Friday, January 9, 2009

Non-Christmas Cards

I'm trying to do one stamp project a day in 2009. Doesn't matter how big or small, or whether it's a card or a 3-D project. I just want to keep those creative juices flowing! So far, I've missed a couple of days but I think I made up for that yesterday with three or projects in one day! I find that I tend toward the more simple layouts, but I'm going to stretch myself this year... eventually...! Anyway, here's what I've been working on over the past few days. Mind you, I haven't bought any new stamping supplies in many, many (too many!) months -- with the exception of that Curly Punch bundle I keep talking about! So these are all made using things I have in my stash.

The first card is a Thinking of You card. I just wanted to try something with a wider ribbon than I normally use. I'm trying to remember to carry the theme of the cardfront into the inside as often as possible.

Next is a Thank You card. Wow, this one was a toughy for me! I wanted to use the scraps from the Christmas gifts and cards we made, so here's the result. I started with the striped paper and then tried to match everything from there. Not "perfectly" matched in all cases, but I think it works.

Third is a Friendship card. I started out with the intent to try Sketch Challenge 201 over on Splitcoast Stampers, but I had to improvise because one of my stamp images was too short! Ha! It's my first time trying my hand at a Sketch Challenge, though, so I'm being lenient on myself. Every layer on the front is on dimensionals with the exception of the big green base. And I remembered to carry the theme through to the inside on this one!

Hmmm... well, I've got to get to my "regular" work tasks right now. I'm putting together two retreats that are coming up at the end of January and mid February, and having a BLAST! I love my job! So I'll post yesterday's card and projects up when I take my next break.

~ Pia


Susan White said...

Hi, Your cards are very nice. I like how you carry the theme to the inside. It makes it complete. I must do this more often.

Anonymous said...

Great cards Pia. Love your idea to do something every day...NOT gunna happen here!

I recently discovered the sketch challenges .... well as you can see..... on my blog too. I think I will be trying out more of them. The really challenging bit is to stay true to the actual challenge I find....but really it is just a good stepping stone for the creative urges to begin flowing!

Tenia Nelson said...

Great cards!! Thanks for sharing!!

Anita said...

Beautiful cards! Great job with the sketch challenge. I am loving sketch challenges because it takes out some of the thought process on a card. I got your Christmas card and I love it. I like how you put the brad to hold the card together.

stampin abi said...

great cards love the animals!