Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspiration with Tommy

Tommy is one of the new paper packs in the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  It's a super fun, nautical, and bright paper pack - perfect for summer fun.

Featured colors for Tommy are: Cranberry, Desert Sand, Honey, Outdoor Denim, and White Daisy.  I had a couple cards I needed to make, so I pulled this paper pack out and this is what I came up with (on the fly, and sorta tired!, but they met my standards & I was happy with them).

The Birthday cards above are pattern 20 from Make It From Your Heart-Vol #1 How-To-Book - yup both of them! One is just turned a quarter to give it a whole different look and feel. 

I also wanted to show the difference of what distressing your projects can add to your projects.  "To distress or not to distress??" is something I always ask myself when I'm crafting.  It usually comes down to time, my mood, or my creative vision.  Sometimes, a project must be distressed - it'll just look incomplete without it; others just work with the simplicity of the paper, stamping and embellishing.

The Birthday card on the left is completely distressed - it's easiest to see with Cranberry on the base paper and Honey with the raised (with 3D tape) sentiment.  Stamping the sentiment at an angle gives the Perfect Fit - Frames 2 stamp an added flair, as show on the left-hand side card.

The baby card is for a dear friend of mine that just gave birth to an adorable little guy.  I used the Artiste CTMH Cricut cartridge (LOVE our cartridges - yes there are 2! Art Philosophy is the other.  I have no desire or need to buy or have any other cartridges).  The "treasured moments" tag is part of the zip strip on the Tommy paper!  All edges on this card (excluding the baby diecut) are distressed.

When I have more time, I'm looking forward to adding some bling (sprakles) or some texture (mini-melody accents wooden collection or complements canvas shapes)... and creating a couple great layouts with these fun colors to my Caribbean album.

Now that you are {hopefully} inspired, either to use Tommy or with the color palette - specifically Cranberry, Honey & Outdoor Denim, then get to scrappin!!  And enter the Color My Heart challenge with Color Dare #43!

Featured Products (not referenced above):
- Perfect Fit-Birthday Stamp Set:  B1417
- Cards & Envelopes:  X254
- Artisan Studs: Z1816
- Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon: Z1808


  1. Happy to have you on board this week, Denise! I love that Chevron Ribbon with the Tommy papers. It really picks up the blue nicely!

  2. Wonderful cards! My favorite is the baby one. Thank you for being our Guest Designer this week at Color My Heart Color Dare. You did a great job! You can go to "Guest Designers" Tab on our website and grab the Guest Designer button for your blog. We hope you continue to share your talents with us in future color dares.

    :) Marie

    1. Thanks Marie!! The baby is my favorite too - it came together unexpectantly.

      Cool on the GD button! Looking forward to more dares. :)

  3. Thanks for being our guest designer this week at Color My Heart. Your cards are great, but my favorite is the baby one. Love how you took "not necessarily baby" paper and turned it into the perfect welcome baby card for a boy. Use what you have, don't go get least that's my motto! :) Looking forward to more inspiration from you on future Color Dares!!

    1. YW Becca - thanks for having me! The baby card did turn out way beyond my expectations! Yes - agree: use what you have vs. getting more! Looking forward to more dares in the future!