Feb 20, 2023

Maximalism in Cardmaking

I watched this video by Yana Smakula in which she discusses "maximalism" - a design trend that is sort of the opposite of clean and simple. I was blown away by her cards and had to do a little research. 

Most of what I found focuses on interior design, but the principles are the same regardless of use - usually bold patterns, layering, and vibrant colors. Recently, when we were house hunting last year, we saw this in the use of bold wallpaper. It also reminds me of Tole Painting. My mom had a tray with a tole design painted on it and now I wish I had kept it.

For cardmaking, the potential for disaster is real! However, done right, it can be a lot of fun. So, this card is my first experiment. It uses dies from Spellbinders - In Bloom and Stained Glass Window. There are a few other small floral dies and a hot foil sentiment also from Spellbinders.

So this was a fun experiment. I definitely want to try it again.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Excellent 

Disclosure: Spellbinders gave me In Bloom and Stained Glass Window.

Feb 15, 2023

On Spellbinders' Blog


I'm sharing 3 cards, featuring the new Stitched Fan Cardfront, on the Spellbinders' blog today (Wednesday February 15th). I hope you check them out!



Feb 14, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day


Here's a super simple idea that works for any holiday or birthday - number dies and a little heart. Used shiny gold foil paper from Tonic - it doesn't smudge! The other supplies are unlabeled in my stash. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Looking forward to lunch with the husband today. Checking out a new to us restaurant in the neighborhood.

Feb 4, 2023

A Few cards and more life...


Really enjoyed making this card. Products from Spellbinders All Occasion Mailbox Greetings Hot Foil plate and assorted floral die sets. Using Opaque White Hot Foil is so much easier and neater than white embossing. Now that I have my Glimmer machine on my desk, I use it all the time and it's a snap.

Pinkfresh Studio Songbirds on Branches hot foil plate, die and stencil. I won this set last year and it's turned out to be my favorite product from 2022. Adhered to a heart die and added a hot foiled sentiment from Spellbinders.


Update: Following up on my earlier post about my husband's skin cancer journey, tests indicate that the cancer has not spread beyond the site, so that is 100% good news. Radiation plans got delayed due to an ice storm here in Texas. We'll be happy when plans are finalized and we can move on. Thanks for your comments and to Marty and Caly - thanks for the lovely cards!!