If you're a Stampin' Up! fan, you'll have noticed all the wonderful products in the brand new Occasions Catalogue as well as in the Sale-a-bration Brochure. I keep waffling on which product is my favourite in each. It comes down to this: whatever I am working on at the moment is my favourite. Fickle? Perhaps. But the products really are that great!
The stamp set that I'm using for my card is Moon Lake which was the first stamp set that seriously caught my eye when initially going through the Catalogue. I love the images. Since I have a male birthday card that must be made for this weekend, I immediately turned to this set. I hadn't used the image of the Canada goose yet and so I chose to use it this time. I thought it would work perfectly with that wonderful male-oriented Designer Paper, Adventure Bound. A base of the Kraft paper pushed me in the direction of the colours I would use.
I love the way the Always Artichoke compliments the green of the background as well as the Wild Wasabi which I used to heat emboss the Vellum cardstock banner.
NOTE: I was very unhappy with the image on the Watercolour paper. I didn't feel that sufficient detail showed and that bothered me considering that the detail in the background paper was so very sharp. So I re-stamped the image on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock. I'm much more pleased with it. For the most part in this version the colouring is done with Blendabilities but some was done with my Stampin' Markers as well. You'll have to decide for yourself which one is more appealing.
There are four questions asked of each participant in the Creative Blog Hop:
1) What are you working on now? I am working on my next post for the Watercooler Challenges as well as for the Paper Craft Crew Challenges. As a Design Team member I can't be late.
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre? I'm not entirely sure it differs all that much. There are so many creative people out there and so many styles. I probably fit in somewhere.
3) Why do you create what you do? I create anything that will give me joy. I have designed clothing, costumes, knit and crocheted items. I have painted pictures and murals. I have created pottery and projects out of an enormous variety of materials. I love to create and I love to follow through on whatever inspiration comes my way. I love photography. Colours, textures, shapes---these things all inspire me and I wind up creating something as a result.
4) How does your creativity work? That's a question that would have a different answer with each project that I create. Usually I begin with some type of inspiration. That could be something I've seen online, in a magazine, or even a photograph. It could even be a result of a story I've read or a poem I've enjoyed. Something triggers an idea. It doesn't have to be the same type of project that I wind up doing, it just has to make a part of my brain begin processing what could be done. Usually I "create" my project in my head and then it's just a matter of making it happen with my materials. Other times I will be fooling around with some scraps on my talbe, get an idea from a colour combination or shape, and then follow through on that. Most of the time what I begin to make is not what I wind up making. There is not always a method to my madness.
And now it is my turn to nominate two people who will have their chance to participate in the Creative Blog Hop next Monday, February 2nd: Penny Hanuszak from Penny Tokens Stampin Spot and Marsha Reed from Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe. Both these ladies are incredibly talented and it is my privilege to call them friends although we have not met in real life. I know you will enjoy their projects.