Happy Design Team Appreciation Day to you!!
When I think of Betsy's work, the first thing that pops out at me is the COLORS! Nobody uses color like she does! Just pick the happiest colors available and use them all! She is truly a master at mixing and matching the colors and patterns.
The next thing I notice is her use of texture and how she sews on a lot of her cards. She uses her Cricut and different border edgers and buttons... here are some examples that show how truly gifted she is...
I envy the people who receive these cards and can just imagine their faces when they open them! How can these NOT brighten even the gloomiest of days! I smile just looking at them online! haha
OK, well here is my attempt to brighten someones day. I picked lots of cheerful colors. Did a little sewing and added buttons where I could. I used Specialty Paper from K&Co., PTI Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Pure Poppy and Lemon Tart card stock. Since I don't seem to know how to work my Cricut very well (I am scheduled to take a class next month) I used my Slice to cut the hug bug and used a flower shape for the sun.
I used Martha Stewart border punches as well as the butterfly. Papertrey sentiment from Everyday Button Bits in Dark Chocolate ink and PTI buttons for the wheels. For this next card I used a pure poppy card stock base, with kraft, aqua mist and sweet blush card stock. (Betsy's favorite color combo from a couple weeks ago :)) I stamped happy birthday from Around and About Sentiments in VersaMark ink on the aqua mist paper. I stamped the cupcake from Cupcake Collection and cut it out. I added Stickles to the candle and punched hearts.
I was at Jennifer McGuires ( http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/ ) blog and saw she is having a card drive for some great little kids that are dealing with some horrible things. I plan to make more but this next card is the first I made for the Cards for Kids Drive . I don't have too many cute kid stamps so I had some paper with these monkeys and cut them out, stuck them on card stock and cut them out again. I used my new PTI Violet Stamp for the background and embossed it in white. (I got a little dusting of powder where it is not supposed to be. I think I saw somewhere they sell some product that eliminates that?) Anyway, I wanted a little more color so I stamped some Lemon Tart Dot Spots in the back of the monkeys. I hope they bring some cheer!
PTI's design team is simply amazing. They are the most talented, gracious, encouraging, and generous people! They take time out from their busy lives to create and share with us and are soo inspiring and I cannot thank them enough! (But if you are reading this..THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! lol)