Thursday, June 11, 2009

2S4Y Top 30 Sketch

I'm still in shock that I made the Top 30 in the 2 Sketches 4 You Ultimate Card Showdown. There were over 400 amazing entries, and now that it's narrowed down to just 30, the competition is even tighter. There's some fabulous talent out there, and I'm blessed to be a part of it. Thanks to Kazan, Laura, and all the judges, and a big congrats to all the finalists.

As I sat down to make this card, I knew I wanted to maintain my clean style, but just kick it up a notch. I really admire cardmakers who can pile on the embellishments, but that is SO not me. When I try to do that, it ends up looking like a hot mess.

These flowers actually started out white. I sprayed them both with my new Glimmer Mist (an Archiver's purchase over the weekend). I wish you could see them IRL--they're SO shimmery and pretty! Since I love texture, I framed them both on a piece of textured cardstock. And since Swiss Dots embossed on white is just about my favorite thing on earth, I had to add it here. A Martha Stewart punch, a sentiment (also from my Archiver's trip), and some bling finish it off.

So, wish me luck! Now I'm off to see what the other ladies created!

Stamps: All Occasion (Hero Arts)
Paper: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip textured, PTI white
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: flowers & rhinestones (Prima), Turquoise Blue & Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Nestabilities circles, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Martha Stewart scalloped dot punch, dimensionals

73 comments:

Emily said...

Your card is beautiful Ann! I love the bling! Good luck with the card showdown!

chloe said...

So sweet! I love the bling flourish!

Amy said...

Pretty card Ann!! I love those colors together and your bling flourish is wonderful.

Pat said...

Oh this is my favourite! So beautiful. I see what you mean by piling up the embellishments, i tend to do that and sometimes it's a mess! :))
Good luck with the showdown, i sincerely hope you win, your cards are so beautiful.
Hugs xx
Pat

Swengali said...

It's a simple, but beautiful card!

StampinCathy said...

This is stunning and love this layout and colors.

Ann Kranitz said...

This is so gorgeous. I cant believe those flowers were white!!! They are terrific.

LeAnne said...

Ann, this is AWESOME! You know I am a CAS kinda girl, but this has just the right amount of "extras"!!! And of course, the colors are right out of your banner, which I love so much! Good luck!
LeAnne

Lauri said...

Good luck! This card is gorgeous! I love the colors you chose, and simple designs are always the most difficult!! I know what you mean about layering embellishments..I cannot make it work either!! Good luck and I will be rooting for you!!

AUsome mom said...

I love this card! Your simplicity always amazes me. I'm also amazed at how you "color" your embellishments! Those flowers would look no where near as beautiful if I had done it. Great job on doing the border punch around a corner too! Love it! Good luck - I'll be keeping the fingers and toes crossed for u :)

JessicaLynn said...

I love the colors that you picked. Great card. :)

Congrats too!
Jessica Lynn

Craft said...

Congrats on being in the top 30!
Good luck in the final!

I, too, really love the Swiss Dots. Always look twice at cards that use them.

I can see I'm going to have to go out & get some Glimmer Mist! Your flower looks great!

Leslie said...

Excellent job! Love the large flower! Good luck!

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful, those colors just pop!!!!!!!!!

Lauren said...

So pretty! I love the layout. Great card.

Jackie said...

Fabulous card Ann! I hope you advance to the next round!!

Rose said...

BEAUTIFUL!! CONGRATS!! first the top 30 then all the way to the finish line girl :D GO ANN!!!!

Deanna said...

Love it!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Ann, I hope you win the competition! Your card is the bomb. I just love your style.

Janine said...

Beautiful!!!

cricketeew said...

WOW love that big flower! I just got some of that mist myself but have not used it yet! Good idea to use a flower.
I have a few winged goodies to fly your way very soon. I just have to make you a card! Maybe next week :)

Brandy J. said...

Ann,

Your cards are so simple and lovely...I really like them!

In addition to checking out your blog loveliness I also wanted to thank you for commenting on my Paper Crafts Connection blog. Your mom sounds like an amazing lady!

~Brandy J.

Heidi Van Laar said...

Ann, this is be-au-ti-ful! Gorgeous colors and I love the touch of bling!

(-: Heidi

Nancy L. said...

love the bling on your card! great card!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Just beautiful.

~amy~ said...

Oh Ann....this is sooooo fabulously CAS! I can't believe your flowers started white! Your card reminds me of your blog header :) Truly magnificent job ♥sista♥!!! Good Luck!!!!!!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

I'm not surprised you're in the top 30. You make fabulous, inspiring cards. How clever to spray your white flowers another color. I think you have just the right amount of bling without going overboard.

