Friday, February 10, 2012

Mehndi a la Laurie

Here’s a card that I made last month when I went on the scrapbook retreat. We had a pretty sketchy wi-fi connection that weekend, so I was pretty much on my own for ideas. This one came to me easily, because it was inspired by a lovely card by Laurie Willison, and I’ve made several similar cards over the past few months in various colors and textures. Funny thing is, I remembered that I was inspired by Laurie, but didn’t have her original blog post pinned so that I could find it again, so a working wi-fi wouldn’t have made any difference that weekend. After speed-surfing Laurie’s blog (and finding tons more inspiration on the way!) I found the original card that inspired me. Check it out and see her lovely card. Even funnier is the fact that Laurie was inspired by someone she forgot to pin, too!


Details: stamps – Mendhi Medallion, Signature Greetings; paper – Kraft, Stampers Select White, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); ink – Versafine Onyx Black, Lucky Limeade (Stampin’ Up); accessories – Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think the name is Textile Texture or something like that?), Nestabilities circle die, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Inspiration Challenge

Today's card was created for an inspiration challenge.


Maile’s card, which you can see above, used chevron stripes in a rainbow pattern. I thought I would make chevrons using my all-time favorite Maile-designed stamp set, Modern Basics. My love for this set is well known. In my opinion, it is the best stamp set on the planet, and will probably remain in that position for a long time to come.

I had a blast experimenting with chevrons using the shapes in this set! In the end, I went with this simple pattern. I only used two stamps from the set, the large solid 3-leaf stamp, and the corresponding single leaf. I love how easy it is to line up the stamps in Modern Basics, even if you’re covering a fairly large area. I started at the edge of the paper and lined up the center of the leaves right along the edge (see the blue stamps at the top of the strip) and then just built from there.

Here’s the card with no embellishment.


And since I’m indecisive, I put a ton of little adhesive-backed pearls on the second card. I like it both ways.

Just another view so that you can see the pearls better.

Details: stamps – Modern Basics, Think Big Favorites #3; paper – Kraft, Stampers Select White; ink – Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin’ Up Pacific Point, Perfect Plum, Regal Rose, Real Red, Summer Sun, Old Olive; pearl embellishments (source unknown)