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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Serenity and Joy

Yep, that's what I am giving you for free today, Serenity and Joy. Want some? Don't we sometimes wish it were that easy? Well, here's a card I made that implies just that at least! I'm sure you've seen by now the fabulous inspiration photo of THESE beautiful turquoise and yellow pillows.

Although I tend to use a lot of yellows and mustards in my cards and projects, mixing it with a turquoise or teal color was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone!

I knew I had the patterned paper that would be a great match for the gold tones, so I paired it up with More Mustard. That was the easy part. I looked at the pillows some more and grabbed for Not Quite Navy as my blue and was "quite" pleased with that combo. I had not had a chance to work on Julee's Mojo Monday sketch, so I employed it here, and changed it to a square card to match the pillows' dimensions.

I just started by cutting and layering all the pieces. I ran the More Mustard square through my new Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for some nice texture, pulling it from some of the dotted portions of the pillows. I stamped the main image with my Verve Visual Serenity set using inks of the same colors and then the sentiment in Not Quite Navy as well. I loved how some of the embroidery on the pillows seemed to wrap around the edges, so I tried a new (to me) look of pulling the little ribbon tabs to the front of the main panel and affixing them with Crystal Effects. I used a Nestability Circle Die for the scalloped tag and semi-cut the sentiment with my Creative Memories Circle Cutting System. I then cut the "hanging over" parts by hand for a neat look. I finished it off with some plastic baubles along the left edge.

It was a bit of a challenge putting these colors together, but when all was said and done, I fell in love with them (not to mention the pillows)!!! Now you know you are feeling all inspired and stuff, so go forth and conquer your color fears! HERE'S a little Verve challenge for you with a little prize involved. Link your cards HERE...we want to see!!

TIP: Use a Pampered Chef Plastic Scraper (the ones that are brown and come with the stoneware) as your bone folder to make your card's creases. (They are also great for scraping up gunk off a tile or wood floor. Nah, I wouldn't be talking from experience, ya think?!? No, not me!)

Stamps: Serenity (Verve Visual)
Paper: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla (SU!), Tres Jolie (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: More Mustard, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories: SU! Ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Circle Nestabilities, Baubles, Dimensionals, CM Circle Cutting System


  1. Really like the color combo on this card! Noticed you have a new profile photo too - it's a very good picture!

  2. Well, maybe I didn't obtain complete serenity and joy, but I did stop the rush of the morning to enjoy your card and appreciate the message of it. I would say you had some success.

  3. Oh my goodness, this card is SO darling. Love the colors!
    I've got blog candy. Come on by.

  4. That is GORGEOUS!! :D I really like those colors together and LOVE that saying. The way you cut it out in a circle is too cool. :D

    And no, I didn't move to Texas, lol. I'm still here smack dab (almost) in the middle of Oregon. At least we're not having flooding!! :) Have a super day Sus!!

  5. Fabulous card, Susan! I love the way you cut out the sentiment, and those ribbon tabs are adorable. Fantastic work! Smiles! :)


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