Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spell "Me"

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(Warning: The following story has nothing to do with the card above, but I wanted to write it down so I could remember it...plus, I happen to think it is darn cute!)
My youngest boy, Chase, is in kindergarten. I've been taking him to the dentist since he was two, so he's not afraid of the lights, hygienists, doctors, tools, etc. At his check-up today for cleaning, the hygienist thought he would have spelling homework. With a sharp tool in his mouth, my child shook his head no promptly! She countered with saying that he probably already knew how to spell some words and removed the instrument in case he wanted to answer. She asked him if he could spell "me." This time he shook his head yes and belted out the letters C-H-A-S-E as proud as proud could be! Sure enough, he spelled "me"!


A new challenge is up on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog! Create a clean and simple Thank You card and upload it to the gallery for a chance to win a gift certificate to Ellen Hutson and a Guest Design Spot at CAS-ual Fridays!
What a perfect opportunity for me to ink up the lovely blooms in CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Truth Is and one of the many fabulous sentiments from Big Thanks. I inked up the flowers, colored in the petals with copics and then drew longer stems so that I could add a few pieces of patterned paper to ground the image.

Taking into heart some of the suggestions posted in the comments field of my Season's Givings post, I'm going to attempt offering a design tip on many of my projects to assist new or veteran stampers alike...obvious to some, not so to others.

Today's tip: Some patterned papers have really busy designs-too busy for clean and simple card makers- so choose a pattern that you like but use it in small portions, such as the one inch by 4.25 inch strip here.

I look forward to viewing your clean and simple Thank You creations in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge gallery this week!

36 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're going to add some tips in your posts! And what a cute story about your son - so sweet! Love your beautiful card too, Karen!

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  2. Cute story about your son, great card, and thanks for the tip about patterned papers.

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  3. The tips are a fantastic idea and I especially love how you have used your 'tip' in this card, it's absolutely beautiful Karen!

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  4. So, so sweet. Love Chase! I love when they ask where to you live at school and they want their street address. Ryan responded, "with my mommy and daddy."

    Love your card...perfection and the design tip is awesome!

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  5. Chase is one smart little cookie! LOL!
    Love how you used the small strip of paper here. Looking forward to more design tips!

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  6. Love the ME story. Your card is perfect CAS. Love that color combo you used.

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  7. Love the story and the card!! Those flowers are just too cute!
    Great tip about the pp too :)

    I just spend $90 at Ellen Hutson! Maybe I'll play along so I get to spend more :)

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  8. LOVE the story...I chuckled out loud.

    Awesome card...it's such a pretty color! going to love your tips too:)

    TGIF!

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  9. Love the tip with big patter paper designs. Just the right amount of pop now.

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  10. beautiful Karen! great tip about using busy patterned papers! TFS!

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  11. Great story, Karen, and fabulous tip for design, too. Thanks!

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  12. HA! I bet the dentist was quite pleased with that response, too! :) Very cute card!

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  13. aww your poor little guy but how cute he spelled out his name.. such a sweet story.. Totally adore your card..

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  14. Great post, fantastic card, great tip, and what a sweet story!

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  15. Ooo, I like the tip idea. Great card and sweet story!

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  16. Gorgeous card!!
    Love the flowers and the colors that you used!!
    I hope you enjoyed the holidays and that 2013 has started very well for you!! Have a great year!! ;))

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  17. You are the super mother! omg, dentist since 2? Finally took my kindergartener to the dentist last year and then a bill came and turned out that I never added her to my dental plan so we had pay out of pocket. I'm clearly not a super mother! Love your story and your flowers on the card are adorable!

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  18. I'd love to hear about other spelling quizes. Ben asked if we got to watch movies when we went to the dentist too... nope. TGIF!

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  19. Beautiful card, Karen, excellent tip, and brilliant boy!!

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  20. Dear Karen,

    Your card is so pretty and so graceful!
    You're always a master at knowing what works in terms of designs too!!

    Have a great week-end!

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  21. lol what a cutie he must be :)

    beautiful card girl!

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  22. So super sweet (-: ! And as always - I LOVE your card! Fabulous design and wonderful coloring! Have a great Saturday, hugs, Karin

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  23. Sharing tips is a wonderful idea. I can't wait to see more. Your card is gorgeous. I've always loved black and pink together. Your flower is very eye catching.

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  24. Your story is precious!

    Your design is spectacular!

    Design Tips are always nice. I know when I think about tutorials and I think that is obvious or been done...I have readers that are new and might not have known that or seen that technique or tip yet. I get emails of thanks or further questions and then I am delighted to know it was actually helpful to someone.

    Can you give me a tip on how to speed up my crafty time. Goodness I get lost in the design, but love it.

    Have a good weekend!

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  25. Stunning quest there. What occurred after? Thanks!

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  26. awwww, that is the sweetest story! So cute and now you have it written down.

    I love your card, as always!

    And I LOVE the tip! Sometimes I have things rolling around in my head (or not, haha!) so it's nice to see in writing good tips! So true for this one, I love looking at busy/bold PP but then it just sits there unloved. No more!

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  27. Such a lovely card! Love the pink! :) And what a lovely story....moments like that, are priceless. :)

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  28. What a cute story, Karen! I love your pretty pink card with pops of yellow and that is a great tip about using busy patterned paper.

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  29. This is so soothing! I love the lilacs/mauves...that tip is perfect too. Patterned papers and some patterned stamps intimidate me, so I'll take all advice you're willing to give! Beautiful design.

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  30. Pretty in pink/purple! Love the tip about the busy DP - small doses of it are so complimentary to this design!
    Hugs!
    x
    P.S I was meant to say, I love your new set, Zoom Goes My Heart, for TCM! Fabulous! x

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  31. what a pretty pink card perfect for the upcoming valentine's day season!

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  32. Swoon! Those flowers are beautiful Karen and I love the strip of pretty paper!

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  33. I am going to stop commenting ANY MINUTE now ... hahaha! Having a ball catching up on your posts. Last night is the first time I watched Downton Abbey (Season 1!) and loved it. Sounds like I have some quality TV time ahead of me. Love your story about Chase and the hygienist! And, I appreciate your new tip feature. Even if it's something you "know" it's good to have it pointed out. The colors on your your card are fantastic ... would never have picked them but they work SO WELL!!

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