Well, there are no llamas in this month’s inspiration photo, but there are some pretty fantastic images, and to say nothing of the color scheme. I love the citron, red and grey combo– so unexpected and not a combo I would usually work with, which makes creating even more exciting. I hope you’ll feel the same way because we want you to help us celebrate a whole year of The Heart Desires’ challenges!
Here’s some more inspiration to get you started~
First up, No Drama Llama!
Flora and Fauna’s newly launched products are fabulous and Tonya has most of them in the store!
I created another card using the grey, black, citron and red scheme.
First I stamped a Concord & 9th Tree Ring in Unicorn White ink, heat set, and water colored with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks. Tonya has many of the Distress Inks and new Oxide Distress Inks in store!
Laura, I am sorry that the sun is not shining for you in the PNW (what else is new), I am sorry that Mercury is in retrograde (thus all my uploading woes), and thus I do apologize for being so unfashionably late. All that being said, I sure hope you have had a wonderful birthday weekend, and caught some sunny spring splendor Friday or late yesterday! What a wonderful time of the year for a birthday when everything is bursting to life!
This card was inspired by the season and earth day! I can’t wait to get digging in the dirt and my containers, as the front of the house is looking like a wasteland after the winter!
I’ve had this printed acetate from Studio Calico for awhile now and kept wanting to use it, but not really feeling inspired to. Sometimes just spending time with your stash, organizing, reminding yourself of forgotten dies, and sifting through the bits and bobs leads to inspiration. This is a a combo of new and old, and features a few different techniques.
For example, the hummingbird set from Hero Arts is brand new; I love these dies so much–you’ll be seeing more of this and the other bird soon. I adhered some washi from a great Michael’s collection to some cardstock and then die cut. I like this technique and it is a great way to create unique papers and use up washi, especially that which is getting older and losing its stick.
The sentiment from Papertrey Ink is adhered below the acetate. Because anything will show under the acetate, adhering it itself is tricky, so glue dots were used under the die cuts.
The little Wellie is from an older My Creative Time die set. The top layer of the boot is cut from hand-colored Ranger glossy paper using a combo of orange, pink and yellow alcohol inks.
I watercolored with brushos, available at The Heart Desires, and cut that paper with the new Waffle Flower leafy dies. The new Waffle Flower collection looks so good with Savvy dies, and so I united the Savvy floral set here.
The inside is finished with the Michael’s washi set.
I’m the last stop on the hop, so make sure to head over to Laura’s blog and check out her recent work and wish her a happy birthday!
If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Tonya’s blog, our hostess for the event!
Just screams sweetness, doesn’t it? (A little oxymoron for you… I’ve been teaching Shakespeare for the last couple of weeks, and it is National Poetry Month, after all!)
For my offering, I honed in on the chalkboard (possibly passe as far as trends go, but I really wanted some contrasting black with the pastels), and the florals. I didn’t have a lamb, so you’ll note I’ve substituted a hedgehog. Nothing says spring like a hedgie, right?
My sentiment is deliberately mottled, imperfect and smudged, and that being said, it’s killing me! But you know, chalkboard! I achieved the smudged, off-set effect by stamping once in Unicorn White ink, then heat-embossing with Detail White powder.
Once cool, I stamped again over it, just a bit off to the side, then rubbed the wet ink from the embossed letters. The little dancing white specks of embossing powder really goad me, but it’s hard to get a clean finish even after prepping with the Embossing Magic buddy.
So this is how my card began; it is a tri-fold construction, created from just an 8.5×11″ piece of cardstock. I cut a diagonal and adhered the coverplate die (thanks Kimberly!). I wanted you to be able to see the patterned paper peeking through, thus the diagonal cut.
The inside paper is from Maggie Holmes’ Bloom collection, available in the THD store.
After getting those pieces adhered, I assembled my centerpiece. The chalkboard is cut from Gina Marie Cross-stitched rectangle die. The amazing new collection from Waffle Flower Crafts includes this Floral Border Die, which was cut from Ranger Watercolor paper and then colored with Brushos (Emerald and Marine Blue) and Distress Inks.
Here’s a bit of a close-up of the coloring. And that HEDGEHOG!! Love that little guy. He fits perfectly in the scene. Tonya has many dies from Gina Marie, not to be found many other places, and I couldn’t resist this little critter.
The inside is finished with some washi, of course!
Finally, I bound the card together with my favorite wax string.
Here’s the back view:
Okay, hop to it and submit your creations by 4/30! I can’t wait to see how you are inspired!
I am so excited for Tonya as she embarks on this journey and I hope you will share in the excitement as well by hopping along with the design team and then hopping over to her store to find some sweet products for your planners and paper-crafting! Tonya will be curating high-quality products that she recommends in a boutique-style shop. For our hop, we are featuring some of her current products and/or Hero Arts company products.
For all you coffee lovers, she has some fabulous finds for your next coffee inspired project–stamps, stencils, inks, and great embellishments! Here are few of my favorites. Click any image My links aren’t working, so click here to be taken to Tonya’s shop to purchase:
So here is a lovely picture of a coffee plant. In my modern twist, neon colors and bold black take center stage. The flower and berry stem is from Julie Ebersole’s Wild Garden set.
