Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Light Up The Candles!

Today's card is my entry in the Seize the Birthday sketch challenge. This is an "anything goes" challenge. Every two weeks the challenge is to make a birthday card. There are new rules--just make a birthday card. But, the fun is that there's always a "topping" that you can choose to add...or not. This time the "topping" was a sketch.

I started with a piece of the Birthday Bash Specialty Series Paper and cut it into three pieces in accordance with the sketch. I mounted each onto a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and then onto a Daffodil Delight panel. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Organza Ribbon around the completed assembly and then mounted it all onto a Whisper White card base. 

Next, I stamped the "light 'em up" stamp in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White and punched it with the 2-1/2" circle punch and mounted that piece onto a piece of Night of Navy that I cut with one of the dies from the Starburst Framelit Dies. Finally, I cut a large star from the Gold Foil paper with one of the Stars from the Stars Framelit Dies.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Creative Blog Hop: Petal Potpourri

I was nominated by one of my stamping heroes, Shana Gaff, to take part in the Creative Blog Hop. It's a little different than the usual blog hop in that the hop is done by nomination. Not only do I share a project, I also tell you a little bit about my creative process, and then I get to nominate two stampers who will share their work with you next week. How awesome is that?
I'm playing along in a new-to-me challenge, the Hand Stamped Sentiments Paper Crafting Challenge blog. The challenge this week is a color challenge--and it's one of my favorite color combos!!

I thought the "Petal Potpourri" flowers would look awesome stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black directly onto Melon Mambo cardstock and I was right! I stamped three flowers and punched them out with the Flower Medallion Punch. Next, I got my package of "Back to Black" designer series paper. I wanted a sheet that wasn't too overpowering (whew! there are some BOLD patterns in that pack!). I choose this lattice pattern. I mounted the DSP onto a Melon Mambo panel and then onto a Basic Black card base. I used a bit of Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to add some more color to the layout. The sentiment is from the "And Many More" stamp set, stamped in Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval Punch. I mounted all the elements with Stampin' Dimensionals. I curled the flower petals with my bone folder to give them a little bit of depth.

Here are the Creative Blog Challenge questions. I hope my answers help you get to know me a little better.

What are you working on?
I'm feverishly working ahead on my projects and blog entries. I'm going to be on a business trip for the first two weeks in February and I need to have two weeks' worth of projects and blog entries queued up while I'm gone. I'm also planning a couple of upcoming workshops and a birthday card stamp-a-stack. Sale-A-Bration is a busy time of year--but I love being busy with my stamping. It doesn't seem like "work" at all!

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I'm not sure my work is much different. All the stampers I know and follow have an eye for layouts and colors. I always say that I'm not a very good artist, but I do have an eye for composition and color...usually. Sometimes things go awry and I end up with a hot mess...but you'll never see them!

Why do you create what you do?
I really like making cards because they're little pieces of artwork. I can create a finished, tiny work of art in a few minutes--sometimes within 30 minutes and sometimes, for more elaborate creations, in a few hours. I'm impatient and I like to see the results of my labors right away.

How does your creative process work?  
I'm usually on a self-imposed deadline. I work best under pressure. If I have a long time to think about a project, I lose focus. When I have a deadline--like when I need to create a card and post it on a blog before midnight so I meet my goal of blogging every weekday and I've just gotten home for the day at 10 PM--I can work fast. I actually start thinking about what I'm going to be creating while I'm driving home from work. I don't mind the traffic so much, because I'm creating in my head.  And I'm very, very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who plans and cooks the family meals, so I don't have to think about that on the drive home.

To keep the challenge blog going, I have nominated my Creation Station Design Team member (team captain!), Jen Arkfeld. Jen's stamping is bright and beautiful and clean and simple. These are elements that I aspire to. I'm so glad Jen agreed to participate in the Creative Blog Hop.

I failed to complete the task of nominating a second participant. I hope Jen will be able to keep the blog going. Be sure to stop by Jen's blog next Monday, February 2nd, to continue the hop!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Dotted Birthday

I'm playing along in another new-to-me challenge: the Stampin' Up Only (SUO) Challenge blog. The challenge this time is to use dots. I used some, see if you can find them!

I started with an image from the Balloon Bash stamp set. I'd stamped it for another card, but, man, oh man that's one BIG image! It needs a place to call its own. I cut it with one of the Oval Framelits and thought about placing it in the center of the card, when something told me to offset it a bit. I mounted the oval onto a Coastal Cabana panel that I'd embossed with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder. The Coastal Cabana panel is mounted on a Strawberry Slush mat for a little pop of color and then the assembly is mounted onto a Whisper White card base. I added three strands of Whisper White Baker's Twine for a little extra interest. Et voila! A bold, colorful, easy, 10-minute birthday card!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pretty in Pink

For today's card, I went back to one of my all-time favorite color combinations: Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. That's fitting, because I'm playing in this week's Retro Sketches challenge!

I've been wanting to try a technique I saw on Jen Arkfeld's blog and I had extra time to play over the 3-day weekend. Jen stamped the Blended Bloom flower onto Crumb Cake card stock, set it with white embossing powder, and then colored it with Blendabilities. I know, right?! Who'd a-thunk? It's stunning! If you don't believe me, follow the link.

I just got a set of NEW Pink Pirouette Blendabilities and knew I had to try them. To play along with the Retro sketch, I stamped my Blended Bloom in Versamark off-set at the top left-hand corner. I sprinkled on the magical White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set the image with my heat tool. Then I used the lightest Pink Pirouette Blendie and colored just inside each petal. I let it dry (OK, I used the heating tool to speed the process) and then I took the mid-range Blendie and colored in the little spaces and the centers of the petals. I let that dry (heat set) and then colored over everything with the darkest Blendie. So, so, so, pretty!!!

I stamped the sentiment from the Kind Eclectic set in Soft Suede onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and then used the Essentials Piercing Pack and my Piercing Tool to pierce holes around the edge. I mounted this with a little piece of my FAVE Pink Pirouette Seam Binding and a Tea Lace Paper Doily onto the Crumb Cake panel. I used my Envelope Punch Board to round just the top right-hand corner of the Crumb Cake panel and the Pink Pirouette card base. 

I think this turned out so nicely--if I do say so myself, and I do!! Let me know if you'd like to schedule a Blendabilities workshop so that we can play with these fabulous coloring tools and learn some other tips!

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