Thursday, January 29, 2015


Hey everyone!  Don't you just love it when you find a photo that just inspires you?  That happened to me this week and I just couldn't get it out of my head.  Yesterday I sat down and used that photo inspiration to create a card.

Jen Carter LID Gold Smooches

First, I was very inspired by the colors.  I picked several hues that I found in the photo of the cake (shown below).  I loved that the pattern on the cake had a similar design to the Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron by Lil' Inker Designs.  I used the cake as inspiration for the placement of the various colored chevron pieces.  (I have a tip on an easy way to place the chevrons below!)

Here's the inspiration photo I was using: 

Jen Carter LID Gold Smooches Closeup

I used the largest lips from a great set for Valentine's day or any love card called Smooches.  In the inspiration photo there are feathers (LID has a great feather set too: Fancy Feathers) but I wanted to make this a love card so I embossed white lips dipped in gold embossing powder instead.  I also embossed the "xoxo" sentiment (also from the Smooches set) in gold onto vellum. I wrapped the vellum behind the cover plate and then attached it to the card base.  I popped the lips up with dimensionals.

Now for that tip I promised you!

When using the Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron I am often using several pieces of cardstock and piecing them together in different patterns.  I don't like when the pieces fall out and then I can't match them up like I'd like because I'm not sure exactly where they go.  I found that an easy way to keep the pieces in place so I can easily place them, is as soon as I take the cut piece off my die cutting machine, I take a piece of tape (a low tack tape works best, but any will do) and  run it down the middle of 2 rows of the cut pieces.  I do this 3 times and it covers a portion of each piece. 

This is what my pieces look like when I was done placing them.  I still have 4 of the cover up dies with pieces in place to easily store & use again!  I just tuck them into a plastic sleeve and store with my dies & stamps!  There's much less waste this way!

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes that is featuring Lil' Inker Designs products.  

I'm also entering it in the Pink Elephant Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you all have a very wonderful day!


Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I need to use this cover plate more often....

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE this! The colors are awesome. Great take on the inspiration picture.

Miriam Prantner said...

Gorgeous color combo! Love the addition of the gold too!

Nance said...

Fantastic card, you knocked the inspiration photo out of the park! Thanks for sharing it at The Pink Elephant Anything Goes Challenge!

Jo Nevill said...

Fabulous !
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Jo x

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