Saturday, August 29, 2009

First Fruits Kraft Card

Y'all know I love squares, but sometimes, I want to make something other than a grid with them. Here, I lined the squares up, popped them, and put them over ribbon. The kraft paper worked much better as a backdrop to these rich and warm colors than vintage cream or white would have done.

Simplicity Tip: Usually, I tie knots in ribbon by punching a hole in the cardstock and following LeAnne's directions HERE. But in this case, I needed the tails of the knot to lie vertically, which would mean a big, bulky double knot. Ick. So I attached the ribbon to the card flat, then took a smaller piece, slid it under the flat ribbon, and tied a knot. The folks at Hero Arts do this a lot.

A huge cyber-hug to whoever tweeted about me on Hero Arts' Twitter group. I got lots of hits from that, as well as few new subscribers, and I really do appreciate the nod!

Next week, I will post a few make-over cards to demonstrate how you can get clean-and-simple inspiration from totally over-the-top cards. This idea came to me as I flipped through the new Holiday Cards and More issue from PaperCrafts. The issue has plenty of CAS cards in it, but I figured I could really get my money's worth if I started actually looking at the highly embellished cards. Boy howdy, I was right!

stamps: First Fruits (PTI)
paper: SU chocolate chip, pumpkin, ruby red; PTI kraft
ink: SU chocolate, pumpkin, ruby
accessories: ribbon, CM square punch, dimensionals


  1. All I can say is - you're amazing! This is gorgeous.

  2. Beautiful colors! I love the way you used the squares.

  3. *gasp!* You amaze me more with every post. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  4. That is a nice color combo. Very fresh. I really like the layout too.

  5. I love this one. The colors look awesome together, and the little squares make me very happy.

  6. This is beautiful Susan, I love it.

    My graphic designer hubby walked passed just now and said it's one of the best cards he's seen. He said, "An eye for design goes a lot further than a million buttons and ribbons!"

  7. Beautiful! I bought this set solely for the wheat image. It's never seen ink (I'm way ahead of myself in buying - or way behind in making cards!) but I'm really inspired now! Thanks!

  8. love the colors you've used. I love that wheat stamp...but haven't even used mine yet!! gotta get on that!! It's on my desk aching to be used!!

  9. One day I was looking at the cards in the SplitCoastStampers gallery and one of the cards that I took a closer look at was inspired by you. Of course I had too take a closer look at what you had to offer, boy am I glad I did! I admire your style and how you can make a little can say a lot. Your cards never cease to amaze me.

    Thank-you for sharing.

  10. Oooooh, I LOVE this! And thank you so much for the (surprise) nod to my directions! I think I might just have to go make something like this VERY SOON.


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