Monday, February 8, 2010

Splitcoast's "Featured Stamper" Challenge

Barbara Anders (aka "Bar") was the "Featured Stamper" at the Splitcoast "Featured Stamper Challenge" (FS157 - Raise the Bar!) yesterday and I chose this card from her gallery! You can also check out her blog and leave her a comment for some blog candy here. I thought her card was so lovely and could not believe that it only received 2 comments! For the challenge we are supposed to change a least two things..... I changed many more but stuck with card layout that she used. If anyone would be interested in taking on this challenge, you can find it here!

The flowers that I used are some that I bought from Michaels and the leaves I used with them are some that I cut and paper sculpted years ago for a quilling project. I paper sculpted the flowers too and then added a couple of colors to the centers for some contrast.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Finished Card Size: A7/5"x7"

Papers: My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus" (patterned papers), Bazzill
Stamps: Hampton Art "Studio G" (sentiment), Flora & Fauna by KaiserCraft, CC Ruben Stamps, Judith
Ink: "Pearlescent Ivy" and "Victorian Violet" Brilliance Pigment (sentiment), Memento "New Sprout"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter"
Accesories: Recollections "Pearl Stickers", Offray Ribbon, "Brides" Flowers from Michaels, Martha Stewart "Eyelet Lace" Border Punch, "Olive Green" (#15) and "Eggplant" (#107) Marvy LePlume II Markers

Saturday, February 6, 2010

And I'm back, yet again!...............

Well, as you can tell by my lack of activity here at my blog, I've been in a bit of a creative slump and I have to thank a very nice lady by the name of Velta for encouraging me to get back to work! The other day, I had stopped by her blog as I do frequently and I was so impressed by a card she had just posted (you can see it here at her blog) that I left her the following comment:

"Oh Velta, this is so beautiful!!!! I've kind of been going through a creative slump lately and this is just the inspiration I need to snap out of it...thank you!!!"

Well, she visited here at my blog and left the following comment:

"Oh MY Pam ~ I have been through your blog and your talent is amazing. All of your creations are so elegant...just what I like! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog! It is hard for me to understand (other than the holidays) with your talent how you could be in a slump...Get on out here girl and get to work...I want to see more of your art!!!"

After reading her comment, I happened across a link to the Flourishes Newsletter and the first item I saw was "What's Your Cup of Tea? Challenge!" Well, to be honest I found that interesting and decided to take the challenge and make a Valentine card for my husband. My morning beverage is "Starbucks Breakfast Blend" and I went from there. Now, mind you this is not the best card I've ever designed, but my DH does not like "fluffy, girly" stuff, so I tried to keep it simple. Here is a photo showing the Starbucks bag along side of the card I designed:

and here is a close-up of the digitally stamped image I used:

This adorable little snail was a freebie from I actually altered the image by cutting of the tail, changing the envelope sentiment, replacing the antennae with wire ones and adding the eyelashes. I colored the image using markers by Neopiko.

I also want to point out that the paper piercing that I did on this card (the sun rays) was done using my new "Piercing Tool" for the Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter". The needle that I used in it was not quite large enough, so I used a manual piercing tool to make the piercings larger....I need to go to Hobby Lobby and purchase a larger sewing machine needle!

Thank you so much Velta for giving me the "boost" that I needed!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Finished Card Size: 5.5"x5.5"

Paper: Core'dinations, Daisyd's "Playtime Dots - Pink & Yellow #14061" (hearts border)
Stamps: "Snail Mail" digital freebie from Doodle Palace and Studio G
Ink: Memento "Rich Coccoa"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", QuicKutz "Revolution"
Accessories: Spellbinders "Nestabilities", Neopiko Markers, Ranger "Diamond" Stickles, Martha Stewart "Lace Heart" Edge Punch, Recollections "Pearl Stickers"