Thursday, March 25, 2010

[Stamping Around] SA05 - WMS Inspiration Challenge

There is this hilarious "Up in the Air" scene, where the stewardess asks George Clooney's character "Would you like the can, sir?" and he understood "Would you like the cancer?" These week seems filled with many such "hard of hearing" moments during my many meetings. So when trying to write up meeting minutes from my notes...well, you can see where my creative deciphering has to come in.

Last weekend I was desperately trying to juggle all the cleaning, laundry, re-packing for my business trip, when I realized to my horror, that I more friends' birthdays looming around the corner. In fact, one of my local girl friend's birthday was last week and I threw a card together that I will save for another post (after she has surely gotten it). 

Another friend lives abroad -- and I wanted to throw a fun card for her together, but I also didn't want it to be bulky. My crafty gals reminded me that there was another fun WMS inspiration challenge which I looked at last week during a quick lunch break. Here is what I threw together

Stamping Around Inspiration Challenge
Stamps: "Can Ya Dig It" (My Favorite Things), Flowers from Embossing Stamp Set (Martha Stewart)
Paper: Beige (Recollections), Amy Butler Lotus Faded China Pad (K&Company)

Ink: Momento - Paris Dusk (Tsukineko), Momento - Summery Sky (Tsukineko)
Embellishments: 1/8" Spool o' Ribbon - Light Blue (Offray), Sun Yellow Eyelet (Making Memories), Threading Waters Border Punch (Fiskars)

The horrible thing with this card is that when I looked at the inspiration challenge post (a very long time ago), I remembered "flowers" "a lime green accent that exuded freshness" and "round." Lesson learned? Look up the challenge post again ;)

The focus was on the Amy Butler pattern paper (swoon!). The lime green jumped out at me when I was going through my stash and everything just fell into place from there. Since I tried to keep the card as flat as possible I tried to add dimension by stamping my own pattern paper with different hues of the same color. It's hard to tell on the picture, but I pulled a Martha Stewart flower and a matching blue ink and went at it. The "Sun Yellow" eyelets were actually more lime green, but who am I to judge color. I just cared that it matched and added a little accent ;) The threading ribbon through the Threading Waters Border Punch seemed like a way to end the whole card.

Let me know what fun techniques you use to make a flat card look amazing.


Stephanie Gruss said...

I use heat embossing on flat cards. It adds a little dimension and a bit of shine/glitz (depending on the powder you use)!

Laurie Marmon said...

Great card! There's also paper piecing with stamped images to keep things pretty flat too. :)

Angela Mclean said...

The greens and blues really work - great!!!
On flat cards, I also use heat embossing... also lots of texture and different mediums...
Angela xxx.

Ruth M said...

Lovely card, great colours and layout!

KindredEsprit said...

I like that you picked out the flowers and the lime green from the inspiration image; it's another fun way to find inspiration! It's like going with your first instinct. ;-) I love the patterned paper. I love how well you drew focus to the sentiment with the eyelets and solid papers.

Julie Masse said...

Your card is so pretty! That dp is wonderful and I like your threaded ribbon! Thanks for playing our challenge! :)

JeanFB said...

Such a pretty card, and I love that it's so "Mail" friendly (don't see those much, and we all always need ideas!!) One thing I like to do is wrap ribbons around the card, but don't tie them in knots/bows. It gives the texture and prettiness to the card without the bulk. Thanks for asking people to leave their tips... I've enjoyed reading both the comments AND the post! :)

rlo said...

Stephanie & Laurie: thanks for stopping as usual :) hopefully i can get my act together and catch up on swaps.

Angel Mclean, Ruth M, KindredEsprit, Julie Masse & JeanFB: thanks for the ongoing support and the wonderful suggestions. I also am exited that I have new blogs to follow & read :)

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