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.