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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Twisted Windmill

This Card being entered in the 
CS24T Technique Challenge

OMG - Have you noticed that it is extremely difficult to make a card for another stamper but it's even more difficult to make a card for your Stampin' Up! upline! You know it has to be over the top, something special and unique.... it just has to be... it can't be your normal, run of the mill card...
While stewing over the card you need to make you are also nursing an obsession with a new design that you just love working with. You've already made one card with this design and you've posted it on your blog so you can't copy it and make another so you find yourself trying to find a way to make a card with this new design while also setting it apart and making it special.

Last Week I posted a card called Luxurious Pinwheel which I made from inspiration provided by Stephanie Uzee.  Making that card reminded me so much of making a quilt in that the print patterns and the arrangement of the pieces totally changes the look of the blocks.  The print patterns sometimes provide a 3D effect and the patterns along with texture provide depth.

As much as I loved working with that design I found I wasn't done with it because there were so many options in how to set it on the background. I've continued to play with different patterns and colors and have liked each new one better than the one before it.

I loved setting the card on a plain background but somehow I just felt that I could find a way to set it where it really popped and became even more visually stimulating. FINALLY, I came across a tutorial from a European stamp company for a twisted card that sat upright. I LOVED the way the card sat and immediately I thought of that pinwheel and how setting it on that twisted card would really set it off.
My other new obsession is marrying different labels and shapes to make some new and interesting shapes for sentiments. There are so many choices and it's fun to try them out!

Finally I married the pinwheel with the twisted card and came up with a card I thought was unique and something I'd be proud to give my upline.  

This card is totally freestanding. My card was made to fit inside a 6"x6" envelope. Even coming out of the envelope, it's interesting....

The card is made from some of my favorite papers. I love, love, love Baja Breeze which I used for the base and the windmill is made from  opposing patterns in Elegant Soiree'.   It's matted with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  The label is made from two decorative labels cut from Not Quite Navy. After cutting I sat them together one parallel and the other vertical. The white label is one from the matchbox die. I love the shapes together. The sentiment and butterfly are both from Sale-A-Bration set "So Happy For You." I love the layered, lacy edges provided by different shades cut from the Eyelet Border punch... another of my favorites.

Hope you enjoy the card.  Happy Stamping!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for playing this week with Creative Sketches. This is a beautiful card! Love that it stands up by itself!

    Heather Pilz


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