January 15, 2008

All in the family

I've been trying to do the challenges over on splitcoaststampers and Friday's limited supplies challenge is using only 2 colors out of one Stampin' Up! color family. I thought this would be easy, but it's the "only 2 colors" part that tripped me up. Here's my attempt at this challenge - Earth Elements was my choice. Maybe it's because it's overcast today that made me pick Really Rust and Old Olive. Not the most fun colors, but I do like them together. I'm an autumn girl after all. Then it all came together when I looked at this entry in Nicole Heady's blog over at {capture the moment}. I loved this little technique and thought it added so much to the picture while using simple stamping. I borrowed a lot from her card, and hopefully soon I can be so creative all by myself without needing to CASE other stampers so much. Cheer me on, won't you? I used Artfully Asian for this card and stamped the twig in basic brown on Kraft cardstock. I colored in the flowers, berries, and leaves with Stampin' Up! watercolor wonder crayons (really rust and old olive again), then used my blender pen to soften the color. Now I was on my last leaf stamp over on my tiles and I didn't stamp straight, so there is some missing ink. I hate that! I wasn't about to go and cut out a new sheet and distress it again, so I'll just leave it. It's killing the perfectionist in me though. I really like stamping on Kraft paper, especially with craft or chalk inks, so I'll have to play around with more of these later. I used my Stamp-a-majig to break up the phrase "Each day provides its own gifts." and put it on 2 lines since the sentiment was too long to place over my fun tiles. I love my Stamp-a-majig and use it all the time to rearrange my sentiments. Much easier than cutting the blocks... heh!

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