Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Musings

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I'm excited to have Package #3 ready to send to Kris. I'm mailing off 22 Dad cards, 22 general sentiment cards, and 7 Any Hero cards. :) 

For those of you making Dad cards for OWH, the deadline for Father's Day cards is fast approaching.

I have 3 cards to share today.

Card #1: Inspired by Ashley's Sketch of the Month

Last Saturday, I had a chance to catch up with Ashley and Tiffany from Pizazz It! When we were talking about their new sketch book, I mentioned that one of my favorite books is one that shows a 12 by 12 layout and a card inspired by the layout. 

Ashley is sponsoring a monthly sketch contest -- with the winner getting a copy of her new sketch book. The card below was inspired by this month's sketch!  

Jillibean Soup's Watermelon Gazpacho collection; Core Vintage (Flower Power) collection; unknown red cardstock
I'm especially excited about this card for two reasons. The first is that Ashley and I going to make this a regular thing. She's going to post her monthly sketch and I'm going to create a sketch-inpsired card!  Very cool!!! [And, seriously, if you haven't checked out her book, please do. It's sooooo well done. I'm pleased to say that I am a proud owner of an autographed copy!  :) ]

My second reason for being excited about the card is its the first Jillibean card that I've designed and liked. I love the bright colors and whimsical looks of her papers. But, for some reason, I seem to struggle putting the patterns together. (I think it might be in part that the pattern sizes are not as distinctively different as in a Bo Bunny collection.) This time, however, I think I got it just right. Using the red and Core card stock made such a difference. I actually really, really like this card. :)

Card #2

This is the last card that made it into this week's shipment. And, it was the last of my Saturday crop cards that needed to be finished. There are a few of those irritating scanning shadows... but this card's shadows aren't too bad.

Kaiser Lush collection; border punch; embellished with sheer white ribbon and pearls
I'm actually glad that I took the rest of the week to finish up these cards. I was starting to get in a design rut towards the end of the day. New days brought fresh perspectives for different finishing touches.  :) 

Card #3: OWH Sketch #118 

For whatever reason, this week's sketch came far more easily to me than last week's. The Any Hero card below is the first card for OWH Package #4!  :)  As usual, I rotated the sketch to make a horizontal card. Other than that, I think my only other changes were to slightly adjust the position of the square and place the side banners on top of  the square instead of next to its edges.
Bo Bunny Liberty collection; Bazzill admiral card stock; Hero Arts gemstones
I just love this Liberty collection -- and Bo Bunny paper in general. As I mentioned before, the different pattern sizes just make it so much easier for me to mix and match layers. 

And, many thanks to Donna and Carol for their reassuring words about not worrying when I use sketches as inspirations, rather than as blueprints. (Ashley says the same thing in her book, too.)

Parting Thoughts

The family who lives next to my father-in-law had to put their beloved dog down a few days ago. Since hubby and I are big dog lovers ourselves, making a card for the family is at the top of this week's card to-do list. After that, I hope to get started on some kid cards for OWH using some of the stickers and embellishments I picked up at last Saturday's garage sale. 

As always, thanks for visiting. Have a great week and happy scrappin'!


Ashley Rock said...

Love your take on the sketch! All the cards are beautiful--- I really like the Bobunny Liberty card too!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

You have been very busy - I will get my box in the mail this week also - I have that bo bunny collection but still have not used it - shame on me. thanks for supporting OWH

Barb Housner

Carol L said...

You're really an energizer bunny when it comes to making cards, and they're all very special! I really like the love tag on the 2nd card!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards, Sybrina! I love how you added the touch of bling to your sketch card - looks great with those papers. Thanks for joining us in this week's OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Linda said...

Love that second card! Fun colors! We had to put our dog down earlier this year right after Christmas. It is the hardest thing about having pets! Thanks for the share!!!

Jen said...

Nice cards! I love the first one... Jillibean soup is awesome!

cindyann said...

That patriotic card using the OWH sketch is great! I really enjoyed following the design of this sketch and will no doubt use it again. Nice job!

Dolores said...

Wonderful job with what you did for sketch 118...TFS

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Way to go with your OWH cards! You've done a wonderful job with these :)

Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!