The Day After…

By July 15, 2011The Day After

As tradition holds, I like to share some of my favorite DT projects from this release the morning after.  I hope some of the art I selected leaves you as inspired as it did me!

Betsy Veldman made me swoon with her combination of the frames from Little Labels and Peaceful Garden foliage.  It is such an amazing layout!  Everything is perfectly balanced with the addition of the extra-large sentiment from Think Big Favorites #6.  Just lovely!

Danielle Flanders paired up Tag-its #6 and Congrats All Ways to make this cool project that would be so appropriate for a teen of any gender.  I love how she matted everything with the Spiral Notebook die as well as the lines of stitching in between the congrats sentiments.  Brilliant!

Dawn McVey made a school-worthy card with the notebook page center from Tag-its #6.   I love how she stamped this circular image six times to create the "base" for her design and then just filled each one in accordingly.  It's Official was the perfect set to pair up with Tag-its #6, now why didn't I think of that?!? 

Debbie Olson created this beautiful jar of hydrangeas using Friendship Jar Summer Fillers.  As always, her coloring is magnificent and really brings these beauties to life!  I also love the way she added buttons to each scallop of her border.  Such a beautiful detail!

Erin Lincoln created a project that pays homage to all things oriental by combining the bamboo with these amazing design.  I love the circular mat that subtly reinforces the theme and the embroidery floss really helps add a punch of color!

Heather Nichols amazed me with this clean & simple design.  She paired up the tiny daisy flower topper image from Garden Variety with the graceful wheat-inspired image from PEaceful Garden.  The two go together perfectly!  Using the Double-Ended Banner die for the sentiment from Peaceful Garden was a beautiful addition as well.

Jessica Witty left me wanting more with her Friendship Jar Summer Fillers project that is dedicated to all things beachy.  She die-cut a jar from clear cardstock and stitched it in place to create a shaker-box of sorts complete with real sand and the new seashell image from the stamp set.  Pairing it up with the map paper from the Road Trip paper pad was just a perfect finishing touch to bring everything together.  I also love the twine mixed with the twill tape, wrapped around the top of the card.  This girl's a genius!

Lisa Johnson really hellped me to see outside of the box in regards to color combinations to use in conjunction with Flower Fusion.  For some reason I always think to use bright an bold colors or soft pastels and never stick to pretty earth tones like Lisa did here.  I love the way she paired up the reversed floral strip from Ribbon Tails with a bit of In Bloom patterned paper to ground the floral image.  The grass sprigs from PEaceful Garden pair up wonderfully with Flower Fusion too.

Maile Belles has been doing a lot of layered clear embossing on top of her images this week, with stunning unique results.  She did it again here using the petite strip from Background Basics: Vines.  She used Congrats All Ways sentiments as her main focal point and accented them with the flowers from Tag-its #5.  The simple piece of embroidery floss tied around the bottom really helped to ground everything.

Melissa Phillips built her own little precious clothesline scene with the new Hanging Out set.  I love the patterns she chose for paper piecing all of the little clothes on the line…and the little addition of lace at the bottom of the dress, just adorable!  She was able to create a wonderful sense of balance by stamping the grass strip at the bottom and the Think Big Favorites #6 sentiment at the top in the same shade of green.

Michelle Wooderson made a beautiful tribute to summer by pairing up the Sweet As Can Be ice cream cone and the strawberry from Friendship Jar Summer Fillers.  A new frame from Little Labels helps to showcase the sentiment.  Her use of patterned tape in the upper right looks fabulous and helps to balance both sides of the focal point!  Just lovely!

I don't know about you, but now I am totally ready to go stamp and use some of the team's amazing ideas to jumpstart some of my own!  Why don't you go challenge yourself to apply some of these tips to something yourself?  It always feels good to get creative in the summertime, and why not treat yourself to a nice big glass of homemade lemonade along with it?  Thanks for stopping by today!  Now go get inky!

Nichole Heady

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