Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sketch Challenges and Simple Saturday ... on Sunday

How's your weekend going? So far, so good for me. The party yesterday was great fun. The birthday girl is the sweetest little thing, and it's so cool to see my sister as enthralled with being a grandmother as I am.

About my cards, this first one is my take on Weekend Sketch Challenge #82 hosted this week by Mary Jo Albright on her Beauty Lies Within blog.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Blush, and Garden Green cardstock; Basic Grey Porcelain 6x6-inch paper pad; Blush, Garden Green, and Bamboo ink pads; Basic Grey Porcelain Bitsy and Close to My Heart Say it in Style stamp sets; Basic Grey Porcelain Brads; Sponge dauber; Sanding block; 3M foam mounting tape.

As soft and subdued as my first card is, the second one is bright and bold. The sketch is Jen Del Muro's latest A Sketch for You to Try on her i{heart}2stamp blog. Isn't that some wild and crazy bird paper? I love it and thought this would be the perfect sketch to show it off. As for the buttons, I don't know if I got carried away or not. Instead of using Glue Dots to attach them to the card, I sewed them on using crochet cotton. I stamped the Big Pinks paper flower with a stamp from the Spot on Backgrounds set.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Citrus Leaf, and Topiary cardstock; Basic Grey Lime Rickey 6x6-inch paper pad; Topiary and Orange ink pads; Hero Arts Anytime Messages and Close To My Heart Spot on Backgrounds stamp set; Just Blooms Big Pinks paper flower; Hero Arts buttons; White crochet cotton; Needle; EK Success Dotted Wave Edger punch; Cuttlebug w/Nestabilities Classic Ovals set.

This last card is a Simple Saturday qualifier and a sketch you've seen me use before. It's my all-time favorite for bolder prints and/or paper that's too pretty to cover up.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue, and Outdoor Denim cardstock; Basic Grey Granola 6x6-inch paper pad; Outdoor Denim ink pad; Happy Birthday stamp set; Navy organdy ribbon from my stash; EK Success corner rounder; Sanding block.

Now that I've somewhat satisfied my need to stamp, I'm off to do something others might deem a bit more productive. I also need to sneak outside and soak up a little sunshine. It's currently 65 degrees and sunny with no wind. It's supposed to rain tomorrow. Bummer. Whatever you're doing, I hope you're in the midst of a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by! Later ...

15 comments:

Alanna said...

These are all so great Kathi, each in their own way. It constantly amazes me how much you get done in one day. Have a great holiday weekend.

Leslie said...

Great cards, as always. Not too many buttons on your second one. It's just right. I too am amazed at how much you can get done and so well.

Kariberry said...

These are Gorgeous cards! The buttons look great!
Thanks!! You are sweet!

Maria said...

Wow, you've been busy! I love all three cards. . .the flowers are beautiful and beautiful colors too!! I love the different colors of your card and the pretty dps that you used.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!!

Maria

Stampin n da Hood said...

Love all those papers, Kathi!
I agree...hard to cover them up!!

Sharli said...

Kathi,
All three cards are perfect! The flowers are elegant - such soft, pretty colors! The bird paper is wild and wacky - Just LOVE it!!! The last one is some of the prettiest paper I've seen and I'm so glad you didn't cover it up! Let it shine!

VERY productive day, I'd say!

mjalbright said...

Very nice!!! Thanks for trying out the sketch.

Valerie said...

Very Pretty!

Jeanne said...

I love each of the "moods" your fabulous cards convey! I, too, am awed by how much you accomplish and how great your end results are!

Enjoy your day, today!

I am Maricar said...

LOVING the bright and bold one!

Laurel said...

Love that Lime Rickey paper, so fun!

Sarah said...

While I LOVE the first cards simple subtle elegance and the bright wonderful pattern of the thrid one...My fav is the middle one!!!! I LOVE that bird paper...the buttons are yummy..esp seen as you sewed them all on!!! It really stands out to me and I LOVE it. I am a button lover lol.
I am glad you are warming up...hopefully you will get leaves soon.

Tiff said...

I LOVE the be kind to you button card!!!! It's so bright and cheery :)

Jenn said...

Wow, all your cards are fabulous!!! I really love the paper you used on the second one...how fun! :)

BananaStamper said...

Super card - I just bought this paper pack and cannot wait to play with it!

Shanna