Monday, February 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop- Time to Celebrate :-)

Hi Stampers! 

Today I am sharing a card as part of the Creative Blog Hop- Sondra Hammond, a fellow SU! demonstator was kind enough to invite me to participate in the blog hop, and if you have not had a chance to check out her post from last Monday, below are the links to her blog as well as two others that are part of the blog hop:

Also, I have invited the talented Karen Barber to be part of the hop and she will be posting her card next Monday, March 2nd , so please remember to check her out as well :-)

I decided to use the hostess set from the 2015 Occasions Mini, Time to Celebrate, to create a card with the CC518 Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey- I used all five colors) along with the Friday Mashup! FM198 “Up, Up and Away” Themeand Sketch Challenge.

Again, if you have not already done so, I hope you will have the time to check out all of the linked sites- gorgeous creations and inspiration from all!

To create this card:

Using Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink stamp the balloon and sentiment images from Time to Celebrate onto Whisper White cardstock.

Color the balloon image using Stampin’ Write markers- Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey and use the Crumb Cake marker to add shadows.

Trim the panel for the balloon and distress the edges using a Distressing Tool.   Apply Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink using a Sponge Dauber and stamp the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Crumb Cake Classic Ink.

Mount the distressed panel onto a piece of Hello Honey cardstock, distress the edges using the Distressing Tool, mount onto a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, distress the edges using the Distressing Tool and mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

Trim the panel from the Everyday Adventure Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! and emboss the panel using the Big Shot™ with the Chevron Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder.  Distress the edges using the Distressing Tool and apply a bit of Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink over the embossed area.  Mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, trim and mount onto the Basic Black card base.

Add the distressed Everyday Adventure panel and mount the balloon image using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

Trim the sentiment and create the banner using the Hexagon Punch.  

Mount onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, distress the edges using the Distressing Tool and stamp the Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp with Crumb Cake Classic Ink (“huff” onto the stamp to re-moisten the existing ink from the previous step above). 

Mount the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

Create the bow from Basic Black cardstock using the Bow Builder Punch.  Add the retired Basic Black button (with a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock in the center to mimic the thread) and mount onto the card front to finish off the card. 

Stamp Sets: Time to Celebrate (2015 Occasions Mini hostess set), Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar; Stampin’ Write Markers- Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake

Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, Basic Black, Everyday Adventure Project Life® by Stampin’ Up!

Accessories: Big Shot™, Chevron and Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders, Distressing Tool, Hexagon and Bow Builder Punches, retired Basic Black button

The other part of the challenge was to answer four questions, so here we go :-)

1.) Why do you create what you do?

I have been artistic all of my life and love stamping since it gives me a chance to teach others that they can be artistic as well (plus it helps reduce stress :-)).  I have been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator since 1999 and was not taking the time to create as often as I liked, so in May of 2010, I decided to start participating in weekly challenges.  This allowed me to actually use the supplies and stamps that I had been accumulating over the years and, in August of 2010, I started my free "tutorial" blog.  It truly has been an honor to see the response to the cards that I post and that helps motivate me to continue designing original card designs as well as experimenting with new and different techniques.

2). What are you working on?
I am currently on two Design Teams- SUO Challenges and The Card Concept.  Since these challenge sites are bi-weekly, I can create original designs for my entries on the Design Team and I also create at least three to four additional cards per week.

3). How does your creative process work?
As I mentioned, I like to participate in several challenge sites on the internet.  By allowing myself to limit my choices to specific colors, sketch and/or theme, it helps me narrow down my selections for the creative process.  My mind tends to be a bit "hyperactive" and I am also a perfectionist, so having the limitations helps me focus.  Once I choose a challenge, I think about what stamp sets would be good to highlight and go from there…Not sure exactly how else to describe the process, other than I truly believe that my artistic talent is God-given, so the Lord inspires me to create using the steps above.

3). How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Not sure how to answer this one.  I tend to gravitate towards a Shabby Chic style but also love to participate in Clean and Simple, Clean and Layered, Mixed Media and other styles as well.  Recently I was told that I have an “Elegant Eclectic" Style- not sure if this is an actual stamping style or not, but I tend to agree that I am a bit “eclectic” since my designs are varied (my learning style is Random Concrete from the CynthiaTobias' “The Way They Learn” so I guess “eclectic” fits me-lol!) 

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- don't forget to visit Karen Barber next Monday to check out her fabulous design on the next stop for the Creative Blog Hop :-)

It has been an honor to participate in this blog hop, and if you have a a chance, stop by again soon...I will be posting another card tomorrow using the Time to Celebrate set :-)   Have a fabulous day, my friends!!


Cynthia said...

This is just awesome! I love the colors, I love the shredded edges and the little black bow is perfect! Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Friday Mashup!

Heidi Baks said...

Great coloring on the balloon, and the distressing on the balloon layers are fabulous! Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

Lisa said...

Fantastic job mashing up the challenge! Love all the distressing!

Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

Claire Broadwater said...

I love all your distressing, Julie and the colors you used on your card! The coloring is gorgeous, too! Thank you for joining us at The Friday Mashup this week! XX

Kim Ryden said...

This card is SO AMAZING! I LOVE IT!

Elizabeth Mayfield-Hart said...

Oh, my goodness! This card is fabulous. Such great layering. I love the embossed printed paper. I would never have thought of that. Thanks for sharing your steps so thoroughly!

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