It's Not All Black and White

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Way Out of My Box

The June 2oth challenge is up on Caardvark's. It's called crop circles. This is the challenge for which I was a Guest Designer. Be sure to check it out and enter a card. The prize is awesome. The challenge is to use circles as your focus. I love the look, but this was a major challenge for me. Every time I try to use circles, I end up scrapping the project.

This is one of the cards I made for the challenge, and it is *way* out of the box for me. Not only did I use circles, and plenty of 'em :), but I also tried a style that was a bit of a push for me. It's a little more bold and modern. The large bird is by Rhonna Farrer (a JoAnn's $ stamp). The smaller birds are from Hero Arts Decorative Birds set. All of the circles were done with 1/2", 1", and 1-3/8" circle punches. I colored the birds with Stampin' Up! markers in, get this, YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, and Glorious Green. Other than the red, I never use these colors. The brads are by making memories and the ribbon is all Stampin' Up! I wasn't sure how much I love the card, but it's growing on me. And I'm ridiculously proud for pushing myself to try something new.

By the way, the inspiration for this card came to like this: I wake up one morning with these little birdies on the brain and The Partridge Family theme song in my head. HA!

The Goods:
Stamps: Rhonna Farrer bird, Hero Arts Decorative Birds
Ink: Black Versafine, markers: glorious green, real red, brilliant blue, yoyo yellow
Paper: Papertrey White, basic black, glorious green, real red, brilliant blue, yoyo yellow
Other: circle punches, SU! grosgrain ribbons, Making Memories brads

So, all day yesterday (literally from about 9 am to 4 pm) I installed Windows Vista on my desktop. Internet works fine, but no sound. It seems my sound card isn't compatible and there is not yet an updated driver to download. Bummer. I reinstall Windows XP. All is well. Everything's working. I'm downloading all the updates, reinstalling my security program. WHAM!!! The internet goes. For no reason. It still works on my laptop. I can not get it to work on my desktop. And I am not very computer savy. Today I'll be on the phone with my ISP seeing if they can help. So frustrating! At least the laptop still has internet. Be thankful for small favors.

Thanks for stopping by. See ya.

18 comments:

Heather S. said...

This is a bright card, but I like it. I think you've done a great job on it.

Julie Masse said...

So cute! I totally see the Partridge family here!! Are we showing our age?? :)

Mimi Hornberger said...

I love this card. I am not usually a primary color kinda gal but this rocks! TFS!

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

I'm with ya on the primary colors, but girl this card seriously rocks! You did a fabulous job using the circles! Great card! Good luck with your computer!

Karen said...

Love that card. I gonna have to try that sketch.

Kirsten said...

So cute, Bethany! Love the birdies and color!

Lauren (mytime) said...

I think its adorable as were all your desings for their website! Its because of YOU I found caardvarks!! WTG!!!!

Kacey said...

Definitely not your usual color style, but the elements are still you - so perfectly put together. Great job, and way to push yourself to try something new!

Quilt Nut said...

love the card! the colors are fabulous and the birds just too cute

Angie Z. said...

How bright and happy! What a fun card!
~Angie

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! What a fun card! Out of your box but so, so fabulous! You did an amazing job with all those circles!

chelemom said...

What a fun card! I love how bright and cheery is!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

What a great card! I thought Partridge Family as soon as I saw it! :) If you were "out of your box", it certainly doesn't show in this card!

Julie K said...

I like this - very Picasso looking. And I totally hear the Partridge Family song while looking at it.

Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, this card rocks, for going outside your comfort zone, you really did nail this one. And your $ stamp bird has been alluding me for months.

Rose Ann said...

So cute...I love how you used the brights!! Awesome!

Shadowcatcher said...

This is just a fantastic card. I love seeing the bright colors on those birdies, and all those happy little circles. Great job!

Heather said...

This is such a fun card!! Love it. :)