Life’s a Journey (PPA320)

Sep 29, 2016 | Gratitude, Thank You & Thanksgiving Cards | 1 comment

Nobody walks their journey alone. That’s why I love today’s design for Pals Paper Arts!
We say thank you a lot, but it’s not always about those intangible moments where someone is there for you, silently, sharing in a part of your life. “I thank you for your part in my journey.” Well – that’s for you, my faithful followers! Lots of posting, just a few, you’ve been here for me, and I’d like to say thanks!
Today’s sketch is brought to you by the amazing Dawn Tidd. I absolutely love her design, and the sketch! There’s so many lovely things you could do for the various elements – maybe ribbon, or washi tape? What will you do with this week’s sketch? I hope you give it a try and join our challenge!
I really am in love with this whole paisley suite – I hope the stamp set and framelits carry over into the Annual Catalog! How about you? Love it, hate it? Share in today’s comments!

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Pals Paper Arts 320 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)Start your project by finding a great layout. Here’s a sketch of today’s design. See how simple it is when you break it down into its parts? Save this sketch to a Pinterest board and use it any time you need design inspiration.

Featured Element: Simple Strips

Dawn has given us a “simple” sketch. Or is it? Look at all that whitespace. What will you do with it?  Those thin strips don’t look like much, but pairing them with just the right thing in the background will really make this design shine!

Get more color combos like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cards #colorcombosColor doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Copper

This fall’s on-trend metallic is COPPER! That’s why I love this Petals & Paisleys specialty designer series paper – it comes with two sheets that have copper embossing done for you. See – it’s easy peasy to add some flair to a projects.

No heat necessary!

Paper that matches ink that matches stamps? Papercrafting can't get any easier! For more details, click through to my blog!Styling is where it’s easy to go overboard. So, take a deep breath and focus on one key technique to add some flair to your project.

Featured Style: Simplicity & Pattern Pairing

I know many demonstrators you see online have treasure troves of goodies! But, don’t let that discourage you – you don’t need much to get started! One, flexible stamp set, a dark ink color, some cardstock and DSP along with adhesive and scissors and you’re on your way.

If you plan on using two patterns in a project, here’s a rule of thumb: Use one big, bold pattern, and one small, accent pattern. Breaking up the two with solids is a good idea too. See how I used some copper foil behind the polka dot strip? It’s the perfect way to separate the two patterns so they can both shine!

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Wow! I hope you’re inspired to pull out some of your neglected, and shiny papercrafting stash. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

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