Monday, January 24, 2011

CardMaker Newsletter

As seen in the Jan. 24, 2011 CardMaker Newsletter
Just a reminder that if you have not signed up for the free newsletter, head on over to CardMaker and check out my most recent newsletter which just came out today.  This issue is about the Serendipity technique and it includes a couple of cards made using this technique.  While you are there, sign up, and next time it will be delivered right to your inbox. Kimber and I are co-editors and alternate the writing of the newsletters.  Hope you enjoy!
Just a little peek for you, head on over to CardMaker to see more.  Hope you enjoy!
Creatively yours,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Creative Well

Frosty Iris Fold Decor
©Sharon M. Reinhart 2011
Thought I would share this iris folding project with you.  I am donating the framed decor piece along with a signed copy of Iris Folding for Christmas - my most recent book, to a CHA charity auction.  Although this book is filled with Christmas theme projects all you have to do is change up the papers and images and voila! an entirely new feel to the project.
Trio of Iris Folded Cards
©Sharon M. Reinhart 2011
Here are some of the same designs using different papers, ribbons and embellishments.  Sometimes we get into a mode where the creative well seems to be dry, a quick way to fill the well is to look at previously created projects.  Keep the basic design and use different papers and embellishments that way half of the job - the design part is already done.  Take a look back at some of your holiday cards and see if you can create possibly some Valentine's using the same basic design and valentine theme papers and supplies.  It also relieves some of the pressure we put upon ourselves and before you know it the creative well is once again filled to the top.
Creatively Yours,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Love is in the Air

Well, actually its snow in the cold, cold air.  I think that's why I gravitated to a Valentine theme card complete with pretty blooms.  This is a quick and easy card, trying to get my momentum going again, so my challenge was simply to create.  This card utilizes a simple thread wrapping technique using Wonderfil metallic threads on a Spellbinder's die-cut Nestabilities scallop heart.  The flourish is the Tim Holtz die by Sizzix, not only was the positve used but the negative piece was used as a stencil on the printed paper to apply Victorian Velvet Distress ink.  The pretty blooms were die cut with the Cricut from a card stock that has a nice sheen and accented with an adhesive pearl.  The pink blooms and the one adhesive pearl were colored pink with a Bic Mark It pen.  Quite an array of products!  It is simple but at the same time I think quite pretty.  Hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 10, 2011

A New Year and A New Feature

CardMaker Magazine January 2011

Wow!  We are almost at mid January and I am just now extending my wishes to each of you for a year filled with good health, happiness and opportunity. 
Speaking of January ... there is a new feature taking place at CardMaker Magazine, its called Card Making Around the House and the intro article as well as creative inspiration in the form of ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) is in the January 2011 issue. The basic idea is to use the different rooms found in our homes to provide supplies to work with or provide inspiration or both.  Be sure to check it out and watch for the first stop on the tour in the March issue.  Hope you enjoy it!
Creatively Yours,