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Monday, February 16, 2015

CREATIVE BLOG HOP

Welcome to a special post today!

Yes, it is Monday but in some parts of Canada it is so nice to have the day off! Whether it is Family Day, Islander Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day or Louis Riel Day, it is a great way to extend the weekend! And for our friends in the United States, it is Presidents’ Day. Another way of pushing the beginning of the work week!

If you have been visiting my blog this week you may already know that I was honoured to be invited to join in the Creative Blog Hop  by Deborah Smart from B.C.  . Deb has a great blog called Stamp and Create with Deborah. She posts quite regularly and is a very talented stamper! You can see her post for the  Creative Blog Hop  right here  but also make sure to have a look at the rest of her posts!
 
You may have already heard of the Creative Blog Hop as it is going around: I would compare it a little bit to a chain letter, a never-ending hop, and its main purpose is to give us the opportunity to share about ourselves and then to introduce our readers to other crafters and stampers we know and whose work we admire and want to share.

Speaking of sharing, we are asked to showcase one of our favorite projects or techniques.

The project I finally decided to present in the context of this blog hop is a card I created a few months ago for a very dear {online} friend, half a world away. I came across a card (made by Janis Sinko) on the Stampin’ Connection that I absolutely loved and wanted to find out more about making one myself. It is a fun technique that utilizes a used dryer sheet to obtain a very glittery, shimmery effect on your card, in this case, like fresh fallen snow.
 
This is a photo of the not quite completely finished card (no sentiment):
 


It is a fairly simple technique.  If you do a search either on the internet or on the Stampin' Connection, you will find a lot of videos and instructions on how to achieve wonderful results. But in summary, here is how I did mine:
 
First you stamp your image. I used one of my favorites here, Lovely as a Tree. To give the illusion of some of the trees being further away, I stamped off on a scrap of paper before stamping on the card. Once it is completely dry you apply glue all over the front of the card. You can either use the Stampin' Glue Stick or a spray adhesive (I used Elmer’s). Working as quickly as possible you then apply a USED dryer sheet and spread it all over your image and make sure to smooth it out on your card (you can use a piece of plastic bag to avoid having sticky fingers). The next step is to add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over the dryer sheet. Then put a piece of scrap or copy paper over the glitter and rubbed it thoroughly!
Shake off any excess, trim off or fold the dryer sheet under the panel and you have a gorgeous card that you can decorate as you wish!

Here is a close-up:



It really makes the card all shimmery: 




The Creative Blog Hop also asks participants to answer 4 questions about themselves or their creative process:
 

What are you working on now?
 
While I am supposed to be working on finding a new job and updating my résumé…. but every now and then I really need to clear my head and take a break. I think that like most people I have several projects on the go right now. I like to check out online challenges to join in. I have recently started to compile a list of all the challenges I can find and identify the ones I really like taking part in. I find it helps me to grow and to diversify, to explore new techniques and unusual color combo; it keeps me interested, and gives me the opportunity to share my cards on my blog.
Right now I am also working on better organizing my craft room, updating my inventory and finishing up projects started a long time ago!
  

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
 
I am not quite sure I have a particular “genre”! I enjoy working on different techniques but probably I am more towards “Clean and Simple”. I do enjoy layers and flowers, buttons and ribbons but not too many. I like to create cards that are pleasing to the eye and are well balanced. And since I am a great fan of CASEing, my genre really does not differ from all the other great stampers I love to ‘copy’ but I do try to make it mine at the same time by using something different!

Why do you create what you do?
 
Even if I find it sometimes ‘stressful’ to complete a challenge on time and within the guidelines, it also relaxes me and takes my mind away from the stress of daily life. It creates a little oasis for me where I can retreat and recharge my batteries and look at a specific problem in a different way.
It has also allowed me to meet so many virtual friends and let’s be honest here, I absolutely love it when I read sweet and positive comments on any cards or projects I post either here or on the Stampin’ Connection. It makes me happy! And we all need some “happy” in our lives, don’t we?

How does your creative process work?
 
As mentioned before I like to enter online challenges. I also love to take classes, mostly given by my upline, but sometimes I like to venture and try something different like learning how to put my electronic cutter (Silhouette Cameo) to better use and maybe take a specialty (coloring or mixed media) class.
I would say that my starting point is always a sketch, and if possible a color or theme, challenge. Since for me deciding on which stamps, shapes or colors to use together, is always what takes the longest, at least if I have a good starting point, it does not seem such an impossible task once I know which items I will use to create a card for those challenges. And surfing the internet, Pinterest, Stampin’s Connection and various blogs I follow regularly do provide a lot of inspiration and great ideas.
 

