My favorite thing about gorgeous patterned paper and great dies is that you can throw a cute card together pretty quickly. I wanted to use the All Season Tree Simon Says Stamp die and it has so much detail on it!
I am blessed -- and my blessings were so clear to me on my birthday recently. And because of that? I need quite a few thank you cards. So I am creating simple designs where making more than one won't be that time consuming. This is one of those cards that uses leftover hearts from yesterday's card. Didn't take long at all.
It felt so good to get crafty today. Between trying to get over pneumonia and my new job I have not done much creating and now that both are going well (recovered AND enjoying my new job) I got a chance to play.
So often when I see a die I use it exactly as intended. For instance, this is a full card die from Simon Says Stamp....
So when I made a card with it I used the whole thing. I have seen so many wonderful cards with artists who use part of it or cut it up so I thought I'd give that a try. I die cut the full background using My Mind's Eye Oxford Lane paper (love!) and then die cut a heart shape out of it. I also created a solid heart and then laid the hexagon part on top. Just adds a little interest without being overwhelming. Helped me to create a simple card.
I am truly blessed -- for so many reasons but one is that I have thoughtful and talented friends who share their creativity with me by sending me cards. And here are some birthday ones that I received last week (my birthday was the 19th). I am getting over pneumonia which has kept me from creating so I thought in lieu of cards made by me I'd show you cards made by them!
Recognize this one? This was on Jennifer's blog. It is one of my favorite cards of hers - ever! Imagine my delight when it arrived in my mail box! It's even better in real life.
And one from the amazing Laura Bassen. I just love this card using the Simon Says Stamp set that Kristina Werner designed of her cat Mannie. Laura knows I love kitties so this was just perfection!
My friend Joy does amazing things with detailed images and Copic markers and isn't this pretty?
My friend Heather does the cutest, whimsical cards. This one? The light bulb is post it notes! Is that cute?
My friend Candy made this gorgous card with the prettiest colors don't you think?
And last but not least -- this fun card from my friend Sandi. That cupcake is so cute!
I have been drawn to cards with white backgrounds alot lately so I thought I would try something different - a dark card. I used several exclusive Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies - can't get enough of them!
This is hysterical! And I, and some of my crafty friends who shall remain nameless (you know who you are!), can relate all too well. SOOOO funny! And Tim Holtz after seeing this asked for her address to send her some goodies! (how nice!)
Looks like I need to head off to the camera shop tomorrow to get my camera looked at. This is the best I could do for this card - outside! You'll get the idea!
Have you tried this Simon Says Viola Sprouts die set?
I love this die because you can use it as is or you can deconstruct it like I did for this card. I cut the stems apart so I could arrange them the way I wanted to in the vase. I also cut some extra stems and leaves from a lighter green to add some dimension. I stuck them under the foam dot that is holding the vase in place and then them sort of hang loose vs. adhering them to the card.
I also went a little Glossy Accent crazy on the vase! Ha! This photo makes it look a little wonky for some reason. :-(
but I can't get a clear image of it to save my life. I've tried two different cameras. Flash on, flash off. What the heck? Is it me? I just can't stand the frustration any more so I'm giving up for the day. May have to resort to taking it outside (when it isn't raining like it is now).It's a white card which I know is hard to photograph but really? Ugh. Sorry, just whining
When I feel like coloring flowers I often reach for Penny Black stamp sets because they have the best flower designs! The design of this is inspired by Jennifer McGuire's card from Day 1 Summer Card Camp 2. She did a card that opens this way and I thought it was so pretty. The flap opens up to reveal the greeting.
The white pen dots? Inspired by Kathy Racoosin who brings things to life this way. Love doing that.
Anyone recognize the patterned paper? It's a really old one I found in my scrap drawer from My Mind's Eye's Wild Asparagus line. Remember that? Loved it so I held on to pieces of it.