Thursday, January 17, 2008

Don't Underestimate YOUR Power...

You never know when taking the time to leave a comment or respond to a question will make the day of someone else....



Erin Bailey sent me this today---essentially for just leaving a comment on her blog.




Thanks, Erin, for making MY day! I am supposed to nominate two others to receive this award--and I would love to give it all of YOU! Thanks, friends, for all of your sweet comments below. I am so glad you like what I am doing and I will try to continue to bring you neat designs while keeping it fun!


Months ago, when no one knew my name (now I know at least five people do!), I often would leave a comment for someone and ask a question and would NEVER hear back from them. Although it is impossible to individually respond to every email or comment, I want you to know that I do read and appreciate every one and if you ask me a question, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as I can (if you leave a way to respond!)


It only takes a few minutes to be a light in someone's day. There are enough people trying to bring others down but it is much more fun to lift others up. Sometimes I think this business is way too cut throat but I really believe that there is plenty of room in the stamping world for EVERYONE!

I didn't have much stamping time today but I did manage to make a card because the idea for this has been in my head for awhile. All stamps are from My Favorite Things. I stamped the large blooms from "Build a Bouquet" on vanilla cardstock. Then, I took a pencil and drew a rectangle shape around (making sure some of the blooms would be outside of the edge.) After masking the flowers I stamped the leaves and stems. (Tip: I like to use a piece of loose leaf for masking because it is so thin and allows the ink to go right up to the image being masked.)


Then, I cut out the rectangle shape and wherever the image overlapped, I just cut around the image. Then I stamped the pink flowers on vanilla cardstock and cut them out and attached them with dimensional stickers. Rhinestones complete the flower.


The sentiment is created by die cutting the ribbon slider out of a transparency sheet. I stamped the sentiment with StazOn ink and then ran the taffeta ribbon through.


Hope you like it!





Materials used: Stamps--Build a Bouquet, Boho Blossoms-sentiment (all from My Favorite Things); ink-bashful blue, old olive, pretty in pink, StazOn; cardstock- olive, vanilla, close to cocoa; transparency (Office Max); ribbon-pink taffeta (SU!); Adhesive rhinestones (K & Co.); dimensionals (SU!); Cuttlebug, slider die and Nestability die.



Thanks for stopping by--Don't forget to add a comment to the post below to win blog candy!

34 comments:

Denise (denidill) said...

Hi Carolyn!
I am really liking your slider dies made from clear acetate. Very creative and I have 118 blogs on my Google Reader and I do not think I have seen anyone else do this. I am going to have to try it. I do think more than 5 people know your name. Hmmmm...I would add a few zeroes to that 5. Really cool card! Oh, your family stories crack me up. Your kids sound cute and very....unusual! LOL! (denidill on SCS)

Rita said...

This is such a beautiful card! I luv that you cut the image a little outside of the box, it really adds to the elegance of this card! Great job!

Molly B said...

I love that ribbon slider. Very clever. -Molly B

Niki said...

Cute card! I love reading your blog because your personality really shines through your typing. It's refreshing to read someone's blog that understands how hard it is to be noticed in the stamping world. There are just so many talented people out there! Glad you are getting some well earned recognition!

Amy said...

your sweet comment on my blog totally made my day today, Cammie! Thank you so much for cheering me up--you are a doll! Have a great day!

Hugs,
Amy

Dawn Easton said...

Carolyn, I LOVE this card! I have never attempted to do this sort of thing. Not sure I can. I'll have to try though, or I'll never know right? LOL!

I'm happy that you started a blog and that I found it! Love visiting it daily!

Carol said...

I love this design - it's like coloring outside the lines. I love the ribbon slider and the beautiful colors too. Nice job:) TFS

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Like it? I LOVE it! It is just so CUTE!

riggy said...

WOW...I think this card is just beautiful.......Love the LO and colors.......Your cards are just awsome.

Lynette said...

I love when images extend 'outside of the box." And cutting sliders out of acetate is such a cool idea. BTW - your comment on my card with the acetate slider made my day, for sure!!
- Lynette

Michelle said...

You make my day EVERY DAY!

5 people? Are you kidding me? LOL!

Great card...and I love those ribbon sliders you're making. I WILL CASE that idea. :-)

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

I am glad to have recently found you...You blog is so "Real"

(((Hugs)))

Bethany Paull said...

