Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Asian Influence..........." Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #50 and "A Spoonful of Sugar " Challenge #101 3D

Welcome back and a happy Sunday to you all! This weeks card was created for MMSC and "A Spoonful of Sugar" The details can be found HERE and HERE. This weeks MMSC sketch challenge was really slow coming together for me. It wasn't til Saturday that I finally had a clear clue as to where I was going with this one. I wanted all the circles to tie in with the large center circle and finding a stamp set with that many related elements was a challenge in itself! I finally settled on Flourishes "Waterlily" (along with a few "helper" stamps). I hope you like the end result.....

I stamped the center waterlily twice, once as a background and again for the top lily. The top lily I colored and then cut around some of the petals so I could bend then out, thus creating a 3D effect. Gold Stickles were applied to the petals for a bit of glitz! See the closeup for a better view. The Koi received a layer of "Smooch Pearlized Top Coat' to give then a shimmer. The Asian letters under the ribbon were scanned and cut out from a Chinatown newspaper saved from a trip to NYC.

The details:

Stamps:   Flourishes "Waterlily", Inkadinkado (Asian coin, symbol and lady), CHF Bamboo backgrounder

Paper:     Neenah Solar Crest #120, SU Groovy Guava and Kiwi Kiss, SU Ivory

Ink:         Momento tuxedo black, SU Groovy Guava and Kiwi Kiss, Copic Markers (see pic below)

Other:     Gold Stickles, Pearls, Copic Spica pen in Peach (on coin), Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic
               airbrush (circle background shading)

Thanks for having a look and a great week to everyone!


  1. Wow Holly, the dimensions on this is exquisite. Very pretty and just delightful. Your theme is perfect with this sketch. Beautifully done! Thanks for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  2. Holly - is there nothing you can't do with your cards - this is fantastic, it is so serene and elegant! I love that image and the smaller ones are perfect! this is a favourite with me - love it! Your texture is amazing too Holly - everything about this card is amazing! Love it! It is great having you join us this week for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  3. Lovely card! The flower is especially beautiful! Love all of the fun elements you included!

  4. I love what you did with the flower
    beautiful again


  5. WOW! This is true beauty! Your waterlily looks real, and with all the koi's swinning around it in their ponds - what a fantastic scene you have made. Very, very pretty.

    Thanks for playing with Midnight Madness challenge. We hope tos ee you again next week!

    MMSC Guest Designer.

  6. Holly, this is is Overthetop Gorgeous and Creative! Love the dimensional effect and the koi all over. The sparkles and shines do make such a difference :) Your choice of newspaper from NYC makes me want to go back to visit - That's where I'm from :) Terrific job this week! Thanks for showing us your talent, xox ~Jeni & MMSC DT

  7. WOWZA...YOU ARE MY HERO :) This card is amazing...nough said!! Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. We are getting ready for this weeks post, so be sure to stop by..we have lots of cool stuff coming up and I don't want you to miss out on any of it.
    MMSC Hostess

  8. This card is gorgeous!! I just love the dimension of your flower!! Love your creativeness and your awesome take on the sketch!!
    Thanks for playing with MMSC this week!

  9. Holly, another amazingly beautiful creation from you. It's always such a pleasure to stop by here. You have created such a stunning scene, especially with the koi fish (I have some in my pond) they are such beautiful fish. Your water lilly is truly a work of art. Just beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along with us again this week.