Monday, February 16, 2015

Creative Blog Hop - WCC17

I'm very excited to have my turn in the Creative Blog Hop!  I was nominated by the lovely Deb Smart of Stamp and Create.  I've met many kind and talented people online during my stints as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I'm glad she's one of them.  My contribution is what my friend Buffy likes to call a $400 card; not for beginners, because they haven't been collecting papercrafting supplies for years!  I feel very lucky to have such variety at my fingertips now.


A Vintage Valentine

Stamps:  Chalk Talk, Chalk Lines, Petal Potpourri
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Vellum
Gear:  Adorning Accents embossing folder, Chalk Talk die, Spellbinders Pendant die
Other:  Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Theater Originals ribbon

The Questions:
1.  What are you working on now?  I have a couple of papercraft-based home decor items I'm working on as a housewarming present for my wonderful mother-in-law.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I don't think I'm all that original!!  So many people make greeting cards, and I often draw inspiration from others.

3.  Why do you create what you do?  I enjoy crafting & creating because it's relaxing for me; I think cards are the things I make most often because they are pretty, yet practical and don't take weeks to complete!  

4. How does your creative process work?  It depends whether I'm creating for a specific person, or to have cards on hand.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest; it used the Chalk Talk label with a butterfly in the center and a horizontal element across the card under the label.   It had bright colors and a springy, contemporary feel.  I knew I loved the sketch, but I thought maybe I could put a heart in the center instead of a butterfly, and I've always liked the combination of black, vanilla and red in vintage cards, which I thought would work well if the Chalk Talk label was the focal point of the card.  From there it was just a matter of finding what I had that I felt would work together.


I'm also posting this card to the Watercooler Valentine Challenge.   At the moment, I haven't found anyone to follow me in the Creative Blog Hop next week, since it seems like every blogger I know has already participated.  Hoping a volunteer will come along soon... let me know in the comments if you're interested!!

6 comments:

Heidi Weaver said...

I'm so glad you've shared your card for the Watercooler Challenge, Linda. It's such an elegant Valentine. I love the embossed heart with which you've embellished it---very unique. Thanks so much for joining us for our challenge.

susanstamps said...

Beautiful Card! I love the heart!

Deborah said...

Linda, your card is gorgeous!! Love your description of the $400 card- LOL! We all create some of those, don't we?!! I'm so pleased you agreed to participate in this Hop, and proud to call you friend! :)

Buffy Cooper said...

I love this card, Linda! So pretty - and the little "details" (like the heart) are gorgeous. Thanks for participating!

Jackie said...

Linda - really sweet card. Thank you for participating in the Watercoolerchallenge.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Linda this is such a great Valentines Day card. I absolutely love the little embossed hearts and the way you used the doily image on your card. TFS