Friday, March 2, 2012
Thanks for the Inspiration
So, today's theme is inspiration. For me, it comes from many places. Sometimes a stamp calls to me. Sometimes I find design paper or a layout in blogland. Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl Perry on her Laptop has two inspirations. First, it had Danabella all over it (for me). She keeps us babes organized and on track which is exactly what Perry looks like she's doing here. As Design Team Coordinator, it's typical for Dana to be sending us email with schedules, sketches, and updates. But mostly, she is our biggest cheerleader. The sentiment with Perry, "I'm here when you need me" is Dana to a "T"! Next, is you! Yes, those of you who visit and leave comments and Follow me. I love to check you out too! You give me ideas that haven't found their way into Crafty Cath's head yet; it's like learning a new language. This week, one of my newest Followers, Mary J., inspired me. I was checking her creations out on her blog and saw her card of Perry here. I loved ex Bella Babe Elaine's sketch but better yet was the way Mary chose to showcase Perry; it's Brilliant! Thanks Mary for the inspiration!
Since today's Bellariffic Friday challenge was to use Polka Dots, I upholstered Perry in a nice green polka dot print chair. Hehe, I used My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Breeze design paper throughout. I loved the colors and the combination of stripes, polka dots and florals. To get started, I stamped Perry onto Bella's Bestest paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored the ruffle edge with a teal copic and cut it out. I then stamped the image again onto the green design paper. I trimmed the upholstery print out and placed it on top of the first stamped image. At this point you have a trimmed out white cardstock piece with colored ruffles and green upholstery which looks wierd with Perry in Polka Dots. I'm not done yet, I stamped the image one more time onto Bella's Bestest paper so that I could color Perry. Which I did with my copics and then I trimmed her out as well and placed her on top of the green polka dot design paper. I then added shading with prismacolor pencils blended with gamsol and Tim Holtz Distress ink applied with a very small paint brush to the cushions (this little trick was taught to me by Paulabella). Now she's all set to sit in her floral papered room. Before I added the sentiment and striped paper, I cut a strip of teal cardstock with the edge of a Nestie Die. I loved the way the jagged edge tied with the ruffled edge of the chair. The sentiment comes with the image and was highlighted here with two sage Dew Drops. Needless to say this card took a lot of time to complete but I love the result!
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend.