Thursday, January 1, 2015

by the tide...the paper plunge #15

hi tracey, momma, friends old and new!

happy new year to all of you who may be stopping by today!  well, technically, it's january 2nd since it is 1:23 in the a.m...gah!

today's paper plunge challenge is a sketch created by robbie, the resident my digital studio expert.  here is the sketch and my interpretation...




the copying inspiration for the card came from an amazingly talented gal, melissa cochran.  she is the designer of the porthole- looking all rusty and such.  the first time i saw this nautical theme, i knew i had to give it a try.  for my first time, i'm thrilled.  still need to work on the color...i just hope i did her proud!  you can find melissa at crazy paper freak.  she is truly an artist and has such a way with color and technique...i am in awe.

stamps:  by the tide, butterfly basics, gorgeous grunge
ink:  stazon black, cajun craze, smoky slate, crumb cake, island indigo, bermuda bay
cardstock:  early espresso, cajun craze, bermuda bay, whisper white, adventure bound dsp
extras:  sponges, sponge daubers, blendabilites markers, twine, deco label framelits, circle framelits, brads, dazzling diamonds, jewel basic rhinestones

i always try to leave you with a quote and i searched for one on copying someone else...most are very negative-telling me to find my own swag.  i almost gave up and felt ridiculous for not being a totally original creator tonight, until i remembered this:  as teachers, we always tell our students to use mentor texts when they write, mentor illustrators when the draw...why shouldn't i take my own advice? 

yohji yamamoto, the world famous fashion designer once said, "start copying what you love.  copy copy copy copy.  at the end of the copy you will find yourself."  i truly appreciate anyone who is willing to put their work out there for the world to see...to be inspiring to people like me.

it is my hope, that i have inspired you.

thank you for stopping by-i appreciate you.

peace be with you,
leslie







14 comments:

  1. Leslie, this card is phenomenal. I love how you made the nautical window look a little rusted. What technique did you do to make it look like that? This card is gorgeous. You have talent above & beyond what I can imagine. Happy new year, my friend!

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    1. awww, thanks, helen! gotta love gorgeous grunge! check out melissa cochran's site...amazing!

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  2. This is just STUNNING!! :-) The coloring and rusty look is amazing! I zoomed in just to see your work (and find the glitter/rhinestones) - totally impressed! :-)

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    1. i so appreciate your kind words, linda! i love my dazzling diamonds!!

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  3. I just ran across your card on Pinterest (fabulous interpretation by the way). You have no idea how thrilled I am to see this! You totally made my day!!!

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    1. i feel like a child does when their teacher puts a big smiley face on a paper!! thank you, melissa! you made MY day!!

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  4. Love your card Leslie. Also love the quote about copy, copy ... a great one to use in classes. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Jane

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    1. oh thank you, jane! that IS a great quote, isn't it!

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  5. Your card is beautiful! I always remind my kids that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)

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    1. thank you so much, tracy! yes, yes it is!

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  6. Ditto on all the above AND I agree with your husband, You DO have a God given gift and thank you for sharing it!

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  7. I stumbled across one of your cards on Pinterest and thought I'd peek in on your blog. I really love your style. I find that many of the women I teach card classes to find they cannot send the cards they make in class. Their feeling is that no one deserves them enough! They will however send other ones they've made. I did that initially until I had confidence in my own creativity. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by, jane! i hear what you are saying...some cards are hard to part with or we just don't feel it is good enough. i just hope that anyone i send a card to enjoys it, even for a brief moment, no matter how extravagant or not! it's a little piece of me! thanks for giving me a peek!

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