Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Keep It Simple, Stamper" --- that's what KISS stands for in the cardmaking community :)
So today I'm going to feature a couple of pretty simple but fun cards, all of which we made today at the All Occasions 10 card class. (FYI...spots still open for Monday at 1pm... PLMK if you want to come!)
The first one is the perfect card to give to a little boy, whether it's for his birthday or any other special occasion. It uses the Everything Nice set of word stamps, in a simple combination of white, Pacific Point and Bashful Blue.
The images are from All in the Family, a set of 28 little cuties that you can often mix & match to create the perfect person. Ahhhh.. if only it were that easy.
The papers down the side are just 1" strips from the Brights Designer paper stack, again in the same Pacific Point colour.
We embellished it quickly with a White Gel pen, a 1/2" library clip & some Stampin' Dimensionals to give it a lift.
Card #2 uses the new Thanks for Caring set for its sentiment and Just Believe for the leaves. No one wants to scramble to come up with a sympathy card at the last minute, so here's a simple but effective design for you to copy.
The colour combo is of Concord Crush & Pear Pizzazz, both from the 2010/11 "In Colour" line. The purple layer was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder through the Big Shot, and I added mini Pearl Jewels to the leaves.
Our 3rd card today uses the new Easter Blossoms set from the Occasions mini catalogue. I went with a Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz combo - light and fresh for spring.
I'm often asked by my stamping gals where my inspiration comes from. I'm the first to say that I am not particularly creative and I CASE from everyone! Swap cards, blogs, Splitcoaststampers, Stampin' Connection...these are all my go-to places to check out new ideas, colour combos, techniques and more.
For example, this last card I showed you was inspired by a beautiful birthday card that my friend & downline Dianne Haist shared with me. You can see the similarities and the differences below, as her card uses different sets, ribbon, paper and a lighter pink for the base. But her card gave me the basic design concept for mine, so this time the credit goes to you, Dianne!