My creative journey started when I discovered stamping and card-making in March, 2010. At the time, my husband asked, "how long is this one going to last?" A fair question considering my recent passing crazes: beading, triathlon, cycling, dog-training to name a few. I couldn't articulate an answer at the time but I knew that somehow, this would be different. What I've discovered is that stamping is not just a hobby to help pass the time or to keep my mind busy; rather, it has therapeutic qualities in itself. When I am making a card, the whole world shuts off as I focus on my design and concentrate on putting together the bits and pieces of card and ink. The creative process builds my self-esteem, calms my mind and delights my spirit. And I know that the card itself will also bring joy or solace to someone else one day. At the moment I firmly believe that crafting is a gift from God in my life and I am exploring ways to use this gift in some form of ministry for Him.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Autumn Memories for GKD

Gina from Stamp TV (Gina K Designs) put out a call for this month's guest design team. The challenge was to come up with our favourite autumn memory. Kind of funny since it's spring here in New Zealand and I really don't have any autumn-themed images. I have two memories. The first is of the Harvest Moon rising over Island View Beach on Vancouver Island. We used to hang out there a bit as teenagers and the Harvest Moon rising out of the water in Autumn was a spectacular sight. I sponged the background and then masked the moon before adding the blues and blacks. Stamped the island images and added the sentiment on a Fancy Tag.

Inks: Memento and SU
Stamps: GKD Life is Good

The second card and memory is a bit more obscure: Our family had this beautiful princess dress that my older sister got to wear every Halloween. It had puffed sleeves, frills, bows, tulle, lace, bling--you name it, this dress had it and it was exactly the colour of my card. I couldn't wait until it was my turn to wear the dress! The time finally came when she had outgrown it and it would fit me...but it was falling apart. Years later my sister was getting married--an October wedding--and Iwas her bridesmaid. The dress was the same colour! It also had bows and puffed sleeves but not so much bling. We were grown up by then. I stamped the background with the image to resemble a faint floral pattern in the dress and coloured the flowers with my Tombows. Added an organza ribbon and used my Fancy Tag for the sentiment. Added a little bling because I'm not completely grown up--not just yet anyway.

Cardstock: SU Baja Breeze, ivory, Soft Suede
Inks: Memento and Tombows
Stamps: GKD Friends are Forever

I hope you liked my memories.

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