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Saturday, January 10, 2009

I Couldn't Help Myself!!!

Did you ever see a card and just HAD to have it but the only way you could have it was to CASE (Copy And Study Everything) it? Well, that is exactly what happened here. I was at Mudmaven Designs Blog and she had this card. I copied it pretty close to hers. There's a few subtle differences but for the most part it's a copy!!! I LOVE to CASE when I can. It gives my brain a break!!! It's rare that I actually copy a card. I start out with someone elses idea and begin to copy and then the next thing I know I've designed a totally different card. I mean SO different that if you were to hold the two up together you'd look at me and ask me "how did you get that card from the original?" Most of the time they never look a bit like the original!!! I know that's a good thing!!! But I started out to CASE the card!!! And this time I did!!!

Mudmaven did a wonderful job on the card. I loved the colors and especially the layout. I'm SO into layouts of cards. That is why I LOVE to participate in the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at SplitCoastStampers. It's always fun to have a new and different layout. As I work with these layouts I find that I have stamps that actually fit in their focal pieces. Most of the time when I do participate I just measure that main part of the card and find a stamp I own that fits it and go from there.

Back to this card. The background on the Pink Pirouette card stock is the heart stamp from the Stampin' Up! set "Sprinkles." That is another little background set I LOVE to use. The hearts were stamped in Riding Hood Red ink. The three hearts were stamped on Riding Hood Red card stock using Whisper White ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then they were punched out using the new 3 hearts punch. That is such a fun punch to play with.

Now the decorative paper on the left side of the card is different from Mudmaven's card. And my ribbon is different. The words on the bottom right are different and the scallop is different. I had stamped the image on white card stock and used the scallop punch and punched it out. I didn't have a larger scallop to go behind it so I had to punch a scallop out of the pink card stock and then I ended up taking the white piece and cutting around the edges by hand. It only took a few minutes so it wasn't bad. But if I had to do them for a swap I would rethink the cutting!!!

The scalloped piece was colored using Pretty in Pink ink and the dots were colored in Real Red. It seems to blend in enough with the Riding Hood Red when used in small areas. Then Crystal Effects was dotted on each one. I did use a tooth pick for that. And finally the scallop and hearts were set in place with Dimensionals. Even though my card is a bit different I do like it!!!

I am really enjoying the in colors and the Candy Lane decorative papers. It really helps to make Valentine's Day cards a simple task!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting,


mudmaven said...

OMG - you did a great job with this! What a compliment! Thanks! ~chris

Mom said...

This is so great.

I'm just now starting to get into making cards. (It's all your fault, by the way.)

I do plan to use many of the layouts that you have shown here because I think you do a wonderful job and you are the only resource I am using at the moment for ideas. (Thank you...)

Anonymous said...

Very cute. Love this stamp set - but I don't have it!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.