Saturday, February 26, 2011

Home Sweet Home


This month's Sketch For You To Try is such a great one that I had to sneak in at least one more card before the March sketch comes out. Have you played yet? Entry form and details are HERE! The year-end prize pack available for one lucky participant who completes all twelve sketches is phenomenal! Only a few days left to enter February's challenge (deadline is the last day of the month).



Whenever I see a circle focal point on a sketch, my first thought is always JustRiteBirdhouses, a recent release, is a definite favorite -- the birdhouse images are so sweet and just sing Spring! I stamped the birdhouse trio center on Copic's X-Press-It blending card stock and colored with Copic markers. The blue sky shading was done with a combination of Prismacolor pencils (Sky Blue Light and Muted Turquoise) and sponging (Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink by Ranger). I wanted to give the card a little bit of a rustic look, so I inked and distressed the edges, added some random taupe stitching, and, just for fun, used a piece of burlap for one of the sketch panels. The open scallop frame around the main image was cut with Spellbinders Lacey Circles Nestabilities, and the red scallop border was cut with the Open Scallop Border Dienamics die by My Favorite Things. The "home sweet home" words were on a tag that was included in a Doodlebug Designs "Welcome Home" Cute Cuts sheet of die-cuts, and the pretty red and yellow papers are both from Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness Mini Deck.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!





Stamps: Birdhouses (JustRite)
Paper: Papertrey Rustic White and Kraft, Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Copic X-Press It blending card stock, Cosmo Cricket Togetherness dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks
Accessories: Copic markers, Primsmacolor pencils, Spellbinders Lacy Circles Nestabilities, foam adhesive, Buttons Galore red buttons, May Arts natural burlap string, burlap, Stampin' Up twill, My Favorite Things Open Scallop Border Die-namics, distressing tool, paper piercer, needle, taupe thread, Seeing Spots embossing folder
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

14 comments:

Ruth S said...

Love your card Amy! Full of gorgeous texture and super colouring ;)
Thanks for sharing

Nancy Thomas said...

Gorgeous mix of patterns and textures. Beautifully done.

Noomiy said...

really nice card!

Becky said...

This is beautiful. Love the design and such a lovely image.

Susie said...

I found your comment: "Whenever I see a circle focal point on a sketch, my first thought..." You've pointed out a very good tip. I'd love to know your thoughts on how you choose (based on the sketch) to create a sentiment or more pictorial based card.

The burlap and stitching give this card such a nice touch. Detail, detail -- so nice Amy. The problem: I see your lovely cards and can't get the image out of my head when it's time for me to create!! *laughing* It's like getting a tune in your mind that you keep singing *not such a bad thing - smiling*

Hugs,
Susie~

Marisa said...

Totally darling card, Amy. Love the birdhouses and the way you used the burlap.

Oliwiaen said...

The card just feels like home (sweet home ;-)) - I love that rough coziness you created :-)

Linda McClain said...

Oh my . . . there are so many wonderful things to love about this card. What a great idea to use burlap, and I love your sewing.

Jerri Jimenez said...

You always knock me off my chair with your fabulous designs Amy! I don't need my morning Joe when I open up your feed, your designs feed me with enough stimulation to forego my morning addiction . . . LOL! I love the fiber elements you've incorporated into the design, sheer genius girl!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my I just LOVE this, the colors are great, love the texture, coloring and your neat stitching, Fantastic!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh, Amy! This is GORGEOUS! Love that burlap you added...wonderful addition!

Beth Norman said...

As usual, you made an awesome card. Your unique way of following a sketch is awesome. You always add extra elements that really enhances your stamping.

Vickie Z said...

You never cease to make me smile!!! Gorgeous card!!

Katy said...

LOVE this, Amy! Question: when you do the zig-zag stitching in the corners, do you hand stitch or machine? TFS!

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