It’s New Year’s already?

Holy Moley! Where did the month go? It just flew by. I caught a horrible cold which took forever to go away. It completely zapped my creative mojo. Then there was X-mas shopping, X-mas & of course going to work every day.

I took a few days off this week & finally had a chance to work on some new stuff. I even submitted these as part of my application for a stamping company’s design team. I really hope I’ll have the opportunity to be part of their team.

And now……onto the samples!!!!

I used my scanner with this instead of taking a picture with my camera. You really can’t see the shimmer that well, but you do get a really good idea of the colors. The cardstock for the card is Malachite Strdream, the mermaid is mounted to gold mirror card and some lime green scrapbook paper I had. I added blue & green shimmer chalks to the lime green paper to tone it down since it was too bright. I stamped the mermaid & nautical stars in black archival ink – these are from Bombshell Stamps. I colored the mermaid & stars in with Prismacolor pencils. Then I applied clear glitter gel pen over everything to make everything pop.

This next one is my favorite…….

I stamped the sailor girl & the nautical stars. Again the stamped images are from Bombshell Stamps. I used Copic markers to color everything & used the colorless blender on the blue sailor top to lighten up the blue ink a little bit. I added some grey accents to the cap, but you can’t see much of it in this picture. I added clear glitter gel pen to the stars. The card is light blue cardstock & the striped background paper is from a company called Reminisce. I think it’s a graduation design but it works really well with the sailor girl image. I used a corner punch from EK Success. I also punched an oval from Malachite Stardream card stock & popped the sailer girl up with foam tape for added dimension. The stars are popped too with foam tape.

Here’s the last sample…..

It’s a Spanish señorita. I think she’s supposed to be a bride, but with that mantilla, she looks just like the doll of a Spanish señorita that my great aunt used to have on sitting out in her living room. I used a swirl pattern shimmer cardstock for the base & layered gold mirror card on top of that. You can’t tell by this pic, but it looks really cool. The señorita, fans & letters are from Bombshell Stamps. I colored her fan, the fans at her feet & her veil with shimmer chalks. I used copic markers on everything else & added clear glitter gel pen. I finished by adding 2 ribbons at the bottom. I layered a white shimmery ribbon on top of a orangey-red sheer ribbon.

That’s it for now. It’s really late, I’m going to bed. I’ll have more samples to post tomorrow. Yippee!

Creative process….

I’ve got a billion ideas in my head and need to jot them all down. Then by the time you get a chance to write everything down, your original “cool” idea has evaporated from your brain? Sound familiar?

I located my sketch book this past weekend while I was organizing some of my supplies. It’s only 5″x7″ & the perfect size to fit in my bag. I usually keep a mechanical pencil attached to the spiral spine so that I always have something to write with. Good thing I bought it with a hard cover though, because I just noticed that it’s really banged up! LOL!

Sketching out basic outlines, details, placement of images (especially on more complicated projects) helps me figure out the basics of the finished product before I spend hours in a creative brain freeze. When I have too many options in front of me, I start thinking in 10 different directions at once….”oh I could do it this way”, or “I cold try this color”, or “maybe with this style”. I’ll end up pulling out a bunch of supplies, spend hours going over ideas & not get anything accomplished! :) Once I see it on paper then I can add in little details about colors/stamps/stencils/embellishments I want to use. My finished product doesn’t always turn out like my original design, but that’s ok too. I use the sketch as a starting point & go from there.

I had a few minutes yesterday morning & was able to sketch out about 4 ideas in my little book. I should be able to turn these into cards this week with no problem. Not sure why I got out of the habit of using my little sketchbook, but I’m definitely going to start utilizing it again. It got my creative mojo working again after it took a little snooze for Thanksgiving! :)

It’s December already?

Holy moley where did the last month go? I can’t believe it’s the 2nd week of December already. I’ve been so busy since before Thanksgiving with family and work stuff. Been trying to fit in art time wherever I can. I have a few things I’m working on & should be able to post them before the end of the week.