I love when stampers cut some images out of the box like this, and yours is gorgeous with all those flowers, leaves and the long stems. Love the clear sentiment piece too.

Jennifer Buck said...

Such a cute card!  I just wanted to let you know that you have made my day many times with your kind words and encouragement.  Take care and thanks for all you do! :)

Val said...

I love your card, as usual! I know that more than 5 people know your name!! Thank you for answering my question so quickly! It was a surprise to receive an answer as many do not answer questions of their blogs!

Georgia said...

I have had the honor of you commenting on some of my posts and I have to tell you...it really does make my day! To have someone whom you really admire (your work is greaT!)leave a comment really does make a difference! I have vowed to always leave a few comments every time I view the gallery. Paying it forward... thanks to your suggestion!Have a great week!
Georgia

Mindy said...

I do like it! I am totally loving the stamping the sentiments on transparency sheets. I'm casing it.....um....as soon as I can find my sheets:) Thanks again for sharing!

Mindy

Jana Weaver said...

LOVE the transparent ribbon slider - that is SOOO cool!! THe whole card is awesome..but that is something I hadn't seen before. Which is what I often find when visiting your blog! :-)

Rae said...

Love how you cut around your stamped flowers... so clever! Very pretty card Carolyn!

Melanie said...

Great post, agree with eveything you said(excpet the part that only 5 people know you, so modest)! I love this card (I saw it on the PaperCrafts site yesterday), and this technique of letting the image escape it's boundaries.

Kathleen said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that slider!! I am ready to punch some acetate! Thanks for the idea (it's new to me!)

Christina Fischer said...

Beautiful card!!! I just love the slider! Your words about commenting are so true -- you've made my day on many occasions!! :)

Erika H. said...

Thank you so much for the tip about using loose leaf paper when masking...I have trouble getting my ink right to the edge. Thanks for your wonderful entry today. When I read your blog it lights up my day!

Anonymous said...

Graet colors and layout! Love the acetate slider. Great blog! dorothy Freber

Bee said...

Beautiful card! And I share your point of view. It is so nice when people are reachable, and it doesn't take much to make other feel special sometimes.

I tried putting plastic sheets in my cuttlebug before, to make flower embelisshments, but it didn't work very well because I think the plastic was too soft. I'll have to try with transparent sheets. thanks for the tip :-)

Judi said...

I completely agree!!! It's amazing how one small act can totally change a person's day. I absolutely love your blog. It's seriously the first blog I check every day. I love the slider idea. I was so inspired by that, that I went and bought it the other day when you posted a card with it. TFS

Barb Schram said...

Hi Cammie,

You are so right about making someones day...I am so appreciative of those who take the time to answer questions or post to me...since I am an unknown (so to speak) I love your work, it is sooo inspiring. Thanks so much, Barb

Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

Hi Carolyn; I really enjoyed what you wrote about how it is easy to make someones day by commenting on their blogs... I do not get very many comments, but when I do I love them and they definitely make my day. You always leave the sweetest comments, thanks Carolyn.
I love this new card... okay, where did you get this slider die cut??? I love this idea! Where do you purchase acetate from?
Kelly

Amy Sheffer said...

Very cool card! Thanks for the how-to. And not just cool, but beautiful, too. Great idea for the ribbon slider. I love your blog!

Terri said...

I have been reading your blog for awhile now but have never left a comment until now. I really liked when you said there is plenty of stamping room for everyone. That really inspired me because sometimes I feel like you have to be in the in group to get anywhere in the stamping world. I don't get very many comments on my blog but when I do it really makes my day. Hopefully one day I will be where you are too. By the way I love your idea for the clear ribbon slider.

hemidemisemiquaver said...

BWWAAA!!! I just saw this! Check my blog please!
Beck

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Cammie, not only are you a very talented stamper...but you are also so genuinely kind and encouraging!!! I love your card...the soft colors and the delicate "feel" is just wonderful!

Julie Koerber said...

LOVE it! You rock.

Rhonda said...

Thank you so much for sharing that. I know it means alot to me when I hear from poeple who stop by my blog! This is great advice and you never know when someone has had one of the worst days and reads a post on their site and it really just means the most to them! Your card is awesome as is all of your creations. I really enjoy your blog! TFS