Sunshine & Smiles!

Hi bloggers! Happy Friday! I thought it would be a nice treat to the end of the week to have special guest Jess Larsen share with us yet another beautiful card! Below, Jess explains her inspiration behind the card.



Our nice sunny days are numbered, so I decided to create one last summery card, before it is decidedly fall outside! One of my favorite things to do is look at a stamp set and see how the images could be used in an unconventional way. As soon as I saw the flowers in the Simon set Petal Pieces, a sun and cloud jumped into my mind!  I used the spikey flower from the set for the outline of the sun. To fill in the middle I used one of the mid-sized circles from the Hero Arts Circle set. This set is so handy and very versatile. It’s one of my all time favorites! The clouds were created with another puffy flower from the Petal Pieces set.

I also switched things up by using my Simon Flat Bottom Cloud dies as a little green hill for my wooden bicycle. My favorite thing about this card is the stitched trail leading to the bicycle. Stitching on a card takes almost no extra time and packs such a punch!  It was just the finishing touch this card needed. The sentiment comes from an older Hero Arts set Sending Smiles. Happy end of summer! :-)



Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Jess Larsen for guesting on our blog today!
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  1. I noticed the sun! Before I even read the text, I thought it was a clever idea to use a circle stamp for some tone-on-tone enhancement.

  2. I love when artists share ways to use stamps in a new, unintended way. It helps us use our supplies lots of ways. Thanks Jess.

  3. Flowers as sun and clouds and clouds as hills, I wouldn’t have thought of that! I need to learn to look at stamps as random shapes, not specific ones. Stitching, that I do. :)

  4. Wonderfully creative use of the dies, etc!! Such a sweet card. Love the stitching for the bike trail!
    <3 J

  5. Jen is so talented…love everything she creates, i.e., had no idea the Petal Pieces set was so versatile. Now I have to have it.

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