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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink August 2011 Blog Hop

The theme for this month's Blog Hop is inspired by the photo below.  
Lots of direction to go with this inspiration. One could focus on the colors, 
the motifs, or the idea of incorporating books/book print or even jars. 

 

Here's how I used the inspiration photo:
Damask motif - a damask stamp was used as a background on the focal panel.
Red - card base and frame; red flowers; red gingham ribbon.
Concept of reading/books was included by using Text Style as a background.

I really like the various sentiments in the Daydreamer set. I chose this one as I think it could be used for so many occasions - birthday, graduation, retirement, promotion.


Here's a close up of the damask stamp (from Vintage Labels) and Text Style in the background. 
I used Colorbox Mild Hare - a grey pigment ink. I found that I didn't get very even coverage, even though I practiced with the ink before I made the card. I only have a few pigment inks and seem to have trouble with them!!

I have a damask style paper in my stash, but found that it was too distracting with the  stamped images, so I opted for a stamped background instead. I did end up using the paper in another way ... you can see what I did at the end of this post!! :)


Details:
Stamps:  Vintage Labels - damask motif;  Daydreamer - sentiment and grass image; 
Flower Fusion #2 - small flower;  Grunge Me - hummingbird;  Text Style - background
Inks:  Close to My Heart - Garden Green & Cranberry; Memento Tuxedo Black; Colorbox Mild Hare
Papers:  PTI Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White
Dies:  PTI Button Boutique Card die was used to cut an opening in red card stock, so it could act as a frame.
Other Supplies:  Kaisercraft - white mini pearls;  Bobbin Ribbon - red gingham;

Gift Card Holders
After I finished the card, I decided to make a gift card holder using the Seed Packet die. I made two versions - one using a Damask paper I had in my stash and the other with the Background Basics: Gingham stamp. The gingham one has a more casual, playful look, whereas the Damask one is certainly a little more formal.... What do you think?


 Gingham Gift Card Holder:
Seed Packet die;  Background Basics: Gingham;  Friendship Jar Label die and stamp; 
Tag-its #1 -sentiment; Tag-its #3 - flowers; white ribbon; red flower; white brad


Damask Gift Card Holder: 
Seed Packet die;  Tag-its #1 -sentiment; Tag-its #3 - flowers & bumble bee; Tag-its #5 - lacy frame;  
Karen Foster Wedding Lace paper;   red flower; white brad green ribbon.


Thanks for visiting!!   Enjoy the Blog Hop Adventure today!! 
Karen C.

26 comments:

I'm Renee said...

It's fabulous!!
Love the flowers...
and that gingham ribbon...
just a gorgeous card!
And the gift card holder...
it's so wonderful!

Cecilie said...

This is a really sweet card and I love reading about what inspired you.

Ally said...

Beautiful card! And I love the seed-packet gift card holders - so clever. ;-) Seriously, your card is just beautiful - I love the damask with those little flowers and grass blades. Such a perfect card. ;-) Love it!

jen said...

your card is beautiful & those gift card holders are so fun! GREAT use of the inspiration!

Kara said...

i love hummingbirds...this is so pretty!!!!

Laura Isham said...

These are stunning! Love the gray damask next to the brightness of the red. And the flowers....its perfection.

Lisa said...

Wow Karin these are all so wonderful! I totally adore the last gift card holder...so sweet!

Marge said...

GORGEOUS -- one & all!!!

Deanna Jean said...

Beautiful card. I love the ribbon..perfect touch.

Rhonda said...

Going in the inspiration file Karen!!! The card is stunning and the gift card are too.

Scrappin4kim said...

These are all so beautiful! I love your style!!

Leigh said...

So pretty!

Gerdine said...

I love the gift card holder! And the little flowers!

Terri said...

Great card. Love the backgrounds the gift card holders and cute too.

Lynn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Marybeth said...

Beautiful card Karen! Adorable gift cards , I should be getting my seed packet today in the mail along with my other new items from Aug.

Jen Carter said...

Wow Karen, these are fantastic!! Gorgeous!! Beautiful work!

Kay said...

Such a sweet, pretty card, and I really love the gift card holder!

Suzanne said...

Everything is so perfect, Karen! I love the red gingham and the small flowers that you chose!

Linda said...

Beautiful card and gift card holder!

Anne B said...

This is lovely Karen. What a great take on the challenge. Love your little ensemble idea and the way you combinded elements from lots of sets for your focal point :)

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful card. I love how you stamped the damask & text for your background. The layout is adorable.
As for the gift card holders, I like both of them. Truly beautiful.

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

FABULOUS! LOVE your take on the challenge picture! So creative and beautiful!

Suzanne Russell said...

Great card, Karen! thanks for your ongoing inspiration!

Janelle said...

Love your card and the seed packet gift card holders. I'm trying to decide on a PTI order and every time I click on another blog I have to start over again! :) Now I'm thinking that I need Day Dreamer and the seed packet holder die. Probably gingham, too. Oh, boy. Back to the drawing board! (Thanks for the great inspiration!)

The Paper Parade said...

How awesome that you were able to create SO much from this inspiration photo! I love everything you've made, especially all the gingham accents you've used :)