Saturday, June 27, 2009

2 Sketches 4 You - Top 10 - Sending you Sunshine


Happy Saturday Everyone,

I can't even express to you how utterly -utterly honored and grateful I am that my card from last week was chosen as one of the Top 10 in the Ultimate Card Showdown that Kazan and Laura are hosting over at 2 Sketches 4 You in celebration of the one year anniversary of their blog. A huge thank you to Laura and Kazan, to the wonderful panel of judges, to all my fellow sketch challenge players in all the rounds and to all of you for your encouraging words and sweet comments - it is truly appreciated from the depths of my heart.

I was psyched when I saw this sketch that Kazan gave us for the Top 10 round. This card is dedicated to all of YOU because you bring sunshine into my life with all of your sweet comments and for coming over to visit - that I wanted to send some sunshine right back to you as a thank you! It is especially dedicated to a good friend of mine "C" ;) - thanks for being my sunshine :).


I had so much fun creating this card - really it was such a joy to sit down and craft this card - its amazing sometimes how much joy you get from creating something from your hands :) (and for this card - I didnot make it in my closet as I have been doing :) - but actually worked on a table!). Here is the front view of the card:

The vertical element in the card I thought could be the sunshine on the ocean - and so I did that with yellow paper with orange waves on the background of the popped out waves with sheer yellow ribbon weaving in and out of the wave like the sun's reflection: Here is a picture of the ribbon being weaved in and out of the waves:


I wanted to decorate the inside of the card also - but still keep it simple enough that you could still write on the top portion of the inside - here is a peek at the inside of the card:

Here is shot of the card lying flat - opened and closed: 
The inside "ocean" is layered and the fishes are jumping in and out of the water too... you can write your message on the space in the top half of the "sky/sun" .


It was fun to decorate both the inside and outside of the card - and still have it kinda lay flat :) 
Here is a close up picture of the sun and the metal clip that is attached to it from which the sentiment hangs. The sun was made with different size circle punches on different colors of orange and yellow papers. 
The sun rays were made from the Fiskars punch: Fleur de Liis - which also has an embossing function. The rays are alternating dark and light yellow, with little Kaiser blings adorning them. The center of the sun has a star punch from Martha Stewart along with a yellow eyelet and is topped off by a soft bling. The metal loop is also attached to one of the layers of the sun so that the sentiment can hang off it (which is tied to a ribbon). 

I love sunshine - and making this sun was pure therapy from this week's busy-ness :)

This is a close up shot of the sentiment: "Sending You Sunshine"



All the fishes in this card were stamped onto different colors of ink and then cut out and glitterized and then stuck in between the
 waves at different angles. The waves are also blinged out a little. This card was so much fun to take pictures off - and I didn't want to overwhelm with too many pictures - so here is a little collage of them: You can click on the photo to see it bigger: or click HERE

Card Details:
Paper: K & Company ( and from stash
Ink: For the fishes: from Stampin Up!: Cameo Coral, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard and So Saffron - also for the sentiment: StazOn Black and Adirondack expresso
Stamps: Sentiment: Year of Sweet Sentiments from Taylored Expressions and fish from K & Company
Punches: Martha Stewart Star Punch, Creative Memories circle punches (4 sizes), Stampin Up 1 3/4" punch and Scallop punch, Fiskars: Fleur de Liis embossing punch
Accessories: Sheer yellow ribbon, stickles, Bright Smooth Bling, eyelet, clip from the May Key Ingredients, hole punches, dimensionals

I had so much fun making this card  - I think that is part of the reason that I love doing these lovely sketch challenges - within the elements of the sketch are infinite possibilities waiting. 

Just again wanted to thank you all for your sweetest encouragement and a big thanks to our judges for all the hard work that you have been doing! And of course to Laura and Kazan for creating these lovely sketches for us to dive into our creativity and for bringing us together into a global family :)

Thank you for visiting my little corner :)

Sending you all Sunshine :)
Big hugs!

Sankari :)

54 comments:

Ingrid said...

Stunning card, Sankari. You're so talented. Great take on this week's sketch. Good luck!

Ann said...

Sankari, this card is incredible!!! All the amazing details...they just blow my mind! Good luck, friend! ;)

thescrapmaster said...

WOW that card is so gorgeous Sankari!
Hugs,
Samantha

just_shine said...

This card is amazing!!!! Good luck!!

Kazan Clark said...

holy cow this is gorgeous Sankari.
love your take on the sketch
Good luck
:) Kazan & Laura

Brodders said...

I have never seen a more beutifully stunning card in my life. Whoever is the receiver will love you forever xxxx
Jane

Randee E said...

Wow! Sankari this is just stunningly beautiful. You have such a creative eye and talent for creating scenes out of all of your cards! I absolutel adore this card, the little waves and fish :0) Too cute! No surprise you are in the top 10!! Congrats this week too!

Sandra MacLean said...

Oh Sankari!! You somehow manage to outdo yourself each week! This card is out of this world!! It's just a pleasure to see your cards every week! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. :)

cheryln said...

wow!! I'm totally speechless! This is absolutely magnificent! A true work of art!!! wow!!!!

Charlene said...

Amazing!! i get so excited to see what you will come up with next!! I definated need to add you to my blog roll!! Amazing job!!!

KimmyS said...

Well, what can I say Sankari - first my jaw dropped to the floor and after I picked it up I could not help but smile every time I looked at your stunning piece of artwork.
AMAZING

Monika/Buzsy said...

Another fabulous card Sankari! Love the scene and all that dimention. Good luck! :o)

Nunt said...

This is incredible! Absolutely stunning!

xx,
nunt

Anabelle said...

