I'm playing along with the Papertrey Senior Design Team girls today for their August 1 Challenge! This month, Nichole challenged the team to use at least 4 patterns (harmoniously! Ha!) on a project. I couldn't resist.....I love pairing fun patterns to achieve a unique look.
If you're stamping your own patterns to create your own multi-patterned card, select 4 or 5 colors to work with and make sure that all of your patterns and supplies use those same 4 colors. (Of course, you can do this same thing with patterned papers as well, if you choose not to stamp your own patterns.)
For my card, I chose to work with berry sorbet, dark chocolate, kraft & vintage cream. I pulled out card stock in those colors as well as a bit of bitty dot basics patterned paper in berry sorbet.
Next, I began pulling out background pattern stamp sets that I thought would compliment each other well. Keep in mind that your patterns should be various scales - you don't want them all to be the same exact size of patterns. However, also keep in mind how much of the pattern will actually show on your project. If you look at my card, only small strips of each pattern are visible, so if I tried to use a pattern that was really large in scale, you wouldn't get to see much of the actual pattern which might make it a bit confusing to the eye.
Another thing to remember when mixing patterns is to be sure and vary how much of each pattern is visible. Notice that on my card, I was using strips of patterns, however you don't see the same amount of each pattern. To make the card more visually interesting and appealing, vary the width of your strips so that some are wider and some are much smaller. I also 'grounded' the patterns by showing a bit of solid berry sorbet card stock at both the top of the card and the bottom, and by having a kraft border around the entire patterned panel, it cuts down on the overall busy-ness of the card and gives the patterns something to anchor to.
And check out the flower's center as well! I found a button in my dark chocolate vintage button collection that only had one large hole in the center. I threaded the end of a strip of dark chocolate topnotch twill thru the button hole, tied a knot in it, and threaded the same end back down thru the button only leaving the knot on the top side of the button. Next, I punched a hole in the center of my flower and threaded both ends of the ribbon thru that hole, and positioned them on the back side of the flower, so that the ribbon tales give the appearance of leaves. I adhered them to the back of the flower with a glue dot.
With all of the busy-ness of the patterns and the large flower on this card, there wasn't a lot of room for a sentiment, but I found the perfect little spot to stamp a tiny 'Thanks' directly on the ribbon. Fun!
I hope you've enjoyed today's card and I hope you've learned a bit about how to mix and match patterns! Be sure to head over to Nichole's blog as well as the other girls on the Senior Design Team for their takes on Pattern Pizzazz!!
Hi-ya!! It's the BIG DAY! Today is the big unveiling of the Papertrey booth at the CHA SuperShow for consumers and I'm soooo excited!! Customers from all over will be able to come and shop at the Papertrey booth. It's gonna be so fun!
So for today, I have a card to share with you that uses the new In Bloom stamp set and I did a bit more of that clear embossing of polka dots on vintage cream card stock. I just love that look! So subtle, yet it gives the card an elegant touch. Have you tried it yet??
And don't you just love the swirly font on that sweet sentiment?? Sigh...
All righty....I'm outta here for now, but I'll be back tomorrow with another fun card for you! (and don't forget, you can check out my 'tweets' over there in the right hand side bar for updates on our CHA adventures!) ;)
Today is the day we set up the Papertrey Booth! Can't wait to see it all put together and ready for customers!!
I have a card to share with you today too. Here's one I made a little while back....more Everyday Button Bits and Polka Dot Basics II. Isn't it amazing what just a few dots can do to really spice up a card?! :) The buttons are hibiscus burst and I used my Fiskars apron lace punch over on the side there.
As you read this, Mish and I are on our way to CHA in Orlando, Florida to meet up with the Papertrey clan! Whoohoo! I'll probably pop in with iPhone pictures now and then, just to give you some glimpses of what's going on, so be sure and check either here, or my Twitter feed so you don't miss all the action. LOL!
For today, I thought I'd share a card with you that I made using some Hero Arts stamps and a few Papertrey goodies. Don't you love these fun tree images? They're from the Dotted Trees wood block set and the sentiment and tiny birdie are from the Hello Birdie clear stamp set.....all by Hero Arts.
I also stamped a background pattern using Hero's Leaf Cluster wood block stamp in versamark ink. Simple and subtle, but it gave it just that extra little somethin'!
Hope you have a fabby day!
Paper: berry sorbet, dark chocolate, vintage cream
Stamps: Hero Arts - Dotted Trees wood stamp set, Hello Birdie clear stamp set, Leaf Cluster wood stamp
Ink: versamark, dark chocolate, berry sorbet
Other: berry sorbet classic grosgrain ribbon, new leaf & spring moss vintage buttons, Fiskars upper crest punch
Hey there! Color Challenge time again! I just love to go to The Plaza and when we do, there are a few stores that we ALWAYS have to pop in to and Anthropologie is one of them. That store is always so full of color and inspiration! When I saw this pretty tin with an oversized bar of soap in it, I fell in love. And that was even before I smelled the soap! I wish I could share the scent with you over the internet.....it's Heavenly! So, I thought these colors today would be just perfect for this week's color challenge. I'm giving you until Sunday night to work on it, since I'll be away at CHA. That gives you almost 6 whole days! Plenty of time, right?? ;)
I'll be using Papertrey's spring moss, berry sorbet, pure poppy and white. The berry color in the graphic looks a little peachy here in Typepad, but it should definitely be a 'berry sorbet' type color. As usual, you can feel free to use whatever brand of goodies you have on hand, but the goal is to keep your colors as close to these as possible.
Mish Wooderson is coming over tonight to spend the night and then bright and EARLY tomorrow morning, she and I are headed to CHA to meet up with the other Papertrey Girls that will be at the show (Nichole, Debbie & Heather) to walk the showroom floor. Friday and Saturday we'll be in the Papertrey booth all day and I'm getting so excited to meet lots of blog readers and Papertrey customers! If you see me, be sure and come say HI!! I'm leaving my MacBook Pro behind but I'll have my handy-dandy iPhone so I'll be posting and tweeting while I'm there. You can follow me on Twitter and/or check in here at the blog-o for updates. But rest assured that I'll be taking the Nikon so I can get photos of all the CHA happenings and celebrity sightings (hee) and I'll share them all with you when I get back! FUN, huh?! AND, I've also got plenty of posts already scheduled and ready to go so you won't even have to miss out on the card action while I'm gone!
Take care and have fun with the color challenge! I'll tweet, probably as soon as we get to the airport.......you KNOW traveling with Mish is sure to be an adventure you won't want to miss out on!!! LOL!
Here are the deets: Create a card or other project, upload a photo of your card to your blog or online gallery & then come back here to post the link to your photo in the Mister Linky box below. Don't leave your links in the comments section but feel free to leave me a comment after you've posted your link in Mister Linky. You know I love hearing from you!
Also, be sure that the link you're posting is the direct link to your card! Please don't leave your blog's url, but rather, the link to your specific post that shows us your card.
Feel free to use the graphic I've created above, however you DON'T want to copy and paste the image! Just SAVE the image to your computer and then upload the image to your blog post, as though it is a photo from your own computer. Make sense?
Don't have a blog but still want to participate?? Don't worry! You don't have to have a blog! You are more than welcome to upload your card to an online gallery of your choice (i.e. www.splitcoaststampers.com, www.papertreyink.com, www.twopeasinabucket.com, etc.) and then use the url for your photo in your gallery as the link that you post in Mister Linky.
Another fat little birdie for you today, just 'cause he makes me smile! Oooh-ee, I love the colors on this card, don't you?!! More heat embossed dots from Polka Dot Basics II.....I know, I know.....when will it end??? :) (For the record, probably not any time soon! LOL!)
The bird stamp and sentiment are, of course, from Everyday Button Bits and I used my fun Fiskars upper crest punch again and just a splash of summer sunrise bitty dot basics patterned paper. Super cheery!
Well, I'm off and running today. I'm up to my eyeballs in lists of last minute bits and pieces to finish up before I head to Florida for CHA! AND, that hopefully includes squeezing in a trip to the hospital to visit a dear friend who just had baby #4 yesterday! Can't wait! He needed some baby clothes, so I ran to Target and then got them washed and dried this morning. It's not too often that we do a load of baby clothes around here! Hahaha!!
See you tomorrow.......be on the lookout for a new color challenge coming this week. Maybe tomorrow? ;) Gotta go put fresh sheets on the guest bed -- Mish is coming to stay the night with us tomorrow night so she and I can travel to CHA together! Yippee!
Hi there and happy Sunday to you!! Back with one more card from The Pink Series! This one is so cheery and fun! I used Lisa's new On My Couch and On My Couch Additions sets and paired them with more Polka Dot Basics II. I stamped the couch on vintage cream card stock with hibiscus burst ink, and then I reversed that for the dots. I stamped the dots in vintage cream ink on hibiscus burst card stock.
