A year ago today I started blogging!! Wow!! How time flies!! My first post stated my goal of exploring some new creative ideas and to revisit some old ones. I think I met that goal, BUT!! (ya had to know there was going to be a big ol' BUT in there!!) I think I just skimmed through the "magazine" of creativity. I didn't really LOOK and EXPLORE in depth. So, this year, it is about DIGGING deeper. I want to try pushing myself to get out of my little comfort zone and see where creativity can lead me. This means I'm going to have to put my big ol' fear of failure and rejection behind me and just leap.
So, what better way to kick of this new year goal than with some BLOG CANDY?!! Yep!! To celebrate this NEW YEAR of creativity, I'm going to give away some goodies! We're talking TWO of T!m Holtz's idea-ology Masks, Papertrey's Holiday Treats clear stamp set, Penny Black's clear Critter Party stamp set, Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and some SU ribbon just to start. BUT!! (there's that big ol' BUT again!! hehe) You've got to give me some feedback: To be elegible for for this candy you've got to leave a comment telling me TWO things:
1) Tell me at least ONE creativity goal you'd like to try this year
2) Tell me at least one (or more) suggestions of creativity that you'd like to see happen on this blog (besides posting something every day....let's be realistic folks! hehe)
I will have RandomKid pick a winner NEXT SUNDAY, January 9!!
I do have a couple of projects to share today. Both use the same color scheme and main image. Both have a CAS (clean and simple) look to them, but I think they each have a little different feel.
This first project is more of a decorative piece. It measures 5x7" and could be displayed on a side table or in an office. I wanted to use this wonderful winter image from Just for Fun stamps called River's Edge. While I was looking at this image Robert Frost's "Walking Through the Woods on a Snowy Evening" kept running through my head. I figured that it was a sign so I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and using the wrinkle free distress techniqe I applied Antique Linen, Aged Burlap and Brushed Corduroy to my craft sheet and misted with water and smooshed my paper into it. I repeated until I got a look I liked them dried it VERY well with my heat gun and little mini craft iron to get out as many of the waves that I could. I then typed out the poem and printed it out on the custom made background paper. Using my stampamajig, I stamped the main image using Versafine Vintage Sepia over the text. Pulling out my favorite Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Pearl, I added that little extra shimmer that is not seen in my very basic photo (yes, folks, I'm still taking suggestions for photo programs!! Need to get something soon as this basic program on here is NOT cutting it!!). I ticket punched the corners and matted the image on SU's Soft Suede. That was matted on a slightly bigger piece of SU Very Vanilla and then the whole thing onto the large 5x7 piece of Soft Suede. I used SU's ribbon punch twice to make an opening large enough for my ribbon and made my ribbon treatment (I guess you'd call it a faux bow). I then added some 1/2 back Martha Stewart pearls in the corners.
The next project came from the same image I had stamped onto Very Vanilla using Versafine Vintage Sepia again. I then took some Ranger Glossy accents and ran some thin lines along where I wanted some "snow" I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the glossy accents to give just a soft hint of glittery snow. I matted this over a slightly bigger square of Soft Suede and then that on a larger square of Very Vanilla. I wrapped my Polka Dot Soft Suede ribbon and made a faux bow. This was all mounted on the base of 5 1/2x 5 1/2" base of Very Vanilla.
Thanks for dropping by again!! I look forward to the new year of creating and appreciate the "company" that you give on the journey!! The ride is always more fun with friends along!!