Well, happy new year and happy February everyone! I hope the first month of 2016 has been inspired and fulfilling so far! For me, it has been a merry-go-round of catch up after a demanding December. I had planned to use my holiday break from teaching to finish some home-related projects and creative pursuits, but ended up derailed. The last few weeks, though, I have enjoyed a burst of creative energy, using my spare moments to put together copious thank you’s, birthday cards, a gift set, and some holiday cards for next Christmas!
A few of those cards were inspired by Fusion’s 2nd anniversary photo and sketch, but I missed the deadline! Boo! Those will be featured soon in my portfolio pages. So today I have a few cards developed for the current Fusion theme and inspired by a selection of digital papers from The Lilypad.
My first card used the sketch and neutrals, emphasizing the black and white in the wreath, and adding some glitzy crimson, that is definitely not neutral!
The black and white papers are from The Lilypad’s new collection, “Cheeky,” by Valerie Wibbens. I cannot get enough of the brushstroke paper which has been layered beneath Jen Hadfield’s gold bark cardstock. Oh my gosh, this paper! I love all the papers she puts out– her gold cardstocks are the best! This paper just took my breath away. I cut the piece from Lawn Fawn’s journaling card and then used the My Favorite Things circle die to cut out the side.
I love texture, and the pictured wreath is quite textured, so I worked in some PTI embossed paper for the banner die, swiss dot paper for the Savvy Stamps woodland branch, and cherry veneer paper for the Savvy Stamps pinecone. The “thanks” sentiment is from the popular PTI wet paint series cut from Jen Hadfield’s texturized gold paper, which is somewhat noticeable in the photo. Penny black provides the poinsettia die.
You can get a sense of the sparkle in the gold bark paper in the photo above. It is so lovely.
The inside is finished off with some kraft and gold striped washi. I plan to write out a greeting in gold pen.
Next up: This card is a bit out of focus, but I didn’t notice until upload! Whoops!
Lots of woodgrain to play off the background in the inspiration photo. Again, the grey wood paper is from The Lilypad collection. I have also used Essentials by Ellen 110# woodgrain paper for the base.
All dies are from Savvy Stamps: DIY Wreath, Woodland Branch and Pinecone. The sentiment is from The Ton stamps.
Keeping with the theme, I created some other glitzy, rich, holiday thank you cards, and a valentine, all of which I will post separately in my portfolio! But here are some images.
Head to my portfolio pages, link found in the menu or on the home page, to see the rest of the collection. You can also see additional photos and new work on my Instagram and Flickr accounts, linked at the bottom of this page.
On my way out, I want to dedicate these cards to all the awesome crafters who participated in Taheerah’s Advent Calendar hop. The turn out was phenomenal, and so many amazing people, many of whom are new to me, stopped by this site, left lovely comments, and even decided to follow. I appreciate everyone and wish I could have contacted each of you personally– the response was truly overwhelming! So thank you!
Drop by the Fusion page to follow the inspiration. It’s one of my favorite challenges out there!
And tune into to see if the groundhog sees his shadow… will there be 6 more weeks of winter? I love sharing my birthday with the furry critter, and either way, I’m harboring a sense of spring inside. Stop by again soon for some cards that reflect the coming season!