Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be Mine

For me, often the most time consuming part of creating a card is choosing a layout. There are so many possibilities; I have a hard time settling on one. So I decided I need to participate in more sketch challenges this year. That way I won't spend so much time choosing a layout. I can focus on stamps, papers, and embellishments. This card is based on CPS sketch 150. The inspiration for using bright yellow and red comes from a birthday card by Sherry Wright that uses this same stamp set, Sweet Bee by Cornish Heritage Farms, in the latest issue of Card Creations. Because this is such a linear design, I chose to place the heart at an angle. I attached the heart with foam dots.

If you've seen the latest issue of this magazine or visited the Paper Crafts website, you know the focus is on completing the inside of cards. Is it a coincidence that PTI introduced the first of their in and out stamp set this month? I don't think so. I often add a strip of coordinating paper, a small image, or stamped message along with a handwritten note. How do you finish the inside of your cards?

This stamp set is cling rubber, and I was having a terrible time getting the sentiment straight. After the first attempt had to be scrapped, I praticed stamping on lined paper, tryint to get the sentiment stamped straight. I stamped and stamped and stamped and stamped..... Finally, I gave up, took the original sentiment and cut it out, using a Spellbinders labels die. I inked the edges, and glued it on the panel after stamping the pussy willow image. Problem solved. I colored the pussy willows with a Copic marker E51 and lightened with the colorless blender. In the photo, they look the same as the cream paper, but in "real life" they are darker. I used Y15 for the bees . I decided I needed to add some red inside, so I added another honeycomb heart. And there is still some room to add a note for DH who will get this card for Valentine's Day and who will gush about how wonderful it is. :) Actually, he is very complimentary of my cards, but gushing praise...I don't think so.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps:Sweet Bee(CHF)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pure Poppy (PTI)
Paper: Grandma's Christmas Soup(Jillibean); Vintage Cream, Summer Sunrise(PTI)

Other: Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon, Rustic Wooden buttons,cream twine (PTI),Copic markers


  1. Very pretty! Love the pop of red, and the inside is fantastic! I rarely finish the inside of my cards, but it really rounds out the card! :)

  2. tes cartes sont géniales, j'aime particulièrement la première, elle est splendide

  3. Very nice. I especially like the stamps and colors you used.. Chosing a layout use to be time consuming for me too but since I started doing sketch challenges it has helped a lot. I don't think it was a conincidence that PTI introduced their inside and out stamp set this month either. Finishing the inside of cards seems to be very popular right now. I have only tried it once by stitching on the inside and adding a piece of patterened cardstock but hope to do it more in the future. You are very lucky to have a hubby that is complimentary of your cards. I am sure he will LOVE this one.

  4. I just used this sketch today as well. And my sentiment was also Be Mine but from PTI Heart Prints. Great minds think alike - lol. great job.

  5. Oh Cammie, I love the color choices. Glad you didn't give up on the inside. You sweet husband sounds like mine.

  6. Cammie, these are so well done--both inside and out! The colors are great and I really like the layouts. Love all the details on the inside--and perfect to add the red heart.

  7. I love both cards. What nice Valentine cards without being too sweet. Great color combo.

  8. I'm awful at finishing the inside of my cards. Sometimes I don't stamp anything, for fear of messing up a completed card. I have to remember your trick of adding a layer over a crooked sentiment. Very clever.

  9. I too spend AGES deciding on a layout and then change my mind when it's all stuck down LOL!
    If I have time I'll try to decorate the inside of my cards but I confess I'm guilty of leaving them blank! Off to really decorate the inside of a card today for tomrorrow's PTI Blog Hop though ;D
    Anyways, I love this card, it's so sweet!

  10. This card is amazing! I really love your interpretation of the sketch - it really works!! That B image is also absolutely adorable! I don't usually finish the inside of cards - my hubby doesn't like other writing on the inside because he loves writing his own thoughts inside (and he writes really wonderful things) so he appreciates it when people do the same for him too! :0)


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