Three Things I Like: Candy Ford

I love that I can share new and fun projects with you every day.  Most days, I share my projects – every once in a while, I’m honored to share the work of someone else (a customer, friend or team member).  When I do, I like to give you my “expert analysis” of the card.  Today, I’m sharing a super-fun card I received from Candy Ford, a member of InKing Royalty, my Stampin’ Up! team.  Candy can always be found on her blog at Stamp Candy (  Here’s Candy’s card:

A Nice Cuppa, Cups & Kettles Framelits, Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Candy Ford

How fun is that?  Here’s where my fun begins – I’m going to share my thoughts about Candy’s wonderful card and limit myself to just three things I like most about her card (you already know I like a challenge).  🙂

Three Things I Like About Candy’s Card

  • Super-Cool Layout.  These large images (relative to the card front) can be difficult to work with – if you aren’t careful, they’ll take over the entire card.  Candy centered the two tea cups perfectly on a 4-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Bermuda Bay.  The sentiment balanced out the panel perfectly.  I love that she overlapped the cups, popping one up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  While both are Melon Mambo and Whisper White, she used different patterns from Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack – these patterns look great next to each other.  So, I love that.  THEN…she positioned the panel down and to the right on the card front.  How clever is that?!  It’s almost like she squinted to make sure everything was balanced perfectly (you can see my “patented” tecnhique here).  I just don’t remember seeing that nickel arrive in the mail from Candy…
  • Split Panel.  Not only did Candy use the Melon Mambo patterns from Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack perfectly on these tea cups, but I love how she split the base of the card horizontally with two different lemon patterns from the same stack.  You’d almost no see it if you weren’t looking for it (did you see it?), but it adds such a nice element to this card.

    Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Little Details.  You already know what a fan I am of White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, right?  What a clever idea to stamp these lemon rinds in VersaMark and heat emboss in white!  The three lemons (everything is better in threes) really pop on this card.  The white embossed  sentiment on Bermuda Bay is a perfect balance to the rest of that panel.  I was going to just talk about the lemons here (since this is my third thing I like), but I can’t NOT talk about the way Candy added a spoon to the larger mug.  How fun is that?  She cropped a spoon (part of the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies) and added it to the mug.  Clever!  It really adds “action” to the card; these mugs aren’t just sitting there – someone had better start stirring!

Stamp Sets:  A Nice Cuppa  Papers:  Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Silver Foil  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here’s a quick reference guide for this adorable card:

A Nice Cuppa, Cups & Kettles Framelits, Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Candy FordWhat do you think?  I hope you’ll pop over to Candy’s blog (you can see her card here) and let her know how much you love this card.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Cute card. I love all the colors and especially so many elements, which really make a fun, interesting card. Thanks for sharing Candy’s talent with us.

  2. What a great card! Love the lemons…

  3. Great job Candy, the embossing adds the right pop to this carefully thought-out layout! The lemons are too cute.

  4. Candy absolutely rocked this stamp set and dies. Love the lemon!

  5. Being a Tea Drinker this is a card I would go ga ga over if I received it. What a great job Candy! Thanks for featuring it Brian.

  6. Oh my gosh!! what a fabulous card!!! Love the DSP she used for this pretty mugs, the lemon slices are just an awesome detail.
    Beautiful job Candy, thank you for sharing Brian.

  7. So cute ! Tried to leave a comment on Candy`s blog ,but my efforts were dashed because of something on my end .
    This card is a keeper ! I have the dies heading my way (YAY) !
    Cutie card Candy !!!

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    Love this card! I left Candy a comment on her blog too. thanks for showcasing this Brian, this is really a “ME” card!

  9. Wowzers! Super cool card! Love all the dsp and the lemons are great embossed in white. Excellent!

  10. This card is great! I love how she used different patterns so effectively together. Well done!

  11. Sooooo cute Candy!!! Love it all!

  12. I really like this one! ?

  13. Brian, thank you so much for featuring my card today. I had a lot of fun designing this one, and I’m honored that you would share it on your blog. And thanks for being such a tea-riffic friend! Hugs!!!

  14. Love! Love! Love! I will be casing Candy’s design! Great job!

  15. Brian, thanks for this feature. I am a huge fan of Candy’s designs and it is great to see someone break it down like this. I am always amazed at her ability to “see” the things she sees and the number of elements she incorporates into her designs.

  16. I just love the balance of colours and patterns on this card – plus having the base card being a lovely contrasting colour is just so smart!

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