Friday, April 16, 2010

PPA38 - Sketch Challenge - Inspiration Contact Case?

This weeks PPA challenge is a sketch challenge provided by Margaret Moody, whose work I adore. She has such a wonderful sense of color and her designs are crisp, bold and clean. Visit Margaret's blog at

Anywhoo, I look at my contact case every morning and love the bright colors and design. I have been working it out in my head how to transfer this inspiration to paper and this sketch challenge helped me realize my idea. The flowers from the pretties kit nearly match the flowers from my contact case. I just added a small punched circle and a black brad. I created my own background paper by simultaneously cutting four sheets of coordinating colored card stock in my design. I then glued alternating colored pieces to white card stock leaving a narrow gap between pieces. Just trim and you have your own unique background paper! I am definitely going to implement this method again soon since I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Paper - black, whisper white, certainly celery, old olive, taken with teal and tempting turquoise card stock.
Ink - basic black
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories - Pretties Kit, brads, whisper white ribbon, square - modern label - word window, standard hole punches, dimensionals


  1. Very Cool. When I first looked at your card, I was wondering what dsp you had going on. Now I know! Love it!

  2. Beautiful! Love how you made the background. The color are wonderful together!

  3. So bold - so fresh - sooo creative! This is wonderful - wow all that from just looking at your lens glad you play at PPA!

  4. Oh my goodness, Tara! I just LOVE this! I love that your inspiration was your contact case and love how you created your own background paper/pattern! So creative! It works so well for this sketch! So fun and so fresh! Thanks for the shout out, too! I really appreciate it!

  5. So creative! Perfect take on your inspiration piece! Great blog look, too! Thanks for playing @ PPA!

  6. Awesome card!!! I love the background, terrific idea! (lol- the word verification for this was 'retro' - like your background)

  7. I adore the boldness of your card, so fabulous.

    Thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog, to answer your question about being published, my creations have not got picked up...I cannot get published. I do not feel like my work is very good because I cannot get one published. I am about ready to give up. But I do thank you for the nice comment, it means so much!

    enjoy *~*

  8. This card is absolutely gorgeous. I totally love the background... and thanks for sharing how you did it! Sounds so easy, yet so impressive!