It’s time for another episode of “5 Things I Like…”. Do you like how I’ve turned my blog entries into episodes like this is some sort of long-running television show? Delusions of grandeur? Perhaps that’s the case, but I own it.
This episode comes from a new pen pal friend of mine in Vermont, Patti Willey. Like me, Patti is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Unlike me, she is a kitchen and bath designer. She has a sharp sense of humor and a supportive nature, and I enjoy her witty remarks on my blog each morning just as the blog entries post around 6 am. I also enjoy her emailed suggestions and unfiltered comments. Patti says her stampin’ style is somewhere between Shabby Sheek and Clean & Simple. I’d agree. Whatever her style, I love her cards. You can check them out here. Anyway, here’s the RAK (that’s Random Act of Kindness) card she made for me:
And here are 5 things I really like about this card:
- This layered layout. Patti says she referred to a MOJO Monday layout challenge as inspiration for this layout. Smart! Get inspiration wherever you can get it. Regardless how she came up with this layout, she gets major credit for making the shapes and patterns work well in this layout. There’s a lot to look at in this card, yet it’s not overwhelming to the eye.
The colors. There’s a lot of detail in this card (the layers, the images, the patterns), so it’s pure perfection that Patti limited her color selections to just two colors: Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse. The ribbon, the card stock, the Comfort Cafe DSP, the ink – all in two colors.
That balloon! I’ve not been a fan of the That’s Amazing! stamp set…until now. This balloon looks really great in Midnight Muse (seems I’ve seen lots of it in browns and grays, so it’s never really popped for me). And, notice how that balloon fits perfectly inside the Window Frames Framelits Dies? What a striking centerpiece for this lovely card!
The ribbon. I’m jealous when people are able to utilize their ribbon on their cards. I have lots of ribbon in all colors and sizes, but my tendency to over-simplify my cards limits the use of ribbon. I know that ribbon can certainly contribute nicely to a Clean & Simple card (even when tied in a lovely bow like above), but I seem to design around it – and then look at my ribbon, asking “why am I not using my ribbon?” I feel challenged to use my ribbon for more than just a flat strip across the center of a card.
- Those sweet, little tickets. Did you see the tiny tickets dangling from the center of the Summer Starfruit bow? They are both adorable. Here’s the smart thing about the tickets: they are the only element of the card that brings the Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit together. I love that.
Stamp Sets: You’re Amazing! Inks: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit Papers: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe Accessories: Window Frames Framelits Dies, 3/8″ Stictched Satin Ribbon (Summer Starfruit), Scallop Edge Border Punch, 3/16″ Metallic Brads
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