Sharing some cards! (finally!)

card made with Razzle Dazzle

card made with Razzle Dazzle

Ahhhh! Finally able to post some of the cards I’ve been making. The boys went to Vacation Bible School today, leaving me with only the girls. (too bad the boys are the “easy” ones!) Thank Goodness there are such wonderful people willing to take their time for a week and dig in with the kids. Our boys came home so excited, although when asked, Zander could not quite remember much more than kangaroos and dingereedoos (sp?) Upon further inspection of his craft, the verse for the day came out of 2 Peter 3: 18 Tomorrow, hopefully he’ll come home knowing mom and dad want to hear about what they’ve learned from the bible. Zander was impressed that I could flip open my bible and read him the verse from his craft. πŸ™‚

This card kinda showcases the style I’ve been into lately as far as cardmaking goes: simple. I’m an addict of the show The Office…. it fits the KISS acronym (keep it simple stupid)Β  haha.. I love looking at other’s creations full of embellishments, ribbons, pop ups–but let’s be honest about life with little ones, sometimes I just don’t have the gusto for all the frills. I love images of stamps that can stand on their own–easy enough for a focal point on a simplistically beautiful card.

A place I love to get inspiration from is actually TinyPrints.com They often remind me that style can be simple, and complicating it more can actually just confuse the eye. I’m also a fan of sites that give you the name of the font they use (so that I can find it, download it and use it)

Since I’ve started making cards (about 2 years now), I’ve used all sorts of techniques at coming up with design of a card. When I first started, I would be very artsy and just do what I felt as I went. A single card took quite a while… plus I didn’t have the supplies that I have now, so I was pretty limited. As I collected more, and used more stamps, I started looking into how to be more methodical in creating. My favorite thing in the world right now are page maps or scrap maps… I love drawing them from cards I see and like. I draw them out and don’t include any indication of a stamp set to use– sometimes I’ll flip through a Stampin’ Up! catalog and see a card that reminds me a lot of one I made– I think that is so fun because the cards don’t at all look the same. Using a page map is a great way to get started. It also gives me an idea of how many colors I need for my card. Sometimes I sit with cardstock and just shuffle them around looking for color combos I love. I write down ones that I like. I like having those small steps like drawing maps for cards or finding color combos for times I’m sitting with my husband and watching tv. I love multi-tasking and talking as we catch an episode of some of our favorite shows. Some include: King of Queens, Friends, The Office, Freaks and Geeks, and I like catching TBS versions of Sex and the City. (Matt is a good sport about that one!) I terribly miss watching Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, and Last Comic Standing. Can’t wait til they all come back! πŸ™‚

My card includes all Stampin’ Up! product, with the exception of the ribbon. That is Martha Stewart (and is FANTASTIC for getting a nice looking bow) The best bows for me are always the taffeta ribbons! Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango. The Designer Series paper (DSP) (aka Patterned paper) is Razzleberry Lemonade and that shade of pink is Melon Mambo. It’s my favorite of the new In Colors!

To order this set click the link on the side to get to my store! It’s found on page 94 in the Stampin’ Up! catalog (and retails for 18.95) I just LOVE this set!

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