Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Choose Your Own Sketch Challenge (RS52 + a repeat color combo)

This week, one of my favorite sketch blogs is celebration Sketch #52 with a "choose your own sketch" challenge. Pick your favorite from any of their previous 52 sketches and run with it. So I browsed through, chose one I liked, and combined it with the color combo from my previous post. What do you think?

First off, I just have to say that I LOVE this DSP! It's from the Twitterpated set, and it's just plain gorgeous. Especially with the bright Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight. Love it!

I got the basic layout of this card done in just a few minutes, thanks to this lovely sketch (RS29):

Working out the details, however, took me the better part of an hour! I had the DSP background, the three rounded squares (which sounds completely oxymoronic), the butterfly, and even the pearls all in place and just how I wanted them. But it needed something to tie in the Daffodil Delight. (I really like things to be in pairs, so having the gray DSP and the gray square, the pink square and the pink butterfly, but just one yellow?! Yeah, drove me up the wall!)

I thought about putting a decorative Edgelits© border along one side, but that was too one-sided (again, pairs). So I tried some ribbon along the edge, and it just hung funny. So I gave up and walked away for a long while before finally coming back to it and trying just a plain strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock. Still too plain!

Then Julie, my brilliant stamping buddy, suggested I pull in other elements from the card too. Duh!! More pairs! Why didn't I think of that before?

Anyway, as you can (hopefully) see from the detail photos, I ended up stamping the same Daydream Medallions on the strip as I did on the squares (it's tone-on-tone, so it may be too hard to see in the photos, but I promise it's there) and pulled in the pierced paper motif as well (from the yellow square, under the greeting). Finally! That was exactly what it needed! Thank you, Julie, for saving this card and my sanity!

One final note: this card also uses the beautiful, bright color combo from Create with Connie and Mary (CCMC240). Love it!

Card Details
Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight (hey that rhymes!), Melon Mambo, and Basic Gray CS; Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo
Tools & Accessories: 1 1/4" square punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, 1/16" corner rounder punch, Basic Pearls, and the Paper Piercing Tool, pad, and guide.


  1. This is such a beautiful clean card! I love the layout and your use of the challenge colours works so well. Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

  2. I love how you have a special little element for each square! Adorable Spring card! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. What a fun card! I love how you added the extra square behind the square on your butterfly...really makes it pop! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  4. Just beautiful! How clever to add the bit of white behind the grey square! Really helps to pop it out! And the subtle hint of stamping is such a pretty touch! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. I really like this! Clean and simple, yet edgy. Great job with the colors. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week!

  6. I like how each square is just a little bit different - they may all be "rounded" but the rounding is in different directions, one has the sentiment banner, one is backed with white - it makes for a very fun and creative card. Thanks for joining us at retrosketches!