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Happy Friday everyone!  Today I thought I’d share with you a bright fun birthday card featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Blue Ribbon stamp set and Summer Smooches DP.  The funny thing about today’s card is that the design ended up being totally organic and evolving on it’s own.  It doesn’t look even remotely close to what I initially had in mind.  

Most of the time when I’m creating I have a pretty solid idea in my mind of what I want to do.  Of course, my card only ends up looking like my idea about 50% of the time.  Often times it ends up evolving into something totally different. Like today’s card. I was going to create a Christmas card, and I was going to use a sketch I found this week on the new CAS(E) this Sketch blog.  I had already created a card for this sketch on my other blog – Simply Stamped Designs – which you can see HERE – and was so inspired by the sketch I thought I’d create another using SU products. It just didn’t seem to happen that way.

Here’s how my creative process went today:

As I was flipping through my stamps trying to decide what to use, my eyes fell on the frog in the animal talk stamp set.  Once I had decided on that, I started flipping through the catalogue looking for some DP that would pull in the green, but not be ALL green.  That’s when my eyes fell on the Paper Smooches DP. The only problem was that the fun frog didn’t really seem to fit in with the pattern I chose.  Since by then I had my heart set on that pattern of paper, I was back to square one looking for ideas on what stamp set to use.  

That’s when I spotted the Blue Ribbon stamp set – I liked how the ribbon looks like a flower (if you cut away the tails) – and I liked the coordinating circular sentiments. I immediately decided to stamp the flower in Real Red, but then kept trying different combinations for the center of the flower – Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Lucky Limeade.  I settled on Lucky Limeade to pull in the color of the punched border I created with my Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and Lucky Limeade CS.  

I was still left with the design problem that my “flower” was seeming to float on the card, so that’s when I decided on the horizontal strip of yellow patterned paper (the other side of the floral pattern I used) to help ground the image. I really liked how it looked, and I really liked the fact that the card “sketch” was one that I had never done before.

Once all of that was assembled I felt like the card still needed something – a little bling.  I started with one rhinestone in the center of the flower, but that stood out too much rather than seeming to work with the card design.  That’s when I decided to try the rhinestone borders – and it was love at first sight.  So what about you – is your creative process as organic as mine seems to be – taking on a life of it’s own?  Leave me a comment in the comments section sharing your thoughts on your creative process, or what you think of today’s card/card sketch?

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