Monday, January 19, 2015

SUO Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!  I've been so busy the last couple of weeks, but I'm finally back with a card project for you.  Today I'm playing along with a Creative Blog Hop for SUO (Stampin' Up! Only) projects.  I was kindly invited by the wonderful Sara Hoogendoorn over at Simply Sara Stampin'.  Thank you so much for inviting me, Sara - what fun!!  Go check out Sara's blog - lots of absolutely gorgeous cards, and she's such a sweet person as well.  For today's project, I pulled out one of my favorite stamps, Perfect Peacock.  I was inspired to try Jan Tinklenberg's faux glitter technique, which she describes here.  I think it turned out really nicely on this peacock, don't you?  It absolutely sparkles in the sunlight.  Such a beautiful stamp; you really can't mess it up.  Anything you do to this peacock turns out amazing.  :D


The peacock was made with several layers; first, I stamped it onto a piece of Very Vanilla that I had previously stamped with the Dictionary background and Gorgeous Grunge, then sponged around the edges with Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, and Certainly Celery.  I only colored in the flower branches on that one.  Then I stamped the peacock again with StazOn Jet Black ink onto a window sheet, flipped it over and colored the back of it with Blendabilities.  For the sparkle, I stamped the peacock onto a blank piece of acetate, flipped it over and transferred the ink onto the BACK of a piece of silver glimmer paper (this created an inverse image), so that when I cut it out with my snips, the shape of the peacock was pointing the right direction but there was no ink on the sparkly side.  Clear as mud?  :D  Then I attached the window sheet peacock to the glimmer paper peacock with a few glue dots.  I was pleased to discover that they don't really show through.  The whole sparkly thing was glued to the vanilla piece and I assembled the rest of the card.  My husband actually picked it up and inspected it with interest, and said he really liked it and would I please make another one for him?  GASP!!  I know it must be good, ha ha!

For this blog hop, I have invited another card maker whose work I greatly admire: the wonderful Kim Skinner over at Stamping Imperfection.  Kim not only has a lovely blog, but she posts great video tutorials over at her Youtube channel here.  Check her out!

And finally, on to the four questions required for this hop.  Thanks for sticking with me here if you're still reading!  :D

1.  What are you working on?
Right now I am working on a set of cute little 3x3 note cards to send to a friend.  She wanted little thank you notes that she can add to orders for her LuLaRoe business.  If you love fun patterns and soft, stretchy clothes (skirts, dresses, leggings), go check out her Facebook page and see what it's about!  :)

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?
This is the hardest question for me to answer, mostly because I'm not exactly sure what genre my work falls into.  I went back to my Splitcoaststampers gallery and looked at all the cards I've posted, and I came to the conclusion that I have a somewhat eclectic style.  I try a lot of different stuff.  But one thing I do gravitate towards is creating my own scenes and backgrounds, rather than using patterned paper.  Although I own a ton of patterned paper, I really don't use it a whole lot.  I much prefer to create my own backgrounds and scenes with ink.  Interesting!  I need to remember that the next time a pack of DSP calls my name, ha ha!
3.  Why do you create what you do?
Honestly, it fulfills a deep need somewhere inside of me.  I get an idea or an inspiration, and it bounces around in my head just itching to come out on paper.  I almost can't think about anything else until I get that project done.  I feel like the day isn't really complete until I've created something from start to finish.  I also love sharing my work with others and bringing some joy to their day when they open their mailbox.
4.  How does your creativity process work?
For this question, you will have to endure a few photos, because that's how I can show you what I'm talking about.  When I create a card from scratch, I usually have some kind of initial idea or inspiration that I'm working from.  For example, we were watching an old Dr. Who episode at one point, and there was a character who was wearing a long robe that had ombre shading and went from a fiery orange color at the top down to vanilla at the bottom, and the edges were bordered with sparkly gold trim.  The photo below doesn't really do it justice, but it's an old episode and hard to find images of it:

   I looked at that and fell IN LOVE with the colors, and thought to myself, "What if I sponged that onto cardstock and then added sparkly gold embossed swirls over the top?"  I have no idea how the movie ended, because clearly I was just sitting there dreaming up this card, LOL!  When I got up to my stamp room, I created this panel:

I loved it as it was, but I couldn't figure out what to do with it, so it sat around sparkling at me every time I walked by my stamp table.  Finally I ended up punching out some birds from it and creating the card below, which I also love... but it certainly took on a different look from my original inspiration!

