German Phrase of the Day: Das ist eine tolle Idee. = This is a great idea. Beate's sketch's are always a great idea...and I really LOVED making this circular card today!
I don't know about you all, but when I sit down to make a card, I RARELY have a picture in my head of what I'm trying to make. So for this card, I had the sketch I drew on some scratch paper down here at the computer...and took it upstairs with me. I happened to have a piece of Chocolate Chip CS that had been folded, but with bits cut away on both sides...so that was easy to trim down for the edge piece (although then I worried it would be too similar to Beate's...but decided that was ok.)
I also had the Cool Caribbean CS on my desk already (I know...I really should clean up after myself more often!) so that is what I started with. I cut my circles and started playing. I thought about using some DP, then said "nah, that won't work" so then i decided I'd do a background stamp on the Caribbean card...but which one. Aida cloth? No. Flannel? Maybe...but that's too country/shabby looking. Paisley? YES! But stamp it in brown! Hey...looks pretty good. Ok...now for the circular image below.
Can I use my scallop punch? Nope...too big. Ok...back to the coluzzle (and you'll see a cool frame I made whilst working here...gotta figure out how to use it first!) I made the ring of pretty in pink, then decided to scallop the edges a bit with my corner rounder. That worked great. Ok, so I have a great "frame" to go around my image, but what image should I use? I don't have any giant primas, which would have looked fantastic here...so I need a flower stamp. I started pulling down a few sets and decided Big Blooms would work. So I inked it with pretty in pink, rolled the edges in chocolate chip, and stamped on some white (happens to be the white cardstock from Papertrey Ink again...it was handy!!) I liked the look...but it needed more texture...so I crumpled it up and made the petals come up a little more. Then I decided it needed a button center, so I added that.
I had trimmed the edge of my chocolate chip CS with some decorative scissors, but decided with the scalloped circle it was too much, so I trimmed that edge off. But...the chocolate chip layer needed SOMETHING...so I did the faux stitching. Now...I just needed a greeting. Since I knew I couldn't pull off another circle tucked behind (I'd already adhered my pink "frame") I thought a short greeting punched with the word window would do, so I pulled out Happy Everything. After punching, I rubbed the edges along the Chocolate Chip inkpad...then decided I should sponge brown around the whole outside edge of the cool Caribbean card...so did that. Finally, I finished it off with the brads.
So, now you have a little insight into my creative process. Sometimes I start with an image I want to use, other times with a sketch, or occasionally with the colors (like when doing the color challenges!) But most of the time, when I'm not just CASEing something, my creative process is quite rambling and I never know what I'm going to end up with. But...in this case... I'm VERY happy with the end results! Thanks as always for the wonderful inspiration Beate!!! :-)
Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Big Blooms, Paisley background, Happy Everything
CS: Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink Papertrey Ink white cs
Ink: Chocolate Chip, pretty in pink
Acc: Crafter's Toolkit, coluzzle, Word Window punch, corner rounder punch, white gel pen, antique brads, earth elements buttons