Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Which One?


Sometimes you've just got to go with the flow. What feels right? What is off? Have I accomplished my goal? Should I chuck it and start over? Such was the case with this week's card for the Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge. It wobbled to and fro for quite a while but I think I prefer the less complicated version above.



Although this version fits the sketch better. The sketch is a really great one, designed by Dina Kowal. There is a prize up for grabs and to read more about the challenge and find tons of inspiration from the guest designers and design team members, please visit the Skipping Stones Design blog.

 The sentiment and flowers come from Beautiful Botanicals set by Skipping Stones Design. I used the amazing, bright, bold colors available this week at The Play Date Cafe, as a sketch and color combination are the perfect combination.



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A few days back I had a tutorial over on the May Arts Blog. My talented mother helped me make some cute girl bobby socks to give as a gift! Simple and easy, my kind of project. For those crafty friends of mine with girls, this one is for you!

47 comments:

~amy~ said...

Check out all that glorious color....love it! Those socks turned out adorable!

Lynnda Hosni said...

WOW ME EYES!!! {he he}.... The burst of colors... beautiful card Karen... cute socks!!! Hugs..xoxo

Jay Gee said...

Mmmm... I can't decide which version I like best - they are both fantastic! Love the socks :)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I really like your batik looking background. Blessings!

Sherry Eckblad said...

Both cards are great Karen, but I like you prefer the first one a little more.

Jingle said...

These are gorgeous! I love the colors you used and the way your incorporated the sketch! I think I like the first one best, too!

Annette said...

Gorgeous card Karen...great take on the sketch and I love this color combo...

artfuldelight said...

Fabulous cards, Karen!!! Yesterday's card was amazing too!!! LOVE it!!

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful techniques. Isn't there some saying about taking off the last accessory put on? I agree, the first picture has a bolder impact, although that flower panel is gorgeous (I'd make it into a bookmark and put it inside this card when you give it to your friend).

Christina said...

Both versions are stunning, Karen! I think I like the first one just a tiny bit better, but the floral scene on the second one is beautiful nonetheless.
Your words were very timely--I had one of those projects going last night where I felt like I should just scrap it and start over. In the end I decided to walk away and come back later, and I wound up liking the end result much better with fresh eyes!

Heather Innusa said...

I really love them both - I have to say, the top one is my fave :). Beautiful colors on both. And I LOVE the pop of white from the punched border! Lovely!!! I'm off to check out your girly project on May Arts' Blog!! YAY :).

Janetcraft said...

colors are sharply matched.
Great sketch followed, love the flowers with orange stamped!
It's a great project

Shauna said...

Gorgeous!
I especially love the second one. The white patch above brings the eye upwards and ties in the white from below.

Brandi said...

These bright and bold colors are beautiful! Great job girl!

Chunyuan said...

both are gorgeous. I love the first one more. Thanks for the idea of adding ribbon to baby socks. That makes great baby shower gift.

Miriam Prantner said...

Love that color combination, it's so rich! I think I prefer the less complicated one too. :)

Dotchie said...

Love the top one! Beautiful papers and love that white scallop die cut.

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Wow - definitely different - but I love that you went with the bold color challenge!!!

Aimes said...

Wowzers! Rockin' those bright colours, Karen! I really love your splatter on the second beauty and yet love the simplified first version too (am I allowed to like both? Hope so!)
Hugs!
x

Lisa said...

Well I for one think they're both fabulous! And those wee socks...CUTE!!

Alice Wertz said...

hummm.... i like them both, but if i had to pick i'd pick the first one. very pretty background. beautiful cards, Karen and love the cute gift idea, too! those socks are cute with the ribbon trim!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love them both but if I had to choose I would pick #1.
Lovely socks ;-)

TFS~

Laura B. said...

Love them both, but I really love that first one with the angled paper, so awesome!! Such adorable bobby socks, too! What a great idea!

Shelly said...

Oooh boy...talk about a sketch!! Wow! I think you did amazing, taking on that!! :)

yyam said...

Oooh...Just love the bold, bright colours! On both versions!:)

BabyBokChoy said...

Must one pick one and only one? Love both versions, the colors are fantastic!

Rose said...

boy that is a tough choice, but think i like the first one best :)
they are both stunning!!!

super duper cute socks :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! What a fabulous design--love the simplicity and the colors/papers...and that ribbon! FAB! THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)

Lisa Arana said...

yum! i think i like the first one better as well. I love how you pieced together the stripes.

lostinpaper said...

I think they both look A-MaZing! Love the papers and the sweet border punch, and great choice of flowers in the second version too!

Lalo said...

Both are just super fab!!! But I have to say I enjoy looking at those flowers :)

Janny's Cards Creations said...

The cards are simply but beautiful. Groetjes Janny

Jen W. said...

I love how that one panel gives the cards two such completely different looks. I really like them both!

Emily Leiphart said...

Absolutely gorgeous use of those colours! I thought the first version was pretty but I absolutely love the second. Fabulous use of the sketch! That one would've completely stumped me.

Lucy said...

With the colors and patterns you chose, I like the first card best. The sketch is a good one, though. I'm keeping both ideas!

Dana Nelson said...

They're both equally stunning! The 2nd one goes with the sketch better.

Katie Gehring said...

Since I am totally in love with Beautiful Botanicals, I am going to toss my vote for the 2nd one! I adore the vibrant punch of color contrasted with the frilly border and fine misting!

JJ Sobey said...

loving the colours on these - just yummy!

Kary said...

Both versions look GREAT, Karen!! Love the gorgeous colours and the pretty diecut border. Love!!

Wendy said...

Wow! Both cards are so stunning.

Cheryl said...

Utterly gorgeous! I love these warm colors.

Cheryl said...

Utterly gorgeous! I love these warm colors.

kasia c. said...

Oh my goodness!! These are absolutely GOREGOUS!! The bright amazing colour against the stark white is just stunning. :)

Melissa Shea said...

Like I could pick! Both are gorgeous! I LOVE that color combo. I sort-of just made a card w/ those colors and then hopped along and was happily validated that those colors did indeed work well together :)

Julie E said...

Both are great. such sweet socks :>)

Barb said...

so beautiful! both are stunners. and, adorable socks!

jen said...

Both versions are lovely- the colors together are amazing! And those fun socks are too much! MUST make some!! :)