I have a very special treat for you . . . a guest artist, Katherine Lapierre. Somehow the stars aligned for me, my good luck was awake, and some sort of fantastic kismet smacked me because this good fortune placed me in her company and arranged a swap. I won't ramble on, I'll let you see for yourself.
I am so incredibly in awe of how she can get three very beautiful and yet different looking cards out of just one stamp set. I tend to typecast a stamp set so that all my cards come out looking so similar. And, I gotta tell you, whenever I tried to do a card in black and white, it came out looking Gothic – ask my husband. Katherine's black and white card looks both elegant and even joyful. Can you see how she made the vase for her flower? She used a punch to create a black oval and cut off the top to make a bottom. Genius!
Don't you just love cards with a different fold? The picture above doesn't do justice to Katherine's pocket card, so here it is again with the insert where you can see it. I can just see this card tucked secretly into my husband's briefcase with some darling little note inside. (Now, keep it clean, girls.)
I counted nine layers in her lavender and green card, isn't it gorgeous? I love, love all the details she put in it: the ticket-corners, the three perfectly aligned brads (HOW does she do that?), the way she stamped off the flowers to give the card even more dimension . . . Even with all those layers, its still such a clean card, I think my favorite among the three.
I won't give away any more of Katherine's secrets except to tell you she was kind enough to do these cards to help us showcase the Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set and Petals & Paisleys designer paper. They're both so cheerful and really herald in the Spring season. There's even a Spring Fever Stampin' Up! promotion on those now, which you can find by clicking here.
Katherine doesn't maintain a site I can send you to, but if you enjoyed her creations as much as I do, you can definitely send her an email. She's at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Katherine, for helping herald in Spring. Happy Vernal Equinox day! Even though it's a little cloudy this week in Central Texas, it is definitely Spring. I have proof. Here's a picture of a redbud tree just outside my father-in-law's house. And, of course, you can't welcome Spring without a good poem, so here's one from Julian Grenfell.
The naked earth is warm with Spring,
and with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun's kiss glorying,
and quivers in the sunny breeze.
Or . . . maybe Robin Williams said it better: "Spring is nature's way of saying, Let's Party!"