New Jen Martakis: January Pea Soup

Jen has a new release over at Two Peas in a Bucket that corresponds with the January Pea Soup collections. Don't know what that is? Well, each month a few digi designers release a common color palette with their own unique designs and special elements. This month it's a very subdued, neutral color group and I am loving it! So fun to add that POP of something to a bunch of neutrals. I came up with two hybrid cards utilizing the kit. 

For this first card I was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest this morning. You can see it here

It ended up being a super simple card. Amazing how minimal embellishments can pack a punch. Love how the blue is in your face. I added the twine to give a bit more texture. Mostly for my own taste. I mean, I love clean and simple but I still a little oomph.

Card uses January Pea Soup Paper and Simple Starts Kit 1.

The next one was a fun one for sure. A little bit more paper and stuff going on. I opened up my Photoshop and layered one of the elements with the journal spot that includes the flower. Printed it and then trimmed around it so that it was centered as the front of the card. Then, I printed off another journal spot, cut the flower out and added some Stickles. The Stickles actually changed the color of the paper a bit! What was once a light tan now had a bit of a green hue to it. Cool! I used Picasa to create a collage of some select papers from the kit and printed those out. Love doing it this way as I can shrink the patterns for card making AND I can get multiple patterns on one piece of paper. Trimmed, punched and glued.

Card uses January Pea Soup Paper and Elements

The sentiment is stamped using an old, old, old set from Inkadinkado. I inked up the stamp, and stamped the sentiment on the bottom, then kept stamping up to the top. Love the movement it creates. Such a fun technique!

A close up of the flower and how green it looks with the Stickles.

Showing the layers and dimension.

And I would like to leave this post with a fabulous quote that my dear friend Stacey posted on Facebook today. It went a little something like this:

Do not spoil what you have
by desiring what you have not;
But remember that what you now have
was once among the things you only hoped for.
~ Epicurus (Greek Philosopher 341 B.C. - 270 B.C.)


Perfect timing to hear that quote! How about you? What little quotes and such have been speaking to you lately?