Here's what Stampers' Sampler had to say about my collection of 5 cards below: Frances Peets created these intriguing cards in a natural color palette, and each features a hand-stamped bird. The vellum scraps are machine-stitched on the cards and catch the eye in a subtle way. Little bits, such as sequins, brads and paper flowers are added to the card as a final touch; the little findings are reminiscent of what a magpie might capture and bury in its nest? Allow these fun simple cards to inspire what you might collect and piece together.
I was so inspired by the challenge - "For The Birds" I created a collection of 13 more cards. A total of 18 all together. Once I got started with the challenge I wanted to see where it would take me. All cards are on 6"x6" linen card stock. (2 cards from one 12"x12" piece).
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In all, 24 current, Stampington & Company publications there are requests for artwork from artists and crafters alike. The cross-section of work they feature is wide and almost limitless. (You can find the guidelines for submission here, and up-coming calls and challenges for The Stampers' Sampler here.)
The dictionary describes this sort of “call “ to be: to request; summon. to require; demand; need
I began my journey with challenges and calls in card-making online with Creating Keepsakes, Club CK. The members all shared their ideas and each week we were challenged to create a card according to the specs of the call. This is where I exercised my creativity, to rise to the challenge and create, then post to the on-line gallery. I made cards for every challenge every chance I got. It was a great group of talented stampers and crafters. I am still in touch with many of the members today. It was a friendly, warm, and supportive environment where everyone shared information and techniques. This is where I began to build up my technical understanding of rubberstamping by asking questions of those more experienced. Everyone helped eachother and it was a non-competitive environment. The sharing and caring was incredible. I know many, like me, still miss Club CK.
When I stumbled upon the calls and challenges inside Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler I was thrilled to find another outlet to create for "challenges" and "calls" to submit. The ideas behind the calls can be a jumpstart to get the creative juices flowing. I had practised making hand-made cards for two years, almost daily, before finding the courage to submit my first set of cards to, Take Ten, in December of 2013.
At this time I wasn’t following a call or a challenge. I really didn’t want to let go of the set of cards because I loved them that much. I guess that was the indication they were ready for possible publication; simply because I did not want to part with them. They were my very best creative work to date and I thought they just might make it in to the pages of the magazine that shares 10 minute card ideas - Take Ten. I sent them in and when I didn't hear anything back I thought it was a miss for me but six months later I received my artist's copy with a feature spread in Take Ten - Summer 2014
When I answered the call - “For The Birds”, inside Stampers’ Sampler, I admit I was stumped and nervous about what to create. I had a few bird stamps but was afraid to use them. I think I feared them because of the elegant design. They were line-drawn stamps which always suggest to me they need colouring, thereby, increasing the intimidation factor ten times more. In my mind, I am still a beginner/intermediate stamper, and felt challenged by the call for "birds" for some reason unknown to me, even now. At the time I submitted these cards I had limited my supplies working strictly with two or three colours of ink; so black it was!
With simple compositions, and repetative stamping of two images per card, plus a sentiment, I experimented at creating nature scenes. Adding lovely vellum scraps, stitching, stray threads and tiny embellishments bird's nests are implied.
The challenges and calls can be as intimidating as some of my stamps are to me but the thrill of possible publication supersedes all fear. With cards mailed and submitted you can find me waiting, in anticipation, for the next challenge, revealed, inside the next issue.
By submitting my cards, for possible publication, I am involved in a talented community of rubber-stampers and card-makers. I have become an improved stamper with every challenge and I use my rubber stamps with confidence each time I take them out to play. Won't you answer the call and accept the next challenge with me?
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