Friday Focus – Beautiful You

Friday already! Woo hoo! LOL  Weekend here I come 🙂 but before I head into the weekend, I need to share my Friday Focus with you.  This week brings you one of my current favourite sets, Beautiful You. I agonized over which creations to use for today's post as the gorgeous designs with this set truly showcase the incredible talent of stampers and the scenic settings they have created featuring the images in this set are simply inspiring. Let's get straight to it then, shall we! Hello!!! Julie DeGuia certainly created a stunning scene by combining Beautiful You with Sheltering Tree.  Using a simple masking technique she was able to stamp the trees in the background.  Not only did she ground the trees with one of the Sheltering Tree stamps but she used it to ground the woman, creating a perfect balance.  I can't wait to try out a card like this. Julie has inspired me.   Next we have a classy design by Claire Daly, who used another 'woman' stamp from the Beautiful You set.  Notice how she cropped her cardstock closely around the woman and left lots of 'white' space on her card front.  This, along with the colouring of the image and background, really centers the focus on her. A simple banner cut on the stamped cardstock as well as the patterned paper banner behind it subtly point your eyes upward to the image yet again, as does the neutral coloured card base.  Stunning! You can tell Claire has a great eye for art.   On to the beautiful dancing lady and this lovely card created by Kristi Gray.  I love her colour choices and talk about great highlighting with her watercolouring. Notice how she used a banner, a circle and a ribbon to create a triangle composition. Another great element of composition here is how Kristi made sure to tie in the gold on the embossed patterned paper by adding other gold elements.  See the gold stars? And how about the Gold Metallic Thread behind the red ribbon? Gorgeous, wouldn't you agree!   Typically I share three projects, however today I had four kind women grant me permission to use their designs, so I am sharing them all with you! Our final work of art was created by Jane Allmark.  She also use the stylish woman and stamped her randomly on the card front, colouring in each differently.  Notice how she added some shading behind the woman.  Small touches such as this help draw your eye without you even realizing it.  Sometimes you need to look at a card two or three times before you even notice these details. This card is perfect for that friend who is a fashionista! Jane also has a video up on YouTube showing how you can add a few lines to this image so that she is wearing a bikini!  Yes, this set is very versatile 🙂   I hope you are feeling inspired by these fantastic designs.  Pull out your stamp set and discover what scenes & styles you can create!  If you don't already own this set and you live in Canada, then pop on over to My Store to place your order! Wishing you all a blessed weekend!

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