Mischelle Smith and A BLAST From the Past ~ Random Patterns

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I went a little crazy with this set and there are STILL more cards I want to create with it!  If only there were more cardmaking hours in the day, right?!  {smiles}

This stamp set was originally a Stamp of the Month in 2009 and has always been one of my favorites!  Here is a link to view this set and the other BLAST from the PAST I will be FEATURING on Thursday February 10th Random Images and Pea Pickin'

For this first card I wanted to keep it simple.  I used Burnt Umber Palette ink and stamped my image on Kraft Cardstock.  The brown cardstock is cut with nesties Label 3 and then cut down in the middle to fit the size of my cardstock.  (You can't see this thank goodness).  I also incorporated another favorite stamp set T3343 Thoughts and Prayers (Inspiration Book).  The chartreuse cardstock is from our Mimi paper collection.


This next card ... I LOVE IT!  {smiles}

This color palette just makes me happy!

Okay ~ so the first thing I did was cut off one of the 'leafs' on one of the pattern images.  I can hear you gasping and it's okay!  Sometimes ~ stamps need surgery and I want to give you permission to operate as needed!  So I cut off one of the 'leaf' images because I needed a 'leaf' for this flower!

I used Rose Bud and Pear Tart Memento Inks to stamp this card.  The black 'stitching' is a fine tip marker.  I cut the heart out of the cardstock freehand.  I turned it over so the back was up and drew a heart with a pencil.  Then I cut it out.  I sanded the inside of the heart very gently where it had a couple of rough spots.  I added my stitching lines with my marker, my polka dot ribbon, flower, button and then some bling.  Isn't this a happy card!




I used another favorite set ~ TA3238 Bless Your Heart (Serendipity) to stamp the greeting on the inside.

Next I wanted to focus on simple.  I've been trying to design 'outside my box' and it's hard!  This was a fun card though!


I stamped my image with Lilac Posies Memento Ink and then embossed it with Transcendence Emboss Powder.  I also embossed my saying and then disassembled it.

I drew the stitched line by hand using a marker and a ruler.  The flower center is a button and then bling added to the button center.


The inside saying is embossed and the 'happy' is handwritten.


I used the saying from T3218 Viva La Friendship (Inspiration Book) ~ another set I LOVE!

This next card is a FAVORITE!  {I know ... they're ALL my favorites ... except the last card!}  I stamped and embossed all of my images with Transcendence Emboss Powder.  I used LuLu Lavender, Sweet Plum and Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink for this card.  The saying is from TA3238 Bless Your Heart.  After stamping my flower and leaves I cut them out.  I put my flower on pop dots and just adhered the leaves to the card base.

I used my Nesties dies to cut out the circle in my cardstock and to create the outside lavender 'window'.  This is a piece of patterned paper from our Angelee collection.


The center of the flower is stamped alone, cut out and then adhered to the middle of the lavender flower.  Looking at this card now I think I may go back and add a rhinestone circle in the center!  Hey ... I LOVE my bling!



The card below is actually the first one I made with this set.  I used a piece of dark plummy purple cardstock and the chartreuse cardstock I used earlier.  This was a tough color palette to photograph and you can see the variations here.  In person the palette is to die for GORGEOUS!

I stamped my images with Spring Pansy and Purple Hydrangea VersaMagic Ink and then embossed with Transcendence.


I LOVE how I did the chartreuse pieces so that they match up on the front and inside covers.  The front is on pop dots and the inside cover is adhered directly to the cardstock.  Kind of fun and such a simple card!



And the card that I DIDn't want to share!  I worked on this card throughout the day and still didn't 'click' with it.  I used Purple Hydrangea VersaMark Ink on this and DIDn't emboss it.  (Because it was in the trash).  I pulled it out of the trash and was determined to finish it.  Perhaps it will speak to someone!

I have so LOVED using this set and have more cards in my head just waiting to get out!  This set is great for masculine and feminine type cards and the images lend themselves to both.  I encourage you to give it a whirl!

