Monday, November 3, 2014

For The Happy Couple

Happy Monday!  I'm still working my way through posting all of the cards I've made over the last couple of months.  Yes, I was in the attic studio a lot. ;)

Here is a beach-themed creation that went to A Beautiful Touch in Westmont, NJ for sale:


To help speed things up, when it comes to creating cards in a certain theme, I've devised a little system:

  • I keep a container with certain elements that I know I'll use again and again -- for example, the branch punch-outs -- near my desk at all times.  I use different colors of cardstock that reflect nature (various greens, browns, tans) and keep them all together.  
  • Since the beach theme seems so popular with brides right now, I stamp images such as shells, sand dollars, starfish, etc. on scrap pieces of white or cream cardstock.  I may color some, or leave them as-is, then trim and put into a small clear envelope (I save all the clear poly bags that pearls/gems/stickers come in, and use those).
  • When it's time to make a card, I pull out those supplies, choose papers in colors of the sea and sand, and begin.



ETA:  adding this in to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, at the suggestion of my friend Donna!  The theme is "Stamps."  Yay!

I hope you have a wonderful week, my friends!



Stamps: sentiment - Happy Ever After - Papertrey Ink; sand dollar, shell - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper: River Rock, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip - SU; pattern - Seashore - Prima Fibers: abaca fiber ribbon Accessories & Tools: branch punch - Martha Stewart; pearls; Swirl border punch - EK Success

16 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeeeee the shell and the mesh material!!!!!!

~Tammy~ said...

Pure gorgeousness!

Gibmiss said...

Hi Colleen
How are you.... Stunning card.... Love the shells ...
Hugs Sylvie x

Benzi said...

It's beautiful, Colleen! I love the mesh....a super addition.
Sounds as if you are really organized and that is always a good thing.

Shani Thomas said...

A beautiful card, Colleen. Superb design. Thank you for sharing a bit of your creative process, too. I never think to color in advance.

Stella said...

Colleen this is gorgeous. Love the beach theme and and the neutrals with bluegrey. One of my faves:)
I'll mail you soon. Thinking of you a LOT!
XXXXX

Donna B. said...

This is so beautiful and calming and very mixed media. You should enter our current Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - use stamps.

Lisa said...

PRETTY card Colleen, love the texture!!

Charlene said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Bonnie said...

So beautiful, Colleen! I love the sand dollar and shell and the bit of guaze is a perfect accent!

Leslie Miller said...

I love these beach-themed cards. The colors are always so soft and pretty and the pearls are like treasures from the sea. Good ideas for moving things along. My card parts box is a jumble of this and that. I remember when you mentioned the huge number of photos you were editing and you had a lot of cards to share. That should keep your blog busy for a while!

Marisa said...

Love it. The sand and the ocean with some shells tossed in. Fabulously done.

lisa808 said...

So pretty. I love beach/nautical themes.

Donna B. said...

Love your beach theme card!! Thanks for joining us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

Rachel said...

this is really really pretty! at first i thought it was a wrapped canvas for a happy couple... gorgeous card! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Melanie said...

This is a beautiful Thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

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