Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle May Sketch Challenge

Happy May Day!!!  Can you believe it is already May 1st.  The teacher I work with is originally from Hawaii and they always celebrate May Day, also known as Lei Day, so we usually help our little kindergarten students each make a Lei.  I die cut a lot of flowers and they string them on yarn with pieces of straws between them.  They love doing this, and we review patterns. 

Today is also time for a new sketch challenge at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog so here is the new sketch.  You will have until the end of the month to enter a card for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice.  You can find all the details on the SNS Blog, along with some great inspiration from some of my fellow designers. 

I have been playing with one of my favorite background techniques called Zindorf.  You create awesome scenic looks by simply sponging or brayering different colors of ink on your glossy cardstock, starting with the lightest colors and using darker colors toward the edges.  I decided to do a form of this for my sketch card.

I embossed my images, Sandin Your Shoes and Sun Wave, and then added all of the color to the background.  I used even darker colors for the bottom layer and then added the embossed Sea Oats.  For the Sun Wave and Sea Oats, I used one of our newer embossing powders called Sienna Star.

I used Spellbinders Standard Circles LG Nestabilities to cut out the centers of the suns and added my charms.  These charms were originally an antique gold but I colored them with permanent markers and then added VersaMark Ink and Sparkle Embossing Powder.  The top layer is popped up so the charms can dangle.  Details on making this card can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Gallery. 

I will be looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations using this sketch!! 

E. Marie 

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Kaleidescope of Colour!
The Corrosive Challenge #148 - The Man, the Myth, the Legend:  Tim Holtz (Distress Inks)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #130 – Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #61 - Punches and Dies
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #117 – Dimension
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge – Die Cuts and Punches (Distress Inks and Corded Ribbon


Shona Erlenborn said...

Great take on the sketch Marie. Love the background - very cool!

Brenda said...

I love how you punched out the suns and added the charms! What a beautiful hot summer day background!

Sandra H said...

Marie, oh this is so beautiful,xx

Katy said...

Love this! I love the little charms! And the colors are so pretty!

Fluffles said...

What a beautiful card, love your original style. Thank you so much for joining us at An Oldie But A Goodie, Jx

Pat Garvin said...

Looks wonderful. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Janette said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Winnie and Patty said...

Great card. Love the sea shell focal point! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox blog challenge!

Chrissy said...

Fabulous card,love the colours and love the cord detail..

Thanks for joining in with us at ‘Fussy and Fancy’


Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful card. Love the charms in the cut out. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy Fox and Friends challenge, we hope to see you again next week. Make sure to check out our challenge with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun and more chances to win with Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining our challenge Oldie But A Goodie with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Donna Ellis said...

Marie, what an amazing interpretation of the sketch! And beautiful coloring, too! The triple rounds are done so imaginatively with the charms! I especially love the coloring you've accomplished. The braid is really unique! Just beautiful!

Sarah said...

very unusual and full of colour - love the bright tones! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

Kathy said...

This is lovely. Really like the background you've created. The dangling charms are so cool, too. Thanks for joining us at the Corrosive Challenge this week.

Francesca said...

Absolutely Beautiful

Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie this fortnight and good luck!