I added a bit of sewing, some scallops and a happy little bow to finish things off. And don't you just love those little throw pillows?! They're so fun to stamp and pop off the front of the couch with foam adhesive!
This is the last of the cards in The Pink Series! I hope they bring their recipient much joy!!
It's Papertrey Blog Hop time and this month's theme is all about TEXT! Using text of all varieties on your paper crafted projects is so chic and trendy right now, while at the same time, giving your project a timeless appeal. Ooooh, I just love text whether it be a piece of vintage book print or a stamped pattern like the one on my card today!
The GREAT thing about stamping your text is that you can layer it with other stamps, like I did on this card. Check it out! I love summer sunrise ink, but if it's a little 'loud' for some of you, try stamping it on kraft card stock! The result is a soft, muted orangy color that looks soooo cool! Even cooler, is when you add a stamped text pattern (from Background Basics: Text Style) over the top of the dots in fresh snow ink, and then stamp a great big dark chocolate flourish over the top of that!!!! This card makes me sooooooooo happy to look at it! I might just have to keep it out in the studio for awhile so I can gaze longingly at it! LOL!
I still added a bit of the bitty dot basics patterned paper to the bottom of the card to give it a pop of that bright color and I think the overall result is such a fun, cheery card, without the colors being too over-the-top. The sentiment is from Cupcake Collection and that fun little bitty flourish next to the sentiment is from Simply Stationary.
So, what do you think?? Are you feeling the itch to grab some text and work it into a project of your own??? Be sure to check out the Blog Hop list.....you can visit all of the other blogs on the hop, and see what others have done with text too!
Can I tell you how much I love this sentiment? Not only does it go so well with the bird images, but it's just so.......me! Ha. So glad Nichole included it in the set!
Ahhhh......Enjoy life. This card is certainly simple, but I think it turned out so elegant too. Don't you think? I stamped the flower images from In Bloom in vintage cream ink and paired them with a sentiment from the Star Prints set.
I added a bit of zigzag stitching with my sewing machine around the edges of the top two layers and then threw in a dark chocolate luxe satin bow. Those top two layers are popped up off the card a bit, with foam adhesive.
I've had so much fun with The Pink Series this week, that I've got one more card in the series that I'll show you on Sunday. ;) AND, I've enjoyed this so much (and it seems that a lot of you have too) that I think I just might make it a regular feature here at the blog-o......TheCOLORSeries where I'll feature different colors just like I did this week. What do you think? Would you be interested in more series like The Pink Series, featuring different colors? And if so, what colors are you most excited to see featured?? Or, what color do you have a hard time working with, and could benefit from seeing lots of ideas on what colors to pair it with?
Don't forget to stop back by tomorrow. Starting at 8pm EST, Saturday night, is the Papertrey Blog Hop and I made a card to share with you that I just love!
Hello, my dear friends. How are you today?? I'm back with The Pink Series again, however today's cards focus on the softer side of pink. On this first one, I even went a bit vintage by using some Vintage Touch tea dye ink to antique the edges of the papers and a piece of vintage book print. The flower is from the new In Bloom set and after I stamped it in dark chocolate ink on sweet blush card stock, I took my two-way glue pen, covered it with glue and then sprinkled on some Palette glitter.
The sentiment is from Scattered Showers and that fabulous flourish is from Fancy Flourishes. I also added a bit of dark chocolate ribbon, a sweet blush vintage button and some Hero Arts gemstones. Oh, and the book print was cut out using my top note die from Stampin' Up!
This next card isn't vintage but is soft and feminine and sweet. The butterflies are die cuts from Amy Butler and I paired them with some adhesive pearls from Hero Arts and a sentiment from the Mega Mixed Messages stamp set. The big kraft scallop on the side was punched with my diamond lace punch by EK Success.
What do you think? Are you a softer pink girl or a bright pink girl? Or are you pretty much opposed to pink in general? Hee!
Hope you're having a great week! Back tomorrow with more pinkies!
Hi there! I'm Dawn McVey and I'd like to welcome you to my little corner of the internet. My hope is that you'll find this place warm and welcoming! I'm a graphic designer with a heart for God. I love color and all things vintage! I live with my handsome husband, Bart, and Windsor, the labrador retriever. I've been blessed beyond measure and I'm so, so grateful! I hope you enjoy your time with me.
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