1.30.2013

Growing in Unity Day #2: unique you.

Sometimes, you have to take a step back from your craft table and take a journey back to the beginning. Why did you start crafting? What feelings did it bring about? What is the biggest reasons you do it? I guarantee you it's not to be "seen". It's not so you can get on a big manufacturer design team. Pretty sure, if you are anything like me, you do it because it makes you feel alive, it awakens your creative spirit, your creations brighten someone's day and all that other zen-like stuff. Am I right?

We paper crafters {I'm lump summing us together} get so wrapped up in being published, getting on design teams, who's who, company rosters and all all that hub-bub, that we sometimes forget to just craft. Just be us. Do it because we love to do it. Design what we like, for us. Make something special for someone special to us, and not worry about who's paper you are using and what ink you're stamping with. No molds.

It's important to me to do this every once in a while. To sit down, and just create something that's "you". Not to fit into some category or challenge or company. Just do you. Unique you. Maybe this is why I don't really have a typical style to my name. I do a lot of different stuff, because I'm just that way.

So my card today I created without limits or boundaries or requirements or mandates. I used the paper that made me happy, the stamps that awakened my creativity and whatever else I felt like adding. It's all part of the creative growth process, right?

Enough rambling, onto my card. {I'm impressed if you're made it this far!}
On this card, I used Glitz Design paper (LOVE all their papers because they fit my personality) and Angie Girl from Unity. LOVE LOVE LOVE this girl and the girl behind the stamp is equally amazing. I decided to make her skirt out of torn paper. Tearing just right is more difficult than it looks, yes!??!

The letter stickers are from Glitz and the wood word is from Freckled Fawn. OH and how can I forget my FAVORITE embellie to use right now...My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots. LOVE these little guys! 

Thanks for jumping into my brain today and listening to me ramble :) See you tomorrow for more Unity stamping fun!
xoxo

28 comments:

jennifer mitten said...

This is my favorite set from Ippity ever!! Your card is gorgeous....

libbym said...

Your card is beautiful! I have always hated those "cookie box" style labels they try to give us. I say create your own style and be happy!

created by ~donnaK said...

What a lovely card... I made it through your "rambling" and really appreciate your words of wisdom. Thanks for the reminder to just create for the sake of creating.

Houses Built of Cards said...

True words for sure!!! I love when I can sit down and make something just for me! This came out lovely those are some of my favorite papers too - and LOVE that stamp! The torn edge skirt looks gorgeous!!!

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Wida said...

This card is uber cool, and although I am not where you are in the crafting journey, both in duration and accomplishment, I am going to book mark this and save it for later, because I know that day will come when I will feel just like this and will want to read these words again :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Love this collection! Just used it the other day and it's perfect for this card, great job!

Nicole said...

Love your card and I've always loved your style. Your post really spoke to me! Last night I looked through every blog I know to try and find a challenge to make a card for. Then I wondered "why"? Just make a card! So your post this morning was right on time!

Cynthia said...

This is a really fun card, Erin. Love the colorful skirt and the dp is perfect.

Amanda said...

Oh Erin, your card is absolutely stunning!!! I just love you artsy crafty style..

Scrappy hugs,
Amanda :0)

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

OMGEEE Girl, You Nailed this Card! I Love It! You're right about taking a step back and "Just CRAFT". The feeling of making something for someone "Just BECAUSE". Smooches...

Denise Bryant said...

Very cool card! Love the colors!
DeniseB

Carol said...

Your card is so creative, thanks for sharing your ideas!

Carol B
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Scrappin' Diva said...

What a great card and loved that you made her dress from torn pieces of paper!

Sue A said...

I must admit that this was not a favorite stamp set for me. I just don't ever know what to do with this genre. But, you have changed my mind - she's beautiful and fun! I love what you did with the dress. Thank you!

Ava Gavloski said...

Love this stamp.... so flexible and inspirational on any project. Nice showcasing of the pp.
ava g

Casey said...

I have liked this stamp set but been unsure of what i would actually do with it. Which is why i never got it! I love seeing how you used it and you may have just given me the inspiration to get this one! Loved the pp you chose and the colors as well as the enamel dots! Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!!

sharon g said...

I love how you ripped paper to make her dress. you are so creative!!!

Julie Odil said...

Your Angie Girl is beautiful. Thanks for showing us a piece of your soul.

Emily Keaton said...

This is SO beautiful!! I love how bright and colorful it is. :)

Sue D said...

I like your unique card!

Ruby said...

This is just gorgeous. Love it.

Diana Fernandez said...

This is beautiful!!! I love love love her dress!!!

Brit K. Designs said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colors and how you did her skirt is fantastic! So colorful and artsy! And I loved your rambling too(I do it occasionally on my blog too, lol)!

Jen said...

This is amazing! Yes, tearing paper just right is really hard!

Angel said...

omg... this card is absolutely gorgeous!! definitely very unique

Karenladd said...

Oh, I have this stamp set but still haven't used it...but now I'm motivated to pull it out and just play! Beautiful project...loving all the cheery colors!

SHartl said...

Wow, I really love the way you combined the stamp with torn paper for a great artsy effect!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

A thought-provoking post Erin, and some very good points. I always try to create for me, I guess we need to just take things as they come and remember to just enjoy the process!

Beautiful card - I love how you achieved the dress finish and all the elements work so well together!