Hello - Get Sketchy

Hello peeps! How's your Tuesday? Good I hope! I was so excited last week to get a Moxie Fab shout-out for the card I made for their Hexagon Challenge. How cool is that? Like yeah! TOTALLY cool! So I decided to play with some paper again this morning, browsing the web I found and REALLY wanted to play with the Get Sketchy Challenge at My Favorite Things -- but the deadline was at 12pm! It was a clean sketch and I figured it would be fairly quick for me since I take FOREVER to create. So despite the time crunch, I took the plunge.

Scrapbook Circle Portobello Road, My Favorite Things.

Clean and Simple, huh? I wish I could say it took me all of 15 minutes to complete the card, but I'm not that talented, or built for speed. LOL. No, seriously. I admire those who can create fantabulous cards and layouts in such a short time. It amazes me how they do that. My problem is deciding color placement. White or green base? Green or blue banner? Pushing colors around, blah, blah, blah. I used the Scrapbook Circle Portobello Road Kit and for their One Item Wonder blog post, I included the Crate Paper Studs. To jump start my design, I took inspiration from this week's MUSE Challenge, which offered this striking card by Marion Vagg:

How was I inspired? By the "hello" sentiment and the beautiful blue, green, red, yellow and pink Color Combo of course!!! I immediately thought of this crazy funky paper from the new Basic Grey line that came in the kit. At first, I thought the pattern was a little wild, but now I totally LOVE and want another sheet! The hello die I used is Die-namics Happy Hellos .

The sketch:


Balance and visual weight: I originally cut the center strip like the sketch. But before I glued down, I felt my design looked heavy. So I decided messy thread because the light, white thread actually breaks up the heaviness of both the patterned paper and solid dark strip. It grounded the banner, gave the card more dimension and texture, and was lightweight and airy enough to keep the sketch intact.
Movement: I pointed the triangle studs toward one direction, then, decided last minute to cut the tips to create a banner. Thus creating movement and flow. Your eyes are really drawn to the center away from the bold, busy pattern in the background.

So happy I got to create today. I PROMISE, next post I write I will talk less.
Thanx so much for stopping by!!

Hugs and Happy Scrappin'!!!!

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Mac Mable said... [Reply]

Hi Janet, firstly thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. I haven't been doing this long and I think I might already be addicted to 'challenges'!!
Yes I really cut it fine linking my card to the MFT challenge but I had been inspired by the challange and made it especially for it and like you I fussed around,far too much with different colours etc. Also like you I do so admire those crafty clever people who make cards so quickly and they are stunning.
I cut it so fine with linking that my link doesn't work from the site so I am intrigued how you found me ? I had left the 't' from the beginning of my blog address which is:
Thank you so much for your design tips on your site, it really is helpful to a novice like me.
Loved your card and the balance is perfect and your eye is immediately drawn to the diagonal sentiment. Love the colours, bright and cheerful.
So Hello from me too and thanks for finding me out in this vast blog land xx

Cornelia W said... [Reply]

Hi Janet, your card is wonderful and just so creative! I'm glad I played at the Muse this week to see this (I rarely play there....not sure why not).
I also noticed you are from NJ - just 30 minutes north from me - I'm always excited to "meet" NJ crafters!

Debi said... [Reply]

Saw your card on the Muse and had to take a closer look to see if you glued all those triangles together or if that's DP. I'm guessing DP. Either way it's a great card. Glad you got it done on time.

Ardyth Percy-Robb said... [Reply]

Great combination of these challenges - love the bold use of shape and colour here! Thanks so much for joining us at Muse!

shirley-bee said... [Reply]

Fab card! Love the DP (thought you'd glued them all at first!) and I love the boldness of the sentiment banner.

Lucy F said... [Reply]

This is a fabulous card! love how bright and cheerful it is!

Jen W. said... [Reply]

Great combo of challenges here! I love that fun and funky paper and the subtle string behind the banner!