Saturday, March 15, 2008

Black and White

I TOTALLY jinxed myself when I last blogged saying that I had been starting my Saturdays with Beate's sketch challenge. So naturally last weekend seemed to fly by in a blink with this past week no better. I wasn't able to start my day today either with the sketch challenge - it was more like starting my afternoon with it! But in any case, after skipping last week, I used this weekend's sketch challenge for the basis of the bridal shower card that I need for tomorrow's party. A family friend from my childhood is getting married this May and tomorrow is the shower. I used her invitation as the inspiration for the card - her invite has a very classy black and white motiff with lots of swirls, which reminded me of the SU set Baroque Motiffs - so that's what I used. I don't know if I have ever made a black and white card - I don't even usually use black, I don't think. But I do like how this turned out... although considering I only used black ink (Palette Hybrid - Noir), a couple brads, ribbon, little bit of paper piercing (under the sentiment in the oval and around the big panel) and EVEN HAD A SKETCH TO FOLLOW - it still took me quite a bit of time to finish it! I have now idea why... I will sit there and fidget with my cards to no end (not that they look any better because of it! - oh well). Good thing this isn't my day job...
But I have been scrapping quite a bit, relatively speaking. I have been challenging myself to finish a page a weekend (yes, this is a challenge for me...). I have been staying on track and have even come close to finishing a 2-page spread tonight. I just love the quiet of the night - it is such a relaxing time for me, that I really don't mind forgoing sleep just to have this time to myself. I love having this time especially when I am scrapping because I get to slowly go through pictures of the people who are most important to me and maybe times, it is almost like I am seeing the pics for the first time. I have come to realize that I get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and the important events (baptisms, family weddings, holidays, vacations, etc.) that I am photographing that often times there are so many things that I have forgotten about already or maybe even missed the first time. I know that I really have to slow down... but it is easier said than done, right? In any case, this is why I really want to stay on top of my scrapping, because for me, the process has become just as important as the final project.
Random thought for the day...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sunday, already??

Where do the days fly? It seems liked I blinked and here I am on a Sunday afternoon with a new work week just around the corner. So before the day gets away from me again, I wanted to post this card that I made yesterday morning. Over the last few weekends, I have been getting my Saturday started with Beate's latest sketch challenge. The kids and I usually head down to the basement where I do all of my papercrafting after we get up in the morning and I have been able to kick out a quick card before I go to start breakfast and we are off to the usual Saturday activities (sport of the season, birthday parties, errands, etc - you kwim!). For this weekend's sketch, I used one of the stamped images that I got with my latest eP order. I guess this must be a Stampendous image?
I really liked this flower bunch - it is so fresh and sweet. And I used my copics for the first time to color this image! I bought 6 copic sketch markers to try out and I really, really like them. They are pretty easy when you want to color in something quick - vs. prismas/gamsol/stumps or watercoloring with re-inkers and aqua painter. I am going to have to get a few more though - most of the ones are kinda dark - more of what you would use for shading, but I didn't take that into consideration when I bought these - I just bought colors that I liked! :P Oh well. I think that I did ok with the ones that I had. I even add a little grass to the flowers, so they would look like they were planted in the ground.
Have a great week! See you again hopefully before next weekend. :)