Wednesday, August 1, 2012

inspired by... mojo*!

i'm always blown away when people are able to combine a whole bunch of challenges in one project, that seems to me to be quite a talent; i'm pretty sure if you can do that, you are probably also great at games like bridge and chess where you not only need to remember every move that has been made by every player, but you should also be thinking and strategizing a few steps AHEAD. for some reason, i just cannot do that. in fact, when i try to stuff too many elements into my head at once, it's like my brain gets overloaded and calls for a "fire drill" scenario, in which all of my ideas form a straight line, march quickly and quietly out of the building, and stand about in the courtyard until a guy from the fire department calls, "all clear"

but sometimes i can manage two or three... like, say, a color challenge, a manufacturer and a required technique; or, in this case, a photo inspiration and a sketch:

 (patterned paper: amy tangerine, recollections, heidi swapp, prima, pink paislee; die cut cake: pink paislee; pearl frame: want2scrap; florals: prima; brads: my mind's eye; ribbon: creative imaginations; heart dies: cuttlebug; circle punch: ek success; pin: little yellow bicycle; ink: colorbox; adhesives: tombow mono tape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

the photo inspiration is, of course, from the lovely laurel seabrook, i ♥LOVE♥ the photos she chooses, i love the projects she makes from them, and i love the way she delights in the diversity of the entries which come in. here is inspired by #34 ... admit it, you feel happier just looking at the photo, don't you?!

the sketch is from mojo monday (#252); once again, a site i really like, because i find the sketches to be consistently wonderful: not too spare, but also not so detailed that you can't carve out your own unique take. i especially like that the last monday of the month is "round or square", it usually reminds me that i haven't made a round card in a while, which means it's time!

speaking of time, i have finished my ICADs, and am looking forward to showing off the last few-- and my completed album-- just as soon as i have a few minutes to photo those babies. ciao for now, darlings! ♥

*yes, i know, my titles lately have been the embodiment of "lackluster"... but if i just sat here and waited for a great one we'd all get really, really bored, so i'm rollin' with it, k?  :)


  1. This is gorgeous, I love the design and the colours are so beautiful


  2. Wow! Fabulous, just fabulous!

  3. LOVE this, what a fun and happy card! So perfect for the inspiration!

  4. At best I've combined 3 challenges, maybe 4 once. I love sketch challenges, and use them as Step 2, along with a color or technique, then it may or may not grow from there.

    I am constantly amazed how you take a sketch and LOAD IT UP like you do. I cannot do that without making it look junked up. So jealous. I guess we all have our niche, eh?


  5. You combined all the challenge elements beautifully!! When I want to combine numerous challenges, I make a list on paper and when pulling out supplies work from that list. Easy peasy.

  6. Gorgeous is right! Well done!


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