After looking through them I decided on a kit with lovely limes and turquoises for the wedding card and then I chose another with bright vibrant colors with a touch of black for my friend's birthday card. I began on the wedding card on Sunday evening with a great idea to use my vintage boy and girl and the ampersand stamps from Studio Calico (sadly they are all retired now). I was happily adding patterned paper and rub-ons from my Scarlet Lime kit (horrible hoarding admission time: that was the first time I had used a rub-on although I have bought more than a few over the years) when I decided my card-base was all wrong. So Monday night I went with a more basic card-base and set the other aside for future use. I think all turned out well with the card although it may be cleaner than my natural inclination.
Last night I knew I had to make a card for a friend's birthday which is this upcoming weekend and needed to get in the mail pronto. I knew I wanted to use some of my Kenner Road stamps for a vintage look (and they are gorgeous!). I remembered seeing some wonderful projects that Katie Watson created whilst on the Kenner Road design team back in October 2009 and they proved to be an inspiration for the card I made. The other inspiration for me is one of my favorite, favorite cardmakers of all time: Betsy Veldman.
Now I didn't look at either of my inspirations when I was actually making the cards, but I know these were the visual references flashing in my head:
Katie Watson (birdhouse with stamped scallop--genius!)
Betsy Veldman (strip of background behind focal image which I began with and then because an empty card felt well empty I went for more and more!)
Here is the card I created (front and then lastly the inside):
A lucky choice of adding the buttons around the that adorable bird stamp makes it took a bit like a nest to me. Another lucky choice was "ruffling" up a strip of punched patterned paper which just wasn't working before. I learned the basic technique in a Basic Grey card class I took locally (you place a strip of adhesive on the backside of a long strip of paper and then pleat--fold--the paper onto itself which remains in place because of the adhesive. The smaller the pleat, the longer the paper needs to be) and I thought why not try it with the patterned paper I had punched? It worked out just right--adding interest, flair and some texture and I even like that a bit of the white from the back peeks through.
Gypsy Bird Card