Friday, May 16, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #47 - Layout challenge (x2)


Today's Blogger's Challenge was to use the dog layout on Page 21 of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog as inspiration for our creations. When I first saw the layout, I was a bit taken back -- the tear diagonally across the main panel not a look that I normally do on purpose with my artwork. Guess that's why it's called a challenge!

I started my creative process with the card on the right. The beautiful stamps on this card are from the same delicious stamp sheet from Oxford Impressions that I am giving away this week (to enter the giveaway, go to THIS post). I used the Embossed Watercolor Crayon Technique from the June 2006 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter for coloring the bird. (A close-up of what the bird looks like from a different angle is on the left). This turned out fabulouso in real life! A couple more touches with the punches and the ribbon, and this was a pretty easy card.


Okay, so now I am liking this layout! What else can I do? That is how the card on the right came to life. This uses the Penciled Twinks Technique from the February 2008 issue of the Newsletter to color the flower. These stamps are from Stampin' Up!. I admit it, I did change the layout just a touch, but I had to for balance's sake. I even managed to throw some Cuttlebug embossing in the mix.


I love having so many techniques at my disposal! I have produced OVER 475 step-by-step tutorials for 475 different rubber stamping techniques in the last 5-3/4 years. Without question, the Technique Junkie Newsletter has more technique tutorials than any -- ANY -- other resource on the Internet or in print. I think that is pretty cool!


Sorry about the shameless self-promoting commercial -- guess I am just in a celebratory mood today!

18 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow Pat, you blow me consistantly each week. Two cards...I feel shameful...lol. Both are stunning as always!

Connie said...

Love both your cards, Pat! Great use of the layout. And, you SHOULD celebrate your success with the TJ newsletter!

Basement Stamper said...

I'm so glad to see someone else loved this layout as much as I do!! I was having fun with it even though I had a really rough start with not knowing what to do with it.

Dixie said...

Love your card! Please enter me in the give away.
Dixie
dbstamper1@yahoo.com

Barb Hardeman said...

Oh wow Pat. You make us all look bad by producing two cards! I love your bird one especially. I just love birds. Your embossed watercoloring is beautiful. You're flower ain't shabby either! Great job!

Nikki Bond said...

They are both gorgeous! I love birds so that one is near and dear to my heart but the flower one is amazing too! I have difficulties with that stamp myself but you made a beauty with it! {sMILEs}

Ida said...

Very nice cards Pat...The flower one is especially eye catching.

KimberlyG said...

Both are so beautiful! You've used one of my favorite color combinations for the second card! Great job with the challenge! :D

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Two cards....very cool. Luv what you did with them but the bird is mine!

patty w said...

They are both beautiful! I love birds and I love flowers. The color of that flower is just yummy!

Promote away, you deserve lots of back patting for such awesome tutorials and projects!

Lisa Somerville said...

Love the coloring on both cards Pat - and of course the techniques are awesome!

Lisa Bohler said...

Both cards are just wonderful, Pat! I love the bird with that tech and the flower is simply gorgeous!

Claudia said...

WOW - both cards are just stunning!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Two gorgeous cards.

MJ said...

Two superb cards Pat. And you are right to talk up your wonderful newsletter, it is incredible.

Bast said...

Absolutely adorable...please enter me!

Sheryl said...

Both cards are beautiful, Pat! My favorite is the bird card--love that sentinment!

Anonymous said...

Somehow I found your blog this rainy afternoon--I love making cards and Stampin Up is my favorite line of papers and stamps. Beautiful flower treatment of the challenge for today!! I'll stop by again. Cheryl S.