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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Similar cards - different themes

My mother needed a card for someone who has moved, so I made a card using my stamps from Hot Off the Press. I started out stamping the house and fence onto kraft, colored in the details of the house with a white gel pen, cut them out, then I chose two DPs ans layered them onto kraft panels. That being done I thought "this is going nowhere".  Ideas totally gone. I decided to pull out a tree die from Marianne and some lace from my stash. The card felt empty at the top, so pondered a bit, took out my star die from Marianne, heat embossed the cut with EP. It got better, but I wanted to add a sentiment to, used my Lawn Fawn banner die to cut it, moved the piece  around and finally settled for a spot.
 
I was sure this was destined to be a card that would end up in the "get back to it later pile" (yeah right) but when finished I actually liked the whole layout so well that I decided to make one similar but with a Christmas theme.

I know that on the photo the roof lookes like moulded cheese, but I used my snow pen for texture and added some glitter and IRL it looks quite nice. I used another tree die, also from Marianne, chose white lace and stamped a Christmas sentiment.

The cards are very similar in design and I've used many of the same items, but I feel I acheived two different looks. Now I would love to hear your opinion - which one is your favorite?

The "Home is where your heart is" card is for these challenges:
Inspiration Destination - #80 Always Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - #110 Die Cut
Cards und More - # 155 - Use Kraft

The "Joy to the World" card is for these:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Die Cuts (tree and star dies from Marianne)
Addicted to Stamps and More - #188 Holiday
A Snowflakes Promise - #20 Anything Christmas Goes

37 comments:

Loz said...

Two Stunning cards Pia..Loz

scrAPpamondo said...

Hey, my friend, you have made what I always do! Add a bit here and there... there is some space empty to cover... and so on :D :D Fabulous! :)
I love both your cards, but expecially the first one for its light and sweet colours. For the second one I think that you have done a gorgous work and love the idea of the snow pen on the roof for the texture! In my opinion it don't seems cheese at all, it has instead a great look! Love also the white lace as snow, it's really a lovely touch!
Hugs

Chrissy said...

Two fabulous cards Pia..love the soft colours on the new house one and really love the snowy roof with the white trees and white lace on the Christmas one..both are wonderful.

luv CHRISSYxx

Frk. Bogstad said...

Kjempeflotte kort båe to :)
Du verden for eit pirk-arbeid vi somme tider må gjennom ;)
Likte oppsettet med stjernehimmel og blonde som grunn :)

cotnob said...

Two fabulous cards Pia, they are both gorgeous but I think I like the Christmas version the most - it is amazing how different they both look.
Pauline
x

Monika Reeck said...

woooww
so many layers and so adorable
let me tell you I love the first one that under the house look like a root of the tree
cool DIE you have and nice blue with that house Pia
second card hmmm so festive and love the dark blue and the snow on the rope
cool popcorn pen effect
and if you see at Sunday Stamps this sunday I use my pop corn or snow pen too hehe
love both of your card dear friend
hugs
Monika

Patricia Alvarez said...

Your cards are great. I like the first one the most :). Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Destination this week. Good luck!!! Patricia

Brenda's Card Corner said...

Love them both Pia! Both are fabulous for what they are...new home and Christmas card!

Brenda

PS. Thank you for your condolences..

Pat K said...

Gorgeous cards Pia. You have such a way with colours and that is evident in these creations...beautiful work. Pat K x

MaryH said...

This was some fussy cutting for sure! But how pretty it turned out, on both the cards. Love them, the colors, your use of dies, and the layout design. So glad you joined in with the HLS April Christmas challenge. Perfect card for this month! TFS & Hugs too.

Marina said...

I'm laughing at your moulded cheese comment - I don't see it though. It's a great design and works equally well in both options . I always find your use of diecuts inspiring. You make it look easy, but I don't find it so.

Sid said...

Loving your creation Pia ! Wonderful design !!

sandie said...

You know I love that die and rhe mouldy cheese is so funny but it does look like snow! Great cards x

Karen Steele said...

