Monday, September 17, 2012

Bookmarks XXII: Circles Circles Circles

Once I pulled together the colors for Loves Rubberstamps' "Espresso, Pumpkin, & Aqua" challenge, I liked them a lot more than I thought I would. My taste in colors is rather conventional and I often shy away from pairing across the color wheel. (This is why challenges: to try things you normally wouldn't.)

Of course I had fun finding the exact shade of light blue that matched the color prompt best (it was actually Aqua, which was frankly a bit surprising). Spoiler: I ended up with none of these inks visible on the final bookmark. Sigh.

I also grabbed some papers and cardstock -- I thought the orange one with white swirls echoed the print in the first stripe of the prompt nicely, but otherwise I was just grabbing colors.

The little white-and-aqua circles are from the packaging for an EK Success punch. In fact, the packaging of the very punch that punched them, a one-inch circle. That punch didn't really like how thick the boxboard was, but I got it unstuck from the third attempt eventually...

Shown in Kit:

I tried a couple of sketches, but nothing really seemed to work. Sometimes it is quite hard to make wide card sketches work for a skinny bookmark. It works in my head, but when I lay it out I realize that somehow the bookmark was much wider in my head. Dear my imagination: please take physical reality into account.

Anyway, I stacked up some circles, stamped a little border and heat embossed it in bright aqua embossing powder, and cut some chevron/zigzag things out of a square of textured cardstock. I added the vertical line of cardstock in an attempt to connect the two areas of interest; I think it worked okay. It also looks a bit like a yo-yo or upside-down lollipop, though, which I'm not too sure about.

I am entering this bookmark in the following challenges:

I'm also linking it up to DL.ART's 1000-post Linky Party.



  1. I love this bookmark and how you organized to come to this final product. That sounds just like me. I start planning for this and that and then I notice the other thing and I'm off doing that and by the time I have it all in front of me, I'm exhausted, lol, and I end up using none of the initial stuff I thought I would. lol. I love that though, that creative flight of ideas. And this is so fabulous.

  2. I love your bookmark! Very creative and I loved reading your thought process! Sounds like mine too! That must be why it takes me 6 hours to do a card sometimes - LOL! Wonderful job and thank you so much for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  3. Fabulous bookmark, just perfect for our challenge.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

  4. Lovely bookmark. Great idea to recycle packaging. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  5. What a great little bookmark and I love the colours! Fab bit of recycling too - some packaging is just too pretty for the bin!
    Thanks for joining in with us over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Recycle it' challenge :)

    Carol x

  6. How great to use the packaging on your project. Fab bookmark.

    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for Top Tip Tuesday.