simply sketched Saturday challenge – Week 5

  • January 30, 2016
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So after the craziness of Xmas and New Year its great to be back doing the simply sketched challenge, Cat did this weeks sketch. Now it looks like a simple sketch and should be easy, right but I’ve really struggled with it and my mojo. I spent ages starring and my craft stuff and drawing blanks so, I’m glad I was able to create something in the end.

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I was actually working on another project making a card swap and the design I came up with inspired this card. I was going to be a diorama card (think that’s what there called could be a shadow box card, I never know) but after cutting and scoring I decided to make a bow front card instead. Lol. It’s a happy accident really. But it did mean changing my normal design slightly but I really like the different style edges and might make more like this instead in the future.

It’s a rather girly card (very different for me as I’m not really a girly girl), but I’m really pleased with how it all out, especially as I’ve had no mojo for a few weeks. The colours I used are very vanilla, crumb cake and blushing bride, My colour combo was inspired by a project I saw on Anna’s website as part of our previous Pootlers blog hop. They’re very vintage looking and so not my normal choice. But I really love them. I think 2016 is definitely the year to challenge my creativity; I love trying things against my normal style. I think colour combos are something I really struggle with so i’m going to keep pushing and working on them.

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I finally got to play with my new delivery; I did go a bit over board so you will see a few new projects over the next few weeks. I went with the Love blossom suite for this project. There are so many cute things in it. The bloomin’ heart thinlit die was a must, plus it comes in a bundle with the bloomin’ love stamp set. I used the die to create the cut out heart and the stamp set for the banner and the little hearts and flowers on the wall. The background needed something to break the flat colour but not take away from the heart so I decided a wall and used the brick wall embossing folder. I thought it added a nice touch. The birds are from the build a bird punch so super easy to put together I did curl the wings a bit before sticking them down with a dimensional to give them more shape.

I used the first sight stamp set because I the flourish was great for that vintage vibe (used it on the inside too) and the kindred spirit sentiment was cute and as it’s an old saying I thought it would be perfect. That little corner needed something, and I needed an element that showed the sketch a bit better as I think it got lost by using the heart and banner.

Must have a bit of bling so a few rhinestone eyes and pearls on the flowers and a subtle touch around the heart with wink of Stella, sadly you can’t see it in the picture but it just adds that little glimmer that’s needed.

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Overall I’m really pleased with how it came out and that my mojo is back. I forgot to mention if you would like to purchase any of the products used you could from my online shop. (Click here) plus as a bonus if you spend £45 or more you can earn a free sale-a-bration item until the 31st March 2016. And until the 4th Feb 2016, if you purchase anything from my online shop you will be entered into a draw to win the perfect pairings stamp set. So good luck and continue to hop along the rest of the talented ladies projects.

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