Be sure and check back M-F all through February as we will be featuring a Guest Designer and Stamp Set every day this month!  And don't forget to join us on Friday Feb 4th for our Retiform Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Crafting!


Supplies Card 1 ~ Brown, chartreuse and kraft cardstock, burnt umber palette ink, nesties die #3, pop dots, t3026 random patterns, t3343 thoughts & prayers

Supplies Card 2 ~ Premium white and chartreuse cardstock, black ribbon collection, 2 chartreuse flowers, black button, bling, rose bud and pear tart memento ink, black marker, pop dots, t3026 random patterns, ta3238 bless your heart

Supplies Card 3 ~  Premium white and chartreuse cardstock, lilac posies and tuxedo black memento ink, transcendence emboss powder, black marker, pop dots, black button, bling, t3026 random patterns, t3218 viva la friendship

Supplies Card 4 ~ Premium white and angelee papers, lulu lavender, sweet plum and bamboo leaves memento ink, transcendence emboss powder, standard nesties circles, classic scallop nesties, angelee ribbon, pop dots, t3026 random patterns, ta3238 bless your heart

Supplies Card 5 ~ Maggie plum and chartreuse cardstock, spring pansy and purple hydrangea versamagic ink, transcendence emboss powder, pop dots, t3026 random patterns, t3218 viva la friendship

Supplies Card 6 ~ Maggie plum and chartreuse cardstock, purple hydrangea versamagic ink, transcendence emboss powder, chartreuse flower, bling, t3026 random patterns, ta3238 bless your heart

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  1. {love} your cards! {u} are SO talented!!!

  2. WOW .... You started out this promo with a bang! I love that card with the cut out heart. Great job on all of them.

  3. Wow, what great inspiration. Wonderful start to this fabulous month :)

  4. Mischelle, these cards are all fantastic! I can't pick a favorite, although the two with the cut out windows are amazing... but I love the simplicity of the others. Wonderful inspiration!!

  5. Another set I didn't look at twice...So many unique twists in these cards - my favorite it the cut out heart. Love them all though!

  6. Love them all! I have to get this set, it really is versatile! The circle cut out is my favorite!

  7. Absolutely WOW cards!!! Great ideas and a great start to the promo!! I don't have Random Patterns but am waiting to see what you do with Pea Pickin' (I still have it)!!

  8. I LOVE THEM ALL - especially the window cards! I have a suggestion for card #6 - move the entire purple panel down and on top of the right side of the "deco row"? Can't believe I am being so BOLD as to make suggestions to you - our super stamper star Leader!!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas - 2011 is going to be such a fun stamping year!

  9. Wow! Beautiful cards!!TFS so many wonderful ideas ans ways to use this set! You Rock!!

  10. Wow! All your cards are FANTASTIC!
    The window cards are Goregous and I love the CAS cards... Something I don't seem to be able to do well!
    I will be casing your Heart card... I love the colors and stitching well everything about this one!!
    Thanks for the inspiration I wish I had this set :(

  11. So many Amazing ideas!

  12. what holly said! you are a rock star and an awesome leader!

  13. Wow, your samples are the bomb. I made a mistake on my first linky. Sorry, I posted my card twice. If you can tell me how to delete the first one I would be happy to do it.

  14. Mischelle! These cards are awesome! Love the simplicity and the clean feel of them and ummmhhhmmmm...I've been known to do a little surgery myself...:_

  15. Wowzers! Beautiful cards--all of them, even the one you almost trashed! I LOVE how you wrote "happy" on the inside of one of the cards--great idea. Suggestion for the almost trashed card--maybe white cardstock instead of cream? Either way, it's still a great card! thank you for all the wonderful ideas in each card.

  16. And the card that I DIDn't want to share! I worked on this card throughout the day and still didn't 'click' with it. I used Purple Hydrangea VersaMark Ink on this and DIDn't emboss it. (Because it was in the trash).