Sunday, September 19, 2010

Shoebox Swap Mix Up

I had a professor at Teachers' College who started off his lecture on Special Education by not showing up -- the next day, he claimed he had a Temporal Displacement Disability (always in the wrong place at the wrong time). I can relate, only mine has more to do with overlap. I forget that there's something happening (say, Commencement) and commit to do a Shoebox Swap for Regionals.

Well, Freud would have a comment, I am sure, about what I WANT to do conflicting with what I HAVE to do. Me -- I blame my bad memory.

So here is the card I was going to do for the Shoebox Swap!
The base is Very Vanilla, with a Chocolate Chip panel. Each of the small Very Vanilla panels was stamped with Certainly Celery, and the edges were sponged with the same. The salutation was stamped with Chocolate Chip and mounted on Certainly Celery. A ribbon of Certainly Celery wraps the middle. The stamps are Charming and Whimsical Words.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Red Rose

This card uses a long-time favourite: Fifth Avenue Floral by Stampin' Up. My friend Christine kindly lent me her set. I stamped and embossed 3 roses. I fussy-cut all three, with each one getting a little smaller than the previous. I built up the rose again, using pop dots. A punched branch, some designer paper and -- another thankyou card for my Card Challenge!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Exchanging my Art

Years ago, when I sang in a few choirs and took singing lessons, I decided I was "too shy" to perform. My instructor said, "Why did you join this choir if not to share your music with anyone?"

I think of that when I feel "too shy" to share my art with others. Creating art is a type of performance, just as singing is. I can make my art, just for me, and be happy doing it. But then I get lazy and stop producing. After all, the only person waiting to see it is me! However, if I make a promise to someone to give them an ATC or a twinchie, then I have to follow through.

I participate in exchanges because I think it is good for me. It forces me to create and produce.

My participate mostly in two forums for exchanges: Splitcoast Stampers and Quietfire Designs. Both yield good quality art, especially the PAT (Pick a Theme) exchanges. But frankly, I don't care about what I GET: it is what I GIVE that I care about.

Here's a card that I created this summer for exchanging. This card was used twice: I submitted it to Quietfire Designs for the Die Cuts: Inside/Outside challenge, and for the "Make Mine Vintage" exchange on Splitcoast Stampers.

The cage is a Tim Holtz die cut from SU Sage Shadow, swiped with Basic Black (looks like Black with verdigris, doesn't it?). The bird is an SU punch, edged with SU Creamy Caramel craft ink, and punched from an old copy of Jane Eyre. The flower garland comes from SU's Friends 24/7 stamp set, which I coloured with chalks. The sentiment is from Quietfire Designs (she does all the calligraphy for her stamps herself). The background is rubbed with Creamy Caramel and Soft Suede (both from SU), sprayed with water, and then stamped with SU's Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Soft Suede ink.