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Bird Notes and Cherubs Clear Stamp Sets, Patterned Papers from the Classic and Radiant Paper Pads all by Crafty Secrets; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Cark Brown; Slit Punch by Stampin’ Up!; Mulberry Paper Flowers by Prima; Pink Rhinestones by Heidi Swapp; Velvet Ribbon by May Arts; Foam Mounting Tape

This card is inspired by one I did for the Dirty Dozen Gallery a month or so ago, and I loved it so much I wanted to create another version of it.   (Splitcoaststampers Fan Club Members can click HERE, to see the original design)

The stamping is very simple, and there was no coloring, altho if I were to re-create this design, I might try coloring the bird in softly with some colored pencils–for a subtle touch of additional color?

The photo corner in the upper right was doing by using Amy Rysavy’s SCS Photo Corner Tutorial to guide me.   The photo corner helps counter-balance the weight of the "You make my heart sing" on the lower left.  The floral scalloped border was created by using Stampin’ Up!’s slit punch.  Flip the punch upside down so you’re looking through it from the bottom; this will help you align the punch alongside the previous punch out, as you work your way from one side of the card stock to the other.  Begin at one end, and punch consecutively along the edge until the scallop strip simply falls away, and trim to fit the length of your card.  Easy, cheesy, lemon squeezy! *wink*  You could also achieve the same results using the Making Memories Ribbon Slot Punch.  I have both, but, used the one that was within easiest reach at the time.  LOL!

I’m not sure if anyone but me can actually "see" this connection, but, this piece was also inspired by another source–Michelle White’s blog header!  It’s so *dreamy* and pretty!  So, while the layout of the above card was based on one I’d already done, the use of soft, romantic florals came from the vision of Michelle’s header, floating around in my head when I closed my eyes.  As for the color scheme, I just pulled various papers that had the same pink and aqua tones in them, in the same fashion that Michelle did–her color palette is distinctly different from the above, but, it’s the "idea" of her palette that inspired me.

Have you ever seen the movie, "If You Could See What I Hear"?  I’m laffin’ a bit at myself . . . I often wonder if writing about what goes on in my head when I work on a design actually makes any sense at all to anyone else who happens to peek in there . . . *chuckle*

  1. Beeeauuutifully fabulous!! TFS.

  2. Julie~”Da Bomb” is da best! Very cool. Thanks for always sharing your muse strikes! See you @ Janet’s studio open house! Da Hertzler

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