Friday, October 28, 2011

Merry Merry Merry and Bright

***This is my second post for the day.  Please click here for my Unity Friends With Flair post***



I'm still working to try and overcome my sketch allergy so I decided to make a card for this week's Paper Players challenge.  I'm not that convinced that I like it but I thought I'd put it out there anyway and see if anyone has any thoughts on it or suggestions about it.  I think maybe there's too much going on at the top and not enough happening at the bottom.  Or maybe the background needs some texture?  What do you think?  I really want to know.  That's part of what I like about this blogging community - sharing ideas and tips and such so any are welcome!  Also, I learned that you never know what everyone is going to like.  For example, I wasn't that keen on this card that I posted the other day - in fact I almost didn't bother to post it.  However, not only did I get really positive comments about it but it also won the top prize over at the Inkspirations challenge!  And then there's the cards that I think everyone should be swooning over that barely get a response.  Go figure.  :)
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill Basics, (Peach Parfait, Pacific Point) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Snowman - Jan 2011 KOM - To The Moon and Back) Unity Stamp Co,  (Snowflake from Swirl Christmas, Merry from Holiday Sayings) Hero Arts, Bright from Merry Messages) Stampendous
Ink:  (VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko, (Cherry Cobbler, Peach Parfait) Stampin' Up

Copics:  100, R59, Y38, B05, E37, C-1

20 comments:

Karen B. said...

I think you treated the sketch with integrity and that you really don't need anything more as the sentiment on the bottom is large enough to balance everything out. Great card! I'm with you regarding thoughts on cards, some that I make I really really love and don't get a lot of response, others that are there I either have to post or posted because I made it that people adore! Go figure!

Lindsey said...

Wise words Karen wrote! Sometimes I think we get too close to a card, and can't really see the finished product objectively. And I really like this card, I think it's a perfect take on the sketch! And congrats on your Inkspirations win! (I liked that card a lot, too.)

Anne Marie said...

You know what? I think you ROCKED the sketch! That cute snowman image is the star of the show and you balanced the accents perfectly to keep him in the spotlight. Love the clean design and the playful font of the sentiment. So happy you joined us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Maria said...

I like your card, it is super gorgeous. It is clean and simple and follow the sketch. (I love the snowmen!!)
Hugs,

Maria

Jaydee said...

Jen, I LOVE your take on the sketch. The colors, the subject matter, the slightly whimsical sentiment... all round... love it!
So glad you shared it with the Paper Players this week
Jaydee

Robin said...

Great card!!! Love the background stamping!
Robin

Kim S said...

I am with you on card "recognition"...I am routinely surprised by which cards get noticed. I have one near the top of my page views list that is not unique in the slightest...I still don't like it!

I do like your take on the sketch...cute snowman...two little snowflakes...and the fun way you have added the sentiment is totally creative!

lostinpaper said...

I have some snowmen on the way to my house & I can't wait... not that we get snow here, but I can dream anyway.
Love the orange background and the blue trims, another fun card Jen!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

You are totally rockin' the sketches. This one is so adorable, love that snowman.

Helen F. said...

Jen this card is absolutely adorable and I think you're too critical of your own work, which everyone else obviously thinks is a "winner"!
PS: I feel the same way about some of my cards. Especially the ones I spend hours on and think are my 'best' work, but no one else does. :o?

Nance Leedy said...

I LOVE what you did with my sketch! Using a sentiment across the top and continuing it on the bottom is such a clever idea! Your snowman is perfect colored and I love the pop of blue. I'm so glad you submitted it for our challenge at the Paper Players this week!

kasia c. said...

It's so true about responses to cards, i find that too!

THis card is awesome! You rocked the sketch and I really love the colour combo. I also love the mulit coloured sentiment behind the "banner".

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend. :)

Julie Marshall said...

I really think it's perfect as is: a fantastic color combo, a super cute snowman and a very clever horizontal stamped panel. What's not to love??? It's unique in it's own simple way. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players!

onecraftymama said...

Yes, big congrats on your win! I adore that card ;) Something my husband said to me years ago that I try to keep in mind: when I make something, I am comparing it to the idea I had in my head. Someone else looks only at the finished card, and so their opinion isn't based on how it measures up to something else. That said, sometimes when I make something I don't like & bring it to the market, and it's the first thing to sell, I wonder - is it me who doesn't have any taste, or the customer? lol
I really love how you added the sentiment here - and that snowman is adorable :)

Ann Schach said...

I LOVE this card! It is clean and simple and cute! I would not change a thing about it! The way in which you stamped the sentiment is so clever and creative!

Cindy said...

Wow! So clever to use a stamped image for the "cross bar". I love your choice of colors, too. Very unique for a Christmas card. Great job! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

Tara Bilbao said...

I think your card is just perfect. It IS Merry and Bright with that cute snowman. I love your color combination and the prefect simple embellishments. Isn't it funny how varying our opinions can be about cards. -Thank you for playing along with the Paper Players this Week!

Jenny said...

Looks great to me Jen, the colours are fab too...at least you got yours in before closing time!!
Jenny :)

Christy Q said...

Jen, this is so clever! I love how you used words for that horizontal element. Another "out of the box" thinking that I love to see when surfing the challenge sites to see how folks interpreted the sketch. While not traditional, the colors are fantastic for this card. Love it!

Marie said...

What an adorable FUN interpretation of the sketch. Love it! I'm am also at a loss to try to figure out what makes a card a 'winner'. This card WINS!