Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm A Guest Designer for SCS!

Hello!  I have the pleasure of being a Guest Designer this week for Splitcoast's Clean and Simple Design Team.   Challenge 104 is "Inspiration from a Word or Phrase:  Rock & Roll".

At first, I was stumped.  I do not own "rock and roll-ish" stamps, or any kind of music for that matter.  No musical notes, no guitars, etc.  So, I took out my binder of stamp sets and mulled it over.
  • Polka Dots background stamp?  - no, that's a polka, not R & R
  • Vintage Vogue, in honor of Madonna's song "Vogue"? - no, that's pop music
  • Baroque Motifs, for baroque music? - no, wrong century
  • A crown from Artistic Etchings, in honor of The King, Elvis?  - okay, now we're getting somewhere!
  • Sweet Dreams, for the Eurythmics song of the same title?  Cool Cat, for Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever"? - maybe!
Ultimately, I decided on a combination of three songs:
  • "Freeze Frame" by the J. Geils Band
  • "Rooster" by Alice in Chains
  • "Fell on Black Days" by Soundgarden
The J. Geils Band was popular when I was younger, and my husband listens to Alice In Chains and Soundgarden sometimes, and I like a couple of their songs.  Mostly I listen to classical music, though!

What do you think?  Different, yes.  But I really like the dramatic look for a change!
I used Fancy Frames by TPC Studio, a rooster from Vintage Farmhouse by Fiskars (yay, another stamp set finally sees ink!  I only got it two years ago for a birthday), and some Nestie frames:  Labels One and Large Deckled Rectangles.

I grabbed a layout I saw in Stampin' Up!'s spring Mini Catalog on page 24.  An SU catalog is full of ideas for layouts!

Background designer paper is from My Mind's Eye 'Garden Vignettes'.  The rooster was colored with Copics.  I'm sure I did not get his colors as nature would, but oh well!

I hope you are inspired to play in this challenge.  If you really think about it, inspiration can be found anywhere.

Happy Stamping,


Stamps:  Vintage Farmhouse by Fiskars, Fancy Frames by TPC Studio
Paper:  Basic Black, white by PTI, designer paper by MME 'Garden Vignettes'
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Big Shot, Spellbinders Labels One and Large Deckled Rectangles, Copic markers, dimensionals, orange and red rhinestones from Queen & Co., black ribbon from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store


Andrea Ewen said...

Colleen, you are the absolute best example that I can think of for finding inspiration anywhere! You are the master at that! I love your R & R inspired card, I think it's perfect for the challenge. The colors are super and the rooster image is great...and I love the "Rooster" song by AIC! Way to "rock" this challenge, girlie!

Benzi said...

Congrats on being Guest Designer for the CAS challenge today. I love what you've done with this colorful rooster. I'm thinking this would have been a rather hard challenge to work with. But, as usual, you nailed it. Nice framing and I'm glad you finally got to ink up that stamp. Colleen is rockin'!

Amy Kolling said...

I just had to pop over here and give you a giant Congrats on being the Guest Designer today!!! You really did have to think outside the box for this one but you rocked it!! :)

Emily Keaton said...

Congratulations on your GDT stint on SCS, Colleen!! You made a fantastic CAS sample for this challenge. I love how you colored your rooster (seems realistic to me!!) and layered some great "freeze" frames. And what a hoot to read about your thought processes for this challenge! I do really love reading about your inspirations. :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

CONGRATS on another GDT spot! You are just EVERYWHERE--and no wonder! You are AMAZING! LOVE LOVE LOVE this card--that chicken is so fun! I have a love for chickens--but that story will come soon:) It's kind of long! Great card!

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

Congrats on the GDT spot - you must be so thrilled - well done. What a challenge I too would have been stumped but you've risen to the challenge so very, very well and love your card!


Michele Gross said...

WoWeEEee!!! How much fun to guest for SCS :D
Love the fun thought process behind your card! Awesome job with that thinking cap ;) Your card turned out just awesome and is a fabulous inspiration piece!! Hmmm...thinking I might have to find some time to play!!

Ruby said...

How lucky to be a guest for SCS! You rock! (sorry, just had to say that!) Loved reading how you finally got to your card, what fun! Oh yes, and great card too!!! ;o)

Maria said...

Congrats on being guest designer!!! Your rooster card is so so cute and beautiful all rolled into one...LOVE IT! Thanks for commenting on my recent card. Sorry to hear about ice your way. We got ice, snow, wind...a level 3 emergency here. But, that meant no work for me today...yipeee! So, I'm strolling the blogs! Oops, sorry my post is so long. Take care and happy card making!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Congrats! How fun. Lovely card... great colors and lay-out. :o)

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