I’m all about style. Dressing up and accessorizing are two of my very favorite things! I love high heels, sparkly jewelry and bold colors, and I’ll admit that I like to shop for clothes. A lot.
Over the years I’ve gained a pretty good idea of what I like when it comes to my wardrobe. My go-to look is a tank top with an interesting and colorful cardigan or jacket, long and dark boot cut jeans with a heel and bold jewelry that complements the entire look. It’s what I like and who I am. It totally works for me.
I can pull off a bohemian look from time to time, and I’m not afraid to go sporty when the situation calls for it, but I generally stick to the look that most suits me.
So what’s your style? Can you put your finger on it? We’re hoping that with the help of Card Style, you can at least begin to define your card making style (for fashion advice, you should probably look to Stacy & Clinton). Just like your wardrobe, your card making style is a work in progress. You’ve got to experiment a little before you get to what feels right. By trying OTHER styles, you get the chance to more specifically figure out your own.
I started out as a scrapbooker, and my style was pretty much like me – regimented (in a very good way!), bold and maybe a little loud. I used simple fonts (Century Gothic is my super fave!) and cardstock in a variety of colors. My design sensibility was all about clean lines and minimal embellishment. I kept it simple as a clean & graphic scrapbooker.
With card making, you really get an opportunity to play, though! The smaller canvas allows you to spread your wings and give another style a try–just for the sake of trying and getting out of your comfort zone. Yep, I can make a clean & graphic card.
But what about giving those other categories a chance? In the process of working on this issue, I definitely came to know more and more what I liked. So I began to experiment…
First I made a fun & cute card. Complementary colors, a cutie pie sentiment and scooter, polka dots, a jaunty bow and a whimsical font were all it took to create this little square card of cuteness.
My attempt at a shabby chic & vintage card was a foray into waters unknown. Shabby cards are not regimented, bold or loud. On the contrary, I had to force myself to choose pastels, pearls and soft lace. I added inking, too, which is very shabby, but so not me!
Now the classy & elegant card wasn’t too difficult! I could still have my clean lines, but with the additions of elegant ribbon, a sophisticated font and a little bit of bling, I achieved a look I liked a whole lot. This may be one of my very favorite cards yet!
So what did I learn? It’s fun to try different styles, and it made me appreciate what I see out there, but it also allowed me to understand what I love. And that makes me happy! I think I may have turned into a classy & elegant card maker. Who knew?
As you look at this issue, I’m wagering a guess that there will be certain sections that speak to you. Listen to those voices. They’re most likely telling you something!
Okay – now let’s hear from you. Tell me which of the four cards speaks to you. That might give you an indication of what YOUR style is. One winner will receive all of the fun stuff pictured from the Safari Desk Organization collection by DCWV, Ink., plus a copy of Card Style! Leave your comment by midnight (MDT) on Friday, July 16, and you might just win!
I think I’ve found my style – YOUR TURN!
P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners from Kelly’s Inspired Style post!
1. Debra Patton (July 13, 6:13 a.m.)
2. Jeanne (July 13, 10:32 a.m.)
3. Angela H. (July 13, 7:10 a.m.)
4. Rachel S. (July 13, 8:47 a.m.)
5. Wendy Crowe (July 13, 5:23 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Card Style! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!