Thursday, February 14, 2019

Picket Fence Studios February Guest Designer




Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day!  


     I'm excited to be February's Guest Designer for Picket Fence Studios, celebrating their new release today.  I hope you'll follow the theme for the day and "LOVE" all that you see.

     For my first card, I was inspired by my mom and dad, who recently adopted two kittens from a local animal rescue program.  Picket Fence's Rescued is my Favorite Breed set, was perfect for such an occasion.  I'll be sending this to the veterinarian who has dedicated her life to rescuing cats and kittens and adopting them out.

     I stamped the puppy and kitten in black, brown and white and used my ScanNCut to quickly cut them out for me.  I placed them, willy nilly  around the card, in line with my cover plate die I used for interest.  After embossing my sentiment with Wow's Opaque White Fine Detail powder, I popped it up and placed a popped up kitten and puppy at the end.  I thought the veterinarian would appreciate the whimsical nature of the card.
  


     My second card was inspired by my grandma, who used to grow cats and kittens in her flower beds.  I think those were her favorite things to plant.  I used the Gingham background stamp on a die cut piece of kraft card stock, embossing it with the same white detail powder as above, to make my latticework.  I then used Gina K's Amalgam ink to stamp the blooms from Succulent Blossoms on to green card stock.  I then used Prismacolor pencil shades of green, purple and brown to complete the realistic look of the plants.  I embossed my sentiment, from the Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers set, and cut it out with my new Cut-Align from My Sweet Petunia.  I adhered the lattice piece with the florals on a white card base.  I think my grandma would have loved this card.  I think I'll send it to my mom, to bring her some good memories.



     My last card, and probably my favorite, uses the Let’s Shake Our Tail Feathers and Shop Hard sets.  This design immediately struck my brain when I first saw the peacock feathers.  I thought I would change things up a bit, though.  Typically, I think I should have made the fan of feathers very colorful…just like a beautiful peacock is colored.  But with this card, I decided to make the woman’s outfit the colors of the peacock, using my Life ChangingBlender Brushes.  I accomplished this by stamping and cutting out my girl, twice.  I blended the ink on one girl, cut out her outfit and bow and glued them on the other girl. Instead of inking my feathers with colors, I embossed them with Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder, sideways on my white card stock.  I then placed my girl to the right of the feathers, so it looks as if the fan of feathers is actually her tail.  I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and cut it out with my Cut-Align.  Along the right side of my white card stock, I used gold metallic washi tape and black card stock to create a border.  This brought the feathers and black ink of the girl, together.  I adhered all this onto my white card base.  I think it turned out real lovely! 


     I hope you have enjoyed my projects.  Thank you to Picket Fence Studios, Lydia Fiedler, whom I bugged for hours, and my Stamp Junkies fellow admins for putting up with my blogging technical woes (and choice words).


     All Picket Fence products I used are linked below.  They are affiliate links, which provide me with a small percentage of the sales, but does not change the price for the customer.


     Thanks for joining me!  Marci

33 comments:

  1. Freaking amazing, that's how you did! I LOVE the girl with the peacock tail!

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  2. Congratulations!! And I love them all but of course furbabies run my house so yep that is my favorite!!!

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  3. Really cute Marci, love the succulents ❤

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  4. Congratulations! All beautiful cards!

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  5. Love them all. Your sassy girl with the peacock feathers is amazing. Great job and congrats Marci. Well deserved.

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  6. Congratulations, Marci! I love your 3 unique layouts! The rescued card is so cute - I love how you used the cover die to place your pups and kitties. I really like the look of the white embossed lattice stamp. (I wonder if cats and kittens are the same as hens and chicks? I am not a gardener but I've never heard of cats and kittens. Maybe it's a regional thing?) I'm sure your mom will love the card. Combining the peacock feathers and the shopping girl was so clever! And I love the sentiment! I did the same thing a couple of times when I needed to blog - I had to bug the heck out of a couple of friends with all of my questions!

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  7. Oh, you did great! I love your cards!

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  8. You did an amazing job on all three cards! I wasn’t sure of the cats and kittens for the plants but your cards are very well done. Looks professional, which you are❤️ GREAT JOB!!!

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  9. These are FABULOUS, Marci, you ROCKED it!

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  10. Congrats on guest designing. Your cards are awesome.

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  11. Love your creations. Thanks for sharing them with us. And yes Rescued animals are my favorite too.

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  12. Wonderful cards! My rescued tabbies approve. :)

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  13. These are great cards Marci. I love the dogs and cats one!

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  14. It is the same as hens and chicks...must be regional lol..thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them!

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  15. I love the cards! I'm so proud of you for rocking your first guest spot!!

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  16. Congrats Marci! They are awesome. Especially love the shake your tail feathers card! Brought a smile to my face! And for some reason, I could see you doing this 😉!

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  17. The cards are amazing!!! Never would I ever have guessed this was your first "guest designer gig.". You Rock!

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  18. Wonderful job!! I love all three cards. ❤

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  19. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing your creativity. Love those pets!

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  20. I love all of these cards! Amazing colours on the shopping girl and succulents. Congrats on your Guest Designer spot!

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  21. Fun stuff!!!! Congrats on your guest spot!! Cheers! -Anna.

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  22. Congratulations! I love love love every single one of your cards. Definitely makes me want each set!

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  23. Congrats! Well done. Your cards are an inspiration.

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  24. Congrats on the Guest Designer position! Fabulous cards - you nailed it!

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  25. EEEK! Yay, you! You did Picket Fence proud! I love seeing you spread your wings, lady. They are all wonderful but I think the 2nd one speaks to me the most. Love ya, Terri Burson

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  26. Congrats Marci, I loved them all, and they are all my favorites.

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  27. Love the cards, they are all so stunning. I love the simplicity of the first card and the message says it all! Great job, Marci and congrats!

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