Thursday, August 25, 2011

Drumroll Please….

Though I do love orange (the color, not the “animal”…oh, I guess I do like the “animal” too *wink*), that is not correct. If you have seen my office, then you would probably guess that it is blue – and you would also be incorrect. Here it is:


I love yellow; it is my absolutely favorite color in the entire world!

Now that we have gotten off on a tangent, it is time for me to fill you in on how this all works together. Remember yesterday when I said I found some inspiration at my local crafting store? Well, I was walking down the paper isle (paper pads were 50% off, so I couldn’t pass it up) and there, among all the flowers and shapes and baby and holiday and so many other miscellaneous and unappealing to me at that time stacks of paper was a gem:

Lemon Flower Stack – various 12x12 patterned papers utilizing black, white, yellow, and green colors with some accents of silver glitter and embossing. I snatched it up and vowed to get back to crafting.

Stay tuned for some of my Lemon Flower projects.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It Doesn’t Take Much…

Well, as you know, I have been neglecting my little blog for a little while now. As I walked through a local craft store over my lunch hour today I found it – the perfect inspiration to give me a swift kick in the fanny. Yes, I know you are wondering what this clever crafting concoction is, but you are just going to have to wait a bit.

As you may or may not know, my favorite color combination is…you guessed it…black and white. Look at them there…perfectly offsetting each other…like peanut butter and jelly…like ham and eggs…like cookies and milk (and yes…I am a little hungry, but that’s not the point)…. Now, what could make it better? One more pop of color…what could it be…what could it be?

If you think you know, then leave me a comment. Check back tomorrow and see if you are right.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Dilemma and Collaboration

I needed to make some Thank You cards (“some” meaning “lots”) which creates a big dilemma: how do I stay true to my style of creating yet tone it down enough to create several duplicate cards?

I had an idea as to what I wanted to do. This idea was inspired by a beautiful card I saw on the Inspiration in Action blog. Gretchen used the new large doily stamp from Stampin’ Up! to create a stunning card. From this card I gathered inspiration for the color combination as well as for the layout. If I had it my way (and lots and lots of time), then I would make this exact card fifty times, but that wasn’t too practical for my current project. What to do? What to do?

Lucky for me, my mother came to visit this past weekend and I took advantage of her creative eye (and fingers and super skill with MDS). With her great help, I was able to nail down a design that not only reflects my inspiration card, but also was practical to replicate many times.

I haven’t used Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio (MDS) very much, so I really leaned on my mother’s skills with it. I really enjoyed how much it streamlined the creation of this project. First, instead of stamping one hundred and fifty petals, I simply printed them out on my color printer and punched them out. Second, I was able to find the perfect sentiment and customize the size to fit my card. Finally, I was able to customize the polka-dot background image with Lovely Lilac (a retired color for which I still have cardstock, but not any coordinating DSP).

I really like the final version of this card; I may even duplicate it even more with various color combos…one to fit which ever mood I may be in at the time I give one away. Who knows, you may even get one….

Recipe: Watercolor Trio, Build a Blossom, and Hip and Handsome Overlays digital stamp sets; Concord Crush, Lovely Lilac (this is a retired SU color, but it is similar to the new Wisteria Wonder), Whisper White, and Certainly Celery card stock; blossoms petal, 1/8” circle, and Itty Bitty Shapes Pack punches; two way glue pen; mini glue dots; My Digital Studio.