I hope you have enjoyed this different kind of blog hop and reading about the ‘process’ of how I create and make cards.

My pick for the blog hop next week is my very talented upline, Jamilla Ivits.  I started as a customer, taking classes and eventually signed up as a "hobby demo" a few years ago. I still take classes with her and I enjoy them all and continue to learn so much from her.

Her post about her creative style will go live next Monday.... February 23rd! Please be sure to check out her post next week but you can go visit her blog any time. You will find there a lot of amazing projects and videos. 

Unfortunately none of the other ladies I asked to participate were able to do it at this time, for various reasons. So I have only one "follower" to my blog..... but it's a great one, you will see, you will not be disappointed!!

Don't forget to let me know that you have been visiting and leave a short comment. I really enjoy reading them all and always make every effort to answer back. And come back through the week to see how I am doing with my goal of entering more challenges!

Have a great week.  Cheers.   :-)

 

Comments:

Congratulations Louise on being part of the Creative Blog Hop!! And the absolutely stunning card that you've shared is still looking wonderful on my bookcase shelf - I am indeed so honoured to be the recipient of this unique and stunning card. Thank you so much my lovely friend!! It was also so lovely to hear about how your creative processes work and how much you are enjoying the challenges :-) It has been wonderful getting to know you and share with you since we first saw each others cards on Stampin Connection so many month ago. Thank you for your wonderful friendship xx

Posted by Jan M on February 16, 2015 at 08:28 AM #

Jan thank you so much. I really wish I had been in a better position back in September last year when you first asked me to do it. Unfortunately the circumstances were not very good for me and it would have been hard to give the blog a "positive outlook". I truly appreciate your nice comments both on my blog and on the Stampin Connection and I value your friendship. Cheers xx :-)

Posted by Louise on February 16, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

Thank you so much for agreeing to be nominated by me to take part in this Creative Blog Hop, Louise! I just adore your card - the dryer sheet technique works perfectly with Lovely as a Tree! Thanks for you perfect explanation of how to do this technique. Maybe we'll be taking part in some of the same challenges in the future, too1 :)

Posted by Deborah Smart on February 16, 2015 at 12:15 PM #

Thank you Deb for nominating me! It was quite interesting to sit down and think about how I do things! I love participating in those challenges, more so the ones judged by DT members I think; I really do not know a whole lot of people around here and I don't always like to ask them to go vote for my cards. I am glad you liked my post and my card. Thanks again for "tagging" me. :-)

Posted by Louise on February 16, 2015 at 03:34 PM #

Effectivement je comprend pas grand shose mon anglais laisse beaucoup a désiré!!! Mais la carte est vraiment belle ça a l'air d'une technique que je ne connais pas....pour les brillant. je remarque que tu mis la même étampes plusieur fois et avec différent degrees de ton....

Posted by elyse on February 16, 2015 at 03:41 PM #

Merci beaucoup Elyse! Super gentil d'avoir laissé un petit message. LOL Je te traduirai le texte..... :-)

Posted by Louise on February 16, 2015 at 04:35 PM #

Louise this is an amazing card! :) TFS Eva

Posted by eva bussom on February 17, 2015 at 01:33 PM #

Thank you Eva. It sure has a lot of sparkles! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here.

Posted by Louise on February 17, 2015 at 02:01 PM #

Hey Louise, thank-you for the nomination to continue the Creative Blog Hop next Monday. I'm very honoured that you chose me! Your work is always evolving and very inspirational to others at meetings, classes and your faithful blog followers!!! Keep up the great job!

Posted by Jamilla Ivits on February 17, 2015 at 06:31 PM #

That's a beautiful card Louise and with a technique I'm yet to try so thanks for sharing. Lovely to read about your creative process too. Have a wonderful day and week. Best wishes Carolyn xx

Posted by Carolyn on February 18, 2015 at 06:27 AM #

Jamilla I am the one who is honoured to be able to nominate you! Over the past few years I have learned, and continues to learn, so much from your classes, our team meetings, and get-togethers in general. I truly value your friendship and how you so generously share your creativity and knowledge. Really looking forward to your post next Monday!

Posted by Louise on February 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

Carolyn! I am so happy I managed to pick a technique you have not tried yet! No butterfly though (but I am working on that, you'll see, soon I hope!) Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comment. Have a great week too. :-)

Posted by Louise on February 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM #

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