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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Oh Meow!!!

Again I'm playing with the new "Outlaw" decorative papers from Stampin' Up! They're SO rich looking. And add the new "in" colors and the combinations area almost endless.

This was the new Wednesday Sketch Challenge at Split Coast Stampers. I got mine in a bit late but at least I did finish it. It was a very unusual layout for me to work with. I guess that's why they call it a challenge. Well, I sure was challenged on this one!!

OK, here's the funny part of this card. I take the yarn ball stamp and I tape off the little sting of yarn part on it and stamp the ball using black Staz-on. I was planning on using my blender pen and the Groovy Guava ink pad to color it. I took some white yarn and a sponge and held the yarn between the ink pad and the sponge and pulled it through to dye the yarn. I did it a few times and then took a paper towel and pulled the yarn through it a few times to get the excess ink off. Then I wrapped that nicely stamped ball (LOL) with the yarn. Sometimes I amuse myself!!! Anyway, the main thing here was that I did get a flat "ball" of yarn to affix to my card. cutting out the mouse tail was a challenge too but with those wonderful Snips by Stampin' Up! I was able to do it without much difficulty.

The cat is cut out and set in place with Dimensionals. I looked at the other submissions for this sketch and I think "I could have done that, or should have done that." I'm sure you do that too. Comparing our work to someone else doesn't help us out any. What we need to do is look at other's work and admire what they have come up with and learn from it. Take little piece of their work and add it to yours and in no time you have original ideas!!! Seriously!!! I am finding these sketch challenges to be very helpful to me. Most of them that I've participated in I have used in other cards I've made. It's nice to have some different layouts. I'm such a creature of habit that some change is good for me. To me change isn't always good but when I'm willing or open to it then I can handle it!!! It's got to be on my terms!!! LOL

But the most important thing to remember when you are stamping is "HAVE FUN!" If it isn't fun then why are you doing it?

So get busy creating and HAVE FUN!

Thanks for stopping by,


Trish D said...

Ooh, that's really cute! Love the "real" yarn :)

A little tip: when I'm cutting something super fine (like that mouse tail, or bug antennae)I stamp it on the card base first, and then just cut out the main body sections. Much easier on the hands!

Corie said...

This is sooooooo cute, I love what you did with this sketch --GREAT idea.

barb said...

Love your card! I have been admiring this stamp set and I believe that you have 'put me over' the edge!! Gotta have it now ;) !! TFS