These are two beautiful cards Pia! There is so much fabulous detail on both so it's hard to choose a favourite! If I really had to I would pick the first one I think but only because I really love the colours, but then again the white on the second looks very Christmasy... decisions, decisions!

Asha said...

Oh so cruel of you to make us choose! I love them both. Each is unique in their own way. The roof looks more like cottage cheese to me... nothing mouldy about it -- at all! Expert layering and tons of detail... as only you know how.
x Asha

Mervi said...

Wow Pia, they both looks gorgeous, beautifully done!
Soon you been hooked for making cards with same stamp to different occasions, lol. My favourite is the first one though.
Happy weekend;-))m

Viv's Visuals said...

Just one word here Pia - AWESOME!
Fabulous cards. x

Lisa Minckler said...

LOL...no way does that look like moldy cheese...you're a hoot...it's FANTASTIC. Absolutely love the diversity of this image and how spectacular of you to create two amazing purposes for them. I completely LOVE them both!!!

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely cards, scenes are just stunning with the touch of snow, chippies and lace, and just love your chosen colours...have a great weekend.xx
 {aNNie}

*Vicki* said...

These are both really amazing creations and I love that you've kept the theme the same, but slightly different variations with it. The gold is stunning and I love that added lace to your designs as well!! Have a great weekend! HUGS

chrissy xx said...

Both GOrgeous design Pia...But, both so different..It's an ideal stamp for new home and Christmas How good is that!
Why you could even have a row of them for any occasion! Even a background scene.
I LOve how you've used Kraft paper to stamp and your snow looks Brilliant.
LOve them both.{Especially Christmas lol}
Chrissyxx

Laine said...

These are both fabulous and festive Pia. Lovely design and detail.
Laine
xx

Mimi said...

I love these cards! Both! That arc with stars is my FAVE die of yours, and I think you must have so much fun giving each of these homes different treatments! Almost like paper dolls, but paper houses... the possibilities are endless!

crafty-stamper said...

TBH I don't think I could choose between them I love them both I love the stamps and roof doesn't look like mouldy cheese to me lol-I really love the star circle die too--thank you for your comments on my blog and the tissue holder-the tissues I had opened at the end too so maybe a good idea to cut half a circle at the end instead of the middle maybe
Carol x

Donna Ellis said...

How beautiful these are, Pia! Amazing how differently they appear with a change of color! Lovely! Hugs, de

Michelle said...

Wow - these are simply stunning Pia - love the first and second one! Fantastic die-cuts too. You could do the Christmas one again and then add a sentiment "From Our House to Yours" :) (or not lol) - lovely work as always - Michelle x

Marty Fishman said...

Two different cards that are equally beautiful! I do like the set of stamps you used from Paper Wishes - so cute! I love all of the elements of your cards, but think my favorite on both is that star die - that is awesome! Great job, and I enjoyed reading your post :-)

KraftyKoolKat said...

Two really gorgeous creations Pia. You are very talented sweetie.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Tracey said...

Beautiful cards Pia :o)
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Mandy LaCroix said...

STUNNING! What great cards! :)
Thanks for sharing over at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Tammy said...

Two beautiful cards, I love that cozy house image and the fabulous dies you've used!
Tammy x

Kim Heggins said...

Two fabulous cards...love your sweet house and that you turned it into both a new home card and a Christmas card, just beautiful.

Rahmat said...

Adorable card with kraft and white colors, love all the wonderful layers. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

applejack cards by sue said...

They are gorgeous, beautifully crafted. Thank you for sharing with us over at A Snowflakes Promise Sue DT

meg said...

Both card s are beautiful Pia, I love the way the star die encompasses the house as though it's keeping it safe, love both versions but as Christmas cards are my favourite I would pick the Christmas version as my personal choice

Donna said...

These are both stunning. The first one would make a great house warming present in a frame!

Wendy McCarthy said...

These are both fabulous Pia! The first is so lovely in the subtle colours and beautiful textures, the second makes a fabulous Christmas card, just love that circular star die! Xxx