My apologies for my short absence. I was on vacation last week, prepping for my one annual craft show in which I participate. It was a super success and much thanks goes to my good friend and Stampin’ Up! downline Chris Oehlman. She was there with me through the whole day, helped set up the day before and lent her discerning eye to the layout of our booth. Thank you, thank you, thank you Chris. It worked so well because you were there.
Because November is our time to reflect and be thankful, I thought I would start out my first post this month with a thank you card, and Seasonaly Scattered was the perfect stamp. This card is a quick and simple card that you can easily make multiples at one sitting. I even used the Notecards and envelopes from Stampin’ Up! to create it, another time saver. but first, a time out for the Creative Blog Hop.
Last week I was asked to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by Michelle Gleeson. As a member of the blog hop I’m to answer these four questions and introduce you to some other stamping bloggers. Here goes.
- How does my work differ from others in my genre? I’m not really sure my work does differ. I like a clean card with good lines and something of interest. I can copy most any style but my personal style is clean and layered.
- Why do I create what I do? Almost everything I create is for a specific purpose or person. I create for the occassion, and while I do have a stock pile of cards I’ve created when I need one tend to make a new one just for that event. I feel I can personalize it. This also means I send out my cards so I take lots of pictures beforehand so I can remember what I’ve made.
- How does my creative process work? Sometimes I use sketches and color challenges, but not often. If I’m really stuck I will but I usually have some element or stamp, or technique I want to incorporate so I work from that angle first. I start with the color of my card base first, and work my way ‘up’ to the featured aspect. Probably backwards from most folks. I know when I started my blog over a year ago, I was concerned I would not be able to come up with my own work enough to support a regular blog. There are still times I CASE someone else’s work, because that is a sincere form of flattery and I don’t feel bad about posting those creations to my blog if it means more folks like you might see it. But most of the time, I’ve been able to come up with my own creations and been very pleased with them and I hope you all have too.
- What am I working on now? Well, I have a Holiday Stamp-a-Stack event in my home the next two weekends and so today was spent cutting paper. Check out my blog posts this week and next for a peak at what we will be making. Also running through my head is 1) a project for my mom, she has asked me to create 12 Bridge (the card game for you youngsters) tally’s, 2) what should I do for my card swap at Stampin’ Up Leadership convention in Jan, 3) two birthday cards I need to create this month, and 4) I was asked to provide all occasion type greeting cards to be sold at a newly opened gift store. 5) I’m meeting with a bride to be tomorrow and hoping to get her wedding invitation business. I have a lot going through my head right now but here is my card for today.
Besides using the pre-cut and scored notecards, this card was again made using the baby wipe technique. I always have baby wipes handy in my stamping space. I use them to clean stamps and blocks especially if I’ve only used one or two stamps and don’t want to get out my stamping scrub. I place a baby wipe flat on my largest acrylic block (F). You can use anything that wet ink can be wiped off of as it will soak through the wipe. Today’s card I used my blackberry bliss and coastal cabanna reinkers dropped onto the baby wipe. Let it sit for a few mins and you’ll see it will spread throughout the fibers. Then just use it as a stamp pad by pressing your stamp onto the wipe. The great thing about this technique is you can use it multiple times. I made 14 of these cards, all with one baby wipe.
Final touches – the silver sequins from Frosted Sequins popped on with glue dots add some pretty interest but nothing that detracts from the beautiful image. So crisp and clean.
I handed these cards out to some visitors to my booth on Saturday. I got this idea from Donna Griffin from Stampin’ Up! home office.
Thank you for stopping by my Avery’s
Owlery Stamping and Card Making booth today.
Take this thank-you note and give it to someone
who has made a difference, big or small, in your life.
Now to introduce you to next weeks Creative Blog Hopper, Katie Ferguson
Katie Ferguson is originally from southwest Missouri but has lived most of her adult life in Alabama. Before her retirement she was first an elementary teacher and then an attorney. She has been creating and crafting most of her life. In her early crafting years the selection of available supplies was very minimal and her creativity was basically limited to sewing and various forms of needlework. Twelve or fifteen years ago she became interested in paper crafting and that has now become her primary creative outlet.
Originally her paper crafting interest was scrapbooking but over time she became more interested in making cards. While she loves having finished scrapbooks, cards provide a much quicker reward with a finished product! She is now exploring using more and more papercrafting in home decorating. Holidays and events provide so many opportunities to create with paper!
Please check out Katie’s blog www.cottagepaper.com to see her wonderful creations. And make sure to check out her post next Monday where she answers the four questions.
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