(I know, lame title; sometimes you just gotta go with it...)
I am trying to be a little more diligent about participating in challenges that spark my interest, rather than just thinking about them until the deadlines pass. I'm not great at making things just for the sake of making them; that's why occasions such as Christmas and now Valentine's Day give me a perfect reason to make some cards and play in some challenges. Today I'm being inspired by Simon Says Stamp's paper-piecing challenge, CAS(E) this Sketch!'s current layout and of course My Graphico's Anything Goes challenge. Yes, I can be inspired by the thought that any creation counts. :P
Here's the ultimate result:
I find the Market Street Stamps Cool Cats are ideal for paper-piecing, with their clean lines and cute facial features. For a valentine, I decided I couldn't beat this patterned heart paper with its vaguely cat-like colours. I thought it would be fun to use a stamp designed by Lisa Arana since it's her sketch this week, so I flipped it horizontally to work with her Washi Love stamp. Finally, I don't often think of little details like stamping the hearts down the centre row of circles, so I am quite pleased with myself for that as well as the word row along the edge of that panel. Rounding the top-right corner of the card seemed to soften the whole design just the right amount.
(Aside: Cool Cats seems to be discontinued. No wonder I'll never be a trendy stamper, because I still like them and plan to continue to use them. Oh well.)
Supplies: white & Stampin' Up blushing bride cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party & Six by Six Honey Cake patterned papers, Market Street Stamps Cool Cats, Unity Washi Love & (?) sentiment stamps, Memories black, VersaMagic pixie dust & Colorbox frost white inks, white embossing powder, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium
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