Rachael and I live fives hours from each other, but we Facetime most days of the week. If we can't make cards in the same room, we can do so electronically. This has been a big help to me because she is definitely the one with the most artistic talent. It is often that I ask her opinion on just how to add or delete something from a card I am making. And she always gives great advice. As I have evolved in my card making over the past six years, I have learned so much from Rachael, and she is truly one of my greatest inspirations. Quite a while ago she began to make minimalist cards while I was still stuck making the same-old, same-old cards I always had been. Rachael inspires me to take risks and to try new things so I finally came around to trying to make minimalist cards myself.
If you are a user of Stampin' Up supplies, you know that a couple of years back they redid their color families and eliminated quite a few colors that, apparently, didn't sell well. To this day I have mourned the loss of a few of those colors, but find that I am still drawn to them. Such is the case with Poppy Parade and Summer Sun. This card is one I cased from the Stampin' Up catalog, but changed it enough to make it my own. Here's what I used:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive
Stamp Sets: Delicate Doilies, Celebrate Everything
Inks: Summer Sun, Poppy Parade (one of my all-time favorite in-colors that has been retired), Old Olive
Dimensionsals to pop up the center of the Poppy Parade doily
Brads: In-color brads from a while back