Some of you have asked how do I come up with my ideas - I thought I'd try to explain it. On most days I check out the challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com to see if they interest me. If the challenge has a color involved I try to start with those colors for my paper and find matching ribbon. The design on the ribbon or the pattern on the paper helps me decided what stamps to use.
Here's an example of what I mean - the challenge was to use something that you would trash and recycle it -
This tissue box that was off to be trashed!! (Don't you love all the cool design on the tissues boxes?!?) The print on the box became my focal point - what stamps and ribbon would go with the design?!?
A little color needed to be added so into my junk box of collectable trash - and I found some stickers that came in junk mail that I had saved. The "Mexico" stamp had a little critter on it that matched the swirls on the tissue box and gave me additional colors to work with. Then hunted through my stamps trying to find one that matched the swirlyness (I know, that's not a word) that was going on - Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flowers was perfect.
I pulled out green, orange and pink cardstock to see what would go the best with the little "Mexico" stamp - pink won out! I didn't want the words to be in a rectangle I had too many rectangles going on and needed to soften the look a little - so pulled out the coluzzle oval templates. I really liked the colors and curvyness (I know!) of the bric-brac but it was too stiff and wouldn't tie onto the black gingham - so I couldn't use it. Needed to fill the spaces around the words - added the little bird and swirl from the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Doodle Alphabet Set - and a Stampin' Up! Rhinestone Brad added just the right touch. Popped everything up with Close To My Heart 3D Foam Squares - Eyelets for the ribbon and waxy flax to hold the ribbon in place.
There you go - you now know how my brain got from the tissue box to the finished card - and that is typically how I do most of my card designs. Hope this inspired you to look at things a little differently - happy crafting!