Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday Putzing

It's a fantastically gorgeous Saturday here! Perfect weather and what am I doing? INDOORS stamping! I did sit out on the back deck for awhile just reveling in the lack of humidity and heat, but I'm not a very good sitter. Gotta be doing something. It's a sickness, I tell ya! But stamping helps me unwind from 8 hours at Starbucks...I think we'll go for a family walk later.

Saturdays are the day when Jen del Muro posts a sketch for her readers to try. This one seemed to be pretty straightforward, and I had this piece of patterned paper sitting on my craft table. It's not SU! issue, but I like it anyway and wanted to incorporate it into my design.

I encountered a problem almost immediately because I don't have an ink or paper that matches it. I tried to make it work, but in the end I just couldn't. I don't know how stampers and crafters do it when they put a hodgepodge of papers, inks, and accessories together from a bunch of different companies. I just can't stand the slight degree of "off" that exists!

So, I started pulling out stamps that I have that seemed to mimic the design going on on the paper. Didn't realize I had so many! They're from the following sets:

Friendly Flowers
So Many Scallops
Baroque Motifs

I chose Taken with Teal ink, since it was the closest match to the background paper, and started randomly stamping the images on a 5.25" square base of Whisper White.

This is the final result! I think it captures the essence of the sketch, although I couldn't figure out where to put a sentiment. Perhaps it'll go in that upper left corner where the two pieces of Cool Caribbean meet. I like the dot detail. I did it with my 1/2" circle punch.

Well, now there's laundry waiting to be dried and what to have for dinner to figure out. I'm so not motivated to cook these days, but it's cheaper than going out by far!! We'll see what we can rustle up from the freezer and pantry. We're blessed to have both full. Have a great rest of the weekend...


sandra said...

I like the color you chose and th fact that you can use so many stamps from so many sets it's nice.
the weather is fantastic, if it wasn't for all these mosquitoes that love sweet italian blood!!!!

Marie Cramp said...

I love tone on tone. The paper was a great inspiration.


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