Sunday, 14 September 2008

Sketch Saturday #16

I've joined in the Sketch Saturday challenge this week. I think sketches are always a good source of inspiration. Sometimes we know what materials we want to use but don't know how to place them. This is when I find it helpful to have a sketch to work to. Of course it is just a starting point, and you can often change things around to suit. Maybe rotate the sketch, or place the elements a little different. But for me they are always useful. So thanks to all you great sketchers out there.

I chose the colours for September, the transition between summer and autumn. The rich golds and burnt oranges as the leaves lose their summer colour. The dragonfly reminds me of insects that hibernate over winter, not seeing the light of day until next spring. Some have even completed their lifecycle and gently fade away.

The background paper on my card is from Magenta 2006. I love how the colours merge into one another, like a sunset sky. The accent paper is from Daisy Bucket Designs and reminds me of those fading flowers, that turn brown and die.

The centre panel was embossed on white pearlised card with the Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy folder, then sponged with Gold Brilliance Ink. It shimmers in the low autumn sunlight providing that glimer of soft sunshine you see through the trees.

The dragonfly is from a rubber stamp by Judikins coloured with H2o's, again giving that soft shimmery look. The card was finished off with a couple of gold peel-off's and Prima flowers with a sparkling amber gem in the centre. Hope you like it as much as I do.



Christine (Craftling) said...

Debbie, this is absolutely stunning! I am also in love with those colours right now, but something else, as well, is that I love the way you write about things! There is poetry in your blogging, and I enjoy what you write almost as much as the visual feast in your cards.

Your biggest fan,
Chris xx

Debbie said...

Thanks Chris.

I'm blushing now...

I do like writing, and like to use the words to 'tell the story' rather than keeping it factual. If I use adjectives the story has more impact, I like to get people to see what I am seeing. I also like to bring in comparisons, so people know where I'm coming from. Of course I don't always have the time to use descriptive writing as I'd like to. But it does brings me pleasure when I do.

Glad somebody appreciates it.

Love Debbie xx

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous creation. Love the dragonfly that's almost flying off the card. Warm regards

Allison said...

lovely card what a great dragonfly

Roz said...

Great card Debbie! I love the dragonfly. Shell - blog on my blog list (challenge addict), has used an embossing backgound, but inked up the embossing folder before pressing it, it was a great effect - something to try next time.

Love Roz

Lynsey said...

Wow Debbie, this is stunning! I also enjoyed your writing too!
Hugs Lynsey :)

Jane said...

Absolutely stunning Debbie
Love it

Scrapmumur said...

Your card is splendid!!!
Wonderful colours.
Hugs, Mumur

Debbie said...

Beautiful card Debbie. You have captured the colours of the season perfectly in your card. Thanks for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday. Debbie x

Rach said...

Hi debbie,
the colours you have chosen for your card are beautiful., I too love the sketch challenges, i actually think that i am becoming a sketch Hugs rachx

Bev said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Debbie - love the dragonfly and the beatuiful colours you have used

hugs Bev x

cats whiskers said...

This is a wonderful card, those beautiful colours do reflect the season, and your lovely prose just brings it all to life, thak you
Hugs Jacqui x

Pam said...

Hi Debbie!

Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you.

Your card is lovely...I did not get past this first one, but I can tell you now that I've seen it, I will be checking out your blog from now on. Do you post at UKS? If so, there I'm known as "YorkieMom" also!

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card, love that dragonfly

Jo said...

WOW! what a fabulous card! *claps*
Thank you for joining in with us at Sketch Saturday
Jo xx

Gill said...

wow! fabulous colours and papers and your dragonfly looks amazing, thanks for joining us this week
Gill x

Mrs Wonka said...

What a beautiful dragonfly, lovely card.

Mrs Wonka x

Phree said...

Hi, still catching up with all the people who left comments on the Faery Stamps Blog candy treasure hunt. Fab blog, you make such pretty cards. Love this beautiful butterfly one.

Helena said...

WOW! This is great!

Mandy said...

beautiful card

xx mandy

Paula's ponderings said...

That's a breathtakingly beautiful card!!

COCO said...

wo very pretty card !!!! and chic
thank for participation !!!

Els G. said...

Wonderful card! And your words tell so much more than what a picture can capture!

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