Morning! I have something fun to show you today - a little burst of creative freedom that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed and wanted to share with you. My crafty friend Eileen Hull is just a total WIZ with matboard. It's really amazing the things she does with it. Her creativity finally convinced me that I wanted a mat cutter. I had dabbled in watercolors years ago, and during that time, I took a mat cutting class, so all that I needed was a little refresher. Eileen to the rescue! She gave me a quick tutorial on how to cut a mat, and this black piece was the result. It was a scrap piece that she had, hence the untraditional size. She handed it over to me, and once I got it home, I knew that I wanted to use it for something.
I was in Target a while back and saw this gorgeous pillow (number 7 on that search - the DwellStudio Garden Pillow). The contrast struck me right away, and I knew that I wanted to recreate it! Papertrey's Turning A New Leaf was a natural choice to give it a whirl.
So combine those two back stories, and look what you get! (This is a bit fuzzy - sorry! The light wasn't very strong when I was photographing it.)
So, the details...I used Papertrey's Fresh Snow and True Black inks (Fresh Snow on the black mat; True Black on Stamper's Select cardstock for the background.) Stamping on matboard is so easy and it gives stunning results! The 'family' piece was cut with the Cricut cartridge 'Home Accents' from Stamper's Select and Smokey Shadow cardstocks. (The ribbons were some that I had here.)
What do you think? I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. Now I just need to find the perfect place for it! I hope this inspires you to try something a little different today!