Sunday, September 25, 2011

Patterned Paper and a Sketch


I wanted to make a card using the sketch over at the Freshly Made blog and also using Jenny's challenge of Patterned Paper at Wee Memories.  And what better time than now to get started on some Christmas cards.

Paper: cardstock (PTI); Neenah; Jillibean Soutp (Christmas Eve Chowder)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
Stamps: Hero Arts (CL462; CL343; CL459)
Other: Stickles; Dimensional Squares; MFT Notebook Edge die

I pretty much followed the sketch using two little stars to represent those two circles on the left side.  I know that they are rather small but I wanted the centre image to be the focal point.  I popped up that ornament, which is coloured with Copics, and I also just added a bit of stickles to the centre.

I think I need to go and work on my creativity a little bit, not sure what's going on with me right now, but it's just not "flowing"!

It looks like it's going to be another  beautiful day here in Houston, ok, it will still be hot, but a different kind of hot, and I suppose I am in high spirits because my 10 mile run yesterday morning went way better than I had expected!  Even though every single muscle in my upper body hurts right now from working out with weights for an hour and a half on Friday!  Maybe I overdid it a bit, but I just felt that I needed to work really hard and get myself back into the swing of things after our trip away!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful weekend!  Thank you to my followers who really do follow me, I just love to wake up to all your sweet comments every day!  You are all truly special!  And of course, I do welcome any newbies, it's so nice to be able to come and visit you too!

23 comments:

jintyoo7 said...

Congratulations on your 10 mile run, Brenda - I don't I could run 1 to save my life -:D Love the colours on your Christmas card!

Lisa said...

I see those new papers have inspired you this weekend :) Fab take on both of these challenges. Love the notebook edge and that ornament too w/ just enough bling!

Tui Nathan said...

Your card is lovely Brenda ... I love your clean styling and great choice of colours!
Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Barb said...

Beautiful card, Brenda! Love the paper you used and your lovely ornament with a bit of sparkle!

Trinh said...

Great Christmas card, Brenda! Beautiful coloring of the ornament and the holly paper ties it all together.
I groaned when I read about your 10 mile run. I can barely make it to 2 miles w/o wanting to keel over.

Rita said...

Brenda, I think this is a great take on the sketch! I know I've not been feeling as creative lately either and I think it is the heat. Hopefully we'll get a break from it soon. I love the patterned paper and ornament image you chose! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

joy said...

Hi, Brenda! I like your take on the sketch and you have used some pretty patterned paper, too. You are being too hard on yourself - I always love seeing your cards!

Running for 10 miles and lifting weights for any length of time would do me in! You must be in fantastic shape, girl!!

Becky Carafa said...

good for you getting started on the Christmas cards! This is so pretty.

Linda Callahan said...

Very pretty holiday card! Love the ornament! So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Rosemary said...

fun use of the sketch, brenda! i like how you combined the two challenges...

Dawn said...

this is so pretty Brenda. Love how you created the focus on the ornament.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow Brenda this is gorgeous, I love it!

Lesley Croghan said...

Wonderful...love the ornament as the main shape. Thank you for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Michelle said...

You are an inspiration to me, Brenda! I am exhausted just thinking about a 10 mile run! My stamina is not what it used to be. I need to get back into a workout routine
Love the pattern paper here and the beautiful ornament! The stars look pretty!

melania deasy said...

Brenda....this card looks so beautiful and gorgeous, thank u for visiting my blog and leave sweet comments, really made my day....big hugs :)

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Brenda, Beautiful Christmas card--love the ornament. I know what you mean about creativity not flowing. I am having the same problem, too. I spent most of today just sitting and staring at my paper and stamps. You take care. Hugs.

Laurie said...

I love this card! This makes me want to go pull out some Christmas stamps too!!

walchowDesign said...

Great take on the sketches! Love the ornament as the focal point on the card! Congrats with your 10 mile run! Woohoo! It's going to be beautiful this whole week!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Way to go speedy feet! Ten miles and then weights?! You are going to be ready for an Iron Woman competition. Beautiful card. The notebook edging is a great element.

Christy Q said...

Wow, this is phenomenal. The ornament truly takes center stage and your coloring is fantastic. This would make one great card for mailing and for making multiples of. Running 10 miles, in Houston, that impresses me!!!

Nance Leedy said...

Great combination of papers and I love that ornament! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Alice Wertz said...

very pretty holiday card, Brenda! wonderful take on the challenges, too!

Tiffany said...

What a great way to use up all of those patterned papers now! Isn't it great fun?! You are definitely an inspiration when it comes to exercising like that! Wow, I don't think I could even survive a quarter mile, seriously, I'm so out of shape! Ugh! Congrats to you!