Thanks Berry Much

Apparently my creative mojo is kickin' in the a.m. It seems all my inspiration comes right before I wake up and as I am getting ready for work. I started this card last night, but got frustrated and quit working on it around midnight. I wanted something simple with the strawberries as the big POP, but last night nothing really came together the way I envisioned. Well, this morning I seem to have a better handle on how to make my vision happen. I watched Ashley Cannon Newell's video this week on using the Ranger blending tool and Distress inks to create vintage paper embellishments. Ranger's website is down, so I linked to Ellen Hutson's store for these products.  I used the same techniques to create emphasis on the sentiment and berries. Now, the berries are not floating on a cream card base with some words bouncing around them. 
I used my Copics to color the strawberries. I did not have any berry images in my collection, so I found these on google images and re-sized them for my purposes. The little seed marks did smear a little when I first started coloring using the R0000, but the other colors did not seem to make the printer ink smear. Actually, the smearing contributed to the success of the not totally ripe end of the berries. No mistakes, just creative discoveries.

I submitted this card for this week's CARDS Magazine blog challenge, will submit it for the Gallery Idol Open Auditions and based the lay-out on this stripped down Caardvarks sketch. I listed other challenges under the links section at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest creation. I'd love to hear from you so leave a comment or ask a question. 

Happy Day!



Stamps: Series 12(Studio G)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Antique Linen(Ranger), Chai(PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Copics: R(24,29,39,0000), G(12,24,28,0000), Y(13)
Other: Clip Art(My Coloring Pages)


  1. Love your sweet card, the berries are so cute! I love how you turned a near disaster into something beautiful and creative. Thanks for playing along with the Kahwinkedink challenge, hope to see you back again! ~Diane

  2. What a great card! Thanks for joining us this week at KWED. Hope to see you again next week!


  3. Soooooooo cute ... love the distressing!

    Thanks so much for joining us in this week's "Stamp Simply" Gone Askew Challenge!

  4. What a great idea! I think I may need to try to make my own Strawberries too! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for joining us at KWED challenges! Hope you will join us again soon! :)

  5. Your inking is AWESOME! I love it. Thank you for playing at KWED! I love your delicious looking berries!


  6. I love your card and enjoy visiting your site. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. This card is great! I love the distressing on it!

  8. So simple but so beautiful thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  9. Hey Sally!! Great card for the Tiffany Doodles/ Caardvarks challenge! I'm from Savannah too, but live close to statesboro now!!


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