Sunday, September 4, 2011

Moxie Fab Nice, Neutral, & Square



This is an update to my original post below (edited Sunday @ 11 pm)
You can file this updated blog entry under the category of "she just can't leave well enough alone".  Earlier today I posted my card for the Square Sketch Challenge and Tuesday Trigger: Nice and Neutral challenge.  But something about that card nagged at me...and every time I walked past it on the way to the laundry room...it called out to me...until I gave in.  Here are the new (and to me, improved) results...

I ended up removing the original sentiment banner and replaced it with a new sentiment that I stamped and fussy cut.  I mixed grey and blue inks and think the color is a much better match for the blue panel.  I also redid the leaves so that the woodgrain impression was better placed.  


I accept that when it comes to cards, I get crazy.  But I will sleep good tonight.  (Somebody out there please tell me I'm not the only one out there that does this!)  Thanks for looking, again.

{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Medallion (Stampin' Up), Iconic Images (Papertrey Ink) 
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Rustic cream (Papertrey Ink), Rustic brown (Basic Grey), blue (from stash)Embellishments: Pearl accent (Jolee's), pearls (Queen & Co.)



Tools: Turning a new leaf die, woodgrain impression plate (Papertrey Ink)







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Since I'm such a slow cardmaker, I've come to the realization that that combining challenges is a good idea!   Today I'm combining two Moxie Fab Challenges, the Square Sketch Challenge and this week's Tuesday Trigger: Nice and Neutral.  The sketch is courtesy of Kim Kesti from the recent Card Ideas for Papercrafters edition and I love it because it lends itself to so many interpretations.  And the colors and textures of the Tuesday Trigger pic are so soothing and peaceful.  
To start my card, I picked a couple of swatches of natural linen from my sewing stash.  I used one swatch for my background and a lighter piece for my fabric flower.  I made the fabric flower just like I do my accordion-folded rosettes and I inked it a bit with white paint.  I wanted to give my card a soft natural but not vintage look, so I resisted the urge to sponge anything with brown.  
For the main image, I stamped one my new favorite stamps in cocoa directly onto the linen (that medallion is so awesome).   The card needed a little color, so I took a cue from the TT inspiration pic background and chose a greyish-blue for one frame panel and the sentiment.   
The die cut leaves and banner were cut from rustic cream cardstock and debossed with a woodgrain impression for a little more texture.  I would have preferred a mother of pearl button, but I didn't have one that was the right size.  So I went with a huge pearl accent that I've had for forever.  Now I'm off to laze the rest of my Sunday away (or at least the next hour if the kids let me:)  Sorry for the wonky photos!  I'm having trouble getting a good picture with all the texture going on with the linen.  Thanks for taking the time to look! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Medallion (Stampin' Up), Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Rustic cream (Papertrey Ink), Rustic brown (Basic Grey), blue (from stash)
Embellishments: Pearl accent (Jolee's)
Tools: Turning a new leaf die, woodgrain impression plate (Papertrey Ink)

12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful way to combine the inspiration photo and sketch! I especially like the texture! Great job!

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  2. how pretty, i love everyhing you did here.

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  3. I really like both but the "new and improved" version is perfect! Love those pearls!!

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  4. Ha ha ha! I THINK the same things, but I rarely do the re-do. I love the new and improved version! Good on you for putting in the extra effort required to perfect your design. :-)

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  5. Hey JJ! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  6. I like them both! I do the same thing, sort of - usually I leave the original one (or remove what I can & toss it!) & then make a second new & improved version ;) I love the look of the stamped linen piece, and that fantastic pearl piece!

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  7. Beautiful card, I love the hint of blue :)

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  8. I love the texture on your card and could straight away tell which challenge it was for!
    The new improved version is just perfect although the original is pretty awesome too! :)
    Jenny x

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  9. First, I think both versions of your design for this challenge were wonderful. I do like the second one with the pearl accents and the placement of the sentiment also. Excellent take on the photo challenge! Love the material and your flower. AND yes, I will 'think' I have finished a card only to walk away and come back knowing it could be better. So whisk it off to the creation station for readjustment!

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  10. Hey JJ! Thanks also for linking this up to the Square Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)

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  11. They are both beautiful. I love how you've stamped on fabric and the flower is gorgeous.

    I fully understand your "can't leave well enough alone" issues. I share your pain. I'll do and re-do until it's just right. Sometimes it's had to walk away ...

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