Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sincerely Flattering...

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Charles Colton quote gives inspiration to our card making workshops in 2017.


We all admire, Pin, and admit it, sometimes even drool over the fabulous handmade cards we see all over the internet. They're created by some of the most talented design team members for the purpose of snaring us wannabes into purchasing their manufacturers' products. We customers do so willingly, in hopes of creating our own versions of the awesome samples.


Well, let's use another famous quote: why reinvent the wheel?! We'll give credit and kudos where they're due, but we want to make those gorgeous cards...now! So, that's what we'll do.


February's card kit features Sugar Pea Designs' Countryside Charm paper pad and Best of Cluck stamp set, along with some navy blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. Below are samples of the cards we'll make. I took my inspiration from SPD's blog post introducing Countryside Charm: CLICK HERE

Combination of sets and companies makes for loads of fun!

You'll notice that I've used a couple of My Favorite Things' stamp sets by one of my favorite stamp illustrators Torico/Birdie Brown -- Green Pastures and The Whole Herd. They happen to look veeeerrry similar to sets at SPD, too. What was that quote above??

Lots of cranking for all those die cuts...but worth it!

Psst...don't mind the crumpled card bottom...that's not part of what you'll create!

Loved masking this one!

The 4.25" x 5.5" paper pad is perfect for an A2 card front...

Go ahead and keep lovin' those gorgeous cards by your favorite design team members! They inspire us to try new techniques and think outside our boxes. A BIG THANKS to all the illustrators, professional card makers, designers, and stamp manufacturers for a reason to get inky -- and motivated to stamp our he(art)s out!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cream and Sugar Anyone?

January 2017 has come and gone. February's lovable holiday is quickly approaching and you might need a little sugar and caffeine to get you there, so check out what we made in our January card workshops!

January's kit was full of sweet cards featuring Doodlebug Designs' brand new "Cream and Sugar" line. We got a full 6x6 patterned paper pad, a 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet, and a lovely bottle of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Strawberry Coulis long with everything we needed to make these delicious cards...mmmmm! I used card sketches from various sources such as Mojo Monday, Reverse Confetti, Viva La Verve, and Sketch Saturday to create my samples. Card sketches are a great source of inspiration -- you should try using them, too!

Here are the cards we made in class...


         




 And here are some more Joann from our Fallbrook class made at home later with her kit "leftovers"!





Card Interiors

Check our class schedule by clicking on the CLASSES tab above if you'd like to join us for some crafty fun! Stay inky my friends...



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