Thanks so much for the comments and attention with yesterday's post focused on two different challenges. I'm trying to up my game a bit and that was fun! I think it does force you to stretch yourself a little when you impose some "rules" with your design process and I look forward to more of that.
Today, no rules! There is a particular stamp set in the Occasions Catalog that caught my eye right away, but I stalled a bit to buy it because I wasn't sure what I would do with it. I loved the concept and images and hadn't really paid too much attention to the sentiments. Then, I looked closer at the sentiments and had to have it! It's called "Bookcase Builder" and has a very unique concept. Here's my card and then I'll tell you more about it!
Different, huh? The stamp set includes a "shelf" stamp and then tons of things to put on your shelves to create an overall theme. I knew I wanted the antlers at the top of my shelves, so I kept the theme somewhat masculine. My color scheme evolved... I picked Delightful Dijon for the trophy, Always Artichoke for the greenery, etc. I started at the bottom and worked my way up, adding the next shelf when I saw how high it needed to be. I didn't plan this all out or use a Stampamajig, I just eyeballed the entire thing. I felt like I did really well with the exception of the floating bottles, they were not stamped low enough on the shelf ;) I was going to start over, then I decided it's good for you to see my flaws (they happen a lot!) and relax about the need to have everything perfect.
For my background, I chose the newest embossing folder, "Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder". Before I embossed, I did ink up the raised side of the folder with some black ink just to see what would happen. I loved the effect! I wanted to get a tad more blue in there so chose some washi tape from the Moroccan Designer set and added some Metallic Enamel shapes. Don't you love the sentiment! I think that is the perfect way to say that in the midst of plans and dreams, life happens and it is wonderful most of the time. The older I get, the more important all my memories are to me!
Here's a close look at the stamp set so you can see all the possible ways to take this bookcase idea!
I hope you are inspired today and can think of some ways to build your own bookcase! I'm anxious to spend some more time with this fun set!
I want to invite you to follow me on Pinterest! I pin all my cards as well as many from others that I like. I even pin some cards that I don't have on my blog so take a look! Here's a link:
Pinterest - Sarah Cade
If you scroll to the very bottom of my blog posts, you will see a Pinterest icon and if you click on that, you can easily pin the pictures featured in my blog post.