Saturday, September 3, 2011

Christmas Inspiration

My part time job is at our local scrapbook store. The only small private one in our neck of the woods. I enjoy my job a lot and am fortunate enough to occasionally pick up outside orders for my Stampin' Up business and when my normal meeting place for my SU Club was unavailable, the owner was kind enough to let me use the store classroom. I teach about twice a month in the store using store products. This was the layout I did for August. Full size 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts are an interesting challenge for me since I much prefer cards and mini books. I can do them, I just prefer to work smaller. This design was fun to create. The flowers are embossed with embossing folders to add some texture and interest. It would be easy to add the word "JOY" to the ornaments with plenty of room for journaling and pictures.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I'm Back! Creative Sketches 45 a Week Later

Well I think I've been away from my blog way too long. Busy, resting, working, designing, teaching, whew! Still tired, still have a lot to do but making more time to design and create. And the good news is I finally have access to all my work tables. Still  have organizing to do but I have made huge progress.
Jumping back into designing for Creative Sketches . And apparently I liked last's weeks sketch so much I created a card for that sketch instead of this weeks, LOL! Oh well. I enjoyed the process of creating and that's what matters the most. I decided to browse through my newest stamps and choose Kindness Matters along with the Flirtatious Specialty Designer Paper. You know me, I like to flip the sketches for a twist and this card is no exception. I used the butterflies to mimic one of the borders and stamped them in Wisteria Wonder ink along the top of my card. The new Pretty in Pink 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon is perfect to add in the second border of the sketch. The extra large oval punch provides the back shape for the butterfly punch image. The patterned paper is the reverse side of the yellow on the background of the card. The designer papers make it easy to coordinate patterns and colors. The scallop oval and large oval provide the base for the sentiment. Basic pearls and pop dots add the finishing touches. A truly elegant card.

I'll see if I can't create this week's sketch too. May take a couple of days but I'll work on it.

Here is the original inspiration sketch. Be sure to check out what the other designers did at the main Creative Sketches site.