GinaK Designs Illustrators Blog Hop!!!

Hello, everyone!!! I am so extremely excited about this post as I'm posting my first entry for the StampTV GinaK Designs Illustrators Blog Hop for the month of April!!! Go here for all the details on how you can play, too! :)

I have been apart of the wonderful crafting community there for about a couple months or so now and I have so enjoyed the wonderful people there and the great resources of help available, not to mention their wonderful STAMPS-they're awesome! :)

For this month's Illustrator BlogHop Challenge, Gina came up with the neatest idea:
-Choose favorite children's book and make a project inspired by the book. Include photo of book along with why you chose it and how it inspired your project.

Those who know me know that I'm a mommy to two wonderful little boys and also, that prior to mommyhood I was an elementary school teacher. So, as you can imagine, when I read what the challenge was I was thrilled! Of course, there are just so many books to choose from but one particular author came quickly to mind, Patricia Polacco. If you haven't had the chance to read (or just look at!) her childrens books, you should; they are so heartwarming and her illustrations are so vibrant and fun! My first time reading one of her books was my first year teaching, as one of her stories was in our reading textbook. I enjoyed reading Thunder Cake to my class year after year. As you'll see in the pics below, Patricia Polacco is an amazing illustrator and her drawings in these books is what inspired my cards for this challenge. Below are some pictures from "Thunder Cake," "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother," and "The Keeping Quilt":

As you can see, Patricia is an amazing illustrator and I just couldn't help but think that Nina Brackett's new stamp set, Nana's Needlework, would be just perfect for a card inspired by these books! Here is my card:

Below are some close ups of the details in my card. In this next picture, I used one of the flower stamps in Nina's set with a button in the middle to place on my bow. You also see a little bit of how I used parts of Nina's wooden shelf to create a frame for setting the sentiment in! It was super easy and I was so excited when I realized that I now have two uses for that stamp!!! :)

In this picture you see the shelf I colored in copics and the doily and hanky the tea cups are sitting on. I used Nina's hanky from her Lovely Shelf set to compliment the doily. Also, you see my patchwork quilt! I paper pieced the entire thing using Basic Grey's June Bug line. I thought the colors and patterns were perfect! They have that old timey, perfect-for-patchwork- kinda feel don't you think? :)

And finally the tea kettle and tea cups! I paper pierced these as well (one of my favorite techniques if you haven't guessed by now!).

Thanks so much for looking and wish me luck as which ever card entry catches Gina's eye will earn a spot as GUEST DESIGNER for the month of April!  What an honor (and what fun!!!) that would be!  :)
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Jennie said…
This is beautiful Janice. What a lovely illustrator and your inspiration works so nicely with the stamps this month...Great job and wish you *luck* :o)
Lagene said…
Janice, Beautiful card! Good luck!

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