Before I get onto today’s card I’d like to thank the Fab Friday Challenge for choosing my card as one of their “Fab Faves” for Fab Fri 59. Thank you!
I’ve been nominated by my lovely upline Eimear to take part in the Creative Blog Hop – her post is here. This is a one off commitment, so Eimear posted her blog entry last Monday and nominated two people – me and Louise Sims who I don’t know in real life but the three of us also take part in a monthly blog hop arranged by Louise so we are virtual friends! (We are all Stampin’ Up! demonstrators). I will be nominating two people to post a blog the following Monday and so on. We are also asked to post some information about our creative process and I’ll be doing that, and my nominations, after my cards.
I decided to carry on Eimear’s idea (aka steal) of challenging myself to create my cards using just one stamp set. I did cheat a little, as I chose a nice versatile set with 11 stamps, called Butterfly Basics. But I wanted to show that it’s possible to create lots of different cards without buying lots of “stuff”. I kept my cards clean and simple but didn’t restrict my colour choices, although two cards use just two colours and the first one has three:
I’ve put two photos of it, to show the envelope I made in matching DSP! But, back to the card. I cut A4 Blackberry Bliss cardstock in half and then scored and folded down the long side. I cut a mat of Lost Lagoon and then a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the fern in Mossy Meadow, the butterfly in Lost Lagoon three times without re-inking and finally “Happy Birthday” in Blackberry Bliss. Then I contructed the card using tombow glue and made a custom envelope using my envelope punchboard. Simple but effective, I thought! So there are three of the stamps shown off.
Next I decided to use the fern stamp again:
This time I folded and scored the half A4 cardstock in Old Olive along the short side for a “usual” (that is, C6) sized card. I added a map of Crumb Cake and then cut a smaller piece of Whisper White for the card front. I inked the fern in Old Olive and stamped the central image followed by the two images to the right of it. I re-inked the stamp and stamped off once, then stamped the leftmost image followed by the one to its right. I stamped the postmark in Crumb Cake to add a bit of interest. Next I stamped “Sending Wishes your way” in Old Olive on Whisper White card and used my oval framelit dies and the Big Shot to form the perfect oval “cut out”. I edged the oval in Old Olive. Finally, I constructed the card with tombow and popped the sentiment up using dimensionals. I covered the flap of a C6 envelope in Old Olive DSP to tie it together.
For my final card I chose two further stamps from the set:
I decided to use a square card for my final choice. The card base is Wisteria Wonder and the mat is Elegant Eggplant. I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and had several attempts at a colour wash effect. I was about to break my one stamp set rule when I decided to ink a plastic block (that I mount stamps on) with Wisteria Wonder, spray it with water and then stamp on Whisper White cardstock. After several goes I had a background I loved. After it dried I inked the flower stamp in Elegant Eggplant and stamped it on to my prepared background. Finally, I used a border stamp (yes, it’s meant to look distressed) in Elegant Eggplant which I stamped off once to balance the card. I then constructed using tombow as usual. I lined the flap of a square envelope in Elegant Eggplant DSP and have to say, I love the way this looks!
So, onto the questions that are part of this blog hop:
1. What are you working on now?
I’ve been working on the cards for this blog post and will then be working on card using the masking technique for a blog hop next weekend, plus some challenge cards!
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I’m not sure it does, really. I like clean and simple cards and like to think I have an eye for colour. I don’t like to overload my cards with layers, embellishments and ribbons – I try to stick to the “less is more” mantra. I don’t know if that makes me different!
3. Why do you create what you do?
Gosh, this is a hard question. I fell into this by accident. I won a card class in an auction and went thinking it was an evening I would never get back (yes, really). I got hooked that very first evening, signing up as a demo on the spot and that was over a year ago. I love making cards and I love the new friends I have gained from it. I raved so much that my sister (one of my nominees) also signed up – our conversations now are very much focussed on card making and craft supplies!
4. How does your creative process work?
Again, a hard question! Most of the time I’m working to a specific brief (a birthday card for a friend, for example) or a challenge like Fab Friday or because I want to play around. A colour or a stampset or a piece of DSP will catch my eye and I’ll start to noodle around, think, walk away, think, come back, or if I’m on a deadline I’ll keep going until I have something I like. Or I start again! So far, I don’t tend to CASE (copy and share everything) other people’s designs or get my inspiration from other items like wallpaper or pictures (which is a great idea I recently found out about and intend to adopt); I like to create my own designs. I think that when I sit down to create a card I know I’ll walk away with something – some cards come out better than others! But it’s the enjoyment I get creating them that is most satisfactory.
And now onto my nominees! My sister, who I recruited, is my first! Liz signed up not long after me and blogs every single day. She is a complete convert to all things Stampin’ Up!, even though she was sure she was colour challenged when she started! Liz has a wonderful clean and simple style and is a demo in New Jersey. Her site is here.
My second nominee is Angela Cormier. Angela and I (and Eimear) share the same “ultimate” upline so belong to a large, connected group of demos. Angela and I haven’t met but she jumped at the chance to take part in this blog hop. Angela’s blog is here.
Well, that’s all for now! I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards and also finding out a bit more about me.