April 26, 2010

Taking the Scenic Route

Hello friends!  How's your Monday going?  The nice thing about Monday's is that there are 4 more days in the week for it to get better.  And your reward for perseverance is the weekend.  Who am I kidding?...I loathe Mondays too!  Are your weekdays just a count down to the weekend?  It's like the weekend is the destination and the Weekdays our journey....one big scenic route one that is too often taken for granted.  My crafting can get like that....I'm so focused on the end product that I don't spend as much time focusing on the steps that got it there in the first place.  

This card for the Sketch Girl Challenge and Embellish challenge was a journey for me.  I stamped and stamped and stamped this scene until I got it exactly as I wanted it.  First, I played with the stamps then finally got to a 'prototype' scene and then did it for real keeping and getting rid of techniques or elements that I used in the draft.

The Embellishment colours are very vivid and I thought I could shy away from it and pick toned down hues or I could just go for and pick the brightest colours I have.  So much fun working with those Dandy sun rays.  I haven't met a Practicing Creativity Set I haven't liked.  Since January I haven't run out of ideas on how to use them.  I haven't gotten the latest set "For The Love of Dots" yet having a stricter budget but it's definitely on the wish list. I was going to add bling and sparkles to the sun but it really took away from the natural scene I created.  There is embossing for the clouds, the raised dandelion, and the sentiment. I've got an angled shot here that shows it much better.  Lots of dimensionals and paper piecing for some detail.  At the risk of sounding proud, I'd have to say this is one of my favourites.  Probably because of the amount of thought and work that went into it. 

I realize that black and kraft weren't in the colour selection but white really was too bright and I just couldn't bring my self to make pink, blue, yellow or green dandies.  The selection colours are the main focus of my project though and I'm willing to bend the rules just a bit to make a better piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my work.  Happy Crafting!!

Paper:  Kraft, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade dp (SU!), Night Light Louie dp (Oct. Afternoon)
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: dimensionals, black embossing powder, white embossing powder, 1 3/4 circle punch (SU!), 1" circle punch (EK success)
Stamps:  You're Dandy (Practicing Creativity Designs)

19 comments:

  1. What a way to use those rays!!! Just perfect! Great take on the sketch and you really made those colors work :>)

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  2. This is fantastic! Love the bright colors! Thanks for joining us at Sketch Girl!

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  3. Indeed, what FABULOUS work, Laurel! All the attention to details in designs and colors are excellent! So glad that you like it, too!! This is a WOW card!

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  4. Great card for Embellish! Thank you for the comment :) I have been working on the blog with Jenny from Wee Memories help so its looking pretty cute! Did you see my current challenge? Theres a great prize!

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  5. You've got me, I feel like I can walk into that scene. Those yellow rays are just stunning in their natural form like that, kudos to you! Enjoyed reading your post today, life really is a journey, isn't it?

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  6. Love this! Love that big sun!

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  7. oh, wow!!! this turned out really well!!! Love how you used the colours. I know my ballet blue looks like Pacific Point...I think I over edited it!! LOL

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  8. Gorgeous work, Laural! That's a fabulous scene - I can feel the warmth of that awesome sun! You've really done an amazing job - your colors look perfect together

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  9. What a beautiful card you have created!
    Thanks for your nice comment in my blog =)

    Hugs, Anne

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  10. That is an awesome card! Thank so much for playing along with us at Sketch Girl

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  11. Fantastic creation, Laural!

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  12. Mega brilliant design... LOVE it!
    Angela xxx.

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  13. Laural... I love, love, love this card!
    I've been planning on entering this Embellish challenge too (hopefully I can find some time this weekend)... but so as I was browsing through the entries, yours immediately caught my eye!
    Then I clicked on the pic, and saw that it was yours! I love it! It's stunning! The way you stamped the sun and the sentiment over the grass is so perfect! Very nice work! Just had to let you know! :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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  14. cute cute! what a fun scene! awesome card!

    Clouds :D

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  15. this card is so fun! Wow, what a great bit of stamping you have going on! Great job on the challenge!

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  16. So pretty and cheerful! Love it!

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