Cookie said...

Wowza! First of all LOVE the colors and the swiss dots emboss is perfect! The flower and bling are so feminine matched with the scalloped edge! PRETTY!!!!

Kazan Clark said...

This is soooo beautiful Ann - Love the embossing and the bling
Good luck
Hugs
Kazan & Laura

Marti B said...

Very cute! Love those swiss dots!

Randee E said...

Very pretty card Ann! I love the Swiss Dots too :0) I love the flower and I'm sure I would love it more IRL!! Good luck this week

Sandra MacLean said...

Soooo pretty, clean and fresh! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is embellie-challenged! :) Good luck with the next round!

Gigi said...

Great work Ann. Love the bling ebellishment! Keep up the amazing work =)

cheryln said...

such a bright and happy card! love, love, love the colors!!!

Sankari W. said...

Ann you SO rock!!! I can't believe the flowers started out WHITE!!! WHAT!!! You did such a great job colorizing them - I tried that once but it looked blotchy - yours are perfect! LOVE those colors and the bling is blingalicious!!! I ADORE you and feel so lucky to get to know you through blogland!!! Sending you a ton of hugs and love and highfives!!!!
Chai Cheers!
Sankari :)

Allison said...

As always, a masterful creation! Love all the elements here!

BonnieRose said...

congrats!

Kerry said...

Congratulations! Good luck with this next round! I really like the rhinestone flourish and the embossing/detail on the white cs.

Gina said...

Congratulations! This card is beautiful, very clean but so elegant. The border is fantastic too.

Savitri said...

GORGEOUS card!!! Love this! Your submission was awesome. Glad you made it!!!

Cindy said...

This is gorgeous, Ann! Congrats on being the top 30 finalists! Good luck ya!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

what a stunner! Great card Ann! Wishing you luck in the contest! :-)

Lesly said...

Love this card. Congrats! This card has the "perfect" amount of embellishments. TFS and good luck!

Martha said...

Beautiful card, love the flowers and the bling!! Good luck!

Anja (scrappie) said...

Lovely card.

Crafty Creations said...

Terrific card!! I love the clean look of it and those flowers are gorgeous!!

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Fabulous, Ann! This card really pops!

Tammy said...

Gorgeous take on the sketch Ann! Good Luck !!!!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Ver pretty! Love the colors, the border punch, the rhinestones... TFS!

Lisa Graves said...

Fabulous!!! Love the bling. :-)

scrappinhero said...

Gorgeous! Good luck on the next round!

DonnaMundinger said...

WooHoo Ann! Great job! Fabulous card, best of luck. Hugs, D

Pam said...

Congrats on making the top 30 Ann! Your card is gorgeous - very elegant :)

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

congratulations! I love this card!!

Angie Tieman said...

Oooh, this is gorgeous! Love how it's still clean and simple, but kicked up a notch!

Kim Nath said...

Beautiful! Very simple but very elegant!

KimmyS said...

Gorgeous! Loving the colours and how you did the flowers with the Glimmer Mist - yummy!

Tonya said...

Very pretty card! Thanks for sharing.

shelly said...

congrats you go girl! good luck with the rest of the contest :)

Deb Neerman said...

Congrats!!! WTG and good luck ... I'm sure you'll knock 'em dead!

LOVE this one, Ann ... CAS, but just a touch of elegance. Bee-you-tea-full!

Latisha said...

This is just awesome Ann, great job!!
hugs
latisha

Elena said...

This card is gorgeous! I love the flower and gems!!!
Wish you good luck!

dannisdoodles said...

oh sweet Ann this is so gorgeous! love your bling my friend, love it!

Marie B. said...

A beautiful card Ann! I love the brown under those colored flowers, it really makes them pop! Best of luck to you! :)

Eva said...

What a beautiful card!!! Best wishes to you!

Belinda said...

Such a pretty card!

Mouse40 said...

I wish you good luck in the Challenge! Moreover, this card so charming and unusual!

clouds shadler said...

ooh! super cute! Love those flowers and the rhinestones! The embossed paper is awesome! Love it!
Clouds :D

Peet said...

This card is gorgeous, Ann!!!!

Jo said...

i love this card! so pretty!

Lyn S said...

Wow, this just gorgeous Ann! I love the colours and that flower is fabulous!

virginia said...

I love the colors and the bling is such a nice touch.

Kathi said...

Totally stunning!