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!!


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.

Anonymous 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