Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Preppy Plaudits.


What's the expression...Best laid plans of mice and men?  Well, this would certainly seem the case for me this past week.  I had great intentions of creating a swag of celebratory cards, but life just managed to get in the way...Again.  I only was able to create four cards this week and I must say, I feel a bit strange for it.  I did though make this little argyle number using my recently received Bloom Builder #3 die from the esteemed Papertrey Ink.   It's a funny one (not as in ha ha kind of funny) and a bit strange to use.  But, I think the end results are kind of fun.  This bloom looks a bit like a cracked out Eastern Seaboard Anemome to me. Well, if there were sea anemomes along the East Coast that is.  I think the weirdness of its look is more to do with it in my hands than anything else.  Not sure what possessed me to combine the colors as I've done, but I suspect I was somewhat mesmerized by the coupling of PTI's Sweet Blush and Aqua Mist.  I reckon they look pretty gorgeous combined and capped with the pearl brad.  Collegiate, yes, but cute.  


I also had fun using Papertrey Ink's A Little Argyle stamp set too.  It's a stamp set that I have had since it's release but don't use nearly often enough.  If I must be truthful, I do find it a bit nerve-racking to use.  Do I stamp the diamond first then the cross or the cross then the diamond?  I am sure the results are better if done one way over the other, but I can never remember which.  Plus, the order does need to vary for optimal results depending on the color of the cardstock and or ink used.  I don't think I followed the correct order here, but if I forgive the rather skewiff stamping and squint a little, it kind of works.  Ah well, I had fun and that's what counts, right?  

Thanks for swinging by and here's to a marvelous day!  

Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Papertrey Ink A Little Argyle and Bitty Birds (Sentiment), Waltzingmouse Stamps' Holiday Labels #14.
  • Paper:  Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, and Ocean Tides
  • Accessories:  Papertrey Ink Bloom Builder #3 and Lined/Canvas Impression Plate, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 14 and Lacey Banners, WRMK Corner Chompers in 1/4 and in Deco (botton edges), Pearl Brad from Stash,  and Acrylic Paint in Baby Pink.

17 comments:

Joyce said...

I love how you combined colors with that bloom builder. I never would have thought of it, but it is so fabby!

Deanna Jean said...

I really like the two colors. I did a card the other day and used the same center. Love it! Beautiful card all around.

Caren B said...

Just got this die in the mail today, can't wait to use it. Love the colors you used!

stephinka said...

Yay! A Little Argyle! I stamp with the diamond before the X so it won't be hidden by the ink of the diamond... but I confess, I have no idea what's the "right" way :D Love the way you layered two different colours for the bloom, Jen! Great card!!

Marybeth said...

Love it,Jen . I think the way you stamped it is just perfect. In the end you had fun and that is why we love making cards. take care

Cathy Weber said...

The bloom builder in the two colors and that argyle is a really good combination, how smart of you to think of it. Usually think of argyle for guys, but with that flower and the pink, totally a beautiful feminine card.

Karen C. said...

This is a real stunner, Jen. The flower makes such statement and I love the colour combo you've chosen. The argyle pattern looks pretty and perfect to me!

Rose A said...

Love this card !! The bloom builder is stunning on its own so I love that the background is not too overpowering...and as to the right way...the right way is the way that was the most fun !!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Jen! Love the beautifully stamped background and that fabulous flower!

Leigh said...

This looks fabulous, Jen! I love how you used the Little Argyle set! Beautiful!

silkeshimazu said...

Gorgeous card, the flower is so pretty. Love the colors you used too.

Hope G. said...

Pretty card = ) I think the bloom is really nice, great colors

Heather Jensen said...

Super cute! Love the Argyle. I hope you find more time next week for some crafty fun. :)
Hugs~

Joy said...

How beautiful, love the sheer elegance of this card.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Lorraine said...

Very pretty, Jen! The flower looks unique and I like the mix of colors & the pearl center. I also like how you did not cover the whole background with the plaid - looks cool.

Jeremy and Samantha said...

love this, great color and soft feel to it.

Rhonda said...

LOVE this card!! The argyle is stunning with the flower.