Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Playing with Mint Motif

I found Kimberly Crawford's blog last summer after seeing card after card after card in the magazines made by her. Let's just say I have many of her cards in my inspiration file! Imagine my delight when she moved to my town this winter. I can tell you that she is just as nice and sweet in real life as she is on her blog. And I can also tell you how nice it is to have a crafty friend "in real life". Someone to "talk shop" with, someone who is just across the table instead of at the other end of my computer. LOL

I was so excited for Kimberly when she told me that she was coming out with her own stamp line, Mint Motif. And how nice of her to let me play with her first release: Very Square and Very Square Sentiments. I'm having so much fun with it! I love squares and I really like the patterns that Kimberly included with this set. You can purchase the sets starting May 14 at i {heart} papers.

Okay, so onto the cards I made using these sets.
 
Those three orange squares (Memento Tangelo ink on PTI White) were made using one of the stamps in the Very Square set. I think this pattern is my favorite! I couldn't stop inking it up in all colors. The sentiment, from Very Square Sentiments, is stamped and then cut apart to give it more prominence on the card. I went back and forth on a ribbon choice but ended up liking this brown gingham bit the best. And a buckle! I think I've had that buckle (MM?) forever just waiting for the perfect situation. A bit of PTI Fresh Snow ink around the edges and it's done!

And here's a card that could be used for a wedding or an anniversary (mine's coming up in just a week!). I used the same design as for the first card above but just flipped it around a bit.

I LOVE polka dots and these are so fun! I inked up the stamps with Colorbox Pink Pastel and stamped them on PTI's Vintage Cream cardstock. This was then layered on the bottom of a Dark Chocolate card. I like having "reverse" polka dots, where I can color the background and have the color of the cardstock peeking through. The top half of the card uses PTI Fancy Flourishes and Everyday Classics on Vintage Cream. A Dark Chocolate satin ribbon wraps around the card and is topped with a Raspberry Fizz button and a sparkly gem. I love how the Raspberry Fizz color totally plays off the lavender. It's so pretty!


Here's the last card - I used just a sentiment on this one:


A Kraft (PTI) card topped with some Pretty Pastels patterned paper (PTI). I stamped the sentiment from Very Square Sentiments on a tag that is all inky and distressed. A bit of ribbon, scallops, button, twine and stitching finishes it up. It's a bit simple but I really like all these colors together.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a peek of these new Mint Motif stamps. Thanks Kimberly!

12 comments:

Kimberly Crawford said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I ADORE them all!!!! Fabulous!!!!
Happy dancing!!!!! (((((HUGS)))))

Diane Jaquay said...

Love these cards Jennifer! This seems like it's going to be a fun set of stamps :)

~jan said...

Congrats to Kim on the adorable stamp set! Love the cards you made with them Jennifer! :)

Barbara said...

I love them all, Jennifer! Those squares will be so versatile--you did a great job with them!

Julie Overby said...

Great cards!!

Sara Mac said...

Love these cards Jennifer. Those very square stamps look wonderful. I had no idea that you knew Kimberly and got to stamp with her IRL. Lucky you! I love her blog.

Noora said...

Beautiful cards Jennifer, my favorites are the first one and the last one, great colors and great layout! TFS

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Your cards are lovely! The square patterns in the stamp set are really pretty! I'm lucky to have several stamping buddies in my area and it is very nice to talk/stamp with a "real" person.

Gayatri said...

Beautiful cards, Jennifer! I like the first card a lot.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Love love love what you did with Kim's stamps!!!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Cool cards, love the colours on the first one!

Nerina said...

Oh Jennifer - how much fun to be playing with Kimberly! (and her delicious new stamps!) Your cards are wonderful - thank you for sharing your excitement and talent with us!