from tying tiny twine bows for a minute. My eyes are crossing and my fingers are fumbling so it's time to take a break. :) It's been a busy and productive weekend. Still don't have as much done as I'd like but I wasn't going to give up my nap today. Not with as little sleep as I've gotten lately!
I wanted to post some of my favorite cards from the creative chaos, frenzy and disaster area that my office has become. These cards were shamelessly CASE'd from 3 of my favorite Papertrey Ink designers - Betsy Veldman, Michelle Wooderson & Melissa Phillips. I've linked their creations from the PTI Gallery to their names - if you're asked to login feel free to use my info to do so Krista/scrappy - you don't want to miss their cards. I'd love to hear what you think about my versions of their beautiful cards.
Here's my version of Betsy's card. I loved the colors and was drawn to the star on it. Betsy's card has a beautiful stamped background. With only 3 weeks to prepare for the Holiday Boutique I didn't have enough time to order the PTI stamp set she used - Silent Night. (This set was also used for Michelle & Melissa's cards too.) One thing I like about my version is that I was able to use a non-Christmas paper for the background but still get a Christmas feel from it. And I LOVE being able to create the open star shape with my Spellbinders dies. Crafty Tip: Using the simple and common sewing pin is a fast & economical way to embellish. To make sure no one will get poked by the pins, cut the pointy ends off AFTER putting them thru your ribbon - this will allow them to slide thru the ribbon cleanly and easily.
When I saw Michelle's card I just fell in love. Simple but beautiful. And a glittery snowflake - how can you not love that?? I pulled out the Sizzix snowflake dies that have gathered dust for so long in my room, some fine, white, iridescent glitter (now pretty much on EVERYTHING in my office) and went looking thru my stamp sets. The Elegant Flourishes set from Autumn Leaves that's been forgotten about gave me the mix of thick and thin flourshes and I used a small snowflake from TPC's Snowflake set in place of stars.
Melissa's card, as usual, was elegant and had such pretty details. This one shows how good design still works when you change almost everything out on it. Again, without the stamp set I wasn't able to create a stamped background. This gorgeous paper from My Mind's Eye stood in beautifully. And I opted to use another of the images cut from the Graphic 45 paper instead of a stamped image. I really like that strip of kraft cardstock that the image rests on and the ribbon covers. It was literally a scrap cut off from a previous project.
And one more Old Fashioned Christmas card. This one tickled me because I the purple paper I used to mat the Graphic 45 image on has lived at my house since sometime in 2002. No kidding! It was from an old Club Scrap kit that had an architectural theme. How cool does that little bit of embossing look peeking out from around the Santa image??!! You'd never know it was a non- holiday paper! And it picks up the little bit of purple that is in the image's frame. I added a few embellishments to the image - some Liquid Applique heat set to give it a puffy appearance, some rhinestones on the large holly and covered the whole thing with Liquid Laminate to give it a glossy look and finally some twine and a button.