"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

November 27, 2013

It's in the Mail #2

I really liked the original of this card.  Many times, I see a card but there aren't any dimensions or instructions, so I just wing it and usually come very close.  Sometimes I don't like the result and sometimes I like my card even better than the original.  The original of this card was created by Joan Robertson.  I am sure she used all Stampin' Up ink.  I used all distress ink because I liked the colors.

My card is made with the elegant butterfly and bitty butterfly punches, together with the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (all SU); and Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord and Broken China distress inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger).  I also used Very Vanilla cardstock (SU), En Francais background stamp (SU) in Going Gray ink (SU), and black cardstock (Michael's).  The twine is linen thread from CTMH.  The sentiment is from "Thinking of You" stamp set (Hero Arts).

November 25, 2013

It's in the Mail! #1

95% of the cards I make must go in the mail, so, that's the name of my new series - It's in the Mail!  I usually don't make cards that can't be mailed - although I enjoy looking at ideas on line.  I don't have a lot of extra money to spend on cards that will sit in my studio because they're too thick to mail.

Sometimes I find it just as challenging trying to reproduce a card I see as coming up with my own ideas. I saw this card and really liked it - then I added my own twist, of course.  Here is the first one and I reproduced it just like the original design by Chiaki Haverstick:

This is the card I made out of the same die, embossing folder, Tea for Two paper (printed from SU's My Digital Studio), and cardstock colors (Very Vanilla and Pacific Point):

As you can see, my sentiment is a bit crooked!

Be aware that if you decide to use this paper - some of the flowers are upside down!  Also, Pay attention to the print around the circles.