Welcome, come on in, pull up a chair! Today I am blogging with the amazing Creating Kindness Design Team. Our guest designer for March is ….. drum roll …. Brian King! Oh My! Brian is such a character and a wonderful paper artist … we are thrilled to have him blogging with us today.
The theme of the hop today is “Inspire” … what inspires us in our crafting. Anyone who knows me, will know that I take inspiration from almost anything … in other words I have squirrel brain and jump from one place to another on a whim! There are times, however, when I hit a creative block and when that happens, I find inspiration in my garden. I love my garden here in South Australia … normally it is filled with colour in the wonderful array of flowers that seem to just “grow”. I certainly don’t do a lot to help them! If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that I do A LOT of floral cards.
I can see the quizzical drawing together of eyebrows!
It is so dark!
It is so not “gardeny”.
It is so not Cheryll’s normal style.
The design process for this card went a bit awry …
When my hubby and I were married in our garden, I strung candles in jars throughout the big old Red Flowering Gum tree that dominates our back garden. It was so beautiful at night with all the little pools of light under the canopy of the branches. You can’t see it in the photo here as it wasn’t fully dark, but the pools of light picked out the colours of the flowers in the garden below.
So I was trying to create my version of the garden at night, hence the Basic Black cardstock. I very rarely use straight black cardstock as a top layer, so I struggled with the creation of this project. I probably would have preferred to work on a white background, however the fiddly nature of the project was not something I was willing to start all over again. So I pressed on!
Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies
I have used the Detailed Floral Thinlits for the floral feature. I have no idea what this technique is called … “Putting all those fiddly little bits back in the die cut technique” … or maybe “the jigsaw technique”. I die cut the same floral die from Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight … then I painstakingly slotted the pieces back into the original Basic Black die cut in a sort of ombre effect.
And GASP!! The only stamping on the card is the white embossed word “Inspire” which comes from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.
I added some Wink of Stella over the floral feature and added a few bright enamel dots to break up the swathes of matt black cardstock.
Many of the Creating Kindness Design Team have created videos for their projects. I have video’d the creation process for this card, in all it’s Basic Black glory! Click here to see my video on You Tube.
Here is a list of all the videos in the video part of the hop.
1. https://youtu.be/ntIdJ22CL7U Jerim Dickins – UK
2. https://youtu.be/mp3onrh0Yyo Cheryll Miller – Australia
3. https://youtu.be/CQ5GGQ5R3zA Sacha van de Kerkhof – The
4. https://youtu.be/WoWOWwyJbj8 Jenny Hall – USA
5. https://youtu.be/yl6sJ7FXKUs Marcy Denning – Canada
6. https://youtu.be/x8Td89HdOH0 Maria Willis – USA
7. https://youtu.be/DVnvHrd3cSg Carolynn Sander – Canada
8. https://youtu.be/6Th1Y6fQU14 Jay Soriano – UK
9. https://youtu.be/V5TkyPEY8dA Jessie Holton – Australia
The fabulous Sacha van de Kerkhof from The Netherlands is next up in the hop ….. I am in awe of Sacha’s style. Amazing!
And here is a full list of the blog participants, including the amazing Brian King!! Did you get that I am excited! 🙂