If you haven't heard, I have started this new weekly series of posts called One Set Wednesday, to force myself to give my stamps the love the deserve. Here are the details:
- I have numbered all of my stamp sets, and using the random number generator, assigned sets for the next few weeks - so no favouring on my part, and no chance of just picking the easy ones!
- I have excluded all sentiment sets, except for holiday ones - my sentiment sets see a *lot* of ink, and truly - they are too limiting.
- Using only the chosen set, I will create 3 all-occasion cards each week, and try my best to create one holiday card. The only exception to this rule will be when I need to do something that the day's set just can't do; creating frames around a die cut, for instance, or adding sentiments to a set that doesn't include any.
Today's set is Sweethearts from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
The first one is my favourite, but not for the reasons you might think. I was working at this one, stamping away a pattern using the heart images from the set, and my 3 year old decided she wanted to make the same card. "Is that red ink you're using?"
When I checked on her a minute later, she'd pulled out her own shade of red, and was stamping away, putting hearts in the corner of her card. "Is this the same paper you use, mum?" Gosh, I love her.
So I created the background paper, then stamped the medallion in the center, all using Sweethearts. the only stamp I used that wasn't part of the set was the frame on my label.
Next, I pulled out my Crate Paper goodies - you know how I love 'em - and went to work on making a card with my daughter in mind. I like to create my kids cards just because. I have a stash growing... time to start writing in them!
I'll give bonus points to anyone who can figure out which daughter this is for. It's right on the card... *wink*
Pardon where my impression plate got away from my label there...
Next, I had this idea floating around for awhile, and put it into practice to create an anniversary card for my hubby.
I saw so many people use the heart trick to create all kinds of shamrocks during St. Patrick's Day last year - I thought it was the neatest thing! So, I combined a sentiment from "Luck of the Irish" from PTI to carry the theme through. I think it turned out pretty neat!
Last, a holiday card... Shirley gave me the idea for this one. Again with all the ideas, that woman! It really gets to my competitive side... *wink*
Hearts-turned-Christmas tree! Kind of fun, right?
Okay, so now I challenge you to take this on! It's great to stretch your creative muscles, and your sets will see the love they deserve! Find a random way to choose a set to work with (I numbered all mine and used the random.org number generator), and go from there.
Here are the 'rules':
1) You can only use a second set if there is no other way for you to achieve the look you're trying for with the first set, or patterned paper, embellishments, etc.
2) You must make at least 3 all-occasion cards using the set.
3) As an added challenge, create a holiday card using the chosen set!
4) Link me up in my comments section so I can see!!
Here are some tips that have helped me get my mojo flowing... When I am watching TV at night, I open up the week's set from the manufacturers website, so I can see all the images available to me - there's always a flourish or sentiment that I forget! Then, I get out my sketchbook, and draw out exactly what I want to do in terms of creating patterns, sentiment combinations, etc. By doing this, I spend all my "thinking" time at home when I am not able to craft, and when it's time to sit at my desk, I can get the cards out quickly, since I already know what I want to do. I also make a point to choose materials that I love (Crate Paper products always inspire me to no end, for instance), and if I can work it to use a sketch or colour challenge, it also helps me to get lots planned.
I would *love* it if you played along... you all told me how much you needed to do this, so what are you waiting for? *wink*