Saturday, January 5, 2008

BEATE'S WEEKEND SKETCH CHALLENGE #29

I've only been designing cards since June (and stamping for almost 6 years). I know when I see other stampers/bloggers post their creations, it "looks" as though they just "whipped" their designs up! KWIM? I suppose there are probably alot of stamping designers out there that work quickly, but let me tell you, I'm not one of them! Most of the cards I design are a result of hours of thought, experimenting, and tweaking (as much as I'd like to participate in every challenge I come across, this is why I can't!). Even after all of that, I'm never 100% confident in showing them to the masses on my blog and SCS. There's a certain reputation that a stamper/blogger is trying to establish. (I look at it as building a portfolio.) Each time I post a design I wonder if it's good enough to show, wonder if it looks too much like the cards I've seen on SCS and other blogs ... you know, all those self doubt questions come up! There are some cards I've created that you will never see too ... they all end up in the trash! If you've ever considered sharing your artwork on a blog or SCS but were hesitant, I just want to let you know that even some of us who have shared for quite some time can be unsure too! ... BUT, it's worth the risk when you receive unexpected comments about your work that get you pumped up to create again and again!

On to the card ... for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #29. Here's Beate's Sketch:
The elephant was stamped twice in Jet Black Staz-On on Pretty In Pink CS. The entire body was cut out once, then the ear and arm cut out of the second image. The ear and arm are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

There are three additional flowers to the left of the main image. In order to stamp these three additional flowers, I covered the first stamped image with post-it notes (masking) and used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up.

The Certainly Celery piece in the upper right hand corner is from the Photo Corner Punch. A White Gel Pen was used to paint the elephants "toes" and "fingers". In case you can't tell in the photo, the card base is Whisper White CS.

For the medallion ... the flower/heart image was stamped on Rose Red CS and Tempting Turquoise CS, then cut out. The Whisper White CS is punched out with the 1" Circle Punch and the Pretty In Pink CS is punched out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. RECIPE
Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, and Pretty In Pink CS, Tempting Turquoise Prints DP and Rose Red Prints DP
Ink:
Jet Black Staz-On, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers, White Gel Pen

Embellishments: Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools:
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Photo Corner Punch, Scissors, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches

Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals

24 comments:

beate said...

Nancy, that is so adorable! I love it!
Thanks for playing with the sketch.
Hugs and smiles

Dottie K said...

OMG your work is amazing. Don't ever worry about it - you right at the top with those other ladies. You give me so much inspiration from your work. I'm so glad to see your back although I know how important it is to spend time with family. I missed ya!!! Love the card - I just adore elephants and he is just the cutest. Love the color combo - just perfect. Such a sweet card! :)

Heather P. said...

This is fabulous, Nancy! Loooove your color choices, and the image is adorable!

pescbrico said...

I love it a lot! I like the "layering" of the stamped images.

Ryemilan said...

Nancy, This card is simply adorable. It put a smile on my face immediately. Thank you!

Sam.

My Paper World said...

This is super cute! and the colours are fab! Your work is amazing!

Jackie Pedro said...

What you wrote in your post could have been written by me! You are so talented, but I understand the self doubt! I doubt almost every card I make, and some take hours. I envy people who can just crank out cards like nobody's business!

This card is just darling!!

Dawn Easton said...

rofl girlfriend! You are cracking me up! I think many of us feel the exact way you do. I know, I do.
LOL @ ending up in the trash...you know what I do...I give those to my Mom. Mom always loves everything I make. She isn't a stamper, she doesn't see flaws in my work. I think we are our own worst critics!
It's getting cold here this week...wishing I was coming down your way to see some sunshine and stamp with ya!

corinnesomerville said...

Ahhhhhhh.....soooooo sweet !!!!

Love it :)
Corinne

Heather Summers said...

How sweet is this one?!?! I LOVE the card!!! I totally get what you mean about the self doubt! Not only that, I sometimes hesitate because I think maybe I've seen this before (or parts of it) or maybe I've created it.....anyhow, you're great!

Becky - Stampin in the Tulip City said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Nancy...I love visiting your blog. This card is too cute. Your colors are fabulous, I love the elephant and the corner punch is great behind that layer. Love it!

Tracey said...

I love what you did with the elephant... he is so cute! ~:-D

These are the Stamps of Our Lives said...

LOVE these colours together! I'm definitely going to make one for someone special this Valentine's! and I just LOVE the elephant!

Tara said...

such a cute card! I love how you cut out all the parts of the elephant! :) can't wait till my set comes!

Carole (TruCarMa) said...

Are you kidding?! You rock! You are not allowed to ever doubt your fabulousness again, and that's an order! :)

Toni said...

hahahaha! I can always count on you to be "real"! It is always scary putting yourself out there, but because of you just laying it out on the line, makes it easier for me to keep trying. The card you made is cute the colors are delightful! You really have some talent girl!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,
Just wanted to let you know that I visit your blog on a daily basis. Please don't ever doubt your talent. Without ladies like you I would be at a loss for ideas. Thanks for inspiring me every day. Sheila

Libby said...

This is sooooo cute - love the colors, and love how you paper pieced the elephant! I love EVERYTHING you create, I bet I'd even love the ones you put in the trash!! Thanks for continuing to share with us and inspire!!

Rose Ann said...

This is soooo cute, Nancy!! I love the colors and how you popped parts of the elephant! ADORABLE!!

fran said...

Oh he's so cute! You gotta love a pink elephant!

Deborah said...

Now that is what I am talking about! (wink) One great card! Deb

theresa said...

that is an awesome card!!! I totally get how u feel, I have only been stamping for about 1 month and havent posted ANY thing yet for others to see. I will eventually, when i get more comfortable with my creativity, but it is a work in progress. so keep creating, your are an inspiration to people like me. smiles

Kim said...

Too Cute! Love what you did with the challenge

Amy G. said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful...you should have no doubts posting them!!!