Saturday, October 3, 2009

Simple Saturday

My Simple Saturday offering this week was inspired by this great card on the Lord Have Mercy! blog. I love Mercy's card and think it's a great way to showcase patterned paper like this gorgeous textured cardstock from K&Company's collection.

For this top card, I followed Mercy's lead and used bright cardstock for my card base. I was disappointed with the outcome. Thus, my second attempt, which I like much, much better. Perhaps, if my patterned paper had more "white space" the bright background would have worked out better. One other thing worth noting: I didn't have the Big Shot Top Note Die to cut the shape from my patterned paper, so I cut the piece for my top card freehand. A bit tricky and very time-consuming.

For my second card, I wised up and cut a pattern by quarter folding a 4-1/4 by 4-inch piece of copy paper.

Materials & Tools (top card): Colonial White, Cocoa, and Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet cardstock; K&Co. Designer Mat Pad; Cocoa ink pad; Verve Serenity stamp set; PTI Berry Sorbet satin ribbon.

Materials & Tools (bottom card): Colonial White, Desert Sand, and PTI Berry Sorbet cardstock; K&Co. Designer Mat Pad; Cocoa ink pad; CTMH Thank You stamp set; Gold mini brads; Offray brown satin ribbon.

I anticipate the blogosphere will be hopping today with World Card Making Day action. Maybe next year, I'll have my act together and can plan an event or something for WCMD. This year, however, I'm going to spend the day getting my act together as in catching up on the domestic chores that were ignored during the pre-nuptial frenzy I had going on around here a few short weeks ago. Whatever you're doing today, I hope it's something you enjoy. If you're in the neighborhood, stop back later. I've got a couple more cards to share. In the meanwhile, take care! Later ...


Sheila Bennett said...

Beautiful cards! Really like the fancy edges of your patterned paper.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful cards, did a super job on them.

I wonder if you could enlarge a bracket in a Word document to use as a template for cutting? That might make it a bit less time consuming to create the same gorgeous look for future versions of this design.

Alanna said...

Wow Kathi, these are gorgeous. I love the style. Excellent job on showcasing the papers.

rrbco1995 said...

Kathi, I'm usually a silent admirer from afar, but it's so nice to read a blog that is free of spelling and grammatical errors and also has such pretty cards. You've inspired many of my creations and I especially like this one, and thought you might like to know that there are Nestabilities in that shape: Labels 8 (I just picked up mine from cut@home).