Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Thanks, Jennifer McGuire! Using Products & Color Inspiration

Jennifer McGuire shared a wonderful video this week with tips about keeping the joy in crafting.  A couple of things she talked about that resonated for me - using supplies you have and actually sending the cards to people.  I tend to be a collector rather than a user of my purchases.  I have a healthy stash of stamping products and papers, so today, I spent some time in my craft room taking on some of her suggestions.  Today's card uses a variety of Papertrey Ink products I have in my stash, including Vase Collection 14 stamp and die from their December release.  

One of the things Jennifer shared was product called Color Cube to help with color choices.  I love the idea of these color card because I often struggle with color choices. Using her inspiration, I figured I could use my patterned papers as a resource for colors.  I went digging and found the floral My Mind's Eye paper you see in the background of the photo.  Knowing I wanted to splatter my card, I looked at my Distress and Distress Oxide inks for matches.  I brought out A Little Sketchy Stencil Collection and Mix & Mat Snowflake Die to use behind the floral arrangement.  I splattered with a variety of accent colors.

I also found an old (very old) piece of SU! patterned paper for the gray paper/main card base, which I used with Papertrey's Tin Stitched Border Die for visual interest.  I finished the card with a bit of ribbon from my stash, some Pinkfresh pearls and a die cut word "you". 

This card will be mailed tomorrow to a former colleague who is experiencing a loss in her life.  I am going to take Jennifer's idea and while my supplies are out, make another one of this same card to have on hand.  I love it and think it could be used for lots of occasions!  Thanks for stopping by my blog. 
In kindness, Cathy
Challenges Entered:
Use Your Stuff #474 /Stitching Faux/Real
Crafty Catz #619 / AG with twist of hobby (I love putting together flower arrangements)


  1. implemented her suggestions into your really pretty card today! I hope you find this new-found joy lasts and lasts, especially the part about mailing your cards. Or even donating them to nursing homes. All handmade cards should be given away to spread love and kindness and I'm sure your colleague will be comforted by your thoughtfulness. Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Happy New Year Hugs, Darnell

  2. Your card is fabulous, beautiful stamps and lovely design. I find your post very inspiring too- card-making is such a great hobby/pastime and most people appreciate a handmade card, I'm going to make an effort to send more 'just because' cards this year.
    Thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz this week.

  3. Gorgeous! I watched that video by Jennifer too. Maybe it'll jump start me.

  4. What a fabulous card. Thanks for sharing with us at Use Your Stuff