Here's my take on her clean & simple (yet eclectic) design.
I started with a *heart-themed* sticker focal point and then punched quite a few more hearts (in place of the circles in the inspiration card) to accent the design. I also liked the dimenstional layer on the right, so I incorporated that into my design as well.
In honor of World Cup Soccer, we're Taking a Header at Jingle Belles this week ... but instead of hitting soccer balls with our head, we're making cards inspired by our Jingle Belles Blog Header.
My favorite Christmas Collection that features purple is Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather, so that's what I used in my design. I also incorporated the Jingle Bells and a bit of shimmery gold.
I didn't realize my very old sentiment was mounted crooked on the wooden block, so it ended-up a bit wonky. For me, that was an *embellishment opportunity* to add a shimmery gold snowflake to help balance out the design.
I started with soft pinks and mint greens for my background. I intended to layer a yellow and pink flower for the sketch, but couldn't find any in my stash that would work. While I was hunting, I found this Glitz sentiment sticker with flowers, so I used it as my focal point.
I finished with a slightly darker pink bloom and some pretty pearls.
If you'd like some further inspiration, click through and see what the Fusion Card Challenge Design Team has created:
I initially tried to ink the stamp with several colors, which just made it muddy. So instead, I inked with a single color and then edged the stamp using India Ink. I'm kind of partial to the Memento Teal Zeal one, but I like the other colors too.
I was excited to see I'm a winner last week at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge ... I'm entering this card in their challenge for this week which is Vacation ... Iowa is a great place to visit on vacation ... or stay at home for a stay-cation like we will be doing this year.
One of the best things about our new home (besides having my own bathroom) is that we have lots more space to display our art collection. We were bursting at the seams in our prior home. If we bought something new, that meant something else had to go.
With Dad's help, I now have all of my art in its new space. This is the view as you walk up the stairway from the first floor to the loft.
Here's the same view from the 2nd floor landing. While my collection is rather eclective, I tried to tie this display together using visual triangles of colors and shapes centered around the tree of life in the center. The beautiful drawing on the bottom right is by my talented friend Michele.
I have another collection of art on the back wall of my creative space (studio tour will follow ... it still needs more work, which will be easier now that all of the art isn't on the floor). I added a shelf to display some of my favorite cards ... I'll probably add a few more shelves, so I can rotate my displays. It's fun to create displays that work with the vents and other architectural elements.
Another thing I love are all of the nooks and crannies where I can put more art ... like this little space above one of the windows (on the right is one of my favorite pieces by Nicole Maki).
These ceramic pieces are on our living room wall ... I love how it looks like the comet is staring at us while we watch TV. The blue painting on the shelf was one of my very first art purchases ... I bought it from the painter when I was in Haiti in 1985. It has been on display in every one of my homes.
Here is more art displayed on another ladder shelf ... I love wood, stone & clay.
I also love our row of faces we have hanging on the loft ... here are a few of them.