No way!!! This is absolutely the coolest card EVER!!!! I'm in awe!

wendyp said...

omgosh! Sankari!The details on this are spectacular!!! Absolutely amazing! I've got my fingers and toes crossed you girl!

Angie Tieman said...

Wowzers, girlfriend, this beauty is indescribable!! Absolutely gorgeous! I know we'll be seeing you again next week! Hugs!

Staci said...

Very deserving. Your card is fabulous. It takes a uniquely creative person to create something so stunning. Congrats!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Shawnie, you are AWE-mazing!!! How in the world do you manage to create such masterpieces like this with everything else going on in your life? Girl, if you don't win this competition, there is something wrong with the judges! Your work is phenomenal!

Anonymous said...

this is absolutely gorgeous Sunny Sankari! A beautiful homage to all of the wonderful work you've created since starting your blog . . . I KNOW you will make it to the next round!!! love, c

AUsome mom said...

Well, I'm glad you're "out of the closet"! Girl, this card is just another incredible creation! You put so much time and work into each creation and I am honored that you share them all with us. Beautiful job! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you again this week :)

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Sankari!!!! THis is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, STUNNING, BEAUTIFUL and FULL of Sunny Sankari SUNSHINE.
You bring sooooo much 'SUNSHINE' to all of us that have had the honour of finding your little corner of Blogworld, with every creation you make. And this one... well this is just the icing on the cake... it truly is a masterpiece.

Thankyou for sharing your wonderful craft with US. And GOODLUCK with this round of the comp... I'm sure you will be a winner.

xx SJK

Radha said...

OMG!!!
That is awesome!
I think you maker the best cards and also write with full of passion!
(Time to write comedy movie-stories!)
You will do well:)
I love , adore the card!

Latisha said...

this is so cool!!

~amy~ said...

sweet mother of pearl...this is absolutely over the stop magnificent..wow..fantabulous job!

clouds shadler said...

wow! what a super fun card! it's so colorful and full of life! Cute! I love all the textures and the cute fishes! What a masterpiece really! Awesome take on the sketch!

Clouds :D

Anja (scrappie) said...

Wow stunning card Sankari you did a great effort making this card gives me a sunny feeling.

Saskia said...

WOW!!!!! You are sooooo creative!!! This card is amazing!!!!

Saskia :)

Heidi Van Laar said...

WOW, this is nothing short of a work of art! Gorgeous!

Debbie Pamment said...

This isn't a card - it's a work of art! AMAZING details and AWESOME idea!
xXx

Martha said...

Wow, this is just a piece of art!!!! FABULOUS :)

Carol Dunstan said...

this is truly amazing! That sun is stunning, the rays are just wow! How nifty are you? And let's not forget the waves and the fishies... so many wonderful elements to this card, your vision never ceases to amaze me!

Jacqui said...

Wow this is not just a card it's a total work of art. Stunning.

Shemaine Smith said...

what a true work of art! Simply amazing!

Savitri said...

Wow!!! This is one stinkin' amazing card. I had to really look at the pics to see what the heck you did. Just so creative with the punches!!! AMAZING and no wonder it's top 5!!!! Good luck with the next round!!!!!

Anja (scrappie) said...

Congrats on making the final round and good luck

Nunt said...

No wonder you got to the top 5, this card is soooo amazing! Congratulations and I am rooting for you in the final!

xx,
nunt

AUsome mom said...

OH, OH, OH!!! YOU'RE IN GIRL!!! Congrats on making the FINAL 5!!! I'm SO keeping my fingers crossed for you and I can't WAIT to see your next design. Incredible!!!

cheryln said...

Just wanted to stop by again and congratulate you on your spot in the Top 5!! So well deserved!! Your card is spectacular in every regard!!!

Rebecca said...

I'm just a casual follower of 2s4u; so I was checking out the finalists....AND then I got here and I've just got to say WOW! This is hands-down the best card for the sketch....absolutely amazing job!

Regan said...

whoo hoo

Final 5 baby!

Smita said...

Beautiful card, Sankari!!!! Love it love it love it!

Hugs,
Smita

Martha said...

Congratulations on making the top 5!!!!

Beth Norman said...

Thank us? No, thank you! Thank you for providing the most inspiring, jaw dropping, awesome work in blogland. If I don't have a lot of time to read all my subscriptions, yours is one I always make the time for. Love this card!

Wendy said...

This is my favorite of the 5.
Good Luck to you!!!

janis said...

i declare you the winner!!! i think i just dropped my jaw and drooled!!!!

xoxo,
janis

Brooke S said...

Say in the closet girl! You are creating some amazing work from there... Just stunning you totally rocked the TOP TEN challenge... My fingers are crossed.
Hugs
Brooke

DonnaMundinger said...

I'm speechless Sankari! What a fabulous job. Exquisite detail! Unbelievably GORGEOUS! Congratts on making the top 5! No surprise there!

Traci said...

WOW! Fabulous card! That sun is amazing and I love the waves with the fish jumping out!

Mari said...

This is absolutely STUNNING! I can't even believe how amazing this creation is, I keep coming back to look! This is more than just a card - getting this in the mail would be more like Christmas!

Quirky said...

WOW! This card is super awesome!

May I ask how you made the waves? :)

The Mama Monkey said...

Those fish are so stinkin' cute!! I just want to hook one! My favorite card of them all!!

Donna Baker said...

WOW! what a work of art, all the DETAIL and sunshine! YOU are a RAY of SUNSHINE, my friend! I dedicate this card back to YOU! congrats on making top 10 - I bet you win the whole she-bang!

CathyRose said...

Amazing, the details are so gorgeous!

Becky said...

I love the card.
Are the waves a punch or paper cut out, or what?
Thanks and good luck.