Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More Homework

I've been working on homework today for Stretch Your Stamps class, and it's not easy when you have no mojo! It's like doing your math assignment without a pencil! I have a confession to make - I have only liked ONE of the cards I've created for class so far. *sigh* Not that I'm not learning things and enjoying class - I am! It's just that losing my mojo while class is in session is bad timing!

So, today, I sat down and was determined to finish some cards for day 7. It was all about flowers. YAY! My favorite image to play with! BUT, could I come up with something different than usual, and S-T-R-E-T-C-H my floral images? Well, the jury is still out on that one, but at least I was creating and enjoying it! Here's my first card.



Now, you might not think this is anything different, but for me it is because I would normally stamp a floral image and just color it. So I thought it would be cool to white emboss this fun, Hero Arts stamp onto dark gray cardstock and only add a bit of black with some Enamel Accents.

Jennifer shared an amazing and beautiful card using Glitter Ritz on her main floral image. For my second card, I wanted to use some glitter too, but I don't own any Glitter Ritz, so I used my good ol' Stickles instead. I also wanted to use vellum, but I seem to have run out of that. (Figures!)
So please try to imagine this flower, stamped on vellum, with the same coloring and stickles, okay? :)

I used some pretty patterned paper from the Anthologie, 6x6 pad from We R Memory Keepers. I haven't pulled out the Large Flower from Hero Arts in such a long time- it sure was fun to color, even though it wasn't on vellum!

Okay, one last card. For this one, I used the the big peony from
Jane's Doodles, Pretty Peonies set. I not only colored the main flower with Copics, I also stamped it onto patterned paper, which is from Hero Arts, for a fun, tone on tone effect.

And there ya have it! Lesson 7 all finished! I worked on lesson 8 today too, but I'll share that another day - wouldn't wanna overwhelm any of you!

Thanks for hangin' around for such a long post. I really appreciate your visits! :)

24 comments:

Tina said...

Barb, all your cards are delightfull and I totally love all the others you made last week. You are being to harsh on yourself!

Isha said...

Gorgeous cards Barb!!! Love them all.

Dawn said...

They are all just gorgeous Barb. I have started one card for this day but that's about it for now.

Lynn said...

Barb, I think we're all our own worst critics as they are beyond gorgeous. I love the classiness of the first one...stunning black, gray and white. On the second, I love how your gorgeous bloom coordinates so well with the patterned paper...and of wow! The last one is my favorite...all around gorgeous!

Sue McRae said...

A fabulous mix of flower cards Barb! Love the gray and white design and your pretty blue sparkly flower (glitter or stickles, doesn't matter, it's still sparkly), but my fave card is the last one in all its monochromatic beauty!

Kathy said...

Wow! You really pulled out all the stops, Girl!! All three cards are amazing. I love the glittered flower...it does not need to be on vellum! Truly stunning!!

Cindy C. said...

Wow you create beautiful homeworks! These cards are so gorgeous!!

Lin said...

They're all lovely......don't be so hard on yourself.

Kara Lynne said...

Oh Barb, I love your attitude. Always positive, but very real. You are learning so much, your brain needs time to soak it all in. Your cards are beautiful, but the real joy will come later when you incorporate these techniques into your every day crafting. All that to say, "relax"!

Rosemary said...

lovely set of cards, barb!

Maureen Morton said...

You are doing such great work with the class, Barb! You even inspired me to join in, but I can't participate for a couple of weeks (tardy, again!). Love the sparkle-blue flower especially. Don't struggle - enjoy it, you are doing so great.

Lisa Carroll said...

Barb, ALL of yoru cards are absolutely beautiful... however, I am SO drawn to that first gray card! Oh my goodness... you have totally inspired me with that one! I must CASE this asap! It looks to me like your mojo has found you just fine, but I know how slumps can feel, and I wish you the best in getting back into that creative rhythm. :) So great to see you enjoying the class! xo

Kathy (krolski) said...

All your cards are beautiful Barb, but that 1st card is just GORGEOUS! Wow! Looks like your mojo is back and you are enjoying the class.

Karen B. said...

I personally think these cards are amazing, Barb, and it does seem like you are going outside your normal fabulous style.

Sue said...

Hello Barb
I am so impressed with your work and all the cards you are producing via this class, obviously you are learning heaps... you even stamped on Patterned Paper WOW!
All the cards look amazing.
Smiles:)
Sue

Robin K. said...

Don't be so hard on yourself!! I think your first card is very elegant! And your blue flower in the second is so striking! And I like how you repeated the focal flower in the bg of the third one!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your three cards Barb!
they're all so inspiring, packed with details and oh so elegant!

Thank you!

Helen F. said...

Barb, I love all three of your cards, each one is unique and so very beautiful ~ Don't know why you would think otherwise :-?

Kirsten Corby said...

These are all good. I think you are too hard on yourself. Good coloring job on the last card, and the first monochromatic card looks very handsome.

Karin Åkesdotter said...

These are so BEAUTIFUL! So impressed that you can create like this without much mojo! Love the colors and your beautiful stamping. Have a great day! Hugs, Karin

Trinh said...

You may feel you have lost your mojo but it doesn't look that way to me! These are all beautiful & I think that first floral one is so striking with the white embossing on gray.

SmilynStef said...

Absolutely lovely cards.

Cris said...

Wow! Stunning cards, Barb! I looooove the third card! and the flower on the second one is soooo pretty with the stickles! The first card is superelegant and it gives that stamp a complete different look!

Brenda said...

OMG! These are absolutely stunning Barb! I must say, that I love flowers just as much as I love butterflies when it comes to stamping. Great inspiration!