Pink Redux

Monday was so busy that despite having the cards and photos completed and in queue, I couldn’t get to the composition of these posts! So I have a double-hitter today!  See my other post here.

For my next card, which also features pink prominently, I worked from Wida Miller’s inspiration this week over at CASE Study.  So excited she is the muse this month!

Here is her card:

And here is my take:

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A bit more ethereal than Wida’s– but what I started from was her double frame and square orientation.  I just received my Penny Black Feather and Frames dies, and when I saw her card, I knew the double frame would be perfect.

I’ve not jumped on the feather bandwagon–though I have some feather embellishments and stamps floating around (pun intended!).  Her card inspired me to give the trend a try.

I also found myself echoing Amy’s design with her silver lining!  Love her card!

This card was so fun to put together– especially given the gorgeous papers that came in these amazing Crate Paper/Amy Tangerine discount packs at Michael’s (thanks for the tip, Amy Tsuruta!!).  My card and the backdrop papers are specifically from The Best of Maggie Holmes pack.  The tan base paper is from Crate Paper’s DIY Shop.

You can’t see it in my card, but the pink paper layer has bokah hearts all over it, a nod to Wida’s heart paper. I’ve placed the card on the paper so you get an idea of what lies beneath!

I like that the hearts are hidden like a secret beating within the body of the card.

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I strategically cut the cloud paper and covered it with a layer of vellum, adhering with a little Scotch vellum tape before I stitched the top.

I also cut a specific part of the bokah paper that looked like a sun and placed that behind the frame, so it looks like the sun and it’s halo are peeking from the cloud range.

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I cut the sentiment from a notecard in the beloved Lucky Charms pack and distressed it with Tattered Rose, as it was too white for the card.

I also Distress inked my feather with Worn Lipstick stain, and then spritzed with Heidi Swapp Coral mist to get the exact pink I wanted– along with a little sparkle!

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Here is the inside of the card, featuring a Verve Stamp that I just love!

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Now, I initially did not include the sequin on the bottom of the card.  After taking photos and stepping back from the finished product, I just felt like something was missing.  I think the addition of the sequin creates a nice line and adds subtle visual interest.  What about you?  To sequin or not to sequin?

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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The bottom is finished off with some Little B washi!

I thought this card would be perfect for someone working through a difficult time.  Even in our darkest moments and most challenging days, we need to hold onto hope and move toward the light while we sit with the uncertainty.  I think it’s important to remember the difficult days as it helps us to appreciate the better ones that will most certainly follow.

I hope you are having a wonderful week– but if not, may you find the feathers you need to lift you up and the silver linings to make your cloud seem a little less grey.

Thanks for stopping by!  Head over to CASE Study and Curtain Call for some uplifting creations!

 

P.S. Almost forgot my crafty cat Leo who loves the tulle and keeps me company!

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And Atticus who is CSO (Chief String Officer)

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Oh, Hello There!

The sun is streaming into my office-studio, which is a wonderful thing after a weekend of torrential downpours!  I have to admit, though, after a very busy week, I felt fine embracing some rainy day laziness.  Don’t you love warm, darkening days when the rain pelts the roof and you can just lie there listening?  So I did a little bit of nothing and a little bit of something this weekend, which resulted in the card below and the one featured in my following post!

I’ve recently been following Cardabilities, discovered through Pinterest and some international card artists.  I really like the sketches, and found that working from a pattern that is multi-layered and more complex was really helpful in my design process.  You can find more awesome sketches on my Pinterest board.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I struggle with visualizing and engineering designs in terms of perspective, proportions, and layout.  I may see what I want but I have to do it, playing with the elements, in order to figure out how to make it work. I use models and modeling in my teaching all the time– I guess it’s about time I practice what I preach to help me improve my visual art!

So I have been studying a bit of design theory, as well, and recently purchased Lisa Dickinson’s Design Workshop from Ella Publishing.  I am tired of looking at a piece knowing instinctually that something is wrong, but not knowing how to fix it, and thus spending a long time thinking and tinkering before I get it right.  Hopefully having some grounding in the language and theory will help my designs and make the process more expedient!

