Monday, October 3, 2011

Giddy Thanks


The clothesline. The clothespin. The pink with the blue background. Something hanging or a tag. The rustic cute feel. That is how I was inspired. I keep thinking about the best piece of advice I've heard in a while from none other than Cristina (paraphrasing): stare at the picture, walk away and then write down what you remember and design your project around that.


Paper Smooches posted this delightful inspiration picture for their Sparks Challenge. I pulled out a really cute bug from Giddy Bugs (although all Paper Smooches stamps are dreadfully cute) and centered my card around it.

The current Wee Memories Challenge also got me thinking before completing the card, as I knew I wanted to incorporate some of my new ore newer to me favorite techniques. I shaded patterned paper with markers and ink, I double dry embossed a panel for added texture and I paper pieced.


Supplies:
Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI
Patterned Paper: (Olivia) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Giddy Bugs, Sentiment Sampler) PaperSmooches
Ink: (Java) Momento, (Fresh Snow) PTI
Fiber: (Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Tools: (Woodgrain Impression Plate) PTI, (Die) Wplus9
Other: (Markers) Copic, (Clothespin)

37 comments:

~amy~ said...

Just toooooo stinkin' CUTE!!!! Happy Monday Karen!

Laurel said...

Absolutely adorable!

artfuldelight said...

This is so cute!! Love it!!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

cute card.

Jen W. said...

I liked that idea of Cristina's too and you worked it well! Your card totally captures the essence of the photo and I love that little giddy bug. :)

Lindsay said...

Teehee! This is sooo cute Karen!

Robin said...

Great take on the inspiration pic!
Robin

Virginia L. said...

Absolutely CUTE, Karen!!

lisa arana said...

That is fabulous advice, I'll have to try it sometime. It sure worked AMAZINGLY well for you. Simply adorable.

Heather Innusa said...

Rustic cute is the PERFECT description!!!!! I'm am in love - LOVE I TELL YOU with this card!!!! Olivia is also one of my fave lines of petterned paper - I can spot it a mile away! It was perfectly combines w/ the CUTE image, Kraft paper, and rustic twine - love this!!!

Jingle said...

This is fabulous!!!

Chari M. said...

Very cute! I love the clothespin :) And thanks for passing along the great advice about designing from a photograph!

Chunyuan said...

total adorable. What a great take of the challenge.

Lisa said...

OH MY GOODNESS Karen...LOVE THIS!!! Really...just darling!!!

Be(e) said...

Soo cute!! Love the colors, they pop!

Diane Jaquay said...

This card makes me SMILE :) :) :)

Alice Wertz said...

awww... this makes me smile. super cute ad sweet. fabulous take on the challenge, Karen! love it!

Jay Gee said...

This is just so adorable Karen :)

kasia c. said...

That is pretty good advice!

Your card is awesome! I love that woodgrain embossed panel, and the clothespin adn twine are the perfect touch. :)

Lynn said...

So, so sweet! And I love Cristina's advice. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Kelly said...

what, no mist? hee hee hee GREAT card. Such a cute image and I love the rustic elements!

~Tammy~ said...

This is so adorable and I love your vision of the inspiration photo! Well done as always!

Jenny said...

This is the sweetest card Karen. Thanks for sharing Christina's tip...I have trouble with inspiration photos sometimes, I can't always see past the obvious but I will try this :)
Jenny x

Jess said...

I read that tip too and thought what a great idea!

I love your take on the inspiration photo, and the cuteness of that butterfly. I also love the woodgrain panel which I thought was twine wound around several times at first glance.

Perfect!

lynn said...

your colors and embossing, mixed with the cute clothesline--very cute take of this sweet pic, karen:)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

The pink on this card really stands out and I just love the Paper Smooches sentiment, such a fun feel. I think Cristina's advice is a good one... I can see you walking away, folding some laundry and coming back to make a "wow" card (okay maybe skip the laundry, but...).

Jocelyn Olson said...

I am loving your card! I definitely see the inspiration without a direct representation--awesome! Cristina's advice is great. The technique of shading the paper with pencil is one I've never thought of--I always learn so much from your blog!

Brandi said...

Oh how I love this PS bug!!! This is adorable with the little clothes pin!

Amy said...

What lovely advice for inspiration photos! I will have to try that! Great little bug and I like the textures you incorporated!! Thanks for playing along with Wee Memories!

Karen, you do wonderful work! :)

Annette said...

this is so adorable... Love your take on the inspirational picture...I have to get this stamp set...

Lisa Petrella said...

TOTALLY ADORABLE take on the inspiration photo!!! That sweet little bug melts my heart!!! Thanks for the great tips about how to approach creating a card based on an inspiration photo, too!!! I will definitely try that!!

jen said...

I'd say the advice worked like a charm! you've got cute & rustic down delightfully here! I always love what you do with that bug!!!

Trinh said...

Awww, so adorable!

Laurel said...

Ummmm..... How cute is this. Seriously.....

Julie E said...

Now how cute is this???!!!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

So cute! Thank you for playing along with us at Wee Memories. :)

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