Brightly Gleaming Time To Shine!

Happy Thursday!  Wow, what a wonderful Blog Hop all of us Pals had yesterday.  The comments were great and the talent was over the moon and the stars!!

Speaking of stars, I cropped lots of stars from the Stitched Stars Dies to create my card today.  My inspiration came from a card I posted back in 2016.  I was updating my Project Gallery and saw the card.

Out came the stars patterned paper from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  The patterned paper gave me my color inspiration: Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla, and the sentiment is from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

I added layers to this card because I really wanted to “lift” the patterned paper. A few thin mat layers will usually do that. Thin layers will also add a clean finished look to most card designs. There really is no particular pattern placement with the stars, I just kept both the colors and the elements in balance.

Design Tip:  

  • When I use the design term “balance” it simply means that the elements on the card are balanced to the frame.
  • If you look at the bottom left Mossy Meadow star, it’s about the same distance from the bottom of the patterned paper layer as the Night of Navy star on the top left corner is from the top of the patterned paper layer.
  • All of the left sided elements are placed roughly the same distance from the left edge of the patterned paper layer and the same goes for the elements on the right side of the design.

Pretty cool, right? It works every time!

Below is my card inspiration and you can click here or on the image below to see my original post.

So, get out your Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, add a few layers, crop lots of stars and create something that’s ready to shine!




The only limitation is your imagination!


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Celebrate A Happy Christmas!

Let’s celebrate a Happy Christmas with The Paper Players!

Today is a first for me in a long time.  I haven’t participated in a card making challenge in a few years, so I’m a little nervous about linking it up, what time do I post, etc. etc.  Slowly but surely, I’m getting back in the blogging groove and truly enjoying it.

The Paper Players  was always a favorite challenge. I “played” with them for quite a few years!  When I checked in to see what the Design Team was up to, I saw there was a Sketch Challenge.  Since getting back into the Challenges has been on my mind, I thought this was the week to do it and Joanne’s Sketch Challenge would be it!

Let’s talk about today’s card.

This is a fun sketch but it really has lots of layers. Joanne wasn’t kidding!  Actually, I love layers so I enjoyed putting it all together.

Whenever I create a card for a sketch, I usually start with a stamped image. I think about what would work with the sketch.  I mostly look at the size of the image and its line weight. I can usually decide my theme from there.

The stamped image today is from the Celebration Tidings stamp set and is one that I’ve used over and over again. I love the simplicity of it, the size and the line weight. The sentiment stamp is from the Warm Hugs stamp set.  I also chose this sentiment because of its size and its font line weight worked nicely with the image. They are both clean, simple and slightly striking. The image needs no color. It can carry itself along with just one Silver Metallic Pearl. So, the top layers of my card were done before anything else.

My color inspiration, Misty Moonlight, Silver Metallic and Whisper White,  was from a favorite photographed design from the Feels Like Frost DSP. I used this to cut and hand crop the wide banner.  The silver and white patterned paper in the background is also from the Feels Like Frost DSP collection. I saw the “pattern repeat” in the stamped image and the patterned paper, so I knew they would work well together. Lots of tiny circles and curved lines in this card design.

In the end, all of Joanne’s layers work beautifully together.  Since this was my first in a while, I took no artistic license with this sketch. Thank you, Joanne and The Paper Players Design Team for your inspiration today.

So, pull out your favorite stamped image, stamp it on a 2 3/4″ square, match a sentiment with it, cut lots of layers and create something simple and striking!

The only limitation is your imagination!



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Warm Hugs And A Hot Latte!

Happy Thursday!

Only those who know me best know that I love coffee.  I’ve been known to indulge in a mocha latte or two, or three!  So, I decided to celebrate my love of a good cup of coffee in today’s post.

Yesterday was another nice day, so I spent a little time outside sketching prospective projects for blog posts. This card was the first one I sketched.  I don’t think it would be horrible to share my sketch with you.  Keep in mind that my pencil moved really fast, so it’s not very neat.  I hope you can see it. Don’t you just love my coffee cups?

I stayed with the Warm Hugs stamp set and the overall design, but switched to Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP rather than Heartwarming Hugs DSP changing my color palette completely.  The sentiment stayed the same, but I stamped three coffee cups on the card, not five. Also, I was only going to have steam coming from one coffee cup, not all.  I think I was thinking that the steam in the center cup might give this card a very unique design element. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I like the three cups, all with steam!

