Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Other Creations: Be Bright Bookmark

"Don't Abandon the Coral" is this week's clever theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  My lit nerd friends and I do love classy bookmarks, so that's the direction I went this week.  On a side note, not everyone uses this same bookmark courtesy.  Having worked in a library for most of my adult life, I can tell you that people use all sorts of weird and wacky and sometimes icky things for bookmarks: popsicle sticks, airline tickets, photos (some quite cheesy), Post-It notes, bills, receipts, napkins, string, sticks of gum, candy bar wrappers, recipes, and sometimes even juicy drama-filled junior high notes!  So beware of what you leave behind for bored librarians' eyes!


Isn't this lady a fabulous image?  It's from Dina Wakley's Positive Women stamp set.  I stamped her once on flesh-colored cardstock, fussy-cut her out, then paper-pieced her together.  I colored her with Distress Ink and watercolors and I made sure to give her plenty of pops of coral.  The little curly-swirly circles are from the Whimsical Wishes stamp set by My Favorite Things.


I watercolored the background and added some text stamping from Tim Holtz.  Her "Be Bright" sentiment is also from Tim Holtz- his Big Chat sticker set and his Elementary Flash Cards.

I made my bookmark using these fine products from Simon Says Stamp:



Coral reminds me of my favorite roses in my mother's flower garden, so I can't see what memories it evokes for you or what it inspires you to create.  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you'll be automatically entered to win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful bookmark! You always amaze me with your use of color! I love how vibrant your image is! Love to hear about your days at the library as you know I spent most of my childhood in the library. :)

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  2. Wow this is fabulous! I love the vibrant colors and your use of the flash card. LOVE IT!!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me such a nice comment. <3

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  3. This not so much caught my eye as smacked me in the face. Love it. The colours are so intense and the lady is so striking. Thanks for the rundown on the bookmarks. Very amusing, as long as it's not me trying to scrap the popsicle stick off the pages LOL.

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  4. Very pretty bookmark, Andrea! Love the background!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  5. Beautiful fabulous colours. Janny

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  6. Bookmark is a clever idea! Your color palette is so versatile and you used it so fine! Amazing piece! Dina's stamp is wonderfully colored! Barbarayaya

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  7. This bookmark is so pretty, Andrea! Love the beautiful woman! And love the sentiment too! Hugs, Sandra

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  8. Love your beautiful bookmark, Andrea. The image and colors are gorgeous! :)

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  9. Your bookmark is so gorgeous! I love the colorful way you dressed her up!

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  10. She is coral-icious! Wonderful bookmark Andrea and much better than all the other 'interesting' items you mentioned or ...gasp... dog-earing a page!

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  11. I love your bookmark Andrea and your use of colour is always fascinating and totally you! A really beautiful piece of art and a fabulous blog post as always! :)

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  12. This is stunning!!! Just a gorgeous proliferation of color and sass! Love how bright and gorgeous it is! As for the bookmark weird things, maybe you should start keeping them and make a mixed media canvas based on what they've left behind.

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  13. When I was a little girl, I recall our school librarian keeping bookmarks in a little basket next to her desk. We were encouraged to get a fresh one each week. (I never knew why, but now I assume that it was to prevent Popsicle sticks from being used.) Her bookmarks were butt-ugly faded construction paper.
    I have never-in-my-life seen a bookmark this gorgeous anywhere near a librarian..until now. I love the way you orchestrate color. It's a rare gift. And for some strange reason, your projects resonate with me and cause me to have strange recollections from my youth. I've heard that art evokes an emotional response.
    This is art. :)

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  14. Fabulous project!! I love what you did with that wonderful stamp and the colours and patterns are amazing. Such a fun story about bookmarks too!

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  15. Andrea...I was having a perfectly wonderful Mother's Day and then I read the comment that you left on my blog this evening. I literally weld up with tears and my day shot to an even higher level of wonderful. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. I have told you before how much I love and respect your heart and your talent. For you to give me such high compliments just blows me away. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This bookmark is wonderful. I love the brightness of your colors and Dina's stamp. Your art always makes me happy and brings a smile to my face. Whether it be something you've done with fabric… Those techniques I dearly love… or just your own way of making this fun and uplifting, your art is like no other! Thank you again!

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  16. I love this! Thanks for using my stamps!

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