Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Blog Hop!


I am so happy to be a part of the Spring Break Bloghop at Operation Write Home!  These blog hops have always been a ton of fun as we get to welcome you to our individual blogs and speak to how OWH has touched our lives.  If you are arriving at my blog first, you need to go to the beginning at the OWH Blog.   I don't want you to miss out on all the previous blogs!  
I was introduced to Operation Write Home a year ago and have been touched by the remarks from men and women overseas who really value the cards that are made.  How awesome is it to be able to send home birthday cards and holiday cards that are handmade?  Especially from overseas?? I love watching the videos of thanks from our heroes and how much they really appreciate something that may seem so simple to us.  I continue to support the efforts of OWH by encouraging my fellow card makers to send in their handmade cards.  Eventually, I will get around to it too. :)
Speaking of cards..  I made a super sweet springy card using a die cut from my Silhouette SD:

 

{Materials:}
Patterned Paper - 'Dear Lizzy' line by American Crafts
Flower - Prima
Brad - Making Memories
Stamp - Heidi Grace
Signo gel pen, Silhouette SD, ribbon from stash

I love to make cards and I also love to create layouts.  I thought that since some of you may be visiting my blog for the first time, my specialty seems to gravitate towards layouts using lots of negative space.  So I wanted to share with you a class that was given at the All About Me challenge blog.


It's Okay to be Negative
A class by Melissa Elsner
I remember the first time I heard the term negative space, I thought "what could be so negative about space?" My art teacher explained that it was the area not drawn/painted/printed. She wanted us to learn the power of the blank space you leave around an image - and so made us draw an object by drawing only the shapes of the negative space.

Ever since then I have been fascinated by negative space. I like art that leaves the eye with a place to rest and the depth the design can convey when the canvas isn't completely saturated. The same can hold true when creating a scrapbook page.

Take a look at some of these pieces of art using negative space:

I love this photograph that successfully shows that what isn't there is just as important as what is there..

Here is a layout where I utilized most of the negative space of my paper:



Use the patterned paper and embellishments to help anchor your photo or journaling spot. And as you can see, you can use a colored cardstock as your background. You don't have to use just white. If you are a fan of lots of patterns and embellies, this may be a challenge for you but I encourage you to give it a whirl.
And don't be too hasty to leave just yet!  I have a prize for someone!!  I've got a lovely kit to offer up which will give you enough materials to make three springy cards!  Lots of Amy Butler papers and die cuts are used from the Silhouette. I will draw a winner on Monday morning! :) Here is a photo of the cards you will be able to make with the kit:


 Just leave a comment telling me what you look forward to the most this time of year! Now.... head on over to Fabre's blog next!!  Enjoy the hop and I hope you come by again!!

hugs, Melissa

60 comments:

Nancy Keller said...

Good morning Melissa! Happy blog hopping to you! I really enjoyed your post and your card - I love that gel-pen stitching! Good luck with your day and here is my input - the thing I love most about this time of year is when the tundra around me starts to un-freeze and I can get out in the garden and start tending to my flowers!

Tami B. said...

Your card is gorgeous and thank you so much for the lesson in negative space. Wise words indeed.

...Darlene said...

Your circle card is very nice as well as the information on negative space. Not something I think of when working on making a card or layout.

Spring is a a time of renewal and new life. May be our muse be renewed to create new art.

darlene a

Operation Write Home said...

I am allllll about the white space! Well except when I'm in overembellishing mode (LOL!)....

Thanks for all you shared here - what an amazing card! It is totally supersweet, from the patterned paper, to the scalloped shape, your little stitching - cute all over!

Meg Bean said...

I am very inspired about using more negative space in my cards. Thanks for all of the examples!

Rhonda Miller said...

Great card. I love your examples of negative space. TFS.

SuzAnn said...

I love negative space too and you did a great job with it! Thanks for supporting OWH

Betty said...

Great topic - negative spaces are so misunderstood sometimes LOL

Love the card!

Paula said...

Fantastic and unique card. I just love it. Great work on your post too!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing such great ideas! I most look forward to the snowy days ending. And more sunshine!

jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

AprilsL8 said...

I'm looking forward to warmer weather! Great cards!!


AprilsL8@windstream.net

hiscreation2 said...

Fantastic and unique cards! I look forward to green this time of year. I know for us it is a bit early, but I love to see the crocus in the field announcing spring is really here!

Merry's Musings said...

Amazing cards, thanks so much for the interesting post, loved the information!

lavendarrose29 said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us. I love Easter as we have an old Pioneer church near our house that makes a cross out of daffadils evey year for passrebys to see on the lawn in front of the church. Its just a reminder that the Men and Women who serve at the Military Base right behind the church deserves our support. At least thats what I see when I look at it.

Fabre said...

Hey Melissa! I'm after you on the hop! What a beautiful card you have created - thank you so much for sharing. I am most looking forward to continued warmer weather - here in the east it's been 60+ for the past 4 days or so, now I am DEFINITELY ready for spring!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Melissa, I love your scalloped round card, even more I love that you have a Silhouette machine. I have one too and just love it, I'd like to follow your blog and see what you're making!

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful cards and great tutorial! I need a lot of help with that - so this is especially helpful! And as a military wife I must say thank you for helping OWH keep families together in heart despite being apart because of duty.

TN Granny said...

Thank you for the pretty card and the fact that you took the time to join the blog hop. Your a peach thank you.
God Bless,
Jeanine #14 on the blog hop.

Anita said...

Awesome tutorial! Great cards!

