Saturday Seminar #1

The first Saturday Seminar at OWH Stars & Stamps blog was presented this week. The topic is “Creating a Focal Point”.

“One of the most important principles of design, emphasis, is fortunately also one of the easiest to master. Emphasis can best be described as creating a focal point or a center of interest. It is the most important area compared to the rest of your composition. A focal point is the part of the card that catches the recipient’s eye first. The stronger your focal point is the better your final card design will turn out, so planning ahead can have a big payoff.”

Most of the time my cards comply with this principle (to one degree or another), but not always. Our assignment was to find a card we had previously made that did NOT fit within the standard. Then create a new version of the card using the information learned in the seminar.

I found 2 cards that were totally without focus. This first one seemed the easiest for me to “fix”. Here is the original card, made in 2005 for a friend’s birthday.


Boring, right? And yes, there is a design on the card, but it is so weak that there is no emphasis, no focal point at all. And I didn’t even put a sentiment on it! What was I thinking!?!?

As luck would have it, I still had a piece of the same two-sided printed paper only in blue, not lavender. So I set about making another card, but (hopefully) better this time.

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The first thing I did was to leave a white border around the solid blue at the edge of the card. I felt that gave the whole thing a little more definition. Secondly, I did not press the cut and folded parts so tightly to the backing, allowing for more dimension.

I emphasized the yellow in the flower print by using a large yellow flower in the center. I also wanted a sentiment on the front and used a gold cutout I’ve had for quite some time. Placing the two items in close proximity keeps the eye moving to one single spot on the card – the focal point.

I’ll make a new posting with second card if I can actually figure out what to do to fix it. That’s part of the assignment, too – keep doing it daily. So, I’ll try.

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Card Patterns #99

This is the challenge from Card Patterns for this week:


And this is the card I made for the challenge:

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Everything used came from my stash. In fact, the pale green center strip is actually the backing card that came with these dimensional flower stickers from K&Company. How’s that for using up everything in sight? 4 The card blank is cream textured cardstock. I used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edger punch on the green leaf background paper. The ribbon is from Home and More.

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No Sketch Challenge Today

Today’s card doesn’t fit with any of the usual card sketch challenges that I try to participate in. This card is strictly something I wanted to try.

I recently discovered Monica’s Creative Room online. She has some truly beautiful things posted on her web site, including SVG files which can be used with the Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software.

Some of her beautiful frames and borders appear to be very intricate, leading me to wonder how well they would actually cut. So my personal challenge today was to try one of them and find out for myself. And I must say, I was very pleased.

Here’s the card:

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The card base is made from yellow cardstock with embossed dots on it (I don’t remember the company). The frame is cut from black Gemstones cardstock by Recollections. I also cut the “thank you” from the same black cardstock, using the “Beyond Birthdays” Cricut cartridge. The Layered Daisies are from K&Company.

The card came together very quickly. The only time consuming part was getting all the little pieces out of the frame. They weren’t cooperative enough to remain on the cutting mat. But it was worth the effort for the end result.

Now I’ll have to try more of Monica’s beautiful files. I’m sold!

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Dutch Dare #96

This is the sketch from Dutch Dare Card Challenges for this week:


Here is my card based on the sketch:

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This is another card for which I started out using scraps. I already had the strip punched (Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edger) and not a lot of the two-sided paper left. (I still have a bit left over, but probably not enough to save for anything.)

I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut the butterfly from gold cardstock. The teal rhinestones on it are from K&Company. The teal roses (from Prima Marketing) had green leaves attached, but they just didn’t fit the card. So I ripped those off and punched gold daisies to accentuate them. Lastly I added the gold sentiment, a peel-off vinyl sticker from my stash.

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ICS #98

Here is the sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches for this week:


I really liked this sketch from the first I saw it. I think it really fits my style. So here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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Sometimes I shy away from making square cards as they don’t seem to sell as well at my craft shows. But this one was just too cool not to do in a square form. (I’ll use it myself if it doesn’t sell.) No matter, I was personally pleased with the way it came out.

Supplies used:

  • cream colored card base, cut down to 5” square
  • cream colored cardstock from my stash
  • various textured cardstock from the 8”x8” Latte Stack by Die Cuts With A View
  • gold peel-off vinyl sentiment sticker from my stash

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Critter Sketch Challenge #48

This card started out to be nothing more than a personal challenge to use up a few scraps that had been sitting on my craft table for some time. I’ve made similar cards, so this was a quick and easy one to make.

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As I was choosing a ribbon for the card, I remembered the Critter Sketch Challenge for this week: use the colors of blue and silver and embellish with pearls or rhinestones. So I chose silver ribbon as well as a silver peel-off sentiment and blue rhinestones to complete the card… and the challenge.

I have just a little of the blue/white/green striped paper left,so I may make another card similar to this one just to completely use up the last of those scraps.

Thanks for looking in on my work.

CPS #201

This is the sketch from Card Positioning Systems for this week:


My card is quite simple – here it is:


This card was made specifically with Operation Write Home in mind. We are having a card-making party in a few weeks and this will be added to whatever we complete at that time to send off to our service personnel overseas.

The flower focal is a digital piece that I had printed for something else and then not used. I added a button from the tin that I got when my MIL passed on. (I love using those and I know she would love it too.) Everything else was from my stash.

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