Are Flowers and Shapes helpful in the Designing Process

Keep your eyes open and take in all that inspiration from the great outdoors. Over the weekend we decided to visit another nursery. We went to Swansons Nursery in Seattle. As soon as I walked into the nursery I was in awe of how big this place was. I found myself asking are flowers and shapes helpful in my creative process? Absolutely! I have been in search of something that will inspire me.

Look at the colors of these plants. So pretty!

Take pictures to sketch later

The nurseries here are so fun because they have large varieties of plants , flowers, and succulence as well as trinkets. The decor is amazing to walk around and just look at everything. It was the perfect jolt to get out of the funk I have been living in for quite some time.

A koi pond in the middle of a nursery, how’s that?

Motivation is key to creating something.

I have a file cabinet filled of stamps that are unused. A few years ago I was introduced to stamping. So much fun! Next thing you know I went on a shopping spree for about a year nonstop. Each week the stamping companies keep introducing new products, and I was hooked.

Finally, I had to ban myself from purchasing anymore stamps. It was so hard to do. Between buying stamps, die cuts, embossing folders, inks, mixed media products, pens, glitter, and washi tape I am set for years to come. So how am I blocked from creating something with all those products? Inspiration I say is what I did not have. It is a wonder how this could happen.

Just a few stamps that I have collected. Now you see what I am working with.

I came across a website called Splitcoaststampers. It is a community of stampers, paper crafters, and scrapbookers.. Talk about inspiration. You can find like minded people who are looking for the same thing I am, inspiration. A community of rubber stampers, card makers and scrapbookers sharing their techniques and helping to inspire others while providing a resource for all stamp related products.

I needed a place to help inspire me

With all those stamps sitting in my file cabinet, and the help of this new website I think I can actually motivate to create with the help of those card challenges and inspiration. Now to not buy any more shall be a challenge in itself. Haha. There are so many cute stamps out there. But I do need to use the ones I have at least one time. So that is my challenge to myself go through all those stamps at least once.

The first challenge I joined yesterday was using a technique by Dina Kowal’s Kaleidoscope squares tutorial. I really liked the layout of the card and the idea of creating a card like a kaleidoscope. This was so much fun to challenge myself in creating this card.

This challenge has peeked my interest since kaleidoscopes remind me of when my kids were small. I remember buying one for my daughter when she was a little girl. The designs that come out when you twirl the wand and watch through a small peep hole are so cool. Whenever I saw new tubes I would buy them. Almost reminds me of mandala shapes when you spin the wand and watch it take on different shapes. That fond memory got me motivated to try out my first challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

Flowers and Shapes help in the Design Process

This challenge is a perfect example of using flowers and shapes to design a card. In the first design I used a cherry blossom stamp from Kaisercraft Clear Stamp called Hanami Garden and cut out 1 1/2″ squares so it will fit on the A4 card.

I added a strip of gold glitter paper to the panel before I placed the kaleidoscope image on top of the panel.
I took a picture before I colored the cherry blossoms because I was hesitating to even add colors to this card.
I could not resist adding color to the cherry blossoms so I used a pink gel pen and put a small dab of stickles in the center of each flower. Then I topped liquid pears on the small buds.
These are the products I used to complete this card.

The 2nd card I used the fan in the same stamp set.

This card I used dark blue and yellow gel pens, stickles in the middle of the flowers. I raised it with sticky foam on top of the homemade white paper on the black cardstock paper to create a A4 card.

The memories dye inked I got in Walmart, gel pens from Costco, the stickles and liquid pearls I got from Amazon, and I cannot remember who I purchased the Kaisercraft Hanami Garden stamp. I think I got it from But I did find a link where you can purchase it from.

I am really happy with the design and it definitely got me out of my funk.

Thumbs up on this challenge!

Hope you like it. Remember art is all over the place. Just open your eyes and look around.

Have a great day.


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