Sunday, 26 June 2011

Your Own Style - Design Team Call

The team at Our Creative Corner are seeking new design team members, so I'm going to have a go at entering. After all, you've gotta be in it to win it. It's a simple enough challenge - show the team your own style!

I chose to make this card as it uses my personal favourite stamp set (Garden Whimsy: Stampin' Up!) and my favourite colour combination (red and purple). One of my favourite books is Flowers in the Attic, and one of the childen, Carrie, makes a red and purple snail to put on the wall of the attic to brighten it up a bit. I must have read that when I was quite young, as it struck me as a really pretty combination and I've enjoyed it ever since.
The rest of the design has been adapted from a page layout I made for a friend's daughter for her third birthday. I enjoyed making that layout and I was quite proud of it, so I decided that this was the best way to show off my style.

This card making caper is definitely a 'learn as you go' experience and so I am still developing my own style. But I think even the most experienced card makers would be evolving their own style all the time!

I enjoy clean finishes that aren't too cluttered. I'm not the biggest fan of the 'shabby' look.
As I don't have access to many tools (ie. embossing folders, die cut folders and punches), I make do with what I've got.
I'm getting better with fussy cutting.
I'm constantly learning and trying different inking techniques.
I enjoy trying new layouts, which is why I enjoy getting inspiration from the many amazing challenge blogs out there.

For me, card making is 'my time'. I wait until that magic time of day when both my daughters have a day nap, then my dining table becomes unrecognisable and covered in supplies and cards. The housework waits!

The most important thing for me is making nice cards with good finishes that people would appreciate receiving. I'm still working on getting great finishes, but I believe that will come with time and practice!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy and Fun & Fast Notes (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Perfect Plum and Poppy Parade (SU)
Paper: Perfect Plum and Poppy Parade DSP, Whisper White (SU); vellum
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware silver rectangle holder, Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum brads (SU)

Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa x


  1. Very pretty with a great color combo. I also loved reading about your inspiration! Thanks for applying for the Our Creative Corner DT!

  2. I love your butterfly, it really pops off the paper! Great CAS card! Sorry it took me so long to comment, I've been having major problems with Blogger...Thanks for playing with us at the OCC and thanks for giving us your perspective on your design style. Good luck!