Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Taylored Expressions February Studio Challenge

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HI Everyone,

Every month the Taylored Expressions Design Team has a Studio Challenge where we share a little bit of our creative process, answer a crafty challenge and share some of our favorite tips and tricks :) This month's design team challenge is:

Recipe for success!  When you sit down to create a card just for fun, for the pure joy of stamping, without any type of assignment or deadline, what steps do you usually take? Tell us how you get started and take us along on your creative journey.

I love those moments when it is just me and my stamp corner - sometimes I am not sure where to start -so in those moments I usually try to find a sketch challenge online because then I can visualize a card - or sometimes, I look through my stamps and find one that I haven't stamped recently and just start stamping. For this card, I decided to pick one of my most favorite favorite stamp set ever: Hangin' Out (there are also coordinating Hanging Out stamp sets - At the beach, a Halloween themed one: Wicked Wardrobe and a christmas themed one by the North Pole) . I just love this stamp set and always love paper piecing the dress or creating a baby card with the other stamps in this set. Here are a couple of pictures of my card making process (it was taken by my phone so I am sorry about the quality of the pictures):

I love the DP from the Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 paper pad and paper pieced the dress from the blue polka dot paper and the sash from the yellow paper:

Here is a picture of the Border dies (cloud border) and Grass Border dies that I used for the card and the poles that cut out and colored in with copics (umm and yes, I always almost only have 2"x 2" of my table for my card making process - ha! )
After cutting out some hills and sponging the clouds, I added a little birdie to the hill - here I was trying to place it to try to figure out which hill to put the bird on :) I ended up deciding that the bird should go in the bottom right corner of the card (I colored it with copics and cut it out and popped it out with some dimensionals):
 And for the sun and the sentiment, I used the Garden Party Blooms stamp set and used both of those colors for the sun:

And here is the whole card put together - I just love this stamp set (I seriously just love it!! :) and mix and matching sentiments with this stamp set is so easy - so perfect for birthdays, friendships, thank you cards or just blank cards :)

Here it is from another angle, I added some dimensionals to the dress and some twine in between the poles and also some liquid pearls around the sun:

Card Ingredients:
PaperPebbles Family Ties (6x6) paper pad
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Tuxedo Black
AccessoriesGrass Border diesCloud border die, dimensionals, corner chomper

If you ever get stuck in the stamping process, its always fun to check out some sketch challenges or to go through your paper collections and paper piece something from some of your favorite papers - one easy way to have your papers coordinate is to try the Project Pantry kits that Taylor offers or join the Key Ingredients club where you can monthly receive an already put together kit ready for card making or scrapbooking :) I can't wait to see what all the ladies have created with the challenge this month - please hop over with me and check them out!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)


Wanda G (stampcat) said...

This card is so pretty! I always love all your layers and elements, and how you put it all together so perfectly. I loved a little glimpse into your creative process today! :-)

Unknown said...

Wonderful, Sankari! LOVE all of your piecing and the happy, happy colors!

Shelly said...

Gorgeous dress...I'd love to wear that one, lol! Love your scene and your beautiful cards are always a treat to see!

Jami said...

I always love your Hangin' Out scenes and it was fun to see more about your process!

June said...

Beautiful card!!!!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Wow, Sankari! I love this fresh and sunny scene. Delightful!

Shannon White said...

Wow!! Loved getting a peek into your creative process Sweet Lady! 8-) And all in a 2x2 space, lol 8-) Love it! Your are So Amazing! 8-) Love the Sweet Sunny whimsical scene you created too! Just makes me smile!

Big Hugs

Kelley said...

Love all the paper piecing. Thank you for showing dots on the dress and hills. I'm afraid to use the same pattern on my cards but now I see it can be done.

JaneH said...

I've just looked through your blog and am completely blown away! The designs are amazing, the colors are mesmerizing, and I love every one of them!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

So, so cute, Sankari! I LOVE how the dress looks like it's flowing!

Taylor said...

This is so adorable, Sankari! I love hearing about your process! Sometimes I wish I could just live in your brain for a while...mine just doesn't work quite the same! :)

Jen Shults said...

I love when you use these hangin out stamp sets because you just ROCK them! So adorable. I love reading about your card making process. So fun!

Libby Hickson said...

Oh my gosh, love love love this!!! Your blog never fails to make me swoon. :-)