Sometimes you have to just do some things twice to get them right. This was one of those times. These two cards are my submissions for Mary Jo Price William's Technostamper Sketch Challenge #6.
The card on the right uses ribbon, designer paper, and one of the scallops from Stampin' Up!'s So Many Scallops set. The White strip is Cuttlebugged, with a swipe of pumpkin pie. The edges of the Orange Designer Series Paper use the Faux Stitching Technique from the April 2006 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I do like the big grommet in the center of the scallop, but the rest of it seems so "blah" to me...so I made the card below with the sketch, too.
The card on the left uses a Butterfly stamp from Starving Artistamps, layered over a Veined Marble background (Technique Junkies August 2007 issue). I actually like this card better -- I love the gold accents and I really just love the butterfly, too. I added a piece of corrugated paper and a big bold brad to spice up the denim look on the blue strip -- and did a little faux stitching here, too.
Although I like this card much better, I still don't think I nailed it. I can't wait to see what the other players do -- check out Mary Jo's blog to see them all!
The original sketch is below, in case you want to play along...