Thursday, September 1, 2011

Be yourself...

Morning, all! 

Can you believe it's September?!? acckkk! This means I'll soon get to create my most favorite: Christmas cards!! Trees and trimmings, reds and golds.. Nativity, angels, reindeer!! wee!!! Before I get *too* excited, let me get on with today's card. ;-)

I was reading through my blog roll and came upon a new-to-me challenge blog. Discovering new blogs is such a treat! I enjoyed the challenges on this newly discovered blog that I spent a good half of the morning reading through the pages. Much inspired by the DT, I decided to join in on the fun and create a card following Friday MashUp's Challenge #21 - Bossy and Sketchy!

The challenge is to create a card using the sketch and to add a dry embossed element. Hence, the name "Bossy and Sketchy." FUN, yea? :) I also took inspiration from Color Throwdown #157. Those color ladies sure know how to challenge! It took me a good 15 minutes to get my mind around combining blue, burgundy and... *gasp!* LIME green. After a few rough sketches, (I draw up the sketch and add elements on paper first. It saves me from wasting supplies. Yep, lesson learned. hehe) I decided on using patterned paper with all the beautiful shades and butterflies to boot! (I looooovvvvvvve butterflies!)

I busted out my Cuttlebug Script folder for the bottom strip. Don'cha just love that texture? :) The color challenge has us use a burgundy color. I swear that sentiment is a dark red. It's showing up bright red on my monitor. booo!

As you see on the left panel, I chose to cut out the large butterfly's wings (just the wings) to make it pop out from the rest of the butterflies on the paper. This was inspired by the sentiment. BE YOURSELF! Love that!

Anyway, that'll be it for now. I hope you all have a great Thursday. Stay yourself and be happy!!!! yay! :)

CS: PTI Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Spring Moss
PP: K&Company Amy Butler Söla Mat Pad, K&Company Susan Winget Botanical Mat Pad
Stamp: Fiskars Forever Friends Quotes
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Other: Cuttlebug Script folder, Recollections pearls


Broni said...

Just beautiful! Love the mix of patterns and textures and how you "carved" the butterfly out! Cool! Thanks for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

ChinaDoll said...

woohoo! It's September already and xmas is just a few months Nanc you better start making xmas cards and I am expecting to have one soon! really soon! Oh wait I expect two, a beautiful birthday card and a gift AND my xmas card! bwahahaha...miss you dear! :)

Kim P said...

This is fantastic! I thought the butterfly was from a punch...but WAY cool to cut it from he actual DP! So glad you found us at the Friday Mashup! Hope to see you again!

Lori said...

Gorgeous mix of patterned papers! The cutout butterfly is such a lovely accent. Thanks for playing along in this week's Color Throwdown!

Holly said...

So glad you decided to join us at the Friday Mashup and to hear you like our challenges.. We love new "Fans". Your card is gorgeous, I love the colors and how you cut the butteffly so the wings would pop up. It just adds a special element to it. Sorry I'm late making my rounds, my internet was out from the Hurricane.

PS Congrats on being picked a Glamette for this challenge!

Rae said...

Beautiful take on the challenge!

Suzanne Russell said...

Love your card, Nancy! I really like making the butterfly stand out as emphasis on the sentiment! Beautifully done!