Saturday, May 12, 2012

OCC Is A Little Sketchy!?!

Fellow Texan, Meihsia Liu of Simply Paper Crafts, is hosting this week at Our Creative Corner.  Her challenge is to create a card or project using the sketch below, and use a ribbon bow on it.
If you need inspiration or just care to have a gander, please visit the rest of the Design Team and check out their wonderful projects. Our guest designer for the week is none other than Miss Thumb Linky herself, Sandra Mouwen, of Made By Sannie.
Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Ann Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon
This is my first sketch challenge at OCC, and you know how sketchy I can be in my designs, so having to do a project already laid out (?) and use a bow (???) was quite difficult for me, so this really was a challenge. I am not used to anything like this, and I stay away from all challenges that are sketches. I am a fancy free kind of gal, I don't like rigidness. BUT, I have to admit it was FUN, and I am always up for a challenge. I hope I did Meihsia proud!
I further decided to add more challenges though. At Unruly Paper Arts, the Reader Art Quest 2 challenge was to "use lace", and over at Simon Says Stamp & Show, the challenge this week was "favorite stamp". After a lot deliberation with myself I narrowed it down to four, and of the four the ornate frame in the center won. At the present time, I believe it's my favorite stamp. It has a plethora of uses and looks uber cool pretty much any way you use it! Now you can see that I was really under duress this week with all these predicaments!!! Oh how I love what I do!!!
4th and 3rd choices where stamped in Jet Black Archival  on to kraft paper, and then cut out.
This was adhered to black cardstock and cut out again.
More 3rd choice stamping for the background of the kraft card. Hmmm...should I move this to second choice??? No, no, no...stop it now!
Squeezed lemonade has been staring at me since last week, so it was time to use her. I just swiped straight from the pad on to the kraft paper. I really can't get enough of last week's color challenge at OCC...really loving the yellow and craft combination! I added two rows of Lace Tape as well.
And the winner...Mr. Ornate Frame...was stamped in Jet Black and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder on to kraft paper.
And a solid number two, the butterfly, was stamped into the middle of the frame in Jet Black and by itself on to kraft and heat embossed as well.
I was going to leave the stamped butterfly alone in the center, but decided to have more 3D action, so I cut and the frame out. The butterflies were colored in with Distress Markers. I added some gold accents with  Liquid Pearls, stick pins for antennae, a flower, a puny bow, and the sentiment.  
From My Stash- stick pins, gold photo charm, ivory cardstock

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. O my word.. This is jaw dropping beauty... Gorgeous! I love everything about it.. all the elements and stamping is just perfect!! Hugs May x x x

  2. Beautiful. Very, very beautiful.

  3. Wow , this card is amazing! Love the craft vibe! All those elements goes fabulous together! It's one of my favorites!

  4. Anita, your card is beautiful! I love all of the stamps you've used to create the lace edging around Tim's Papillon script. Tim's ornate frame also looks incredible as the focal point of your card. Love the dimensional butterfly in the center! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  5. SO elegant and beautiful! Love the combination of stamped and actual lace. The butterfly is gorgeous, too.... love how you've done it.

  6. Yea Anita,
    You had the courage to put your personal stamp on this sketch and at the same time work within its confines, and boy can I relate to your thoughts. Unlike you my friend I did not have the temerity to do this, and I stayed well within the park! What a whimpy person I am!
    Your card certainly carries your eclectic style, it has wonderful elements and techniques,creating intrigue. You have softened up the card beautifully by adding the lace and fluffy bow. It looks amazing.

  7. Hi Anita! Your card is stunning! Love the yellow/black color-scheme, and the way you used the lacey on-the-edge dies/stamps. GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing it with us at SSS&S! Ellen :)

  8. Hi Anita - your card is stunning! Love everything about it! Thanks for sharing it with us at SSS&S! Ellen :)

  9. Anita, your card is just stunning! I love all the layers! and thank you (again) for showing us how you did it! I just love the stamp you used for the background. and layering the butterfly so she can fly away is just clever!
    I just love the elegant look of your card! I can't stop looking at it!
    have a wonderful weekend, hugs, sharon w.

  10. Everything about this is gorgeous!! Such layering, fantastic stamps, colors yum!!

  11. Hi Anita this is a lovely piece and I love all the layers. I like the use of lace and the threads on your flower. The butterfly is stunning. Thank you for sharing.......Annie :)

  12. Oh, my gorgeous! I have looked and looked and looked at this card...and the more I look, the more I love it! The color palette is so vintage and appealing. The butterfly with that tiny pop of orange....the fabulous string bow on top of the sweet little flower...the stamped background, embossed frame. Ooh la la!

  13. Anita...I am sitting here with my jaw dropped! Seriously! This is stunning, my friend! You always add such awesome details to your projects...I really wish we lived closer because I would love to see how you create. The embossing really takes this one over the top! Ahh-MA-Zing!!! :)

  14. Gorgeous card!! Loved all the wonderful textures and patterns you included!

  15. Hi, Anita, this card is fantastic!!! I love the pretty layers and how you stamp and emboss. Reading the steps you made a card/ tag is always enjoyable.... :)

  16. Wow ... love this Anita ... I think you did Meishia proud! Your detailing here is impeccable and I love all your creative stamping, inking, cutting and embossing too the twine and flower treatment ... a very stunning creation!!!

  17. Gorgeous card, Anita! Composition and colours are just perfect!
    Hugs from Slovenia!


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