I know we have our personal way of creating.  Most of the time, I look at a piece of patterned paper, a sketch (not my own), a particular stamp set or die, or a color combination and know what I want to do with it. There are those times though, when the catalog inspires me or a Pinterest post or another blog post.  Today, I was inspired by my own pencil and graph paper sketch which I CASED from the Warm Hugs Bundle.

So, wherever you find your inspiration, keep creating beautiful projects.

The only limitation is your imagination!


World Card Making Day Spooky Night, Spooky Cat

I was in Atlanta this past weekend celebrating World Card Making Day at a wonderful event hosted by two special stamping friends, Brian King and Pam Morris. It was obvious they worked tirelessly to make the day fun and inspiring for all of us.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Brian and Pam for inviting me to participate in the event as a presenter.  I was excited and honored (not to mention a bit nervous) to be included among such talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators as Julie DiMatteo, Donna Griffith, Jennifer Beatty Hill, Pam, and Brian.

I enjoy CASEing beautiful cards and I really, really enjoy creating original cards, especially simple collage cards.  Back in 2013, I posted a series of “Design Tips” blog posts which included a post on the “Design Rule of Thirds”.  Brian asked that I present a little something to the group about the “Rule of Thirds” for a simple collage card.  Below is the finished product and please pardon the grid paper background.

  • If you want to experiment with the design “rule of thirds” it’s easiest to make yourself a “rule of thirds” grid.  I made this one using one of Stampin’ Up!’s Clear Envelopes.
  • The envelope size is 5 3/4″ X 4 3/8″.  I trimmed the envelope to a standard A-2 card size 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and with a fine tip Sharpie, I created the grid.
  • The measurements for the grid lines are 1 7/16″ from each side, and 1 7/8″ from the top edge and the bottom edge.
  • I also cut a piece of Whisper White card stock (A-2) to slip into the grid when I’m working with a layer. You can make a Basic Black one if you’re working with a light or white card layer.
  • The grid is divided into three even sections horizontally and three even sections vertically.
  • The grid illustrates the “rule of thirds” for a card layout.
  • You can create a custom grid for any size card.

  • Once I started placing all my card elements together, I used the grid to be sure the elements were where I wanted them to be and they were evenly centered for a “balanced” design.
  • The pictures below illustrate how I put the card together using my grid.

You can take a look at my original post here.

Using this grid is a preference of mine and I have fun experimenting with it.  I hope you enjoy using it, too!



Stampin’ Up!’s Affectionately Yours

Aren’t these bumble bees adorable?  They’re easy as one, two, three… with Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits Dies and your Big Shot!

I’m spending the week going through all those sticky tabs I put on my 2016-2017 Annual Catalog last year. Today’s card showcases the pretty “Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper”. This paper pack is fun and colorful.  It features a few of the soon to retire “2015-2017 In Colors”, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

Here’s today’s “How To”:

  • I started with a Tip Top Taupe A-2 card base and added a thin Whisper White layer.
  • My third layer (4″ X 5 1/4″) is the random dot pattern from the Affectionately Yours DSP.
  • The Floral layer measures 2 1/2″ X 5″‘.
  • With my Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I punched a quick tag to display more of the patterned paper and to give my design a little more of a “collage” look.  You can see that piece sticking out of the right side of the floral layer.
  • I gave my Big Shot a work out using my Layering Squares Framelits… easy, easy, easy to crop.
  • My Big Shot cropped two bumble bees from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  • I hand cropped a sentiment banner using one of the sentiments from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Night of Navy ink.


Design Tips:

  • My color inspiration came from the patterned paper.
  • The “focal point” (center collage) includes my sentiment banner, which is typical. Usually a sentiment is included in the focal point of a card design, or the sentiment IS the focal point.
  • I followed the typical design “rule of thirds” repeatedly in this card.  There are three layered squares, three embellishments (two bumble bees and a White Perfect Accent dot), and three different paper patterns.
  • The design is balanced since the “weight” of the design is in the collage near the center of the card and is anchored by the floral strip and sentiment banner.
  • The color white balances the colors from the first card layer to the top Perfect Accent dot. White flows from bottom to top holding all the colors together. It’s a great neutral.

So, pick out your favorite patterned paper, crop a few cool shapes, embellish, balance and create something fun and colorful!

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