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Hi everyone!

Card class was a riot last Saturday.   Here is a photo of the three sample cards that everyone made…

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One of the things I most love about these classes is how each student puts their unique spin on the basic design as shown in this photo of some student cards.  I consider giving my students creative wings is just as important as making sure they have quality Stampin Up products.

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For those of you that couldn’t attend because of distance or prior commitments you have a chance to WIN the sample cards from this class.  Subscribe to my blog via email in the sidebar on the right, AND then leave a comment on this post.  I will select a random winner from the comments on Feb. 29…leap day!

In the meantime, remember that Stampin Up offers quality products, and right now Sale-a-bration means you earn a free item for every $60 ordered.  You can leave me a message or place an online order by clicking my Shop Now button on the purple bar near the top of the page.

Until next time

Carol

 

 

 

Variations on a Theme

Greetings everyone.

It’s high time for my first post of 2016. The busyness of the holidays has extended into the first half of January and I’m now back at it designing great new cards and making a lot of cards for several non-profit agencies I supply with cards.


I’m calling today’s post variations on a theme to share some tips on how to take a basic card design and create a good supply of cards…either for a single occasion, or for numerous occasions, by using a variety of sentiments and embellishments. I’m doing this largely through the “pictures are worth a thousand words” method, so this post is quite photo heavy. I used a variety of punches, embellishments, accessory stamps, rhinestones, etc. to create these variations. Buttons, ribbons, cording and wooden embellishments are other things that could be used here…in short use whatever is in your stash…let your creativity go wild with embellishing.

I recently made a couple of dozen cards quickly using this technique by choosing analogous colours…colours that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel to create harmony in the basic card front. I focussed on colours from the cool side of the colour wheel…blues through greens and purples to create the basic color palette. After creating rhythm in the card fronts on whisper white by repetitively using a single stamp from Work of Art in a variety of inks , I selected cardstock colours from the inks used on the card fronts…tempting turquoise, mint macaroon and perfect plum. From there I chose sentiments from several sets…Cottage Greetings and Watercolour Words, and used images from Flowering Fields (a limited time Sale-a-Bration set) to create texture and interest on the sentiment layer.  Some sentiments were embossed with clear embossing powder.

Colours next to each other on the colour wheel are called analogous colours, and these are always a safe bet to create a pleasing outcome. Another simple way to think of analogous colours is warm colours and cool colours. So, if you need a lot of cards in a hurry, or just want to create a supply to have on hand, haul out some of your favourite stamp sets, punches and embellishments and create variations on a theme. If you need supplies, shop anytime at my online store at http://card_diva.stampinup.net, or go to the shop now button above.
Until next time
Carol

Punches used included the large and small butterfly punch the 2 1/2 inch round punch banner punch and scalloped punch.

Card stock: whisper white, tempting turquoise, mint macaron and perfect plum. Scraps of calypso coral were also used to accent the rainbow sentiments.

Stamp sets: Cottage Greetings, Watercolour Words and Flowering Fields

Ink colors: blackberry bliss, perfect plum, lost lagoon, tempting turquoise, coastal cabana and soft sky. Several of these, along with calypso coral, were combined to make a rainbow stamp used for a few sentiments.

Embellishments included rhinestones, embossing powder, vellum paper, small and large butterfly punches, banner punches, etc.

 

Why no wine?

The title is a play on words… wino wine…and this topper is a great last minute quick project to dress up that hostess bottle of wine that is de rigeur at most holiday gatherings.

I’ve been using Stampin Up products for several years in my mixed media work and been a demonstrator for a year. I see a plethora of candy wrappers in all sizes and shapes to hold virtually every type of candy under the sun, but I have yet to see a wine bottle bag, or any wine bottle décor. I think…why no wine???   imageIt’s a standard hostess gift that goes to every dinner invitation, a common Christmas gift, brings as much pleasure as chocolate…at least.

So, I’ve decided to remedy that. Still working on the gift bag idea but here’s a Christmas wine tag I had my ladies make at our last party. The reindeer is created using punches (there are You Tubes all over the place…just search reindeer punch art and you can find the directions).

The tag itself is created from a strip of Irresistible DSP from last year’s Sale-A-Bration, and a similar product can be found in the curren annual catalog on pg 142. Using sponges I coloured the paper red and punched a hole in the top…use the 1 ¼” or 1 3/8” hole punch…to slip over the wine bottle. A strip of white DSP was run through the woodlands embossing folder (currently out of stock but returning in the 2016 annual catalog). The star was punched from silver glimmer paper and jolly was cut from the same using framelits available in the current Holiday catalog…retiring Jan. 4th.

Have fun with this…the tag can be changed out with DSP and embellishments to suit any occasion…birthdays, anniversaries, thanks, congrats.

To celebrate the end of 2015 I am offering a free gift plus the new occasions and saleabration catalogs to anyone placing a $50 or greater order on my website at

Merry Christmas to everyone…enjoy this time with family and friends. Life is fragile and can change in a heartbeat so savour the moment!

Welcome to my blog

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imageWhat do I love about card making, besides keeping the dying art of handwritten purposeful communication alive? There are so many things besides the texture of the paper, the smell of black stayzon ink and the delight of combining colours, patterns and embellishments.

It’s the joy and anticipation I have when making cards about how they might affect the receipient…to brighten their day, let them know someone is thinking about them and cares enough to make time creating something just for them. It’s the therapeutic effect of how I feel creating something that I know will affect someone else’s day in a positive way. If I’m feeling ill or having an “off” day…and there have been plenty of those as I have battled a serious illness, I can go into my studio and create cards for someone, get lost in the process and end up feeling better.

As a mixed media artist I work with a wide variety of papers, paints, inks, canvases, embellishments, glues and found objects making objects that look pretty/messy/colourful but always have a personal meaning. This experimentation with materials is part of what led me to Stampin Up…I absolutely adore the quality and reliability of the cardstock and inks and how the cardstock works with the ink. I make dozens of cards a month for several non-profit organizations which led me to become a Stampin Up demonstrator a year ago…the opportunity to buy my materials at a discount as that many cards gets expensive after a while.

A side bonus is a group of ladies that meet regularly to make cards with. I love designing new projects…it’s one of my strengths and these ladies love them. They’ve been making cards a lot longer than I have and I learn so much from them…the fine details and techniques that come with experience. Have come to value their friendships highly and this is one of the most important things I love about card making.

So, with this blog, I hope to reach out to others, share my designs and love of cardmaking, inspire others and perhaps make online friendships and Stampin Up customers.