Thursday, July 30, 2009

Project Parade Day 11 - Divine Details

Hi! It's Charmaine and today it's my turn to share my "Divine Details" with you!

Like most of the other Verve Divas, when I had to sit down and think of what exactly my creative process was, I got really nervous because I didn't think I had any earth-shattering secrets to share with you. Then I just told myself all I had to do was tell you what exactly I do and even though it wasn't earth-shattering to me, you might find something useful or even information that helps make your own creative process less intimidating.

It is no secret to anyone who knows me or reads my blog, that I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favorite simply because they give me a starting point for a card. For this card, I chose the Viva la Verve Sketch July Week 5 Sketch with a Twist. What I LOVE about these challenges is that not only do I get a starting point for my card with the sketch, but I get some extra parameters to work within. The "twist" for this sketch was texture. I love adding texture to cards. I used the Finial Press embossing folder from Stampin' Up for my "texture". Since my cardmaking style is usually pretty clean and simple, one of the ways that I add that extra something is through Cuttlebug embossing, paper piercing or scoring. Also, since my cardmaking style is usually pretty simple, sketches like this with lots of layers help me to add extra details that I might not normally add.

As far as how I choose papers, that changes all of the time. If I have a collection of patterned papers, I'll use different patterns within that collection with coordinating solid cardstock. Sometimes, I'll just go through my scrap bin and choose some coordinating papers to use for a card. Other times, the stamps I'm using make me think of certain colors.

For embellishments, I don't heavily embellish my cards so a few brads or Dew Drops, maybe some ribbon are what you'll see on my cards. One of my favorite embellishments to use is paper piercing or faux stitching. I love the extra touch they add without making the card too busy.

I adore creations of the other Verve Divas who use lots of embellishments and layers on their cards, but my brain just doesn't work that way. When I try to imitate their creations, my cards look too busy or cluttered and nowhere near as beautiful as their cards. That used to frustrate me so much, but I've learned (and I'm still learning LOL) to go with what looks good to me and makes me happy! After all, that's why we all stamp, right? Because we ENJOY it!

So, as you can see, I don't have any big secrets to share with you. Honestly, the less I "think" about a card, the easier it is to create! I hope you've found some valuable information in my creative process.

Wanna play along with us? We'd love it if you did! Just make a project or card that shows us your Divine Details. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we love to see 'em! Then just add a link to your creation to the Mr. Linky form on the Project Parade Day 1 post before 8PM Mountain on Saturday, August 1. Two lucky participants will win a stamp set of their choice from the Verve Store. We've also hidden another $25 gift certificate somewhere along the parade for a random commenter. So if you like what you see, be sure and give a little shout out in the comments of each post! Have fun and good luck!

33 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful and so inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love your creations and it seems to mimic my own style so I love the pointers you gave!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yet again another neat insight. Way to go.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful - I love your creations. Your stitching and piercing are awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful card Charmaine. I love all the details. TFS

    ReplyDelete
  6. So pretty, Charmaine. I love your colors and textures. I totally know what you mean about sketches getting you to add more. My layouts are usually very simple if I'm not using a sketch challenge! Thanks for sharing your process - it was great to read!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I always love seeing your creations. I used to get fustrated with how long it took me to make a card, but I just recently started using sketches too, and wow, what a difference! They come together alot faster now and look great! Thanks to all who post sketches for us to work with.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love the textures! I agree, running something through the cuttlebug just adds that extra something... TFS

    ReplyDelete
  9. so pretty gurl! and loving that sentiment- so great :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I always love your cards and I really think it's because of your "less is more" mentality. Your cards always appear to have just the right amount of pop to them.
    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Very pretty card. I think it is great to see the different styles of papercrafters here. I like how you talk about each of us accepting our own style...so true!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great card - thanks for sharing all the different ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Nice card! I'm not big ob embellishments either!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your cards are always so awesome -- even if not as "embellished..." You do such nice work!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Beautiful card! Thanks for a glimpse into your creative process!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful card! I love sketches, too because they are a great starting point and because they do encourage you to add that little extra!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Simple is great and I think your non-process is definitely a process. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Beautifully done! Sounds like starting w/a sketch is the main point w/all the divas. Great advice!

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a beautiful card Charmaine! Thanks for sharing your process! I really appreciate it, especially since I like to start from sketches as well!

    ReplyDelete
  20. love your card. just beautiful. and thanks for sharing your process... may not be earth shattering, but helps us understand our own process and how to improve ours a little better!

    ReplyDelete
  21. your card and work are awesome, thanks for sharing!

    enjoy *~*

    ReplyDelete
  22. What a beautiful card Charmie! I love the rich colors and how you showcased these gorgeous stamps! Loved reading your process:)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Very nice work. Thank you for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you for sharing your process :>)!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love the colors of this card. Your take on the sketch is just gorgeous!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a wonderful card..the colors are so soothing and yet pop at the same time!!GREAT job!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Really beautiful card! And I love sketch challenges too - they do half the work for you!

    ReplyDelete