Friday, November 18, 2011

It's getting creativity is heating up!

I know it's November, I know we live in a climate where snow is inevitable, but I'm still not ready to deal with the snow (snow banks, the puddles left behind or the ice).

However, it seems when it gets cold, my creativity starts to kick in a bit more. Now, THAT I can live with.

Yesterday I was working on getting  materials ready for tomorrow's Flower Necklace class.
(here's a sneak peek at the flowers for tomorrows class)
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A small order of product came in the afternoon. I unpacked it, priced it and put it out on the shelves. I tried really hard to get back to cutting flowers...but...there was one particular embossing folder that came in that  kept calling my name. It was the Winter Botanicals set from Sizzix and Basic Grey. 
Not a great photo here....but this is what comes in the set.  

I couldn't resist the calling to create. This is what resulted:

This one was made with Core'dinations Whitewash Collection (Grandpa's Trunk), a kraft card base and a little Candi dot from the Dotted Coffee Bean set. Soooo quick and easy! I love the subtle look.

Then I thought about the Easy Folder Frames...HAD to try that!  Another kraft card base, then cream card stock, ran through with an oval Easy Frame. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment, and to  "smoosh" over the embossed parts. I used my blending sponge and very lightly rubbed it over the tops of the embossed areas. Of course, I had to ink the edges just a little more to add that look I love. The Candi dot  seems like it belongs in the middle of that flower, so I added another. Again, quick and easy and so subtle.

Now for some color. This seems to be my favorite color combination these days, and I decided I could make it work for Christmas, too. I started with a white card base, layered with a sheet from My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas line, then a layer of teal Core'dinations Vintage Collection. The embossed layer is a lime green that I found in my scraps. Once quick and easy...just emboss, sand, add a quick stamp and adhere it all together. It takes  minutes to finish a card like this, and I love the way they turn out!

I had no idea what I was going to do for Christmas cards this year, or even IF I was going to do them. But after yesterday's creative burst, I think it might happen! I love quick and easy...and there is just something about watching that image emerge from either sanding or inking that delights my soul! 

May you find the time to do something that delights your soul. :o)

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