Hi Everyone. Happy Tuesday night.
I managed to three of four challenges this weekend - something I haven't done for a very long time. I choose some that really took me out of my comfort zone. The challenge across at Friday Mashup was both a sketch and a color challenge.
The colors really took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to look at my supplies very differently - and I had a lot of fun doing it, too, I might add!
I decided to use Nature Walk again. When I started to build the card, the Vanilla was looking just a little too bright for my card, so I did a little distressing to take the brightness down a little. I also decided that I would stamp the frame from Notaby Ornate onto Vellum first and then put it over a piece of Very Vanilla. So, distressing the paper and layering it with the Vellum, really toned down the Vanilla.
Once again, a different card for me, but I was really pleased with the results. Why all these totally different cards for me this weekend? mmmmm... must be the pills I've been taking!!!!
Here are the card deets - all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- Stamps: Nature Walk, Notably Ornate
- Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
- DSP: Botanical Gazette
- Inks: Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron
- Distressing ink: a little Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit was used on the background focal layer and on the sentiment layer
- Accessories: Antique Brads (colored with a Copic marker)
So, what do you think? It's an interesting layout and although the colors are ones I don't normally put together, I liked the way it turned out. I particularly liked the Notably Ornate stamped onto Vellum. It really helped the bird and the bee pop.
Don't forget to pop along to the Mashup and check out the fabulous design team (including our very own Paper Players bundle of talent - Lesley) and submission cards... and, I am sure the team would love it if you played along!
On a personal note
- WE HAVE A WINNER... Yes, a single winner of the "guess which of the girls is Jaydee" question from my post last week. Adelle was the only person who guessed correctly. Now, I've never met Adelle, but I think she guessed it was me because of how I had written about Mrs T. Yep... I WAS the teacher's pet. Definitely. Back in THE DAY, the teacher normally put her "pet" on her right hand side. So, I am the one sitting directly to the right of Mrs Tucker - her right that is. My arch rival was the person sitting at Mrs Tucker's left hand! So, you can click here to go back and check me out! The first thing I noticed when I looked back at this picture was that my socks weren't level! Grrr....I also had never noticed that I was the girl with the second longest hair in class! Isobelle Hunter owned the title of the longest hair and it was a gorgeous shade of red, too! Isobelle is the cute little one sitting next to me.
- We have a second winner.... I said I would pull a name from the comments and send a little bling. CHRISTYQ - a pack of Basic Rhinestones will be sent off to you. Please send me your snail mail address to jaydeestamping atsign charter dot net!
HUMP DAY - MID-WEEK BLOG QUESTION.
Our question for this week will also give one lucky recipient a little bit of bling when I randomly select a comment next Tuesday night.
QUESTION FOR THIS WEEK: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU CRAFT?
Now... I'll start you off. In the old days I used to watch television... well "watch" probably isn't quite right! It used to be background noise and I used to listen to HGTV. However, the more I got into my card making and crafting, the less intrusion I wanted.
These days, I listen to classical streaming radio. Either KDFC.com or minnesota public radio classic channel. I have found it is, by far, my most inspiring music and something that I can listen to and enjoy, and not have it interfere with my crafting. Well, that was until Sunday when they played the entire 9th Symphony from Gustav Mahler. That is one symphony that deserves to be listened to, without distraction.
Mahler composed it after he had been advised of his terminal heart condition. At the beginning of the symphony the feelings of anguish, anger, distress and shock are palpable. By the end of the symphony, the joy and love of live and all things beautiful shines through. An exceptionally emotive symphony. So, I had to put my cards down and just sit in my chair and relish every single note.
OVER TO YOU... What do you prefer? The sounds of your children playing quietly in their own space? The sounds of the football game on TV knowing that your hubby is going to be busy for a while and you can enjoy your time alone? Listening to hip hop? jazz? blues? country? Listening to books on tape? Learning a new language? Or the joy of total silence.
Have a wonderful Wendnesday. Thank you for playing along with my challenge question last week. Hugs and prayers to those of you who need a little lift tonight.