Friday, July 12, 2013

Create & Inspire

Happy Friday!  Whew, I got through another Bunco hosting.  So, come back this weekend, for photos of the 'gifts' I made for prizes.  Now, onto another wonderfully creative card sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday!  Kim, was the creator of this week's sketch.  And I must admit, I love her sketches.  She gives you really great lines and alot of room for adding your own personality!  Way to go Kim!
here is this week's sketch:

So, here are a few little tidbits, to help you express your creativity and basically how I 'see' the sketch.  The scallop border creates a border, to separate two different papers.  I love mixing and matching pattern papers.  The scallop trim can be almost anything: scallop trim, ribbon, a star border, a fancy embossed border, etc. You get the idea.  Next, the matted rectangle.  This piece can be large, small, or any size in-between.  It can also not be a rectangle.  A circle, a square, very work-able.  The bow at the top corner can also be a bow, a star, a heart, a flower, a button, again, almost anything.   See what I mean about the 'work-ability' of this sketch?  This sketch will basically let you dictate what you want to create, with a few guidelines.  So, let's get started at creating something wonderfully beautiful!

my card:

Once I saw the sketch, I knew that I wanted to use two different pattern papers.  I basically love mixing and match paper from different collections.  But, I don't have alot of new products, and didn't want to use the same papers again.  So, I used a background stamp for one of my 'papers'.  I figure, use what you got, then your stamps get some mileage, ink, and love {smile}.  I inked the Ex Libris background stamp in Coastal Cabana classic ink, and stamped on very vanilla card stock.  I added a strip of small polka dot pattern paper from the Modern Medley DSP collection.  Have I mentioned my obsession LOVE for polka dots before?  Anyways.  I added a scallop trim border piece, using the silver glitter paper, to define the separation of patterns.  But, I'm not a fan of seams showing, so I added a strip of seam binding.  I dyed the seam binding with Crisp Cantaloupe classic ink.  I machine sewn the seam binding to the front of the card.

I traded my rectangle piece for a circle.  Actually a doily.  That probably isn't surprising to you either.  The doily was cut with the Perfect Pennants Die.  (But, I imagine this could easily be switched with the Delicate Doilies Sizzilits.)
I made a multi-loop bow with the dyed seam binding.  I made a blossom with the new Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds.  Another one of my favorite products.  The vanilla button is from the new Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  Just gorgeous!  I used a super thin piece of basic black card stock as my 'thread'.  
The large paper blossom is actually made with crisp cantaloupe cardstock and 2 blossoms cut from the Fun Flowers Big Die.  I cut some of the petals off to give me more layers, and formed my own blossom.  I used hot glue to hold this little beauty together.  (I have no patience for liquid glue to dry.)  I swiped my whisper white craft pad across the petal ends, and well, that wasn't really working, so I started brushing on the ink, using the re-inker.  Then, while the ink was wet, I dunked the blossom into a tub of dazzling diamond glitter.  
For my label/sentiment piece, I inked the polka dot frame, from the four frames stamp set, in basic black classic ink.  The sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.  Also inked with basic black classic ink.  I wanted to add a bit more 'black' to the card, so I made those sweet little curly-ques out of super thin strips of basic black card stock and a wooden BBQ skewer.
I hope that you liked what I created, and you have been inspired to play along with us @ SFF.
Sometimes one of the hardest parts, is picking your color scheme, or decided what stamp set(s) to use.  I too, struggle with those exact problems.  So, I flip through the big idea book for images that I can stamp or see what colors they used together.   I'm a big fan of using what you have.  We all would love to just buy everything, but part of the fun is creating something new with something old {smile}.  And as always, have fun!  

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