Monday, October 23, 2017

Butterfly Basics - nothing Basic about this Birthday card

Just arrived home to another beautiful birthday card. This one from my team mate and friend Janey Backer.  I wanted to share this with you all, not just as it’s so pretty and the sentiment inside was lovely (sorry can’t share, it made me tear up) but to talk about the simple yet very effective design elements.

First – what pops to me is the texture and dimension of this card.  The brick wall background (stamp first, then run it though the Big Shot with the emboss folder), the lace that adds texture but also how it connects to the lacy butterfly.  The gold metallic thread is another part of the texture of this card, as is the way the sentiment is curved up and pops with a dimensional underneath the center.

A key design element is color coordination.  The card has a base of Calypso Coral, that is echoed in the butterfly and the sentiment font.  The pearls are also part of the coordination – 2 pearls on the sentiment  and 4 of the butterfly all coordinate. 

I love the dark green which is Always Artichoke, I tend to get this color out in the fall but I think I could use it year round!  I love the warmth of coral with the cool of the artichoke. 

This set is a “must” have – it pairs with so many sentiments.

And finally… I’m excited to meet Janey in person. We feel like we know each other so well as we are team mates, but as we are a national, mainly virtual team, we see each other only at the Stampin Up conventions, so we two will meet in person next month.

We have an awesome team, if you’re looking for a group of fun, inspirational crafters who love to play with everything SU and don’t take themselves seriously, come join us!  No obligations, no need to sell anything just enjoy having all your SU products 20% off.

Ok… now on to the team competition (thankfully it’s a random drawing, not talent) to win the weekly free stamp set. 

Thank you Janey for a stunning card - love the card, the note and you -- it's amazing what a handstamped card can do for a person. I hope you put one in the mail today for someone special. 

Happy Monday everyone, MaryKate 

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