Monday, June 4, 2012

RetroSketches #14

I'm playing along for the first time with the RetroSketches challenge.  This week's sketch really appealed to my clean and simple nature! :)

I immediately thought of the Wplus9 Mother's Day Bouquet set.  I've been wanting to play with those gorgeous flowers since I got it!  I stamped the flowers and leaves using the citrus-colored VersaMagic inks that I've been so in love with lately.  I cut each bloom and leaf and put them together to make a a flower cluster.  This set is so pretty, and a great deal at just $6.00.


For the vertical element, I first masked and sponged an inked panel but I wasn't too excited about it.   Then I remembered this beautiful card from Maile Belles, and decided to place the sponged panel behind a cut out section of white card to give it a little dimension.  It  still needed a little something to set it apart from the flowers, so I stamped my large plaid HA background stamp across the sponged panel.  Finally, I popped the flower cluster up on dimensionals and added a sentiment.  

I wondered if it need a little something up in the right hand corner to balance it out.  I've never been very good at random bling, but I gave it a try.  I can't decide which I like best.  What do you think - bling or no bling?

 RetroSketches #14

Paper: PTI white
Ink: VersaMagic persimmon, pink grapefruit, mango madness, key lime
Stamps: Wplus9 Mother's Day Bouquet, PTI communique curves sentiments


Chunyuan said...

awesome take of the sketch.

Anonymous said...

Ooh yes, my kind of sketch!! A gorgeous card Ann; CAS and perfect!

onecraftymama said...

Bright citrusy colours are so springy-summery that I want to use them all the time. I'm basically out of yellow cardstock for that very reason - oh wait, does that mean I get to go shopping?
I keep glancing between both versions, and my inner magpie can't believe it, but I think I like the bling-less version better. That is, of course, assuming that I am being forced to choose! I just hate it when you throw a question out & people don't answer it ;) I like them both!

Jenny said...

Love that you stamped and made every part of the design with ink :0) gorgeous zesty colours.
Jenny x

Darnell J Knauss said...

Super CAS card, Ann! I clicked on one and while I was in the close-up screen, I rolled back and forth between the two. Without that exercise, I would have picked no bling, but when I rolled back and forth from bling to no bling, the no bling looks like it needs something, so my vote: bling!

H2 :) said...

Love the soft, citrus colours & the inset vertical strip. I prefer the no bling version so the focus stays on those pretty blooms. :)

Barb said...

this is soooo pretty! perfect in its cas-ness! :)

lostinpaper said...

So pretty and what an awesome combination of colours! It's simple... like both versions!

Tracey McNeely said...

Very pretty card.

Lynn said...

I love, love, love those flowers...have some cut out on my craft desk and you're inspiring me to use them again!!

Rosemary said...

both cards are lovely, but my vote goes with the bling version, ann. your perfectly placed bling just provides that little something extra!