Saturday, September 1, 2012

Going for the Moxie!

I came across a post on Moxie Fab World  regarding asymmetry with card design.  I am so interested in this "balance" that seems to come second nature to a lot of stampers out there in blogland, and something I completely struggle with!  I want this to be "my second nature". So, I made a card to play along in the challenge, and get started practicing this design element.

Naturally, I had some help - I played the the fun Dynamic Duos #18 - Limeade and Red Hot.  I played a few weeks back in this challenge and totally made up my own rule to add a 3rd color -- whoops. :) You can only add a NEUTRAL. [Big difference I guess huh?]  And, because I didn't trust myself to be able to "balance" my card I used the sketch from over at Chupa's.

I can "see" the balance on this sketch, and I really do love the layered clustered effect.

So, what do you all think?  Does my card have that "feels balanced" effect I really want to master, or, did I cheat by using the sketch?  Either way, I am linking this card to the Asymmetry Challenge.  I really want the offered Card Design magazine.  Now this one I believe can teach me important stuff about creating my cards!

I continued to perused around the ole Moxie Fab Blog and realized Cath has challenges in dealing with designing from the articles in the Card Design magazine. [I am so getting this magazine!]. I decided to try 2 more of the design a card elements along with Moxie Minty which is ending Monday.


Using the newly released Gina K Designs, Lighthearted Wishes, I made this fun card.  I hope I did it correct by using the brackets to really make your eyes focus in on the light bulb.  The font is so perfect with this cute image. :)


Okay, this is obviously not a strong skill for me.  I always struggle with centering top/bottom - left/right on my cards.  As you can see, I wasn't able to fit 3 leaves, which to be honest is what I really wanted.  So, I added the red gem to help balance the card.  Did it work?  (See, I told you I struggle!!)  I used Gina K Designs Sun-Kissed Autumn STV Kit for this card.


I wanted to play in the Minty Challenge, well, just because it ends September 3 and I was able to make a challenge card.  I rarely use pastels, I like brights.  But sometimes, especially in the case of a sympathy card brights just aren't appropriate.  I love using the mint for this cardbase, and I love it even more with the bold black.  I used Gina K Designs Assorted Greetings, Lacey Borders and a mint colored flourish from PTI.  A very simple, yet I feel, elegant card.

Okay I am back at stamping.  I have 5 more recoup weeks, so I am hoping to really get into blogland and play in some new challenges.  This Moxie day was very entertaining for me.  I am asking for constructive feedback, so please I appreciate any responses whether you feel I accomplished the challenge, or maybe, not so much.  Or, you like my cards -- I have missed comments being in the hospital got me all out of touch with blogland and fellow bloggers.  I missed you all~

Thanks so much for stopping by~


Marisa said...

The colours of that first card make my heart sing :) Gorgeous! Great take on the sketch too!

Great work onthe others as well. Love the light bulb one :)

I must have been under a rock as I do not recall you mentinoing surgery! Hope all is well and cheers to a quick recovery ((hugs))

Lynn said...

She's back and is absolutely rocking the Moxie Fab! I love what you did with the sketch on the first one...incredible!!

So happy that you are home!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hooray for all this Moxie Fabness! I too am loving Cath's Card Design challenges, and she's going to be sick of seeing my name in her linky sections. ;)

Love everything you showed us, especially the minty challenge card. Take care of yourself and heal well!

Cheri said...

Stunners all, Vicki. I have the mag and it's well worth the $$$$.

Susan Sieracki said...

I absolutely love the cards you made. I'd say you are doing pretty darn good with this type of technique. On the leaves card, it looks great, but if you wanted to get 3 leaves on the card, try turning them sideways and a little closer together. That was pretty clever to add the red gem.

I also didn't know you were having surgery. I hope everything is okay and you are on the road to recovery. How wonderful that you get to have all this time to create these beautiful cards for us to look at.

I'm really looking forward to seeing them in my emails every day. You ROCK!!

Susan Joyce said...

Nice selection of cards. Love your take on the Dynamic Duos card this week, thanks for playing.

Payne Holler Cards said...

As I was reading this post, I kept thinking...she's supposed to be resting LOL
Kid- oh you DO have the natural talent of balancing your cards! You can take the simplest image or embellishment and your card is a winner every time!

Allisa said...

Great set of cards, love that butterfly! It is stunning in green. Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

Cath said...

Hey Vicki! Thanks for linking this up to the Minty Fresh Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Karen Aicken said...

What a treat to come to your blog and see so many great cards in a single post! I think you've done really well with your balance - you'd never know it was a struggle. Thanks for joining the Dynamic Duo's challenge this week!

cheers, Karen

Lesley said...

Hi Vicki,
Great to see you back at it!! The sketch is fabulous and really well balanced, I love this funky creation. Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

Anonymous said...

I love all your cards. ;-) Great job on all of them! Glad you could join Dynamic Duos this week. ;-)

Cath said...

Hey Vicki! Thanks also for linking this up to the Repetition Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun there as well! :)

Cath said...

Hey Vicki! Thanks also for linking this up to the Focal Point Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Cath said...

Hey Vicki! Thanks as well for linking this up to the Asymmetry Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)


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