December 26, 2010

Bloom where you are Planted


I admire designers like Michelle Clement whose style is so free and has such natural flow. When I got my hands on her Mix and Mend collection for Sassafras, I tried to 'teach' myself a little about this style through a paint-by-numbers method. (Thank you Michelle for allowing me show your journal here and your super encouraging words on my card)


Source : Michelle Clement's summer of love art journal

Starting with Mix and Mend's hobnob paper, through a sort of reverse engineering, I recreated the individual elements. In the process, I learnt a little about letting the materials wander around the page (within a rough constrain of a triangle). And the power of unexpected juxtapositions.



In keeping with the 'Bloom where you are Planted' sentiment, I decoupaged some dried botanticals - the last leaves from my pepper plant which has produced an amazing crop of fiery red bird's eye chili this year. Had to get this card quickly off to Domna, as I can't seem to stop running my fingers over the textural elements.

Linking up to these Parties.

Supplies : Pattern Paper - Sassafras Mix& Mend alterations and Fawned of You - Girl's Best FriendEmbellishments - Sassafras Fawned of You Too stickers, K&Co. Wild Saffron Tags, ribbons, buttons

32 comments:

Natalёk said...

merry christmas!!!

2amscrapper said...

Gorgeous! Merry Christmas! Helene

Betty said...

Love the compositions! So inspiring!

~amy~ said...

Oh my goodness...I LOVE it...such a neat project...love the scrappy goodness! Thanks for the blog linkie..I'm now following Michelle...fun stuff...

Blossom inch said...

nice one Sandy! I have that paper...Thanks for sharing and I will try soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous Sandy!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, oops, I should say belated Christmas, I know I am late, but I was out of blog land for 3 days due to a huge project, 500 cards to be done in 3 days, whew...... glad that I am back to blogging again!

Sylvia said...

Hi Sandy! I enjoy visiting you blog and seein all your new projects. I left you an award on my blog this morning!

Krafty Kat said...

Absoulutely gorgeous! Love that you added some of your pepper plant to it! Everything you make is always beautiful. Thanks for linking up to the Gettin Krafty With It party!

Becky said...

This is great, I try to do the layer thing but it never seems to have balance. Yours is perfect, love the little deer. visiting from tip junky

having a {me} day said...

Oh WOW! You have done great work here, Sandy. Love all the elements, layers and textures. Wishing you all the blessings of the season. keeleyxx

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

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Denise said...

Sandy your card is amazing!!! Happy New Years! Hope this year is a wonderful one!

Megan A. said...

this is beautiful! thanks for sharing it, and I love how you share how much time and money you spent on it!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Debora RochaƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ said...

Thanks Sandy your coments. I like very mutch your blog. You me happy or visit my blog... Welcome... Thanks... thanks...
Happy New Year 2011!!!
Thank you very mutch!!!

Kisses... kisses...

Debora

Marie (Mazz) said...

I just find this "BREATHTAKING" so many little details to think about & create. I just LOVE LOVE the 'shappyness' of it (btw that is a huge compliment LOL) and the way you've created this gorgeous piece of ART xx

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Absolutely stunning!

Nikki said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Cidinha said...

Sandy

Dear friend, was a gift for your friendship, for me this year. Wishing you and your family a New Year full of blessings, health, peace and much love. And keep in favor with their beautiful creations.

hugs
Cidinha

Michelle said...

Hi Sandy

What an absolutely stunning creation!

I love the the texture and dimension you have created. The more I look the more detail I see.

Thank you for linking up to Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

Craftylicious said...

awesome shabby goodness you have there Sandy!!! I'd be surely running my hands over them ever so often as well if i were you! it's lovely!! :)

Rachael said...

This card is so gorgeous! I can't believe all the different elements. Thank you so much for sharing it at my party this weekend!

Krafty Kat said...

Congratulations- I am giving you the Stylish Blogger Award!

http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

This is lovely! I love how cohesive it looks, while still looking random. Thank you for giving me a new item to add to my to-do list!

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! I love all the texture!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Lara said...

Love this! I need to learn some techniques I admire as well!

Scrappy Gifts said...

What a cool technique. Great job especially with all the time it took. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

Young and Crafty said...

Great job Sandy! Looks like a TON of work!

Thanks for linking up to Free for All!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com

Josie said...

WoW!... look at all the fussy effort to put such a gorgeous piece of work together... :) really really cool stuff u have here...

Crystal said...

Wow! I love all of the details and different textures. You really have an amazing talent.

Anne said...

Love all the creative layers used in these projects!

Noted the heart doily with the buttons attached... {WHO} created these heart doilies? Are they available in qty.? LOVE them!

TFS
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Karen said...

Thanks for your comments, I love the technique you use the different layers and textures.

karenmarielomas.blogspot.com

Shirley-anne said...

thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog . So happy I came to visit you .
What amazing creations ...so inspiring . Love the way you add layers of such interesting / coordinating elements to your cards . I find this so hard to do, and when I try, well everything looks ...plopped on .