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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Never Dull Your Sparkle ~ Anything But a Card Challege 33


The past two weeks were a huge upheaval in my life  – my studio was getting a shelf (finally trying again after the first one literally fell out of the wall) so that entailed cleaning off one of my tables and helping design where things were going to get moved to.  On top of that, my desktop computer was dying a slow death, and of course, that is the computer I have all my art stuff on.  So I spent entirely too much time backing up what I needed to save on my old computer and trying to get another old (but not as old) computer up to date to accept all my saved stuff.  And then get the printer to print and all the files & folders in the correct spots so I had a chance to find them again.  Funny, during all this upset I was thinking about the challenge at Anything But a Card. This month the challenge is SPARKLE and it led me to so many possibilities that I had ideas flowing like crazy.  But given the situation I decided to keep it simple and that helped me narrow it down.   After much deliberation I decided to make a sign that I can hang up in my studio and since I adore quotes it seemed to be a perfect idea to use one for this challenge. That is how this sign was born.
 
My plain board
Since the sign is fairly self-explanatory I didn’t think I needed a list of the items I used.  This is truly a project where you use what you have on hand. It began as an extra piece of foam board, about 8” x 5”.  Then the ideas began percolating.  Looking through all the decorative papers I have acquired I came across this perfect navy-ish blue with embossed silver stars; blue and silver are one of my favorite color combinations as you may have noticed. 
 
Beautiful paper!!
I wanted to keep the quote the focus of the sign so I kept it simple.  After using my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the word sparkle (I used Core’dinations Glitter Paper) I searched for an alphabet.  I have a huge assortment of sticker alphabets and I knew I’d be able to find one I liked in my stash. Since I wouldn’t be able to use a sticker alphabet directly on the decorative paper because of the bumps caused by the stars, I found a piece of blue cardstock that I felt complimented the color scheme.  As I was rummaging through my alphabets I came across one that I had completely forgotten I even had; it wasn’t my first choice, but I really like how the cork circles look (from a very old set of cork stickers manufactured by Creative Imaginations).  I felt pop-dots were in order for the words on the cardstock.  Lastly I glued the word sparkle in a whimsical way and now I have this adorable sign. Granted, it isn’t hung up yet as another shelf is in the works, but I have it ready to go!
 
The finished product
Thank you for stopping by for my interpretation of Anything But a Cards monthly challenge! There is still time for you to enter YOUR interpretation and we’d love to see it!  Remember, NEVER DULL YOUR SPARKLE!   

I am entering my "Never Dull Your Sparkle" sign in the following challenges:
Pumpkin Spice - #63 Anything Goes
That's Crafty! - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - #86, Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - #256, Favorite Colour Combination (Silver & Blue)
Altered Eclectics - March Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - March Anything Goes

Blessings!
Christi

18 comments:

  1. Fabulous project and how great to have a sign near wear you create.

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    1. Thank you for popping by Lisette! And I really need to make a sign for each room in my house :) xo

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  2. What a beautiful sign, love the quote! ~Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane! I love quotes and this one is good for anytime :) Thanks for stopping by ~

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  3. This is lovely :) And a good reminder! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More, we sure hope to see you around again soon!!!

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  4. A gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

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  5. This is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,
    Rene :D

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  6. Wonderful sentiment! I LOVE sparkle too. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

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  7. You're right, blue and silver are gorgeous together! Thank you for entering your lovely sparkly project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  8. Great job!
    So true-Never dull your sparkle!

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    1. Thank you for you kind comment - and HUGE congrats on your new design team :) Hugs, Christi

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    1. Thank you Dorothy - I appreciate you taking the time to stop by :) Christi

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  10. Such a fabulous quote - I love this.
    We love our computers when they are kind to us but there are times when they can cause us nothing but trouble!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Oh yes!! I was fortunate to be able to save the important things off the old one - but the one I was importing the info on to had been sent back to day one, as if it was brand new. But it wasn't brand new - LOL - so it took me a few days to get it up to speed and to get the printer to work.. I'm glad I knew how to do it :) Thank you for stopping by Lynne! Hope to see you again soon ~ HUGS

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  11. love the final piece.. I, too, love quote but I do them as photos and cover door to my art studio with them

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    1. Hey girl! Long time no see :) Thanks for popping by & I would LOVE to see some of your photos ~ take good care & hope to "see" you soon <3

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  12. A lovely sparkly plaque,with a lovely sentiment...thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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