pick a pattern I got the idea to create a homework assignment for my stamp club groups. This is the starter that I gave to all of the ladies in the South Burlington group with the charge to add more cardstock, ribbon, diecut(s), embellishments, a stamped element (whatever they want), and attach to a card base. Then, to “hand it in” they are tasked with posting it to my Facebook page. I shared this starter image there, and so far one of the ladies has “turned it in”. I love what she created, and she appreciated the starter inspiration.

I actually was inspired to try this by a post from a fellow demonstrator. At OnStage in England, she received a starter piece of white cardstock with some DSP attached from a fellow demonstrator. Like my club ladies, she was charged with creating something with it and sharing on the original demonstrators FB page. This inspired me to try it out with my clubs, and see what they come up with. I’ll be meeting with the Essex stamp club group this evening, and they’ll be receiving their homework assignment then. Stay tuned to see what I created for their assignment – it is a different starter that could go in different directions.

watercolor words This is what I created with the starter piece. I took this opportunity to incorporate a stamp set that is retiring – as is the patterned paper that I used this sketch as the starting point for the homework, and incorporated it into the finished card that I created. This is also and ode to Emerald Envy, a current In Color that is retiring soon. The ribbon that I used was retired from a past Holiday catalog, you can’t buy it now but it was perfect for this card. I like the clean lines of this layout and that watercolor stamped element is perfect.

There was one correction that I discovered after I created my card. I included a sheet with the assignment that listed the colors in the DSP. After I created my card I discovered that I mis-remembered one of the colors. I listed Blushing Bride, but the pink on the card is actually Flirty Flamingo. Doh!

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