03 February 2015

With love

Hi there!

While I was busy making this card, I was wondering about something...

How far should one go exploring techniques, styles, etc , out of ones comfort zone? Or should you stick to the methods, styles, you are "known for" , or "good at" or feel comfortable with ?

What do you think?

With this card I am way out of my comfort zone, regarding technique. But still trying to stay true to myself. As always when I try something like this (watercolor & stencil) I feel a bit nervous to share the end result... but here's my card for today!



I am sharing my card at the Inkspirational challenge , where the challenge is to use rose colors.
Since we had to use the beautiful shades of a rose, I thought I might as well use a rose as image too!


                                                         


The sentiment is my own, it's an oldie, but if you missed it the previous time, here it is again ;





Thanks for looking!



27 comments:

Jane said...

Do you know I'm always wondering about this too. I admire all the wonderful techniques and creativity around blogland and question whether I should push myself to try new things more often. You certainly seem to have adapted brilliantly with this card Hannelie, so I admire your versatility once again!

sandie said...

I think you have kept true to your style here and have rocked the technique. Pleased you shared with us at Ink. I think about this too and now and then try something new but when it comes down to it, what makes me really happy is simple stamping with a bit of watercolouring when I feel like it. I feel I should try other things but this is what we do for fun, so why not stick with what makes us really happy!

Marika said...

This is beautiful and it has your signature on it. I like to try new things, allthough I do have the same feeling about sharing them publicly. I usually do since I believe this crafting community is so warm-hearted that other crafters usually encourages you when you're trying new things and I find it a wonderful thing to have. That is one reason why I keep this blog, to give and to get! And, if I wouldn't be so familiar with your previous work, I wouldn't notice that you are out of your comfort zone... :)

Anita in France said...

Beautiful, Hannelie ... there's such a lovely flow and softness to this fabulous rose! I love trying new techniques ... just don't get much time at the moment ... where's that pause button!! Anita :)

Mona Pendleton said...

So very pretty! The rose looks wonderful!

Cathy said...

I dabble in new techniques and enjoy trying them out even if the results don't quite turn out as I hoped! This card is lovely, Cathy x

Lynn said...

Love your question...I have to remind myself that creating is about relaxing for me...so going to what I love (stamps and inks) is the best option for me...but I try to look for inspiration to spark my ruts at times!

I love the soft feel of your card Hannalie. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Dot said...

This is beautiful,
hugs Dorte

Lisa Kind said...

I don't think you could do anything wrong Hannelie! Every one of your cards are so unique and beautiful! This one included!

Nora N. said...

I think you can stay true to yourself and try new techniques. Sometimes going outside your comfort zone will help you discover something new within yourself. I LOVE this card with the stencil and the watercolor. I don't think mine would look this good. My watercolor cards tend to be more messy and imperfect. I like that yours is so clean. Lovely card.

Robin said...

thank you for the lovely sentiment!

Cheryl W. said...

Your card is so lovely, I would never have guessed this technique was out of your comfort zone. Looks like you were relaxed and feeling right at home making this one.

Betty Wright said...

This is beautiful! Lovely card! Stepping out of our comfort zones is a good thing....you proved it with this creation!

Kim Heggins said...

Just so sweet...reminds me of the rose from Beauty and the Beast, so beautiful.

Kara Lynne said...

I enjoy seeing a signature style among card makers, but I couldn't tell you what my own style is. I love all the styles and so I tend to try new techniques. Your rose is beautiful, there is simple elegance in this card.

Karren said...

The thing I love about card-making is that there is always something to learn and it definitely keeps my interest, even after 12+ years. At the same time, it's comforting to stick to what we know sometimes. I have to be in the mood to try something new - especially if it's something that's likely to take plenty of practice. I think this card is still definitely a "Hannelie-card" - beautifully graphic and bold.

shirley-bee said...

Love this, Hannelie! It's so striking, elegant and CAS. I love trying out new techniques :)

Bellule said...

Cette carte est absolument magnifique et l'on ne remarque pas l'inconfort pour l'obtenir, bien au contraire.

Biz'

Happy Dance said...

While I can't speak for anyone else, I like to step outside my comfort zone every now and then. But if I'm terribly uncomfortable with a technique, then out it goes. I have to have a "feel" for it, if you know what I mean. This is really lovely. You've done quite well, and I'm so happy you shared this with us. Your courage to make and then share gives others encouragement to try new things. Well done you!! Bev

Sue said...

I am pleased that you shared your gorgeous card with us. As has already been said, you have stayed true to your stunning CAS style whilst being brave enough to try something new.
Sue xx

Mary Jane said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Simple yet elegant! Thanks for sharing!

Kristie Goulet said...

So beautiful, Hannelie!

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

I think it is just amazing! How you kept that color inside of stencil?!!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

No need to feel nervous Hannelie ... this is super stunning. You are a crafting pro. love it. xx

Petra Swart said...

Vrou, weet jy, ek begin al meer dink ek moet ook baie meer begin waag en uit my comfort zone begin beweeg, maar ek is maar skrikkerig!!! Ek dink almal is seker al verveeld met my kaartjies wat almal op dieselfde patroon gemaak word en net van sketse af kom!!!! Jy het hier uitstekend gedoen en ek is so bly dat jy dit wel geplaas het!!! Die roos is lieflik en die swart randjie is absoluut fantasties saam met die swart pereltjies en pragtige sentiment!!! Die helder kleure waarmee jy gewerk het vang dadelik die oog!!! Dit is regtig baie mooi vrou - jy mag maar met waterverf werk, hoor en dit lyk beslis nie of jy buite jou comfort zone was nie - jy't dit so perfek gedoen dit lyk of jy dit al vir jare doen!!! Wel gedaan, vrou!!!
Groete en 'n lieflike Vrydag vir jou!!!

Shauna said...

This is beautiful! I am glad you ventured out of your comfort zone to try this technique. The result is so clean and beautiful. Great design and I like the addition of the black line. Very nice! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Cornelie said...

Was ik alweer ;-) Was al zo'n tijd niet geweest, dus even de schade inhalen, en af en toe ook een reactie...
Bij je ding blijven en doen waar je goed in bent is makkelijk, en snel...maar af en toe je zelf eens prikkelen, en nieuwe technieken uitproberen, en ook stijlen, daardoor voeg je volgens mij steeds weer iets toe. Ik denk dat je er alleen maar rijker van wordt, en uiteindeijk ook je creaties. Misschien niet gelijk perfect, maar dat hoeft toch ook niet?
Mooi gedaan!