Good morning! It's time for another Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge. Yay! I look forward to these challenges every month, but I have to admit that this particular one really highlighted the "challenge" part for me. Our theme for Challenge #10 is Layered.
If you've been around here for any length of time, you'll know my comfort zone is clean and simple...un-layered if you will, as one layer or nearly one layer cards are my favorite. Luckily we try to keep things pretty open for these challenges, so I encourage you to think out of the box! Some of my teammates layered stamping images, some did more mixed-media layering, and me...I layered flowers. I explored many other layered ideas, but when it came down to it, I knew I had to choose something that still reflected "me".
This card has lots more layers of dimension than mine typically have. And guess what? I kinda love it. With the flowers popping out it feels like I am sending a bouquet and that makes me so happy. To make it, I stamped a bunch of floral images from Concord & 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set in lots of different colors, fussy cut them out, and then just played with colors and arrangement popping them up at varying heights with dimensional adhesive. I love the colors I settled on: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Blueprint (Distress Ink), Lucky (SSS), and Mint Melody (SU!). In attempt to create more layers, I die cut frames and card bases in a few different colors and mixed and matched until I found a combination I liked. My sentiment is from the new Globe Greetings. (LOOOVE this set!) I finished my card off with a few enamel dots and teeny tiny black pearls to help balance out the black sentiment and add a few more "layers".
I made a fun discovery, too, while stamping. I wanted larger leaves for my flowers, so I turned one of the flowers in the Wildflower Stamp Set into leaves. I've done this before, but this time, I figured out how to give it veins, which makes it even better!
There is an image that I assumed was to make berry sprigs, but it happens to be the perfect size to fit inside the flower petals. I wouldn't put it past the geniuses behind Concord and 9th (Greg and Angie) to have had this in mind already, but it was pretty exciting to me when I made this happy discovery. :)
When I started this card I wasn't exactly sure who it was going to, and when I chose the sentiment I was filled with such gratitude thinking of the many, many people in my life who indeed tdo make the word (my world especially) a better place. I love that cardmaking so often turns my thoughts to gratitude!
Thanks so much for joining me today! Whether it is in your comfort zone or not, I sure hope you will join us for Where Creativity Meets C9's Challenge #10. My teammates have done a fabulous job with their cards and are definitely worth checking out. Have a happy day, my friends!