April 11, 2007

HAPPY Thoughts

I decided break out of my usual color palette and try a two-toned card. In this case, I used Stampin Up's Lavender Lace as the background and Elegant Eggplant as the accent color for both the cardstock, inks, ribbon, marker, and eyelet. When it was done, I thought -- great color combo for a sympathy card -- too bad I used HAPPY Thoughts! Whatever... All the images are from Rhonna Farrer Autumn Leaves Botanicals collection and the words are from Papertreyink's Paper Tray. I finished it off with SU eggplant ribbon, pewter hodgepodge hardware and an lavendar lace eyelet. If you look closely, you'll notice some paper piercing along the edge and around the main flourish image. In real life, the flourish looks embossed -- piercing around the edge kind of makes it pop. Personally, I think I'm quite the little stamper genius to add this piercing. I hear the applause!! Thank you, thank you. The layout of this card was stolen, lifted, purloined, taken, cased -- any way you say it, I took it straight from Miss Thinking Inking herself, Debbie Olson. Debbie sent me this darling tri fold card last year and I've been meaning to copy the layout for quite some time, as all original thoughts flew out of my head the day I entered law school. I noticed that the base cardstock on Debbie's card is SU's Blush Blossom, but it feels like it was rolled over or flattened somehow. It has a different, soft texture. I've got to ask Debbie how she did this, but I know she's busy with some deadlines right now! Notice how every detail of her card is done with precision. Sigh. Hey Debbie, prove to the world that you read my blog and answer this question. Um, could someone let Debbie know??? LOL

11 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the color combo. I've never tried a monochromatic card, now I can't wait, TFS.

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  2. I love purple. I like to make monochromatic cards and play with the color value. I also love what you and Debbie did with the spiral clip and the ribbon; I'm always looking for ways to use my hodgepodge hardware! Thanks for sharing...this card is beautiful.

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  3. Your card is stunning! I am a huge fan of any thing made using monochromatic combinations.

    Mary

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  4. Wow, they are both beautiful, I cracked and bought Botanicals after the cards you made with it were so amazing and this one is no exception.
    Debbie's card is awesome too

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  5. Purple is my favorite color so I LOVE this card - very pretty.

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  6. Joan, this card would be very loved by someone whose favorite color is purple (ask me how I know). I think that you did great justice to Debbie's work (and that's not an easy thing to do).

    TFS!

    Linda (LSN on SCS)

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  7. I love how you used the same basic design to make a more "mature" looking card. It's a fine example of what I like to call elegant whimsy: classy, but a little fun, not too staid.

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  8. Joan your card is stunning! Even though you have the same layout, this is truly your own original work. I love how you used the stamps and colors to make this beautiful monochromatic card. And the spiral clip and eyelet is the perfect finishing touch!

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  9. Love,love,love the two tone card! Yes, you are a card making Genie! The piercing looks perfect...how'd you do that?
    If I can pull myself away from looking at blogs, I just might have to case this one!
    Did I mention I love this card?
    SuzyQue
    I'm not a blogger, just a blog-reading addict.

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  10. This is so pretty!! I love the monochromatic purples together. So nice!

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  11. Great job, Joan! I love your colors, your images, and the cleaner impression that you get without the tearing and the distressing. It works!

    On my card base being thinner, hmmm. . . I have no clue unless it was just the sponging on it. It's been a while!

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