Thursday, May 16, 2013

Odd Birthday Girl

No, my sister is not odd, but it is going to be her birthday and  I did make her a card with a girl from "Some Odd Girl".

Paper: cardstock: (PTI; Neenah); Designer paper: (MME)
Ink: Memento (Gray Flannel); Inktense pencils; Copics
Stamps: PTI; SOG
Other: Sequins; Stickles; Border die (PTI)

I enjoyed making a card with a curvy edge again.  I think as crafters we land up with endless possibilities because of all the goodies we have that it's really a challenge to remember to use certain long forgotten techniques or tools that are at our fingertips.  That's why browsing and visiting blogs of your favourite artists is helpful, you kind of count on each other to pull something "old" out of the hat every now and then so that your memory can be jogged and you can use that technique or tool again.  And that's why I used the curvy edge, I saw a card somewhere with it and I remembered the PTI die I had.

On a side note, as I am spending more and more time trying to find my art (visual) journaling style, the one thing I have always wanted to do was to try different ways of writing.  I have admired Lori Vliegen's work for some time now, (Elvie Studio), and decided to take one of her online classes on Cursive handwriting (Letter Lab).  You can find the class details HERE. I enjoyed it so much that I did the whole class in one night, I just had to be able to write something THAT night, I was not going to wait.

And today was such a beautiful day here, we sat outside as a family, and I was playing in my one journal and stamped a few flowers, painted them with some watercolours and did a little bit of writing using what Lori had taught, and changing some letters here and  there.

I'm not sure I am finished with it, I may add some colour on the inside of the frame, but I totally loved the lettering with the shadows she showed us how to do.  Thank you so much Lori, you have made me a very happy person.

I still have not found my style, so for now I am learning from the talented artists out there, which sometimes means one's work may look a bit like theirs, but it's the only way to learn I think.  My hope is that soon I can  start pulling little gems from all I have learned and come out on the other side with something that says "oh, this is Brenda's work".

A bit of a long post, so thank you if you made it to the end, and even if you stopped after the card!  Have a wonderful day.


Lisa said...

Your sister will enjoy this Brenda! The image has such big expressive eyes. And look at you with your pretty lettering!! Way to go on the all nighter ;)

Pam W Merwin said...

Such a cute darling card for you sister - she will love it ;)

Rosemary said...

really fun card you created for your sister, Brenda! love the writing in your journal... looks lovely with the flowers!

Robin K. said...

I really enjoyed reading the thoughts you shared about the creative process Brenda! It's so true about needing those little nudges sometimes to get us to use those forgotten supplies and techniques:). I love the die cut edge on your fun bday card- it reminds me that I have a Stampin' Up edge die that I've never used! And I looooove the lettering on your journal page! I know you'll find your own way with your art journaling- enjoy the journey:)

Nat said...

I love this odd girl card, super sweet Brenda :) your sister will love this. the journal/lettering class looks great would love to see more. happy Friday tomorrow. here in Toronto we have a long weekend ahead!

alexandra s.m. said...

wow! Your card is so beautiful and my oh my...your lettering is sensational! seriously?! Wow!!

Dawn Turley said...

your card is delightful. and your writing is lovely. The way the shadow is done is amazing.

Trinh said...

You know I have that same edge die and I have not used it. I will have to make a point of doing so on my next project. Your sister is going to love that sassy card! And wow to the lettering! It is so pretty! I love seeing how creative journey is going.

Martha said...

Brenda, your sister is going to LOVE receiving this SWEET card! I love everything about it! So many fabulous details, & great copic coloring.
(I have always loved using that PTI border die!)

Your art journaling is SO inspiring! I love the shadowing on the FUN cursive writing, the pretty flowers & the FUN outlining. Thanks for sharing this with us! Enjoy!

lori vliegen said...

such a darling card....your sister will love it! and she'll love you for making it for her, too! and speaking of love......your journal page rocks!! you are a quick study, letter girl! fabulous glad you're having fun with your lettering!! and thanks SO much for the nice words about my artwork and my class....i truly appreciate that!! happy week to you, sweet pea!! choco-hugs, xox