JenMarie said...

These are great, love the round card!

Marianne said...

You are very talented. When you send cards to OWH I'm sure they will be wowed.

rstuck2003 said...

Beautiful cards! Love them all :)

Julie said...

I totally agree with you about the negative space. It really make the eye focus on your main image and is a great effect!

Renee said...

You make the negative a postive!

Marci said...

I love your thinking outside the box for card shapes!

Kas said...

The round card is great. All your work is really good!

~Jeri~ said...

Love your work!!! Especially the shaped card at the top! Thanks for the tips on negative space!!

As a military spouse and someone new to OWH, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!

Whispers and Wishes said...

yep... I remember the negative space exercise in art class too... I tend to see in the shapes surrounding things. I'm most looking forward to turning off the heat!! Your card is wonderfully cheerful and thanks for sharing your negative space class.

shelly said...

love your cards and use of pattern paper

lakeslady said...

Toady is the ist day of Spring here in the UK and I look forward to warmer weather, the spring flowers and to see the birds nesting. I have been delighted to visit your blog and I admire you girls so much for supporting your troops.

Janice said...

A round card, how beautiful. I love your use of white (or negative) space. So much of my work looks like that and I get comments all the time not understanding the simplicity of it. Thanks for the little lesson. And at this time of year I like that I can have our windows open.

-- said...

GORGEOUS card. Love the use of negative space... I just did a workshop about that the other night.

Cyn said...

I love your card. Now about that negative space..lol..that would take some getting use to cause I think I am programmed to fill every space! I think I am going to try a card with negative space. Besides that would leave alot more writing space for the heros!

Gloria Westerman said...

Love your negative side card....never thought about it....and my favorite time of the year would be spring.....with all the beautiful flower coming up and it seems like the air is cleaner....thank you for sharing....gw0109@gmail.com

Cathy... said...

Oh, pretty card! Love the scallop circle shape and the paper you used! Thanks for sharing!

Rach H said...

Beautiful cards and layout! I love the white space. I love the flowers blooming (which makes me hate allergies).

Melissa Rossi said...

Love the circle card- uniquely shaped cards are so fresh and fun! I am looking forward to less rain and more sunshine- and to planting my veggies!

laurlynn said...

I'm looking forward to the fresh air, open windows, and lots of sunshine!!

Kajikit said...

What a clever idea to make a circular card with that lovely fringe around the edge... Springtime in Florida has beautiful weather and I love the blue skies and sunny days before it gets too hot outside!

Rufus said...

What a great shaped card! Thanks for your support of OWH and our Heroes! I'm looking forward to warm weather and being able to open the windows! Love spring, allergies and all!
R/

jlytranch said...

I look forward to a road trip with my husband to take photos of the roadside wildflowers.

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Melissa, Thank you so much for the class on negative space. It really helps me. I instantly like cards with negative space, but I often can't allow myself to leave any in my cards. Your card is unique and wonderful. I really enjoyed seeing it. Blessings, Louise

buglvr2010 said...

Love your card. The hummingbirds are the things I look most forward to...they should be arriving here in any day now and they always make me smile.

jengd said...

I love that round card and your class is great! It's sometimes hard to remember they're more than just the images to look at.

Martha said...

What a great visual tutorial on negative space. It perfectly got your point across. I know I will be thinking about it on my next cards! Thank you so much.

andyjay said...

You do beautiful work! TFS! This time of year, I look most forward to melting snow, sunshine, trees budding, spring flowers and warmer temperatures... ahhhh....

Chris said...

Such a beautiful card! And I loved your post. I am looking forward to my tulips coming out - I can already see the green sprouts. :)

gorotajo said...

Thank you for sharing about negative space. What a great idea. Beautiful cards you made!

Tassie said...

I think this time of year I look forward to Easter!
I love your card... love the round cards! Also, thanks for getting me to think about stretching my thoughts about negative space!!

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your creations are gorgeous!!! Thank you for the lesson in the beauty of negative space. I am leaving here with a whole new perspective in my card making...as I am one of those people who gets carried away with the embellies and panics when there is too much negative space. The next time I go into panic mode...I will remember this wonderful write-up:o) Thank you!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

debb said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing your space- positive and negative! i look forward to cookouts and sitting outside!

Purple Princess said...

Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your projects! I am really looking forward to being out in the warm sunshine!

Shelly said...

Lovely card! The colors are beautiful. Thanks for great the open space tutorial.

The thing I look forward to the most at this time of the year is celebrating Easter.

Lyneen said...

LOVE YOUR CARD... great tutorial. Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

Susan said...

I love your STUNNING card!! and i love that you spoke of negative space, something I try to remember a lot of the time, a scrapbooker on top of all my other paper crafts, I know that the photos should be the main focus, and i am always amazed by the people who think scrapbooking is a race to see how much stuff you can put on a page...some are waaay too busy and the pictures get lost. negative space is a definite friend in scrapbooking.

I am now following your blog :)

What i look forward to in spring is the colors coming back, other than evergreen, green. LOL

Thanks for all you do...I am going to join up what an amazing organization wish I knew about it sooner.
Susan

JPScraps said...

Love your cards. The circle on is amazing!

Cut n Paste said...

Love your card!!! Thanks for sharing the article on negative space!

Sara said...

Great card!

Kimme said...

Great circle card. I have a very hard time with negative space. I always want to fill it up with something...hehe, but I love what other people can do with a clean and simple design.

Collette said...

Very cute card - thanks so much for being part of the OWH blog hop!