My husband says that now we need to limit my viewing to only black and white episodes of Dr. Who, so that I can stay focused on the plot of the movie.  HA!

Anyway, I think my creations basically start with an idea - perhaps a single element that I want to create, or a technique I want to try - and then grow from there, kind of taking on a life of their own at some point.  A few of my cards end up a bit different from what I originally envisioned.  But I always have a great time tinkering! 

This blog hop was a lot of fun, and I am honored that I was asked to participate!  I hope you have a great week, and please check out the other talented artists in this hop. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Retired Background, New Technique

For my first card of 2015, I am using a background stamp that first came out in 2004 - eleven years ago!  It's called Geometric, and I love the retro feel of it.  I am using a relatively new technique with this stamp, I believe... since the technique uses Blendabilities, and Stampin' Up! didn't carry alcohol markers until quite recently.  That's not to say that someone else didn't do this technique before with Sharpies, of course!  Jan Tinklenberg was the first one I saw do this technique, which she calles "Faux Glitter."  I just love it - SO sparkly!  The background stamp looks like this:

I first stamped it onto a piece of clear window sheet that was cut to 3 3/4" x 5", using StazOn Jet Black ink.  Then I flipped it over and colored in the rectangles on the reverse side of the panel, using Blendabilities.  I used the darkest Rich Razzleberry and Coastal Cabana, and the medium Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  Then I mounted the panel onto a piece of silver glimmer paper that was cut exactly the same size.  I used glue dots in the corners and on the edges to adhere the window sheet to the glimmer paper, and they hardly show at all, even up close and personal.  I love that!

The sentiment comes from Perfect Pennants.  I heat embossed it in white on black cardstock, matted it on pieces of Whisper White and Melon Mambo cardstock, and then colored in the "a" with the same Blendabilities.  The sentiment piece is adhered with foam dimensionals.  And that's it!  I wanted the glittered panel to be the star of this show.  A fun, artsy birthday card that I can put away for someone special this year! 

Hope you had a great day today - thanks for stopping by!

2014 Favorites

Happy New Year!!  We celebrated early yesterday with friends, and were home safely tucked in bed long before the ball dropped at midnight.  Up early with my coffee to welcome 2015, my favorite way to start the year!  Before forging ahead, I wanted to take some time to review 10 of my favorite card projects from last year before I gear up to create some new things.  If I had blogged about it, I will include a caption underneath the photo so you can read the original post.  I feel like I learned so much this past year and I'm excited to continue growing and learning in the year ahead.  Enjoy!

My first card sale on Etsy, still holds a special spot in my heart.  :)

I love this Flower Patch stamp set.  So many possibilities!  I plan to do much more with it this year.

I loved creating a miniature scene on one of the feather die cuts.  This one reminds me to think outside the box more often!

I really like how the ocean horizon continues behind the circle onto the banner in the background.  And I love me a vivid sunset anyday!

This was a grand experiment in mixed media.  Lots of stamp sets, lots of layering and playing with gesso.  Fun!

For this one I was inspired by the Japanese gardens where they tint the water so that reflections are emphasized.  I isolated the flower head from the rest of the stamp for this one.

Possibly my favorite card of the whole year!

I sent this card to my favorite author to tell her how much I appreciate her writing and the lessons I've learned from her books.  Check her out here: Cheryl Richardson

Window to the Sea - like looking into an aquarium. 

Although this card would not fit in a regular envelope, I loved everything else about it.  That big beautiful butterfly really floats my boat!

And now on to new projects!  Have a wonderful start to your new year, and thanks for stopping by!!
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