Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Riffing on Card Creations: Rachel Narens Izakowicz

While reading through the latest issue of Card Creations, I found an adorable card by Rachel Narens Izakowics (and I thought MY last name was hard!). Isn't this just perfectly inspiring? I'm smitten!

Card Creations Vol 11, page 86

Of course I had to riff on it because, well, it wasn't optional. It's such a great design! Rachel used lots of special touches, like the stitching around each square and the fab mixing and matching of colorful patterned paper combined with a gray sentiment. But that little heart by the sentiment...brilliant!

I've never been able to combine patterned paper so skillfully, so I, obviously, CASified (if you're new, that means Clean-And-Simplified). I pulled out my new Uniko Time set and used that fabulous spirograph flower...the smallest in the set. Still, it was big enough that I had to use a standard 5.5" x 4.25" card rather than the 5" square Rachel used.

I picked six bright, cheerful colors, stamped them onto punched squares, and colored clear bling with Sharpies to match. Then I used gray for the sentiment as she did, although I didn't add an embellishment next to the didn't need it given 1) how clean the card is and 2) the altered proportions of the card.

The wonderful thing about Rachel's classic design is that you can CASify it or complicate will work with almost any style you want to throw at it. Shabby chic? No problem. Country-cutesy? Sure! Collage? It's practically begging for ephemera on inchies!

Thank you, Rachel, for making such an inspiring card!!

Why don't you give it a try this weekend?

For now, however, skip on over to Heather's blog for this week's One-Layer Wednesday Challenge: Borders. That's what I'm going to work on for Thursday!!!

stamps: Uniko Time
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey
accessories: assorted Sharpies, clear rhinestones, dimensionals, square punch (I think 1 1/4")


  1. Okay, first I must know what riff is. Obviously, it's creating your own version of her card, but what do the letters stand for? Lol. I do like her card a lot, but I am smitten by your colorful and happy version! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Both cards are great. Your CASIfied version is so colorful and eye carching with the spirograph flower. The rhinestones are perfect.

  3. beautiful........ cards.. love the use of scraps..

  4. Yep, gorgeous inspirational card ... your CAS version of it is another stunner ... love all the colours and the matching bling! Thank you, Susan ... I will try this at the weekend! Anita :)

  5. Great (clean and simple) take on your inspiration card! Love the bright, happy colors.

  6. WOW! I just stumbling across creations using Uniko Studio products and such a happy smile came across my face wheni saw this. Love it! Hugs Bev x

  7. I don't think your last name is that difficult. Of course, I have Pykalamaki's and Kytomaki's in my family. lol

  8. I thought the original was fantastic, but this is equally great in a completely different way. Love the happy colors. It's a really grey day here, but this has me dreaming of planting some flowers this weekend if the weather improves.

  9. Hello! I just came across CASe of my card and your blog post is so sweet! Thanks for the kind words about my card. Your version is equally adorable - I'm also smitten :-)


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