Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happy Day!

Hey there!

It's a happy day today for many reasons. It's my first out of nine days off from work, the sun is shining brightly against a gorgeous blue sky, I am heading outside soon to plant the rest of my flowers and I made two cards this morning! Doesn't get much better than that! :)

Once again I've been struggling with finding my mojo, but I really love the new Hero Arts contest and wanted to play along. The sketches they provided this month helped to get my juices flowing, thank goodness!



I created a couple of cards for the sketch portion of the challenge.


I love this fun sketch! I just flipped it on its side and used some bright patterned paper from the Echo Park, "Country Drive," 6x6 pad, which I received as part of my random win over at the Moxie Fab World Blog. The flower, bird and sentiment are all Hero Arts.

Here's my second card using a different sketch.



The Hero Arts flowers were stamped with some bold, StazOn Ink, then cut out using the matching die-cuts from the stamp set. (One of the colors is a dark purple but looks black in the photo.)

That's it for me today. Time to head outside and enjoy this wonderful weather! I love when summer is just beginning!

Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by! :)

34 comments:

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling cards, Barb! I especially love how you did the sketch with the strips, flower, & little bird. Hope all is well with you!

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous cards Barb, love the first one a great take on the sketch. Enjoy your break from work!!

Virginia L. said...

Wow, love BOTH of them! Beautiful take, Barb! The balance of colors and white space are perfect for both cards! Simply delightful!Enjoy planting! ( I bought the already-potted flowers this year-my bad!)

Lynn said...

You know I am in LOVE with your cards today! Love all the gorgeous white space with the pops of color both of them! Enjoy this beautiful weather...I'm heading out to sit at the baseball field...gorgeous cool day!

Betty said...

both your cards are wonderful, barb - but especially love the first one. love this beautiful weather we're having here in nebraska too - what a glorious spring it has been! enjoy your break from work.

Pam W Merwin said...

Both cards are great Barb! It is actually lovely weather TODAY in South Georgia :) Love your colors on the of those flowers on your second card!

Rachel W K said...

your flower card is GREAT and really pops. i love the design. enjoy your free days!

-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Your cards are so special...loving both of them! I'm so glad you had time to play with the sketches and that you are enjoying a happy day in the garden! Have a lovely weekend, sweet friend!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh what a GREAT day!!!! I love this post, Barb. The cards, your happy voice, and all the fun things you got to do... and it's only day 1 of 9!!! Yippeeee!

Sue said...

Hello Barb
Your Primary colour palette is convivial, light and lively and would bring a smile to any-ones face who receives one of these cards.
Smiles:)
Sue

Anita Rex said...

Yay for happy days! :> It's a sunny hot day here too! :> I so love your cards today what no mojo your joking! :> I love the colors and the way you used the papers! So fun Barb! BTW When i struggle with creativity I visit Pintrest! Have you tried that?

Jackie said...

Those are both gorgeous! For the life of me I cannot combine patterned papers and make them look this good, but I'm not gonna give up trying. I'll just buy more paper!

Lin said...

That's a long time without a day off! So glad you found time to play this morning - love both your cards!

~ Barb said...

Hi Barb, you just excel at those Hero Arts challenges, I love how cas your cards are and yet so bright at the same time. Enjoy your holidays!
{Hugs} Barb

Brenda said...

Hi Barb! Oh yes, love that feeling of when summer just starts, it's so PERFECT! Enjoy every minute of it! These cards are sunny and happy, I love them, especially the one with the paper strips!

Karen B. said...

These cards are so much fun, I love your stamping and colors on these!

Tina said...

Your cards are so elegant and beautiful. Enjoy your free time!

Greta said...

Great way to use the sketches--you've inspired me! I especially like the pp on the first card.

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

These cards are so sweet Barb! Love them both!
Hugs, Karin

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love them! Especially the flowers.

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful cards, Barb! Love the sketch colorful card! Wishing you lots of wonderful days with the sun!

Sue McRae said...

Wonderful cards Barb! Love your choice of patterned papers on your first card!

I hope you'll get lots of chances to get all inky during your time off!

Vicky said...

you've been busy and creative! Love them both! Great take on the sketch challenge, love all the colors int he first card and the tiny little butterflies. The second card is so pretty with all the flowers all around. Great design. TFS Barb!

judkajudi said...

Barb, I finally found my Google Reader function ... I hate when things change!

Love your interpretations of the sketches. Lately I've been surging blogs instead of stamping! Glad you finally have a day off .. Thanks for sharing with us.

Annette said...

pretty cards...Love those flowers and how cute are those banners...love all the DP you used...looks nice and refreshing..

Kara Lynne said...

Love those brightly patterned banners, and the balance of the first card. The flower placement in your second card is great. Fun colors too (I can see the purple, it doesn't look black on my screen).

Dawn said...

what gorgeous cards Barb. How lovely to be on holiday, now the summer is coming to your part of the world.

Donna Bowman said...

Great cards Barb! Love the "moxie fab" papers you used on the first one and the color scheme on the second one. Looks like you found your mojo!

Maureen Morton said...

I don't think that your day in the garden could reap more beautiful lovlies that what you have shared here! Love the strips of PP on the first - and that cute bird!. Love the way you used white space on the second. I an thrilled that you get a vacation from work - enjoy it, my friend! Know you will.

Robin K. said...

Glad you've got some time off from work - sounds like you found some fun ways to spend it :) I love how you used the pp strips in your first design and the placement of the flowers in your second one! Hugs, Robin :)

Suzanne C said...

Such lovely happy cards! Beautiful take on the sketches!

Bethany said...

such lovely cards Barb! The colors on the second card are gorgeous! Have a nice day :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Two colorful beauties Barb! Enjoy your vacation!!

donna mikasa said...

Love both of your cards, Barb! So happy you're finding time to craft as well as enjoy some beautiful weather! I can see the inspiration in your cards!