It's all because of....

Lynette's (Urban Scrapbook) choice for our monthly tag swap. I think I have mentioned it before, there are five of us participating in a monthly tag swap, each taking turns to choose the challenge.  This month, Lynette's challenge was for us to use only a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock when making each tag.  We were allowed to ink, mist, etc.  Well, ever since making my tags, I'm addicted to using white cardstock, which I don't normally use a lot of.  I like color, probably because we are surrounded by that ugly white stuff called snow for way too many months!  Anyways, I was inspired by work done by one of my favorite papercutting artists, the amazing Elsa Mora.  Sometimes, she includes a small piece of colored paper in her white creations, which I love.  I'm always amazed at how intricate her pieces are, especially when you realize they are all cut out with a knife or scissors and how small they are.  I know what you are thinking but no, I didn't even try and attempt to cut out everything by hand, I have my trusty Slice machine!  Even using my machine, I messed up many times!  So here's my tag, but the picture isn't that great.  I discovered it's not that easy to take a photo of something that is all white!

































I embossed my tag(Tim Holtz die) with his woodgrain embossing folder and the flower next to the bird is cut with Cuttlebug's Chrysanthemum die and quilling set.  Everything else is cut with my Slice; the Aviary cartridge for the feathers, birdhouse, bird and a few different ones for the flowers and leaves.
While I was still on the white cardstock kick, I did this layout for Color Room's #70 palette last week:
 I also used Pink Paislee's "Soiree" paper and dimensional stickers, older Pink Paislee green glitter chipboard letters, Glitz pink mini letters, Ranger Adirondack Butterscotch spray, and another addiction - my Cheery Lynn doily dies.  Sorry, it's not a very good photo!
I was asked what these little "sticks" were.  They are actually the candles from the package of Pink Paislee "Soiree" dimensional stickers.


And then, this week's palette #71 at The Color Room had white in it again.  Hmmm,  just one more layout, maybe.  I tell you, it's addicting!
This is my layout, full of Slice cutouts!
There's one flower and two banners from Tim Holtz dies too.  After cutting out the shapes, I slightly mold them with a curved object (usually anything I can find on my messy desk).  I also used Webster's Pages netting and letters, pink tissue paper, some old Collage Press paper, and Little Yellow Bicycle paper ribbon.


That's it for my white cardstock for a while, I have to get started on my monthly Urban kit!  Have a great week!

5 comments

Sandra D said...

Who knew white cardstock could be so versatile? You have taken an ordinary product and made it extra-ordinary. Thanks for more inspiration.

Roxanne said...

Oh wow! I loved the tag, but that layout is out of this world. A masterpiece. Perhaps a new scrapbooking trend?!

Gayle said...

Hi Jan, thanks for dropping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment.....I am always amazed at how 'scrapbooking' can lead to meeting new people, it really is a small world. I love your white on white theme or mainly white with a splash of colour . Your tag is stunning as is the Color Room LO, you have definitely inspired me. Cheers from Oz. xx

sue t. said...

Love, love love the all white stuff. I love bright colors but there is something soothing about all white.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Jan! Kelly K sent me your way when I mentioned I had done an all white LO last night. Yours is absolutely gorgeous! My inspiration was an american paper artist www.jeffnishinaka.com . I'm off to check out your inspiration now. I visited Urban a couple of weeks ago when I came to visit Kelly and have to tell you that I absolutely LOVED all your work on display . You have a gorgeous style!

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