The leafy stem has been cut from one of the most beautiful coffee bags I have ever seen (the coffee was pretty fine, too!). I love single origin coffees and exploring small roasters. We are pretty lucky here in the PNW to have some amazing roasters–Heart, Coava, Courier, Case Study, Seattle Coffee Works, Elm Roasters, and Slate to name a few. In Seattle, we are also finally catching up with other progressive cities and our coffee shops are offering some wonderful roasters from all over the US. Here is a photo of the actual bag:
Isn’t that lovely? I have cut out the entire bag and have a few other up-cycled projects in the works!
For the flower, I embossed a Hero Arts background stamp onto cardstock with clear Versafine embossing ink and covered it with clear embossing powder.
Then I sponged Hero Arts Neon pink ink over the embossing. You can see some of the sheen of the clear embossing on top of the flower.
The sentiment is from an older Kelly Purkey collection. She has partnered with Hero Arts and has some fantastic product for planners, scrapbooking, and card making which Tonya is featuring in her store. Below are a few of the featured Hero Arts products (the whimsical leaf is actually from Penny Black, but I’ve had it so long, I thought it was a Hero Arts die! Hence, its appearance alongside the other products!)
You can view more of my coffee-inspired projects here!
Next Up: Terrarium Love
Hero Arts offers up the best of the papercrafting trends like succulents and pineapples as of late! My next card features HA succulent garden stamps, their terrarium die cut from Jen Hadfield gold paper and birch wood paper, Distress Ink watercoloring on Ranger watercolor paper, Studio Calico sentiment, and all digital papers from The Lilypad and The Digital Press.
The inside washi is from Stampin’ Up, which Tonya also sells! I love the play of coral against the blues and ripe green.
Okay, now it’s time for you to hop along to the rest of the design team’s pages for some more inspiration!
“Hello, yeah, it’s been a while.
Not much, how ’bout you?
I’m not sure why I called,
I guess I really just wanted to talk to you.
And I was thinking maybe later on,
We could get together for a while.
It’s been such a long time,
And I really do miss your smile.”
–England Dan and John Ford Coley, 1976
“Oh – stop
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’ ”
–The Pixies, 1988
Ever feel like you’ve been existing in a time-warp, floating between dimensions, touching down lightly into reality and then off again? That’s what the last ten days have been like for me!
Over the last two decades, as a migraineur, I have had to adapt to an uncooperative brain, which is not easy for someone who could be working, creating, reading, and writing 24/7! Last week, I was hit with a three day migraine, the effects of which lasted for the remainder of the week–what migraineurs not-so-affectionately call “a migraine hangover.” So all creative and professional work was curtailed, and I’ve been playing catch-up, and taking life a little more slowly the last five days.
With a reduced teaching load due to spring break, I’ve had a bit more time to get back into my craft room and resume work on a few projects. It has been so good to just play with colors and patterns and experiment with some new styles. I will showcase some of those very soon!
Today, though I want to share a project I had completed right before I was derailed. I took my inspiration from an art piece I found on Pinterest. It is called “The unending amends we’ve made (imperishable wreath) 2010,” (acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wire, wood) by Brooklyn-based artist Lauren Clay. Her work is delicious in terms of color, and at times unsettling in terms of contrasting hard geometric elements with the soft colors.
Here is my card:
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been compelled to create paper nests. I have also been gravitating to varying hues of turquoise, coral, and pink, as you may have noted in my last few cards. So when I saw Lauren’s work, I knew I wanted to try and replicate its form and color with my Memory Box branches.
I first colored separate panels of watercolor paper with a water-color brush and Distress Inks and Stains. I saturated some areas for deep color and lightened others with water. I also flicked water onto parts of the panel for spotting. I wanted to create an ombre effect, which you can see more clearly in the close-ups.
After creating my pink, blue, purple, and yellow panels, I strategically cut many branches! I’ve been quite the die cutting machine lately with my recent cards! Flowers, circle, branches, oh my!
I then altered branches to get the desired shapes and sizes. Finally, I worked on placement, which took some time!
TIP: Take pictures of your stages, especially when working with a lot of large and small paper elements. This will aid your memory greatly and allow you to compare different arrangements.
I was then ready to add that gorgeous sentiment from Winnie and Walter’s set The Big, Bold, and You. I absolutely cannot get enough of these fonts and the quality of the stamps is awesome. I just ordered their other set, The Big, Bold and Happy. I used Versafine Onyx Black, which is just as bold as the sentiment!
TIP: When working on placement of your font, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig and corresponding plastic sheet or stamp your sentiment on a scrap paper and position.
I absolutely love how the flow of the “you” follows that of the branches.
The inside and back are finished off with a simple strip of turquoise washi.
As some of you may know, CASE Study, run by the ever-inspirational artist, Chupa, is looking to expand its design team. I had the honor of guest designing in March and would love to continue creating alongside all of the talented ladies on the team.
Chupa asked applicants to create a project based on the work of a personal muse in the crafting industry and a style that would challenge us artistically. I have many muses in the crafting world to whom I turn time and again for inspiration– and they vary greatly in their styles. I will be featuring some of these individuals and the cards I created based on their inspiration in upcoming posts.
However, as a writer and paper crafter, I have always looked to the art world and popular culture for inspiration. So in this instance, while I am not CASE-ing any particular card artist, I was drawn to a compelling visual artist that inspired me to create a bold, modern, CAS-style card. I hope this will count!