Friday, May 7, 2010

Very Square and Very Square Sentiments

Very Square Sketch

I wanted to share with you where the idea for this set came from. It came from this sketch I drew out, almost a year ago. It has been hanging on a cork board in my stamping room ever since. I wanted to create that card. But, I had a problem, I was sick and tired of masking straight-line sentiments into the right shape. I thought, there has got to be something out there. But there wasn’t much. As I pondered that, my husband suggested, again, that I start making my own stamps. (mostly so I quit complaining about what I *need* in my stash of stamps :)) The next thought was, well, if you make the stamps, maybe some backgrounds need to go with it. And while I was at it, make the sentiments fit in the backgrounds. And there you have it, the beginning of my very first stamp sets. Very Square includes 6 background squares. Very Square Sentiments includes 11 sentiments that perfectly fit inside the squares.

Always on my Mind Full View

And I am thrilled that I have finally been able to make the card in my head! This card measures 4.25”x8.” It will fit into an A7 envelope. The diamond and squares images were stamped with Belle Rose Palette ink. The sentiment was stamped in Charcoal. The butterflies were stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock. I used the diamond and circles image with Landscape Ink. Using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, I was able to get two butterflies out of one square. Some gems were added to the butterfly’s center. Two small strips of grey cardstock were cut and added to the top and bottom of the row of squares. And for a little more glitter, I added Stickles to each of the little spaces on the squares.

Always on my Mind

I think that is the thing that I love most about these images. You can stamp them and make a beautiful one-layer card. Or you can use the images as backgrounds to create beautiful little accent pieces. I cannot wait to show you all the ideas running through my head! And I know the rest of the design team has some amazing ideas too!

If you missed the first post today, make sure and visit all of the design team’s blogs for SO much eye candy!! :)

  • Charlene Austin
  • Geny Cassady
  • Julie Overby
  • Latisha Yoast
  • Kazan Clark
  • iheartpapers.com (blog of store where Mint Motif stamps will be available May 14th)
  • thanks for stopping by!

    Supplies: Stamps (Very Square, Very Square Sentiments-AVAILABLE at iheartpapers.com on May 14), Ink (Stewart Superior, Palette-Landscape, Belle Rose, Charcoal), Punch (Martha Stewart), Stickles (Ranger-Star Dust), Gems (Hero Arts-Olive), Cardstock

    32 comments:

    Susan said...

    Life is Good...Life is Fun...Fun is Good Friday! Smiles and huge hugs on this most wonderful day. I thank you for this new line and even more inspiration..how many days until summer vacation????

    Samantha said...

    This looks like a wonderful release! The DT has done a wonderful job! And I LOVE the idea of the stacked sentiments - you're so right, there isn't anything else out there like it!

    Joan B said...

    congrats. the set and designers are awesome!

    Kelly S. said...

    Oh how exciting! Your team is very talented and loving the first reveal...can never get enough of pretty patterns or background-building sets, woo hoo!

    Carol (HB) said...

    How adorable is that!?!?!
    I am SO excited for you Kimberly! Now, I'm off to see what this group of talent has created.

    Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

    So pretty. Simple and elegant. I love this!

    Margie H said...

    SOOooooo this is how it started?! LOL! I'm off to go check out the rest of the team's creations....love what I'm seeing so far and can't wait for the 14th to come!! xo

    i {heart} papers said...

    Love it! And I love seeing your sketch book. What other little treasures are buried in there? *wink*

    Kyle said...

    Congratulations on your new
    [ad]venture!! I am looking forward to inking up your very first stamp sets! I can see endless design possibilities for both sets!

    frillions said...

    Kimberly,
    How thrilling for you. I can tell this set will be a huge success!!! You are so inspiring. Congratulations!!!

    Kazan Clark said...

    Gorgeous! You used one of my favorite stamps from this set - you card in reality is even more gorgeous than I thought you imagined because it is made from your awesome stamps!!! Whooo Hooo Cnograts. This is going to be one amazing ride :)
    HUgs

    Kazan Clark said...

    Gorgeous! You used one of my favorite stamps from this set - you card in reality is even more gorgeous than I thought you imagined because it is made from your awesome stamps!!! Whooo Hooo Cnograts. This is going to be one amazing ride :)
    HUgs

    Scrapaddict said...

    Congrats! What I've seen so far is a-m-a-z-i-n-g, can't wait to see them all.

    craftymom205 said...

    Great card.

    Julie Masse said...

    Your card is super!! Looks like some fun, versatile stamps!! congrats again - off to see what your dt came up with! :)

    marla said...

    These stamp sets are amazing. Love all the patterns you designed and I love the shape of the sentiment stamps!!

    Angela Fehr said...

    Love this card, Kim! That is my favourite background from the set - and how cool that you designed it!

    Valerie said...

    Congrats! Your stamp set is awsome. Love to see more of whats in your head!

    Christi said...

    just gorgeous! can't wait to see what the whole sets look like
    congratulations on your new venture!

    jn said...

    Hey Kim!!! Remember me? I've been stalking your blog for such a long time seeing how the dreams you talked about at the Stamping Post have been gradually evolving for you. You must be so excited and proud, and you should be. Your stamp sets look terrific and I know we'll see lots more from you. Best of luck Chickie. I check your blog daily.
    all my best, Janette

    honugurl16 said...

    This is such a great idea. I love the sentiment stamps!

    scrappin_in_AK said...

    gorgeous card - I always love your work. Congrats on your new company and good luck

    Marian Berggren said...

    Congratulations on your new stamp line and design team. The ladies did a fantastic job showing your stamps. How exciting for you!! I'm looking forward to purchasing your stamps when they become available.

    Sandra said...

    Congratulations Kimberly! I just hopped over here from Julie's blog and I love the sneek peaks from your DT. I can tell already this is going to be a great line of stamps.
    Sandy Fiskateer #1781

    wendyp said...

    The new sets look amazing! Congratulations!!!

    Denise (peanutbee) said...

    Huge CONGRATS to you, Kimberly! I'm SOOOOOO excited for you and I wish you all the success in the world! :)

    kristie sessions said...

    I am already loving what i see Kimberly! WOW! I am so so happy for you with this amazing adventure. You are going to be so successful! CONGRATS!

    Laura said...

    Congratulations on your new venture! I love the concept of the "stacked" sentiments -- definitely an idea whose time has come. :-)

    annesatx said...

    Great card, great idea for stamps. I'm so glad you came up with this idea -- it looks so incredibly versatile! Congratulations on your new venture!

    Janet said...

    Kimberly - you are so creative - I would never have thought of doing this. I can't wait for May 14th to see what you are going to show us. I love this card - it's wonderful

    Pam said...

    Great ideas for the stamps. Can't to use them.

    Victoria S. said...

    I like what i see so far. Congrats on your new line!