Last year I submitted a collection of cards to Stampington & co’s Take Ten, all featuring Dina Wakley’s All The Gals stamps (available from That’s Crafty). One of the cards was selected by Take Ten as their Design Challenge layout. (I believe they select from all submissions to Take Ten, looking for a card design which they can break down into a layout for others to be inspired by). I was amazed to have a card selected for this category. The other cards I submitted were subsequently published in another issue of Take Ten and can be seen HERE.
I rarely submit to the Challenge Calls at Take Ten, mainly due to the time factor of their deadlines and I cannot remember ever submitting to their Design Challenge Call but I had to give this a go.
Instead of a stamped image as the focal I opted for Darkroom Door Photobooth images, pairing them up with some of the wonderful Labels stamps from Redlead Paperworks. I was really pushed for time, in fact I was so pushed for time that I was sure that by the time my submissions arrived at their office, I would have missed the deadline but joy of joys, the trio of cards appear in the latest issue of Take Ten as the feature, Friends Forever.
It was fun to look through the Photobooth images to decide which would work with the sentiments. Immediately I could see this woman as an artist with that flair she is displaying in the way she is dressed, the hat perched at a jaunty angle.
On the initial card, the Design Challenge card, I had randomly stamped words across the middle of the card, creating a band. I wanted to work with that idea once again so on this card I stamped Life is Art (available from That’s Crafty) which worked so well with the idea of this woman as an artist.The backgrounds were too stark when left white so I injected a pop of colour and a little bit of whimsy by stamping polka dots, simply a round sponge brush and paint. I painted cardstock either the same colour or a lighter version onto which I stamped the Redlead Labels. The colours of the polka dots were also picked up in the fabric scraps.
This sentiment stamped across the middle is from the same stamp set as the one above.I thought of the girls as friends but after making the card I thought they could actually pass as sisters.
Friendship Forever is actually two separate stamps from Darkroom Door.At the moment I am unable to craft, this has been the situation for many weeks now and I really don’t know when I will be able to dip my toe back into crafting, can only keep my fingers and toes crossed that it won’t be that much longer. This means that any blog posts I share will be anything which I have been lucky enough to have published. To me it is old art because it would be made last year but it will be new to my Blog. It is a way of trying to keep my Blog at least a little bit active.
I have started to read the comments which have been left for me over the past weeks. I count myself so lucky to have such loyal friends, taking the time to still visit my Blog and to comment. Thanks to all of you for your friendship.
One last thing before I finish this post. When Take Ten announced the Design Challenge Call, the lovely Shari mentioned that she planned on submitting cards, in support of my card being selected for this spot. I was so thrilled when I opened the pages of Take Ten to see that Shari’s art was published and all the more exciting, her cards were also presented in a feature.
Thank You to Stampington & co for sharing one of my cards on their Facebook page.
I have another scheduled post, set for Sunday, for That’s Crafty. Until then, have a lovely weekend.
10 Apr 2015 25 Comments