! TFS!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Love all your cards but really like your take on the sketch for masculine cards. That has a really nice patriotic flair to it.

Carol L said...

I love your sketch card, NJ on that! I love all the purples and blues of the other great cards too! WTG!

Sarah said...

Great cards-- I too struggled with the square--but I love how you grounded it with the navy!

Michele Gross said...

Really pretty! I love the polka dot background for your butterflies! Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

You've been a very busy girl!! I really like that all the projects have the same color scheme, and I especially love the last one with the pastels. Beautiful! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! We're so glad you did!