Here is the sketch from which I worked:

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And here is my card:

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I just have to mention before discussing the details of the card, that on Easter we went to a large outdoor Sunday flea/farmers market in Fremont, which is always so much fun, especially if it is not raining! Thanks to Laura Davis over at The Paper Poppy (and queen of amazing bows!!!), I finally figured out that the bed of nails on which my card is resting is called a “frog”.  Frogs were used for floral arranging and come in all kinds of shapes, designs and colors.  I found this gorgeous green one, and a tiny one inch ivory one!  Laura typically features them with her lovely cards and I had been trying to figure out what they heck they were after seeing them all over the place and asking people who didn’t know either!  Luckily Laura did! By the way, she has a new challenge out–Poppy Sketches!

Okay, on with the card.  I am really happy with how this turned out in terms of pattern, flow, repetition, contrasting elements, and colors!  All of the patterned papers are from a discount pack, so I don’t know the manufacturer, though I think some are from Crate.  One of the double-sided papers has different tags on one side that I just love!  I was really excited to use this particular tag and love how the woodgrain echoes the neon pink woodgrain of the bottom panel.

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The inside and back are finished with Prima Welcome to Paris washi in that amazing wasabi green!

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In the detail photos you can see some of the texture I incorporated.  I die cut my Hero Arts Fancy Floral Die in Bazzill black, embossed it with Versafine Dazzle and clear powder and heat set for a glossy finish.

The pink paper wheel is actually cut from the same die– I just cut out the center!  Double-timing die– love it!

The pink metal embellishment is from Basic Grey’s Spice Market pack.

I finished off the cluster with some Prima wood leaves and Fancy Pants resin flower.

Finally, my little wasabi polka dot strip was a scrap cut from the edge of Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader die– which has so many uses.

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Love all that gold?  I found these adhesive 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets by DuoTone at Joann’s.  They are awesome!

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So this card is headed over to Cardabilities as well as Curtain Call, whose theme this week is Pretty and Pink (I wanted to write “Pretty in Pink”  Ahh, Molly Ringwald!).  I think this card fits the bill!

Check out both challenges for some very pretty cards!

Please check out my second post of the day for more pink prettiness!

Hope you are off to a great week!

News of Spring

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Spring is a paradox.  Along with all the budding beauty and longer light comes the temperamental weather, allergies, and, at least for today, the loss of an hour that I, for one, cannot bear to sacrifice!

Our gorgeous Friday heralded not only the weekend but also the first bloom of cherry blossoms, forsythia, daffodils and rhododendron around my neighborhood.

It was with this inspiration, as well a little peach push from Curtain Call that I designed the little number below. While I had laid all elements out in advance to play with placement, it was one of my faster creations.  Still debating about filing in the date area of the slide with March 21 (first day of spring!).  What do you think?

Check out the new and improved photos!

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I used quite a few products for this, but many were in my scrap embellishment bag, already die cut and/or stamped, like the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals leaves.  I love being able to find a fitting use for the lonely left-over pieces.

I deconstructed the PTI wreath to form a garland along the border of my peach paper, which was cut with the Simon Says Stamp A2 Curved Die.

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Then I clustered the leaves, my flowers cut from Spellbinders and Memory Box dies, and part of the PTI wreath, and added some aqua, salmon, and orange enamel dots.

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I ordered a few of the PTI 2014 calendars with the intention of making holiday gifts, but given that the first quarter of 2014 is fast ticking away, I may just put them to use in these chipboard slide frames for birthday or holiday cards.  I have stamped the March calendar with that wonderful Hero Arts bird, using Wet Cement dye ink.  Then I spritzed with Clay and Shine Mr. Huey’s; it’s a bit hard to see the shine spray in the photos, but I like how it gives a subtle sheen.

I added a little cork butterfly, stamped the sentiment from my new Graphic 45 spring set, and adhered the Bazzill peach panel to a Hero Arts notecard.  And just like a little spring chick, a card was hatched!

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I hope to get links to the supplies up later, and maybe some wonderful little embellishments that are a delicious must have for your spring and summer cards.

Now it’s curtains for me, but you should head over to Curtain Call and get ready for some juicy peach-papered treats.

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