Friday, August 17, 2007

bloom where you're planted.....

.....even if you find yourself planted in someplace unexpected.


Here are 2 variations on the same layout sketch - the tall card was actually the original idea, then I squished it down to a standard size card.

I had the flower-in-a-teacup idea for some time before it made it onto paper. I'm always tickled to see my ideas "work"...

I used 3 different smARTworks sets here - the teacup is from Tea Bitties, flower from Birdie Bitties, and the text from Scatter Delight Bloom. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position everything, and Prismacolor pencils to fill in the flower and cup, and make the shadowed area. There's lime green chalk along the stem. I drew the stem in with a pen using a ruler. I drew the leaves in on the green card, too, but they seemed to accentuate the crooked saying (!!) so I left them off on the orange card, though the saying came out straight (I think!).

I flipped over the main panel and used the scoring blade on my Fiskars cutter to score along each edge - for some reason that adds a layer in my mind. There's also piercing around the circle layers, sort of hard to see here.

So here's the sketch if you want to make your own - hey, let's make it a challenge just for fun. Make a card using this sketch, and post a link here by midnight Friday Aug. 24 - I'll pick a random winner from the participants (does that make you "challenged"?) for some blog cannoli....which will be a smARTworks stamp set of your choice, up to $6.00 (US) in value! :) I did roll past 25,000 hits this week, after all!

23 comments:

  1. Such a clever girl! You always see something in the rubber that's beyond what meets the eye. I really, REALLY love this one!

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  2. ok so I commented on the tag instead of here. I like the tag too, but these cards are simply pretty!

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  4. I am rather new to your blog but I will definitely be back many more times. I saw your sketch and had to give it a try for myself. It's my first ever sketch challenge that I have given an attempt. You can see my design here:
    http://stamp-maniac.blogspot.com/2007/08/my-first-sketch-challenge.html

    Thanks!

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  5. CONGRATS on your blog hits! I'm responsible for several of them.... Fantastic sketch! I'll have to give it a try.

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  6. Lovely card. Interesting sketch. I would never have thought to flip the cs and use my Fiskars scoring blade. Gotta try that.

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  7. Hello Dina,

    I like to visit your Blog !
    You make wonderful cards and more !

    Nicole

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  8. Dina, these cards are adorable and I love the sketch!!! I am going to go to my desk right now and see if I can work something out!

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  9. Thanks for the challenge. You can view mine under my SCS gallery 'adisneyfreak' www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=646728&cat=500&ppuser=118582

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  10. Sarah K (Sarosa)8/21/2007 10:23 PM

    I was stuck in a rut today: overwhelmed by a messy stamp room and avoiding a project that has been taking me forever to complete. Your challenge was just what I needed! (And I have quite a wish list for smartworks, lol!)

    Thanks, Dini!

    My card is on my blog.
    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-.tQhStA0daXfauQkbHkbmbYk3Vni72Q.NvfxsoZW

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  11. Thanks for the fun sketch challenge Dina! I love what you did with it better than what I did, but here's my attempt nonetheless... :-)
    http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2007/08/happy-birthday-to.html

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  12. Hi Dina,
    I really like this sketch, thanks for doing this challenge. I checked out the smARTworks website, they have some really cute stamps! Here is a link to my card:
    http://inkydaze.blogspot.com/2007/08/tickled-pink.html

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  13. This was fun! I turned the sketch sideways, hope it still counts! :D

    http://stamp-shack.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9178&ppuser=1798

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  14. Here's my cards for this challenge. Love the layout. Thanks, Dini. It's on my gallery at The Stamp Shack, so I don't know if non-members can see it or not.

    http://stamp-shack.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9188&ppuser=22

    http://stamp-shack.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9187&ppuser=22

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  15. The card did not scan very well but here it is http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?gallery=3&cmd=display&layout_id=1219460

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  16. I love how modern this sketch is. It was fun to do! Here is mine:

    http://cakvd2.blogspot.com/2007/08/card-with-uplifting-quote.html

    Thanks!
    Cheryl KVD

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  17. I have two
    Bloom Where You are Planted

    http://thecardcastle.blogspot.com/2007/08/bloom-where-you-are-planted.html
    and
    Cherry On Top
    http://thecardcastle.blogspot.com/2007/08/youre-cherry-on-top.html

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  18. Such sweet cards! If I get a chance, I'm gonna give the sketch a try!
    ~Angie

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  19. I hope you had a fun time traveling. Your sketch is awesome! Here's a card I made with it.

    http://inkcicles.blogspot.com/2007/08/christmas-card-in-august.html

    Smiles,
    NG.

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  20. Love the sketch...here's mine: http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/2007/08/card-using-dinas-sketch.html

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  21. Hi Dina,
    I like your sketch. Here's my entry:
    http://twinspire.blogspot.com/2007/08/sketch-challenge.html
    Congratulations on surpassing 25,000 hits and Grazie for the challenge!

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  22. Thanks for the awesome sketch. I know it's after August 24th, but I do most of my stamping on the weekends and still wanted to share my card with you.

    http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/652354?cat=5563

    Thanks again for the sketch. I'm sure I'll be using it again and again.

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  23. I thought I'd share with you mine. Loved this sketch so much I stopped my blog-spotting and went right to work making this card: http://paperdaisychain.blogspot.com/2007/08/oh-so-lovely-birthday.html

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