I'll break this into two posts, just for the sake of linking up, but I had two projects that I'd created previously that actually fit with this week's MIM Challenge: mixing patterned papers.
I love mixing patterns... I love it on paper, I love it in my home, I love it in my garden... yes, my garden! Plants also have different patterns and textures, right?
Last weekend, Emma went to her friend's 4th birthday party. Was she ever excited... and Belle (Beauty & The Beast) even showed up! The girls were in awe... so adorable. I made this card for Em's little friend - after creating another one and quickly realizing that it was very much an adult card... I just don't have the goods in my stash to make kids' cards. Time to go shopping, right? *wink*
Now, if this hadn't been for a child, I would have roughed up those edges and done some stitching. But I figured that little K might not even notice my handiwork, so better to save myself the time! I was supposed to be packing up the craft room anyway.
So when I mix papers, I do a lot the same as Betsy showed in her video... I start with one I know I want to use, and try to match colours from there. With this particular card, I started with the cupcake, that I knew I wanted to paper piece. I picked a paper that would work well for the top, chose a pattern that worked well as the liner, and grabbed a green for the leaves - all from my scraps. Then I dug through some more, and picked out a few florals to use as my background.
It broke down like this: The first paper had yellow flowers, as well as blossoms that went well with Autumn Rose, which I was already planning for my card base and scallop circle (to tie in my base). The rose coloured blossom paired well with my purple floral, and the yellow flowers tied in my yellow paper. Did you catch all that?
Emma also made a card for her little friend, and I swear to you, the *only* thing I did on this card was fold the construction paper. I know I'm her mother, but she impresses me with her skills!
See? The sticker serves as the starting point, and then Emma drew the body/dress and arms from there. Totally her idea... And she's already working on her Generational Stamping technique!
Alright, I have another project to share with you, also using mixed patterns! Stay tuned...