Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Finding inspiration

I found this card design in an old Canadian Stampin’ Up! catalogue that my cousin gave me. Stampin’ Up!’s catalogues are called Idea Books because they are packed with fabulous card, scrapbook and gift ideas… far more than any crafting magazine.

Sometimes when I’m stuck for an idea, I flick through the catalogue and let it stop at a random page, then take an idea from that page. You don’t need to have the same stamp set or even the same colours – I just use it for inspiration. I think the original of this card was in different shades of blue with a leaf stamp! It's a really simple design and very quick to reproduce - why not try it with your own stamps and cardstock?

Stamps: Cheers to You (p35)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Elegant Eggplant (p86), Hodgepodge Hardware® - Pewter (p84), Crafters’ Tool Kit (p85), Watercolour Wonder™ Crayons – Rich Regals® (p82)

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  1. Nice card. You showed me that flipping through the old cattys for ideas and I do it all the time. My customers and I have named it the "Cousin Helen flip technique"

  2. I love looking through old cat's as well-- so many wonderful ideas! My hubby just laughs at me when I'm looking "don't you ever throw them away?" No!!! :)

  3. I love using the catty for inspriation, too!! Great job with this layout.
    I have that stamp set and havent used it have been inspiring me to ink it up;)

  4. Wonderful coloring on the drink!


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