a very good place to start. When you read you begin with A,B,C. When you sing you begin with Doh, Rae, Me”

If only card making were quite that simple!

I often get asked “But where do you get the ideas?” and sometimes, honestly I dream of them.
I will have a specific occasion in mind and then will consider which stamp set to use and then the subconscious will design the rest.  This doesn’t, however, work all of the time!

A dream card

An example of when it did was a card a made recently for a tween birthday. I find tween designs tough – they are not easily impressed and there is a fine line between what is little girly and what is old lady (which in their eyes is anyone over 25!)
So the young lady in question is feminine but not a pink person and my daughter insisted on something unusual.
With those as my base I picked the “Up , Up and away”($51.95) balloons and for the unusual element created a vellum window. I also wanted to use my Ruffled ribbon ($18.95 for 9.14m) and the In colours. By the time my kettle had boiled I had a basic idea of what I wanted to design.

I punched a large circle (6.4cm circle for $33.95) in a square of Island Indigo and another circle from a slightly larger square of Pool party. I lined the 2 circles up to create the framed window.
On a piece of white cardstock I stamped the birds and clouds in Pool party and Island Indigo. This would become the background through the window.
Stamped the balloons and cut them by hand and chose one for the back ground. Used vellum (pg125 20A4 pages for $12.50) to create the window frame.
The rest was simply a matter of lining up ribbon and choosing a sentiment.
Stampin’ Up! makes it so much easier to create a coordinated piece because you know the colours will all match up and co-ordinate. Even the circle punches all fit together like stacking cups! The little brads on this card are from sale-a-bration and were my favorite item in that catalogue. They are really pretty.

Only other tip for this design is to tuck your ribbon behind the white card and push the brads through before you attach it to the Wisteria Wonder that is the background card – this just helps keep it neat from the inside.

Be Inspired

There are a couple of ways I recommend to find inspiration. The first I discovered, and which I still love, is a site called Splitcoaststampers. You can find a multitude of ideas and tutorials to help you on your creative journey.
Click on Splitcoast and the link will take you to the SU! Gallery. You can then search for cards made with a specific set of stamps. You won’t always find a SU! Au set as it’s a US-based site and SU! Au do have some sets they don’t get in The United States of America or which may have been released under another name, but for the most part, you will have success.
I found this invitation on Splitcoast, which I used as the base of a design for my sister’s wedding in 2010. What I loved most about making the invites was sitting with a table of my crafty friends and forming an assembly line. Working together made it feel really special and was a great way to feel involved in an event which was being planned so far far away.
This was the final result

 Another good site to follow is Pinterest – search for boards labeled “Stampin’ Up!” or Cards or Create – you never know what you may stumble upon.
You can also get inspiration for past catalogues – never throw out a catalogue! or from Stampin’ Up! promotional material.

I created this birthday card inspired by the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

I hope those ideas set you on a path of creativity.  Will be seeking some out myself as I have 2 birthday cards to finish – and maybe, just maybe, a Welcome baby!

XXX

Miss Fox