Friday, March 13, 2015

She Art - Inkspirational Challenge #78~Designer's Choice, Happy Little Stampers March CAS Challenge~Sponging, STAMPlorations Anything Goes, A Blog Named Hero~Bright and Bold, Craft Stamper~Take It Make It March~Anything Goes, ShowCASe Your Style #10~Colour Challenge

Happy Pi Day!!

Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Saturday, filled with sunshine, blue skies, signs of Spring that are not teasers and PIE!  The local radio station (Calgary, CBC) conducted a 'pie contest' yesterday morning and of the 10 contestants (narrowed from a rather immense field), the winning pie - as chosen by a restaurant reviewer and chef - was a tourtiere.  I'm not a fan of meat pies (sorry...icky!), but I was pleased to hear that a rhubarb pie  was runner up. Yummm.  Anyway, you're not here for pie-chatter (though I bet I have you hankering for a piece...with ice cream...right now)...

Today, Inkspirational Challenge #78, as chosen by our wonderful, talented team-mate, Yvonne, is  'She Art':


Yvonne is incredibly talented and innovative with this style. As you'll see, so too is our amazing guest designer, Lyndal,  and the rest of my inspiring team- mates:  Sandie, Marina, Shauna, Yvonne, Nonni, Pia, and Kim.  To say you'll be wowed by their creativity is an understatement.

She Art is a style that I truly had no idea about until I did some much-needed research.  I found amazing artwork, but no way could I translate it 'properly,' as...well, I don't have any images of women in my collection! I know, I know....I did, for a brief second, think about using my restroom woman die, but...yeah, no! That would be just wrong...and I also thought about some fancy maneuvers with my fairy die. Nope. Uh-uh.  (Fairy-Frankensteined does not a good impression make - thanking my sister for the perspective when I ran my idea past her. How right she is!)

I returned (many times!) to the images/sites that showcased She Art and, finally, found another path:  even though much She Art is rife with funky, fabulous images of women, and multiple mixed media techniques, at its heart are underlying, uplifting messages.  Messages of encouragement, guidance, empowerment; messages of standing strong and exuding confidence.  

My card has the kind of messages I'd like my niece to hear, especially as she is growing up, so too is the world opening up for her.  It's 'immense' out there and I so want her to find her way to be who she is, and be proud, strong, confident.  I know she'll be awesome!


Please visit the incredible cards over at Inkspirational, and join us in creating your version of She Art.  The winner will be invited to guest design with us in a future challenge.

I'll see you in the gallery!

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Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!
Hugs,




28 comments:

Nonni said...

Beautiful, Color! I love the color palette and your stamping... Your niece will love this uplifting card.

Nonni said...

Hmmm. Color? How about CAROL? lol

Pop's Cards said...

Stunning creation sweetie...

I love the colours so pretty...

Have a great Saturday...

Huggles Pops x x x

sandie said...

I had exactly the same problem as you-no female images but pleased to say we both went the same way! Firstly your bg is perect sponging and the sentiment will be just right for your niece x

Kim M said...

Amazing card, Carol! Love the beautiful background and your sentiment is just perfect! Love it! :-)

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful card showcasing what must be the sentiment driving the She Art style. Your card is colorful and uplifting. Just right for your niece, I'm thinking. Still giggling a little over the thought of a Frankensteined Fairy though. Glad you didn't go that route! :)

I Card Everyone said...

Not only have you taught me what She-Art is about, you've taken your own advice and painted outside, and with not one line! Fabulous, c... let's not go messing with the fairy...'kay?
=] your cousin, Michele

Susanne Vargas said...

That sponged background is perfection! Also love the subtle butterflies behind the strong, black message! Stunning!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Gorgeous sponging, Carol and I do love that sentiment paired with the butterflies!A real stunner of a card! Thanks for pointing out CASology - it would have not occurred to me to link up my card with them, but I guess it kind of fits! Have a great weekend!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

And now I have to research "she art" as well - never heard of it....

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Well Carol, I learned something new today. Who knew what She Art was? I have seen it, and liked it, but I never knew what I was looking at. I just googled, and now I know. Thanks to you. I love your card - and I really love your thoughts about your niece and your wishes for her as she grows. I have 2 15 year old boys, and I hope they end up with lots of strong, confident women in their lives. I love the many colors you've used in your sponging, and the butterflies are the perfect addition to your fantastic message.

Shelly said...

Such a pretty card! Love the colors!

Geri said...

"She Art:....say what? Soooo glad to know that it's not just me living under a rock!

Personally, I think your washroom lady would have cracked up quite a few of us! But I do love the card you posted and the gor-gee-ous ink colors that you blended so beautifully. What a fabulous way to showcase these wonderful sentiments and pretty flutter-byes!

Marina said...

Such a lively and confident card - beautiful too. Great job, Carol.

Shauna said...

Great take on the challenge Carol! A very uplifting message and the butterflies are a nice touch!
- Shauna

Bobby said...

Add me to the list of the unknowing, Carol. If uplifting messages are part of it, you've found a great one and stamped it over a wonderful background.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Just read your wonderful note. This would be a great time for a hug - so it's com in' at ya! So glad we happened upon one another.

Barb Ghig said...

You've done an amazing job blending your inks, Carol! Your background is gorgeous and I love the beautiful message you are sending to your niece! I hope someone frames this for her so she can reference it often over the next several years! You're an awesome 'auntie'!!!!

Loll said...

Gorgeous mix of colours ... your sponging is awesome! Love the sentiment ... something we should all live by. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

Anita in France said...

You've depicted the word art brilliantly with your background, Carol ... the imagery of a world full of wonderful colour with the butterflies flying free is fabulous ... what a gorgeous message for little Miss T! Hugs, Anita :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is brilliant, Carol! A perfect inspiration for the prompt and a profound message for all of us!! Hugs, Darnell

Linda said...

Beautiful mix of colours! Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

Kim Heggins said...

What an incredible post...love everything about it! Your sister sounds like a hoot and I would love to see both of those images as cards...pretty please! But any way, I love your inspirational card, just beautiful.

Taunya Butler said...

Inspiring - you are a source of pure joy for me!! Your creations are incredible and show so much talent and styling!!! Love what an inspiration you are to me and others!!!

Dana said...

Oh wow!! This is gorgeous!! I love the colors and your blending is fabulous!! Also an amazing message for your niece!!

Greta said...

Beautiful sponging & love those messages! I agree--just what young girls need to hear!

Monika Reeck said...

Did I forgot to write here hmmmm
bad Monika LOL
I love your sponging the color so soft and mixed so great together
lovely She Art card you made
I made one
Will posting tomorrow
Hope Miss C like it
its difficult to found a fit woman image for She Art challenge
really challenging me
hugs and happy sunday
Monika

Yvonne Garner said...

Carol, I love your design for the challenge. It is spot on!