Because I’m Happy!
Anyone catch the Grammy’s last night? I haven’t watched the show since the 90’s and am not convinced of its relevancy anymore. From a quick online review of the evening, it seems to have been fraught some odd antics and questionable costumes; anything to get the media machine moving, I suppose. At any rate, Pharrell received an award well-deserved for his song Happy and tonight I’ve got a trio of happy cards for you!
They found their inspiration in a few different places, including this premature spring-like weather. The hot-pink Camellia flowers are popping from their dark green leaves; crocuses sprouted in January; and despite the pineapple express bringing a week of rain to the PNW, it’s been balmy and mostly sunny these last three weeks. I’ve spotted numerous newly-built nests high in the leafless trees, the cats are acting a bit more frenzied, and crowds have been flocking to the beach, so it’s safe to say Seattle is experiencing some spring fever. I’m more than ready! I spent most of the weekend tearing the house apart, cleaning, organizing and recycling. Clearing physical space does wonders for the clarity of one’s mental space; I’m already feeling more motivated and productive!
The other inspiration for my cards came from Taheerah’s challenge photo from a few week’s ago. I couldn’t find the time to complete them and play along, but here is the inspiration image.
Lastly, my card ideas had me thinking about the 1960’s fashion designer, Mary Quant. My parents traveled to London in 1988 and brought back some Mary Quant make-up–a fluorescent pink and white eyeshadow duo, cotton-candy lipstick, and matching nail polish, all packaged in the signature black and white containers, as well as her book Color by Quant. The Top Dog Dies flowers reminded me of her logo and the enamel flowered jewelry of the 60’s.
So my brain, teeming with all this bold color and black and white, came up with these!
I should mention that the card in the foreground was inspired by the sketch over at Fusion— a pretty literal interpretation! I wanted to use my new My Favorite Things circle die cut; with the Top Dog Dies flowers and the PTI Happy banner, it was a perfect match! Talk about a fusion of ideas in this trio!
I love all the texture from the different papers to the stitching and floral details. It certainly is a happy card!
Next up is the other birthday card, with a patterned paper inside a la Kelly at Notable Nest!
Again, I am featuring the MFT stitched circle dies as the focal point. Check out the Pebbles enamel dots! They are huge and delicious!
Finally, the card features a sentiment from PTI and an Avery Elle rectangle die.
Last up, the loudest card of them all!
There are quite a few flower dies on the market, but I really adore these Pretty Petals. They had been on my wish list for awhile. I love the dimension you can achieve with their layering.
I had so much fun cutting out the 6 different sizes from various shades of cardstock and just playing around with layering. You may be seeing quite a few of these flowers in upcoming cards!
The PTI Wet Paint sentiment was cut from white foam for some dimension and texture.
As part of this gift set (all three cards are going to one family, along with the little gift bag), I die cut Lawn Fawn’s goodie bag while crafting with my friends last weekend. I think I really may need to get this die. It is a perfect size, and I love the detailing.
Have a colorful week!