Monday, June 18, 2007

Beate's Circular Sketch Challenge

German Phrase of the Day: Das ist eine tolle Idee. = This is a great idea. Beate's sketch's are always a great idea...and I really LOVED making this circular card today!

I don't know about you all, but when I sit down to make a card, I RARELY have a picture in my head of what I'm trying to make. So for this card, I had the sketch I drew on some scratch paper down here at the computer...and took it upstairs with me. I happened to have a piece of Chocolate Chip CS that had been folded, but with bits cut away on both that was easy to trim down for the edge piece (although then I worried it would be too similar to Beate's...but decided that was ok.)

I also had the Cool Caribbean CS on my desk already (I know...I really should clean up after myself more often!) so that is what I started with. I cut my circles and started playing. I thought about using some DP, then said "nah, that won't work" so then i decided I'd do a background stamp on the Caribbean card...but which one. Aida cloth? No. Flannel? Maybe...but that's too country/shabby looking. Paisley? YES! But stamp it in brown! Hey...looks pretty good. for the circular image below.

Can I use my scallop punch? Nope...too big. Ok...back to the coluzzle (and you'll see a cool frame I made whilst working here...gotta figure out how to use it first!) I made the ring of pretty in pink, then decided to scallop the edges a bit with my corner rounder. That worked great. Ok, so I have a great "frame" to go around my image, but what image should I use? I don't have any giant primas, which would have looked fantastic I need a flower stamp. I started pulling down a few sets and decided Big Blooms would work. So I inked it with pretty in pink, rolled the edges in chocolate chip, and stamped on some white (happens to be the white cardstock from Papertrey Ink was handy!!) I liked the look...but it needed more I crumpled it up and made the petals come up a little more. Then I decided it needed a button center, so I added that.

I had trimmed the edge of my chocolate chip CS with some decorative scissors, but decided with the scalloped circle it was too much, so I trimmed that edge off. But...the chocolate chip layer needed I did the faux stitching. Now...I just needed a greeting. Since I knew I couldn't pull off another circle tucked behind (I'd already adhered my pink "frame") I thought a short greeting punched with the word window would do, so I pulled out Happy Everything. After punching, I rubbed the edges along the Chocolate Chip inkpad...then decided I should sponge brown around the whole outside edge of the cool Caribbean did that. Finally, I finished it off with the brads.

So, now you have a little insight into my creative process. Sometimes I start with an image I want to use, other times with a sketch, or occasionally with the colors (like when doing the color challenges!) But most of the time, when I'm not just CASEing something, my creative process is quite rambling and I never know what I'm going to end up with. this case... I'm VERY happy with the end results! Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration Beate!!! :-)

Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Big Blooms, Paisley background, Happy Everything
Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink Papertrey Ink white cs
Chocolate Chip, pretty in pink
Acc: Crafter's Toolkit, coluzzle, Word Window punch, corner rounder punch, white gel pen, antique brads, earth elements buttons



  1. Great card Jana! I love that Paisley stamp on the CC cardstock - the colors are great! Trying to catch up on my blog reading this week - I'm soooo far behind! Great job on this sketch!! Hope things are going well for you! Hugs to you all! :) Julie

  2. Gosh - what is it about choc. chip & caribbean - they look so great together! This is a really cute card!

  3. I think you did a very coherent job of explaining how your creativity played out on this card. The CC and the CC do work beautifully. Here's a challenge - how about a Summer Solstice card? - since your sun isn't setting there until almost 11 pm.

  4. Great card, love the flower on the bottom, thanks for explaining your "creative process"

  5. Very cute!! Love the use of the paisley. :)

  6. This is such a cool design and it was great to share in your creative process. Your process sounds like mine as I often try something and then change it and then try something else, although I must admit more often than not it seems like my "creations" end up being not that great. Maybe I need to spend more time planning:)



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