Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quoting Thoreau


Happiness is like a butterfly:
the more you chase it, the more it will elude you,
but if you turn your attention to other things,
it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
   ~Henry David Thoreau


Teri Anderson has designed one last sketch for Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge this month, and it is a fantastic one! This also marks my last challenge as a guest designer, thank you so much gals for having me! Find out more about the challenge details, see more amazing samples and find out what you can win over on the Skipping Stones Design blog.

Did a little playing with text paper and distress inks for my card today, as well as some doodling. The main butterfly silhouette image from Garden Stamp Kiss was stamped and then I drew the whimsical antennae.

*This is also your last chance to comment on one of my August Skipping Stones Design Guest Designer posts to win a Grunge Stamp Set too!*

Here's to hoping that happiness will come to sit softly on your shoulder today.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) PTI, (Basic Black) SU
Stamps: (Garden Stamp Kiss, Everyday Blessings) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Broken China Distress) Ranger, (Onyx Black) Versamark.
Embellishment: (Green Gem) Michaels
Other: (Book Paper), (Black Pen) Pilot, (Black Marker) Sharpie

38 comments:

  1. Oh my! This is lovely Karen! Love how you used black as a grounding color...very striking! :)

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  2. absolutely perfect...love the text and the butterflies!

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  3. Lovely, Karen - your interpretation of the sketch is so nice, and I really like that quote!

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  4. oooh...it's beautiful, Karen! Love those black butterfly silhouettes against the newsprint.
    It's been so fun designing with you this month!

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  5. Awesome take on the sketch Karen! LOVE text and the black butterflies!

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  6. Love the text and great to have those spots of colors, I can see this layout with a different silhouette for a different occasion.

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  7. Oh ya!!! Fabulous!!!! Great job Karen!!

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  8. Great quote and beautiful card!

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  9. Love those butterfly silhouettes and the soft watercolor effect, plus the fabulous text background!

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  10. Has Thoreau never heard of a BIG NET? LOL LOLOLOL. Love your card :)

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  11. and may happiness come sit on YOUR shoulder today as well! love the card!

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  12. This is amazing, Karen! I wish I had your talent for using sketches.

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  13. Fabulous card, Karen. Love the three distressed circles of text paper over text paper. The colors are so gorgeous too.

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  14. Karen you have been such a fantastic guest and have blown me away with every card you've created! Love the added antennae and the colors and scrumptious!

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  15. This is SO pretty! I love it!

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  16. Beautiful pops of color! I love how you have the text in so many directions...it adds so much movement. I'm going to miss seeing your SSD GDT posts! You've rocked their stamps!

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  17. I am a sucker for anything with text on it! LOVE this! Great use of color!

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  18. Beautiful Karen. I love all the text with the pops of color.

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  19. love your distress ink. great color mix!

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  20. WOW, i love the big bold butterflies with the great soft colors and text background. Just beautiful!

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  21. I love your cards Karen, and I love your sweet blog with all the quotes and extra special thoughts...love the sweet little antennae on the butterflies and I, too, love anything with text! Awesome job on the sketch...

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  22. wow this card is amazing.. I love it..

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  23. Gorgeous design! You have such a creative mind:-) Love the butterflies in the circles!

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  24. Love that card of yours Karen and that quote is precious!!
    TFS~

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  25. ahhh, how I love thoreau! and your card is the perfect accompaniment to his beautiful words.... :)

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  26. WOW!! this is amazing Karen! I LOVE your take on the sketch, those butterfiles are gorgeous. That text is perfect. ALL of it is perfect. :)
    WOW!

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  27. What a stunning card. Love how you have used the butterflies in silhouette.

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  28. Your cards always impress me Karen! Love the pops of colour and the placement.

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  29. love the text in your cute design, karen:)

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  30. oh gosh, I think this is the coolest thing I've seen in awhile.

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  31. What a striking & unique design! I love how you used the text. It goes along perfectly with the great Thoreau quote.

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  32. love love the you used text paper for this. so beautiful!

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  33. Really cool take on this sketch, Karen!! LOVE how you stamped the butterfly silhouettes in different positions within the circles---and your whimsical antennae are perfectly drawn!

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  34. Hi Karen,
    I was so inspired by this card, I cased it! I just posted with a link back to you. Thank you for the ideas (as always). I hope to grow up to be half as good as you are some day!
    Hugs!

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  35. This is beautiful. Absolutely stunning. I found your blog via Sharli's link. I'll be back!

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