Sunday, August 4, 2013

Inspired by Cristina Kowalczyk and Others

The latest special issue of Papercrafts is all about birthdays, and this card by Cristina Kowalczyk really stood out for me, for obvious reasons.

One-layer perfection! I just love the colors and her use of pearls. But then, Cristina is brilliant anyway...just click on her name and take a look at her CAS-lovin' blog.

Several other cards in the magazine spotlighted brackets, which reminded me that I have an EK Success label punch that includes brackets, and somehow the idea of Cristina's card and brackets merged in my head to form this:

Sweet! I added the outline heart because the sentiment needed a little something-something balance it on the upper right.

Gluing the brackets posed a problem. Those are so thin that they flex, and lining them up on the card required using a quilting ruler laid on the top for alignment and spacing. Felt a little like I was doing brain surgery, which is silly but true.

This card would not have been possible without the inspiration of Cristina's fun and colorful birthday card, so many, many thanks, Cristina!

stamps: Papertrey Signature Greetings, Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey white, SU real red
accessories: Memento markers, EK Success bracket and label punch, glue pen


  1. Great take on Christina's card. They both are fabulous

  2. I think it's a great lift! The brackets are a nice deatail, sweet colours!

  3. Love Christina's work as much as I do yours!

  4. Love these cards!Very Pretty!Easy to mail!

  5. Beautiful. Clean and simply beautiful. Wonderful card, and I agree - Christina is quite inspiring. Bev

  6. P.S. -- You are rather inspiring yourself!! : )

  7. Beauitufl inspired card, Susan! I love the pink and red coloring that you added to this design! Fabulous!

  8. Susan! I can't tell you how much this means to me. I feel like I've made it now that I earned an "inspired by" post from you. I mean that. I've admired your cards and your aesthetic for so long, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be as CAS as I am if it hadn't been for your influence in the beginning. You are an inspiration to so many of us, and I'm just glad I could repay the favor a bit. :)

  9. i love that my 2 favorite CAS card makers are so inspired by each other. you both inspire me on a daily basis, and i look forward to every post you offer.
    thanks for making this wonderful hobby so enjoyable!


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