The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mr Cardmaker is a Team Player (Woo Hoo!!)

Well, as of 9am EDT, today marks the OFFICIAL start of my tenure as a DESIGN TEAM MEMBER at Challenge Blog!  Uh, excited much?!  Uh, YEAH!

This is me---- Click on my Blinky to check it all out!

Yup, that little sucker is MINE.  Check it out on my sidebar.

Here's the sneak peek from yesterday, just to whet your whistle--

In keeping with the challenge at Oozak, I have a second card that fits the theme. Once I get my star punches out, there's no stopping me, it seems.

I made this--

This was really fun, getting the stars to align, so to speak.  I worked at getting some movement happening, both from the swirl of stars, AND the depth I was able to achieve.

You can see more of the depth in this shot--

The teal stars are actually the card base peeking out from where I punched the striped background piece.  I stamped my sentiment (Stampin' Up!), and colored in some letters with a Copic marker (BG15).  I popped that piece up on foam adhesive so you could see the stars better.  There are also stamped stars in a few instances, so you're not going to get any flatter than that.

Then the stars get layered in, some flat, some on foam, some glued flat on TOP of the ones on foam.  I really am loving the vellum stars here, because you can mostly see under them to the level below.

Add some pearls, just to fill in and help with the idea of movement, and that's that!

I'm also entering this card into A Blog Named Hero's "It's a man's man's man's world" challenge.
You can play too, by going HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a safe, fun weekend.
All Best-


  1. Great card!
    Congratulations again on your DT spot!
    I'll go check them out in a bit!
    Love the stars!

  2. It's FABULOUS! Absolutely perfectly detailed and the movement just carries your eye from one gorgeous cluster of stars to another. Love that you used the negative space of punching to compliment the stars on top. This is a beautiful card and has an incredible masculine and patriotic aura to it.
    Well done Richard!! I honestly cannot wait to see what else you create :)
    Happy weekend to you too.
    Lisa x

  3. Richard- Your cards are amazing, I love all the detail you put into them. You have a very clean style, and I love that! Your cards are handled with such care. Amazing job!

  4. Woot! So happy for you, Richard, and I'm anticipating all sorts of inspiring things!! (but that's not new at all!)
    I love this star card - it took my breath away! My eyes were delighted by the random ( ha! ) placement of the pearls, and for a split second I thought the polka dotted stars were places where the pearls "were not" if that makes any sense? The illusion evaporated quickly - but it was so cool and left me studying the card for several minutes! The punched out base to reveal the teal is amazing - yes, a lot of dimension on this one! (was that one sentence?) Hugs!!

  5. Great post Richard! And both of your cards are amazing, love all the layers and texture you created!

  6. LOVE this Father's Day Card. GORGEOUS! Congratulations on the design team nod. That's awesome.

  7. Hey Richard! Congrats your your new dT adventure! Love the stars...glad you could get them all to align just right! If only we controlled the universe that easily! Thanks for the shout out on the YNS blog--you NEED a Xyron! Use a coupon at Mike's! Have a fun weekend!

  8. WOW!Very pretty cards!Love them!Congrats!!!!

  9. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! And your star card is so wonderful! Love the stars that you cut from the background of the card!

  10. Your card is stellar! (Pun intended)
    But seriously, I really like what you've done here. The colors and composition are fantastic.

  11. Love the flow of stars! The arrangement is fabulous! And congrats on your new DT! How very exciting, Richard!

  12. Wow, that's over the top! But I really really love the second card - that's just gorgeous!

  13. Great use of negative AND positive die cuts! Thanks for playing along with ABNH!

  14. Love the stars - woohoooooo.

    And congratulations on your DT spot.

  15. Great alignment of the stars--you've created your own galaxy! :)

  16. CONGRATS on the DT Spot, Richard! Your stars are fabulous~great design and textures :)

  17. Such a fantastic card, Richard. Love the flow from top to bottom with your stars. A BIG congratulations on your DT appointment. They are so lucky to have you!

  18. Contrats on your much deserved GDT spot and you're just showing off with that amazing first project! Fantastic Father's Day card too, great design Richard :) (I stamped my blocks just the once using versafine, thanks for asking!)

  19. This is an awesome card! Love the stars!

  20. Well congrats to you..and love that awesome stars card!!

  21. Congrats on your new DT position! This card is just FABULOUS!!! I am loving all those stars. I have never been to your blog before and I am utterly impressed with your quality of work! Thank you so much for playing with us over at A Blog Named Hero! :)

  22. I did say CONGRATS, right? Sheesh! I can't remember now! LOL Well...if I didn't then a HUGE CONGRATS and definitely, totally well deserved my friend!!! If I did say it already....well it can never hurt to say it again! I love the star design over the stripey dp!! And just enough bling...see? I'm not the only one who says masculine cards can carry off bling! ;) Fabulous!

  23. Wonderful! I love all the stars - cut out and layered... the swirl adds so much motion! So clever!

  24. Awesome card! Love what you did with the stars! Big congrats on your DT spot - it was only a matter of time!


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