Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Keeping the Focus on Simple

Hi everyone!! Today it is my turn to post on The Twinery's blog!  If you haven't visited there before, take a look around! There are tons of ideas of how to use your twinery twine!

My post today won't show you any new techniques or even any "wow, how did she do that?" type things but instead I kept the focus on my favorite way to use The Twinery's Twine and that is by keeping the focus on keeping things simple.

I love simple.  Most of the time I like to keep my cards simple.  One of the first things that drew me to baker's twine, and The Twinery's twine specifically, was how a little bit of twine on a card can add such a "wow" factor.  I love how you can use twine from The Twinery to really pack a punch on a simple card because the colors of the twine are so vibrant and beautiful!  They make the card shine and add the perfect finishing detail.

Today I want to share three cards with you that I "dressed up" using twine.  Hopefully you will be able to see how using the twine in a simple way can really pack a big punch.

This is such a simple card design but the twine plays a large role in making the design work.  The charcoal  twine pulls the card together and helps the red & turquoise colors to really pop.  It literally ties the card together.  

To make the frame I used my PTI Mat Stack 5 die with Pure Poppy cardstock.  Then, I took that shape and placed the Fillable Frames #10 die where I wanted it and ran it through my Big Shot again.  This cut the center out of my Mat Stack.  I also used the PTI Linen Impression Plate on it to give it some texture.  Then, I took a pencil and traced where my opening would be on my card and then stamped my flowers using the lines as a guide.  I popped the frame up with pop dots to add dimension and make it easier to tie the twine around.

This next card also uses the black & white "Charcoal" twine from The Twinery.

The twine is the only embellishment on this card and just by wrapping it around the layers, it brightens the card up and accents the other colors on the card.  The other thing I love is that there is no bulk which means that it is easy to send in the mail and fits in an envelope easily!

I had used the Turning a New Leaf die cut out on another card that I shared previously on my blog and when I was done cutting it, I just loved how the negative looked on the paper.  I cut the paper down to size and then set it aside to be used later.  To make this card, I took that negative piece, placed a piece of patterned paper under it, stamped the sentiment and then adhered it to the card.  Simple, simple!

This last card is super simple but again, the twine is the highlight of the card.

I used a tree image from The Stamps of Life set "Trees2Build" to make the grid shapes on each of the frames.  The Hawaiian Shores frame is popped up with dimensionals and then the Lemondrop twine is wrapped around it. 

I kept it very simple but the twine is the star of the show and draws your eye to the center of the card and to the sentiment panel!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope that the focus on "simplicity" inspired you!

Thanks Card
Stamps:  PTI Spiral Bouquet, Stamps of Life Trees2Build
Inks:  Turquoise Gem VersaMagic, Tea Leaves VersaMagic, PTI True Black
Cardstock:  Pure Poppy & Rustic White PTI
Other:  Charcoal Twine from The Twinery, Mat Stack & Fillable Frames Dies PTI, Red Pears, Pop Dots

Celebrate Card
Stamps:  Damask Designs PTI
Ink: True Black & Tea Dye PTI
Cardstock:  Stella & Rose Patterned Paper & PTI Kraft, Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores
Other:  Charcoal Twine from The Twinery, PTI Turning a New Leaf Die, Pop Dots

You're Special CardStamps:  Trees2Build Stamps of Life, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Ink:  Versamark, PTI Pure Poppy
Cardstock:  PTI White, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy
Other:  Lemondrop Twine from The Twinery, Fillable Frames Die PTI, Pop Dots


Kara said...

very pretty!! i love these colors together.

Judy said...

Hi Jen,
You did a great job on these. I love the simplicity of them. The colors are georgeous also.
Have a great day.

Lindsay said...

Love all of these Jen! You always know just what to do with BT! I really like how the turqoise ink pops on the first card!

Jen W. said...

All three of these are lovely (but #3 is my fave) and you're so right about the wow factor of the twine!

Amy Kolling said... did a wonderful job showing how easy it is to dress up 3 cards and give them that "wow" factor just by adding that beautiful twine! Thanks so much for enabling me with this twine....I love it!

Christina said...

Fantastic cards, Jen! You are so right about the twine adding the wow factor to a card. I just love it, and you use it so well. The simple designs just make it pop! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy Weber said...

Wow, that You're Special card is so creative. I loved it. The twine wrapped around the one panel was genius. Great job. You really do so nicely with twine, I have bought some from the Twinery just because of cards I saw on your blog. You are a great design team member for them! FYI: I have been stamping cupcakes like crazy. No cards yet, but such fun trying out different combinations with all those cupcakes.

Emily Leiphart said...

These are fabulous, Jen! I really love how you showed off The Twinery's baker's twine in these cards. The first one is my favourite - the frame, images, colours and layout are just perfect!

Suzanne said...

Awesome cards, Jen! I ADORE that first one - the red and aqua are just so striking together and I love the design of that card!

jen said...

These are all fabulous! I love that twine doesn't add too much bulk- makes it a great embellishment for card sets too!!! :)

Diane Jaquay said...

Great job with all of these Jen, I don't know which one I like best! You're so right about the baker's twine adding a perfect finishing POP to CAS cards!

Lynn said...

Jen, I was thinking...oh the first one is my favorite...and then I got to the bottom one...candidly all of these are your CAS style!

Renee said...

They're all beautiful!
Really love that 3rd one...
maybe it's the design...
the colors...
just love it though!
The twine is the perfect POP for each of them!

cappuccino and colour said...

these are really lovely. esp like your design on "youre special"!

Mrs. Cunningham said...

wowsers, these are just gorgeous! Those colors are EYE POPPING!

Sue Ann said...

WOW this is triple post of GOODNESS!!! I love the colors. I love the TANL die and the polk a dot background!!! FANTASTIC!!

Laurie said...

All three gorgeous! THat is just the best twine! I love the frame of the first one! Red! :)

kasia c. said...

Oh my goodness! These are all so fabulous! I LOVE the colour combo.
So creative, the way you used that negative image, the dots look fabulous behind it. I am also LOVING that frame. You are right the twine just pulls it all together perfectly!

Have a fabulous Easter weekend. :)

Lee Anne said...

Mat Stack 5 and Fillable Frames 10 look AWESOME together, Jen! The stamps peeking out from behind are wonderful - the colors, the red beads.
I love the polka dots peeking out behind the TANL die - again wonderful colors.
And the last card is amazing. I love the bright colors - makes me happy!
This post really is over the top. I have to go lie down now.

Katie said...

I LOVE all of these...and for so many reasons! The colors...the 'mailability'...the sketches...the simple embellishment with the twine! Love them all!

Unknown said...

this is awwwwesome!! I'm singing that, can you tell?

Huguenot Girl said...

All great cards Jen, but my favourite is the first one - the thanks card with Spiral Bouquet! Nx

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