Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Day On The Farm

Hello!  I'm sharing two farm-related cards today, and the inspiration was an assortment of these cute little critter die cuts, sitting on my craft desk.  As I've mentioned before, when I purchase new dies, I always try them out right away, to make sure there are no defects.  Usually I'll use white cardstock for my practice run.

I've got very few agrarian stamping supplies, so I looked around for suitable elements: gingham patterned paper, patterned paper that looks like sun rays, grass die, picket fence punch, and more. 

I colored the animals with Copic markers, and created little framed scenes, using negative die cuts from previous projects. 
Way-to-stretch-your-supplies Tip:  when die-cutting a solid shape from cardstock - i.e., circle, oblong, rectangle, square, etc. - position the die with enough extra cardstock surrounding it.  Envision the negative piece as a frame for a future project, and now you've got two usable pieces!

The best sentiment I could find in my stash, which went well with these gentle creatures, is one from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.  It's full of joy, and I think the color palette of these two cards speaks of joy. :-)

I'm really glad you could join me today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips - Power Poppy Paper: white - Papertrey Ink; Gable Green, Summer Sun, sunray pattern - Stampin' Up!; gingham - Garden Party - DCWV Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions; pink grosgrain ribbon Accessories & Tools: On The Farm, Tiny Tags dies - Papertrey Ink; Nesting Pinking Squares die - Lifestyle Crafts; Picket Fence punch - Martha Stewart; Copic markers; Sparkling Clear sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder - Stampin' Up!; Grassy Fields die - My Favorite Things


Stella said...

Both cards are gorgeous but I am in LOVE with the first card! Love that desgn! Brilliant!

~Tammy~ said...

Love these sweet bright happy cards! Made me smile!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! LOVING the animals!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Elton said...

Lots of country prettiness going on with both of these Colleen!! The gingham and sun rays are so fresh and perfect with the animals!

Leslie Miller said...

These cards are both so cute! Just what I love -- critters and gingham. How fun that you had the sun ray paper! I will frequently cut in white just to see what the die cut looks like, and try to do the negative as you mentioned, too. It sure comes in handy!

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