Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to Lesley Croghan’s new design and challenge feature, Inspired by All the Little Things.
One of my favorite card makers, the prolific Jeanne Jachna, asked me to be the featured designer this week and how could I resist? I’ve been following Jeanne for nearly two years now and adore the work she does for numerous product design teams, especially Pretty Little Studio. Thrilled was I to receive one of her gorgeous creations out of the blue this fall–a RAK at the perfect time, which I wrote about here. Her cards are so well constructed, and incorporate a variety of elements that are always perfectly executed. She is a master at mixing and matching patterns without her work ever looking too busy or cluttered– quite a feat! Jeanne’s cards always inspired me– and if I ever get around to posting the images, you will see some holiday pieces that were created with her in mind!
Now onto today’s feature, which actually isn’t a card, but rather a layered, collage-style piece that I plan to put in a shadow-box frame as a gift.
I was given this inspiration image to work with.
Now there’s a funny little story behind this image because Jeanne happened to send the photo to me many, many times as a result of a technological glitch. And I looked at it just as many times, if not more. Despite that, for some reason I had impressed purple and yellow as the dominant color theme in my mind when designing my work– and that is a tough combo for me, as I rarely use purple in any of my work. After completing my piece, I looked back at the photo and saw the flowers anew. Clearly they are a cornflower blue! What is even funnier, after explaining this to Jeanne, she said she made her card with blue flowers, but when she reviewed the photo, thought they were purple!
Anyway, lots to take away from the photo, and while I didn’t want to create something that would be such a literal interpretation of the image, that is what transpired to a large extent at least with this finished piece!
Hooray, it’s almost spring!
The image has a very shabby-chic vibe, so that influenced some of my paper choices. If you have been following my work the past few months, you may know how much I love The Lilypad digital designs. All of the patterned paper here is from two collections below:
Gorgeous, no? Now these are some purples I can work with!
The hooray die cut is from Studio Calico; love this imperfect oval and delicate, thin font. I was trying to figure out where to place a sentiment, and had this die cut prepped for some other variations, so gave it a try. I really like the layer and the lines it creates against the leaves and flowers; it’s kind of like a bowl under the popped out flower.
And speaking of leaves and flowers, the purple Hawaiian type flower, the 3-D daisy, and green-yellow large leaves are all from Wild Garden by Julie Ebersole. This is really a must-have set if you love florals. I totally love the die cuts Julie has been designing in conjunction with Ellen Hutson. The striped vine is from my other favorite floral set by Maggie Holmes, and the long vellum Cottage Leaf die is from Memory Box.
To echo the peeling paint background of the inspiration photo, I die cut a strip of peeling paint paper to layer under and ground my centerpiece.
Love the colorful, collage-style paper which I used as my base layer; if you can see it, there is a little burlap texture at the top of the design which contributes to the shabby feeling. Finally, the bird die cut, which echoes the cut-out bird on the inspiration photo is from Kaisercraft, and the wreath is from a great Spellbinders set I stumbled upon recently.
The left corner seemed a bit empty, so I added my clip to echo the clothespins on the line. The entire piece is about 5×5 and will be framed in an 8×8 shadow box.
I had so much fun with the image, papers and dies, I created a few other working drafts:
Well, now it’s your turn to play along with us! I hope you have been inspired by the photo and our interpretations! Thanks to Leslie, Jeanne, and the rest of the team for having me!
I look forward to seeing what you create and learning how you are inspired by all the little things in life!
We hope you will play along with us!