My big surprise today...are you ready? OMG, I am so excited to tell you...this week I am the Featured Artist at Pals Paper Arts!!! Did you hear my squeal?! Words cannot express how excited, honored and THRILLED I am to join this super talented group of stampers. And not only are they talented but the whole team is kind, supportive and so generous with their comments. Here's the lovely color combo we're working with this week:
Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake--beautiful aren't they? I loved working with them to make this for you:
So when you're designing for the Pals, where to start? Oh my gosh, talk about pressure! :-) So, I looked in the PPA archives and found a fantastic sketch, PPA77, which was the perfect starting point.
The single leaf stamp from Bold Blossom was inked in Soft Suede and stamped repeatedly onto Crumb Cake patterned paper following inspiration from a favorite handbag designer of mine, Orla Kiely--famous for her stem leaf prints. Another patterned paper from the Neutrals Patterns designer paper stack, this time in Soft Suede polka dot provided the background on top of my Woodgrain stamped Baja Breeze card base. The single Baja Breeze flower works well on its own with the coordinating sentiment also from Bold Blossom. I wrapped the card base with Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and secured the ends under the main panel. A simple little bow was made with a loop of more seam binding ribbon tied in the middle with linen thread and secured with a glue dot.I thought I was all finished but...well...it just needed a little something else and like the perfect pearl necklace, a scattering of small Basic Pearls on the leaf stems and the flower center was just the thing!
I hope you enjoy my PPA card as much as I enjoyed making it and savoring the moment when I received the invite to join this talented team. A HUGE thank you to the whole team but especially Ann, Linda, Mary, Margaret and Debbie for their support and encouragement. Please stop by Pals Paper Arts to enjoy the rest of the design team inspiration and play along this week--I can't wait to see what you make with these beautiful colors! Enjoy the rest of your week, my friends. :-)
stamps: bold blossom, woodgrain
ink: soft suede, baja breeze, crumb cake
paper: baja breeze, very vanilla, soft suede CS; neutrals patterns designer paper stackxtras: crumb cake seam binding ribbon; linen thread; basic pearls; large oval, 3/3" circle and 1" circle punches