Saturday, August 24, 2013

Recipe Remix

Hello and welcome!  So happy to have you join me on this very special Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire event day!  I truly hope each of you have been enjoying today's festivities!  

Many of you Papertrey Ink fans out there have already submitted creations to the "Recipe Remix" event.  Here are the details quoted from Nichole's blog...

"We will have customers post projects that they have created in the past that they felt needed just a *little* something; a project that needs a diagnosis for one reason or another.   Customers should share their projects...  Each DT member will select a project to "remix" to and re-create the project using a bit of a different recipe, making changes that they feel benefit the project while staying true to your original concept."

The card I have chosen to work with was created by Diana.  Check out her adorable card below and on her blog here (in fact... check out her entire blog while you're there, you'll get an eye full of amazing inspiration). While viewing everyone's submission, I couldn't help but be drawn to Diana's card....

Diana's card truly needs no changes; but with her card as inspiration, I knew right away how to "remix" and re-create the project using a bit of a different recipe, yet staying true to her original concept.

Here's my recipe how...

  •  I rotated the card from landscape to portrait.  Not that this improved Diana's design, but this is my favorite orientation for a card.  I felt I could play with the white space a bit easier this way.
  • Diana heat embossed the base/leaf images using green embossing powder.  I chose to stamp the same images using ink (limeade ice) for a cleaner more crisp look.

  •  Using the same Mini Blooms images as on the inspiration, I stamped them pretty much in the same formation.  Take Note:  I had carefully positioned the images so that they overlapped/extended past the edge of the card stock panel.  This simple technique is one that is often overlooked, but it can really make a big difference by extending the eye across the card.  Plus, it adds a little bit of the unexpected.
  • I did use the same color combo as Diana... enchanted evening, lavender moon, sweet blush and green.  Take Note:  However, I did feel this card needed something to ground the design, a strong focal point that could draw the eye in.  I did this by creating a strong visual triangle using three navy flowers (vs. Diana's two).

  • Instead of floating the sentiment in the center of the card I chose to nest it into the small bunch of blooms.  This helped balance it out with the larger bunching above.  Take Note:  By nesting your sentiments as closely to your images it becomes part of the design.  
  • Diana's us of diagonally striped pattern paper was spot on, I repeated this look by using Lavender Moon striped pattern paper angled ever so slightly.
  • The perfect finishing touch, as always, rhinestones!

Well, there you have it.  I hope you've enjoyed this "Recipe Remix" and that I've given each and every one of you a few useful tidbits of info.  Also, thank you Diana for such an inspiring original piece and I hope I've made you proud.

Now, head on over to Nichole Heady's blog for all the details about this challenge and be sure to stop by the design team girls' blogs to see their takes on this challenge too!

I hope you've had a wonderfully fun filled Stamp-A-Faire day, so glad you could stop by!


Merci Remix Card...

Cardstock: White
Others: Clear Rhinestones


  1. Maile, I love your "remix"!! It's so gorgeous! You're very right about the focal point, the triangle of enchanted evening really draws the eye in to the design. Strangely enough, I didn't even consciously notice it until I read your explanation. I'm gonna blame that little guy nestled in the mix. LOL. But I love the flower clusters mixed with the background of angled stripes - stunning!

  2. This is really a thing to consider, thank you very much regarding writing about this subject. . !

  3. I always love how you think outside the expected cardmaking parameters and find new beautiful ways to express your creativity .......and it's gorgeous ! x Fab

  4. Wonderful post - love this part of SAF.

  5. Lovely card design!!! Beautiful!!

  6. Hey Maile, I just got back from vacation today and I'm so glad that you chose my card to remix and redesign! Your advice is awesome (especially that pesky visual triangle tidbit - I should have remembered that on my own). You rock big time!