Saturday, October 11, 2008

CASEing...and Carding for a Guy

Laura Fredrickson is an amazing Canadian card artist whose blog I have in my Google Reader. I don't want to miss one thing she shares!

She shared a card that's almost identical to this earlier this week, and I was drawn to it because it used Wonderful You, a set I really liked when I got it--how long ago was that? ANYWAY, I pulled out my set and duplicated her main image exactly, but I had to come up with some other way to incorporate a sentiment, since I don't own Hodgepodge Hardware.

As I played with the matted focal point, I began to think about what it would look like mounted on an angle. I still haven't decided! I'm posting both and I want your feedback. I'm going to put a sentiment in the bottom right corner, and I'm purposely leaving it blank until I know what occasion I'll need it for. I would like you to vote--wonky or not!

BTW, the card stock is Tangerine Tango, which coordinates beautifully with Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla. That KK double striped ribbon is great to work with, and I really liked Laura's use of brads, so I did that too! It may be a little difficult to tell from the picture, but there are 1/4" circles underneath each brad.

Although I was a journalist in another life, I was never good at writing catchy headlines. I hope you were intrigued enough to scroll down to see this card, though, because I'm quite happy with it! This card is for this month's Stamp-A-Stack, as is the CASE above, and although I try to expose my guests to new materials every month, this month I seem to be returning to favorites. Urban Garden is my favorite DP, and Baroque Motifs is in my top 5 favorite sets of all time. I was blurfing yesterday afternoon and saw a card using UG, and just had to pull it out and play.

I am very limited in the stamps I have that would be considered "masculine", and this "motif" (for lack of a better word), jumped out at me as I pawed through my sets. I used the stampamajig to get the positioning just the way I wanted it, and pulled out Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy from the DP's color palette. I didn't want to use ribbon, but I knew it was too bland without something, so I chose silver eyelets.

Again, I'm going to let my guests decide if they want this card to be a birthday, thank you, get well, congratulations, or blank card for their stashes. Don't you wish you were coming to this month's event? If you just had an opening in your calendar, or if you've been stranded on a desert island away from all forms of communication and still want to attend, just leave me a comment and I'll fit you in!


Sue said...


kat said...

I love the first card on an angle; it looks much better than mounted evenly.......go for it!

Lydia said...

Yep - wonky. I like the wonky one. That card is gorgeous. So is the masculine one. The "UG" is so pretty it's hard to bring myself to use it!

sandra said...

I prefer too the angled card...something more original.
The masculine cards are so beautiful that it is almost unfair send them to men. Most of them won't appreciate it.