Wednesday, January 23, 2013

OWH Design Bootcamp- Color Theory

Playing along with Operation Write Home & design bootcamp. This week, to start off bootcamp, is some basic color theory. I've picked up a lot of what was covered this week over the years of quilting and picking fabrics, and also applied that to picking papers that coordinate. A color wheel is always sitting out on the desk for reference...  Thomas will tell you, I don't do random or things that don't match as close as I can get them. ;)

The homework for the week was to pick one of the basic color harmonies & create a card. I chose monochromatic for my card. I started with the piece of striped patterned paper that was on the desk. I played with several different cards before this one.... The sketch is this weeks OWH sketch. Patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. I pieced the windows and door. Sentiment & house is from an OWH Hero Arts set.  Background paper is stamped with sentiment and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Black brads are Making Memories.

These two cards were made with the same stripe paper and stamps. The other patterned papers are also by MME, in the same lime twist paper line. The idea was to make them for the homework, but the teal of the house doesn't fit in the same wedge on the color wheel as the darker blue, so they don't quite work for monochromatic. They are closer to analogous.... Ribbon is May Arts. Cloud die is from Memory Box. Sketches are OWH 152 for card with clouds & OWH 96 for house with ribbon.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

back to the paper

The mojo & creative spirit have FINALLY returned in more than just fits and spurts. Yeah!!! I've spent the last several months making very few cards, and cleaning the scrap room and purging the paper stash. Some of it has aged for far to long. It was the only thing available when it was purchased, but hasn't really improved with aging... Especially now that I have figured out what my "style" is. Really cutesie or dark orange/brown fall colors, really don't work for me. Pushing and MAKING myself use it, just kills the mojo. I have some really nice fall Bo Bunny paper that I have tried for several years to use up making cards. Whenever I pull it out, it sits on the desk. Waiting. I look at it. Walk away. Come back. Same thing. Just not inspired to use it. It is now sitting in the donate box. I am much more inspired to use the paper that I really love. An added bonus is that I can actually find what I'm looking for... Well, for the most part. ;) There is still more to weed through, but the mojo is back, and cards are being created. :)

All the cards today are from paper that had been aging for awhile. Years, actually. I made them for a friend for Christmas. Unfortunately, mojo didn't strike until after the holiday was over, so her gift was late, but she understood.

I'm pretty sure most of these started as OWH sketches, but I didn't keep notes. I just went with the creative flow... Some ideas may have come from Pinterest...
The papers and stickers used for all of these are from the Sharron Ann Collection by Deja Views. Sentiment stamps are from-- So special is Hero Arts, OWH set. Many Thanks is from Hero Arts. Thank You is from a Basic Grey Hero Arts set. Thanks so much is from Hero Arts. Birthday Wishes is from Impression Obsession. Wishing you happiness is also from Hero Arts. I used some stickles and glossy accents on the flower stickers to dress them up a bit. The loop edge punch is from Martha Stewart. Ribbon is most likely May Arts, it was just in the stash. I think that's everything I used. :)

My goal for 2013 is to continue to purge and "shop" from the stash. Now that the mojo has returned, I plan to blog at least weekly, if not a little more often, for as long as the mojo sticks around. Hopefully life won't get in the way to much.