Thursday, June 17, 2010

Well Done & Good Luck

The June Waltzingmouse Blog Hop's theme is "Let's hear it for the boys!". And to accompany this theme I have a story for you ...

My recent trip to Sequoia National Park was filled with many adventures and inspirations to make cards. Among one of the days of exploration, a bunch of friends and I went up Moro Rock. It is a rather distinct granite dome structure that has a well-built stairway for the visitors to climb. At the top there is a beautiful view of the Great Western Divide as well as a 360 degree view over the western park of the Sequoia National Park. After we finished our tour we got back into the car and drove off and while looking back I got a great snapshot of the rock and exclaimed "Look Moro Rock is Olivia the Owl -- sleeping." My friends thought I was nutso, but tell me, don't you see the resemblance?

Moro Rock

A distinct 3/4 view of an owl sleeping. I tell you, those boys have no creativity! I immediately noted that upon my return I had to make a card pulling my beloved "Owl Celebration" from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. And here is what I came up with:

Stamps: Owl Celebrations (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps), Owl Occasions (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps), Free Spirit - Sentiments (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Lucky Teal Cards & Envelopes (Creative Imaginations), Crinkle Cardstock - Olive (Wausau Paper), Real Wod (Creative Imaginations), Cream (Recollections), Offbeat - Lighthearted (BasicGrey)
Ink: Earth Elements - Close to Cocoa (SU!), Pigment Ink - Black (Colorbox)
Embellishments: Nestabilities - Standard Small Circles, Classic Scallop Circles Small (Spellbinders), Jute Packaging Twine (Westim Crafts), Vintage Button Collection - Brown (Papertrey Ink), Point 88 - Art. No. 88/46 (Stabilo), Softcore Colored Pencils - PC933 Violet Blue, PC946 Dark Brown, PC1002 Yellowed Orange, PC1015 Deco Blue, PC1034 Golden Rod, PC935 Noir (Prismacolor)

Another cousin just graduated high school and thought a sentiment that captured both congratulating him and wishing him off to his next four years of schooling was appropriate.

This card has also been entered to the Scrap Our Stash's June Sketch Challenge because I can always use the added practice to execute a sketch. I find it hard to keep true to the templates and always take creative liberties. Here are mine:

  • I flipped the sketch vertically and horizontally to accommodate my stamp restrictions (digis would have more helpful in this case ;), since Olivia the Owl's branch looked better coming from the left.  
  • By keeping the branch on the left I could create visual arc lines with the branch and the top half of the circle, as inspired by the dotted arc lines in the sketch
  • The three scored lined was an interpretation of the five segments of the sketch. This allowed me to segment my paper and anchor my design more cleanly.
  • The button with a bit of man-ly twine substituted for the flower
Other "hacks" included:
    • Adding the "&" into the sentiment, by piecing it together from other parts of the Free Spirit Sentiment set
    • Cutting along Olivia's hand, to stuff the diploma under her feathery fingers
    • Paper-piecing the tree together using wood and other paper
    Hope you like it. Have you had any vacation-inspired cards?


    Lee said...

    So sweet. I love that owl.

    Lynne Phelps said...

    Clearly, I need to first find out what Olivia the Owl looks like, then examine the photo again, LOL!!! Nice "hacks" on your card, gotta get the most out of our supplies!

    Antje said...

    sweet owl, cute story and a nice sentiment!

    Laurie Marmon said...

    Cute story...I see the resemblance. :) Glad you could participate in the waltz today!

    Jen said...

    At first when you said "Olivia the owl" all I could see in my head was Olivia the pig (my 1 yr old nephew sings the Olivia song all day long. it's so funny...) Anyway, once I saw your card I scrolled up to the mountain and wouldn't you know, I saw the owl. I literally tilted my head to 45 degrees and voila! there she was!
    Oh, and great card too.
    thanks for sharing

    Bonnie said...

    I KNOW the Olivia the pig song! Anyway I love your card and I am sorry I can't see the owl--just call me no imagination Bonnie!

    Janet said...

    Nice work--I can't see the owl either, but inspiration is so personal, don't you think?

    Claire Brennan said...

    Cute, owl card Ren-yi! that looks like a fabby place to go walking! Thank you for waltzing with us!

    Mona L. Pendleton said...

    Super cute card!

    Belinda said...

    Fabulous! Glad that you're finding inspiration everywhere -- even if others think you're nuts! And the creative liberties are a-ok!

    rlo said...

    Lee, Antje - Owls are such great animals.

    Lynne Phelps, Laruie Marmon, Jen, - Thank goodness I have you gals as my backup. Tried to show my guy friends that I wasn't the only one...but then...

    Bonnie, Janet - ...the boys pointed out your comments ;) At least we are all in good company. Korin from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps named her Owl Olivia -- so I had to go with that name ;)

    Claire Brennan, Mona L. Pendleton - Thank you for stopping by and leaving a note.

    Belinda - not the first time I've been told I'm nutso!

    Lynn Mercurio said...

    This card is GREAT. This fun and smart look owl is perfect for this great design.

    rlo said...

    Lynn Mercurio - I love snss's owl. it can go from studious to party owl. it's definitely a fun set. Thanks for stopping by.

    Sharli said...

    Very sweet! Nice graduation card -

    Julie Ranae said...

    Great card and glad to add to your follower numbers : ) Come by and say hello

    Joanne Gilch said...

    Fabulous card, lovin the story and the owl.

    rlo said...

    Sharli - Thanks Sharli!

    Julie Ranae - Thanks Julie. I hopped over and checked out your blog. What great creative ideas you have! Can't wait to see more updates!

    Joanne Gilch - thanks for reading the long post!

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