First up on the agenda... well, it's the 25th of the month (what?!), so it's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop! Last month, we were challenged to work with white, and this month we're challenged to work with black. What a turnaround!
This one was funny - I had a ton of ideas in my sketchbook almost right away... but when I sat down to create, it still just sort of eluded and stumped me. I ended up with 2 creations, but it really took a lot of effort to get there!
I am turning more and more to Pinterest for inspiration, and when it came time to figure out what to do with this one, I pinned all kinds of patterns to try and replicate. This was the one I chose:
(This reminds me of a dress I would have worn when I was in eighth grade...) It might be dated (er... vintage), but I thought of the Sweet Life roses as soon as I saw it!
And here is how I interpreted it:
I die cut a various assortment of roses and leaves, then stamped them all and laid them out until I was satisfied. Then I trimmed the roses hanging off the edges of my black panel, and embossed everything in my linen impression plate.
My second card didn't turn out like I was hoping... but I couldn't really say what it was I was hoping for!
I started by stamping my peonies in Fresh Snow, and then outlined them in VersaMark so I could emboss them in pink - but the powder I used didn't seem to really work well. I am never really happy with embossing - maybe it's my choice of powders? Anyway, I then stamped one of the smaller outline images in gold ink, just to give it some depth. It is what it is, right?
Alright, so now for the part of my post that I am *so* excited about! I have been hinting at something for a little while now, and I even dropped a sneek peek the other day... but today is the day I get to make my official announcement!
As you know, Fridays on my blog are typically dedicated to holiday projects... well, today marks a pretty special Festive Friday, because things are changing a little bit...
That's right! I have taken the leap, and created the Festive Friday Challenge Blog! I have an incredible group of ladies working with me on the design team, and we also have some amazing guest designers lined up as well! Seriously, I am still pinching myself at the response I have received from everyone involved so far, and I can't wait to share everything I've been working so hard on for the past few weeks!
Make sure you click over to the challenge blog and sign up as a follower, because we're offering a giveaway! Details are posted over there as to how you can enter, and in the coming days I'll be introducing you to all the beautiful ladies on the design team!
Did you make it through this ginormous post? If so, THANK YOU.... I can't wait to hear what you all think of my new little venture... will you play along with us?