November 21, 2006

Pinecone Wishes

I wake up most mornings and quickly check Debbie Olsen's Thinking Inking blog. All of her cards are an absolute day starter and inspiration! There is something about Debbie's layouts that are just perfect -- every element adds to the whole and I dream of taking classes from her someday. In short, I want to be Debbie when I grow up!! In fact, I've stalked her blog soo much, the dear has taken pity on me and is sending me a Debbie original card. This is making my day!!!
In the meantime, I was inspired by her Pinecone Christmas card, so I pulled out SU's Peaceful Wishes, Wishing You and the little stars from Trees Three to make this card. The base of the card uses True Thyme and I stamped the focal image on Naturals Ivory, using the Cornish Heritage Farms Mulberry background stamped in Encore Gold to add some depth on both the focal and the base cardstocks. Like Debbie, I cut out a pinecone in an effort to add further depth to the card. I inked the berries with Ruby Red and layered a strip of gold cardstock over the ruby red cardstock to form a horizontal border under the focal image. I'm trying, but I just can't get the Debbie Look!! But I have years of learning to go! Have a great day.


  1. Can't believe I'm first. Sounds like SCS:) The card is exquisite. I haven't come up with anything as lovely with the same set. Thanks for inpsiring. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. That word is inspiring. Oh for an edit button.

  3. JOan what a beautifully stamped card! And just lovely in its own right, regardless of your source of inspiration. And I love the red blog background you chose to go along with it ;) Adelle- mnhykras

  4. Love your RED backgroung on the blog!
    The card is exquisite! You do great work in your own right! I love Debbie's work, too and look forward to peeking at her new creations everyday!
    I'm seriously thinking about getting that Peaceful Wishes set now!

  5. Joan-
    The pinecones are especially beautiful. Great job!

  6. This is truly a beautiful card. I absolutely love your blog and enjoy all the beautiful cards you share.

    Kelly - Michigan

  7. Joan

    I just ordered Peaceful Wishes - and now I have something to inspire me. Truly a beautiful card!


  8. Wow Joan, I love the new look to your blog....very festive!

    Debbie is one of my absolute favorites too... Both of you are.
    Your card and everything you share is such an inspiration.

    Rubber Hugs,

  9. Joan, your card is absolutely bautiful. I *love* your style! I also love Debbies cards but I love yours too. Don't change your style.


  10. Wow, this looks even more stunning with the red background! I love the two different backgrounds you made on the card with the berries and the stars.

  11. ...........THUD!

    This is just beautiful, Joan! WOW!!!

  12. Oh my goodness Joan. This is Absolutely Beautiful!!!!!!!!!

    Now I am inspired to give it a try!