Monday, July 11, 2011

Did you know.....

 ......that I was so inspired by Kate/Duchess of Cambridge's style? These photos were taken during her first visit to Canada during the Canada Day celebration. She is the new fashion icon who has EVERYTHING--the style, the figure and all....to pull it off.  Please do check her latest fashion here. If that link is not still enough, check Pinterest (search Kate Middleton)
I knew that I must try making cards inspired by her visit here!
So with that, I came up with two cards. Yup, I got carried away....I made this card's background first. My favorite thing to do these days--emboss resist. Then I find the entire white maple leaves and red backdrop are too much....so I scaled down and made it into a square card-very prim and proper!
merci 
Since Kate often wears very subtle colors and lots of grey and brown, I want to  take the maple leaves into different direction. So here's comes the 2nd card.
THANKS
It was so fun to use on single maple leaf stamp for two cards with two different looks. Lastly I asked Dr. John about the must have-tools for card-maker. 

 .......What is the most important tool that you must have as a card-maker?

Virginia: "Fiskar micro scissors. I can not do without it when I did these fussy cutting with the maple leaves."
 Dr. John: " ....there is no. such. thing."   ( I think he is trying to save his wallet).
Just the answer that I was looking for.

30 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh...I have been oohing and aahing over all the pictures of her. She is stunning and seems very comfortable in her own shoes. I love both cards...but the second one I really adore. Love how you stitched on the sentiment banner.

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Kate is a fashionista. Love her dresses. Your cards are fabulous too.

Jaclyn Miller said...

Wow, what a great place to find inspiration and you nailed it...and I really get a kick out of your hubs responses.

Lin said...

LOVE both of these, my friend! And to think it all started with a hat....... :)

Karen B. said...

These are fantastic cards and I really like where your inspiration comes from! Your husband...he cracks me up!

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE Looking at Kate's outfits...your cards are perfect V! Hugs....

BabyBokChoy said...

I do love your future queen's hat and your take on the inspo photo! awesome cards :)

Alice Wertz said...

love the color contrast on your first card and the design is fabulous. i adore the background (text) stamping on your second card! such different styles and both so beautiful! love them, Vi!!

Eve said...

I can see that you had FUN making these! :-) I first saw your cards on flickr, and i came here to check your post. Now i know why you made these cards! Fab.cards, being inspired by the photo!!! :-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH! I love both cards--I REALLLLLLLLY like that second one--it has the BEST details! LOVE it! And I think it is so funny that Dr. John is saving his wallet! SOOOOO FUNNY! I love when you share what he says:)

Simone said...

Wow Virginia! Your cards are so beautiful! LOVE all those maple leaves! Kate is so gorgeous and I love her style! You should check out www.whatkatewore.com - such a great website! Ahahaha Dr John sounds a lot like my hubby! LOL

Lindsey said...

Wow, both these cards are royal winners! Being a fan of red, that first card really speaks to me, but I do like the second one a lot, too. Kate's red maple leaf fascinator was awesome, and I also loved the blue lace dress she wore the first afternoon.

sheila said...

your cards are a perfect complitment to Kate's outfits! all are terrific!

Barb said...

You always find the best inspiration! I love this post! From seeing beautiful Kate to your wonderful cards to the laugh I had from Dr. John! Hugs! :)

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

(-:
and LOVE your cards! Great source of inspiration!

Dawn said...

your cards are lovely Virginia. Your cards are very patriotic as well. Love the maple leaf.

Mariska said...

Kate is so pretty and your cards inspired by her are too. Absolutely gorgeous cards, both of them!

xxx
Mariska

Lindsay said...

These cards are fabulous Virginia! LOVE them both!

Cheryl Nelson said...

love, love, LOVE your interpretation of Kate's style! So FAB! Always get a chuckle from Dr. John's responses!

MarcyK924 said...

Those cards are AMAZING! What a wonderful inspiration - a hat! Love the positive/negative on the first card and the background of the next one. And HI, Dr. John!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Virginia you are so creative how you take everyday items and news that interests us all and translate them into art. Your cards are beautiful. Love how you are always trying new and different techniques. Thanks for reminding us that beauty is everywhere and to keep our eyes open.

Anni said...

I always love your "Did you konw..."-stories especially when your husband is involved!
Sehr schöne Karten hast du wieder gebastelt, Virginia! Es ist schön zu sehen, was dich inspiriert und was du daraus zauberst! It´s magic!
Liebe Grüße, Anika

Vicky said...

Everybody loved Kate! I hope she will be as happy in her life as she looks in the photos! It's not easy being a princess! Now your cards are beautiful as always and Dr. John's thoughts are my favorites!!!

Rachel W K said...

Very cool cards, and so different!!! I love them, and who couldn't love Kate? She is fabulous! I love my fiskars paper cutter! Couldn't cut straight without it!

-rwk
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Clare said...

Wow, Virginia, I reallllly, super love both of these cards! I am a BIG fan of maple syrup, and these cards are leaving me drooling! And I can't believe you fussy cut those leaves?! Wow!
And thank Dr. John for me for the laugh - such a funny answer!!!

AnitaRex said...

I love that you were inspired by the princess! I also so enjoyed her visit and seeing what they were up to and what she wore!!! And Dr John really cracks me up!

donna mikasa said...

wonderful inspiration from Kate's wardrobe! I LOVE the second card and the stitched sentiment--so cool!! I LOVE my Tonic guillotine paper trimmer. So much so that I have another one as "back up"!

Dana said...

*swoon* I just love her. Almost as much as I loved Diana when I was a young girl. These two cards are outstanding Virginia. You are just so on the ball.

Jocelyn said...

Wow! Wow! (That's what I said when I saw each card.) It IS cool how the stamps look so different even though the overall colors are the same. I could see you making a whole set of cards based on Kate's fab wardrobe. BTW, I couldn't live without my Cutterbee scissors. :)

dahlhousedesigns said...

She is lovely isn't she. A true princess. And she inspired some A.maZ.inG cards!!! What a great inspiration.

lisa a.