June 21, 2015

English Garden - Two Ways (and a TGIF Challenges entry!)

Food for thought today!  

I'm the first to admit that I'm not much of a DSP user.  I find I sneak in patterned paper as a little accent here and there rather than a focal point on a card.  Other than Typeset DSP, which I use constantly and tend to treat the same way I do hot sauce - you know the ad - "I put that $#!+ on everything!" Today, however, I'm aiming to change that!  

A few nights ago, I sat down with a handful of supplies on my desk and created a card for this week's TGIF Challenges, "Together Forever."  My pile of supplies included the English Garden DSP, metallic doilies, bits of gold foil paper and vellum and Typeset DSP, and some metallic thread.  I chose this beautiful pink sheet of paper and used it as a focal point to create a pretty card for a wedding or engagement.  

And while that pile of supplies was still on my desk, I went in an entirely different direction.  The weird thing is, the supplies on these two cards - at face value - are virtually the same, but the cards themselves are drastically different.

The red and white striped paper made me think of a nautical theme, so I paired it with navy and gold and made a more masculine birthday card.

Two cards, same supplies, totally different look.  Cool, eh?

Have a wonderful day - and don't forget to call your dad!



  1. Both your designs are just beautiful! The English Garden papers are just perfect for the TGIF love theme and I like how you've added touches of gold and the Expressions Natural Elements sentiment. Thanks for playing at TGIF this week!

  2. Great cards, Shannon, and your blog is full of fabulous work!

  3. I love when DSP is used a focal point. It is so impactful! It is neat to see how basically the same supplies can make two totally different cards. Great work, Shannon! Thanks for joining us at TGIF!

  4. Hi Shannon - I love everything about this - you rocked at TGIF!