Aside from all the awesome new stamps, beautiful new papers, and amazing new tools & embellishments, the New 2012-2013 Annual Catalog is also a fantastic source of creative inspiration! If you're still in need on a catalog, see details on how you can get your own copy for FREE.
CASEd from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog, page 138.
I was inspired to create these Two Cool cards after seeing a similar project in the new catalog on page 138!
I loved the idea of using scrap strips of coordinating Designer Series Paper, and even some scraps of extra ribbon, to make a fun background. You know you always have little slivers of pretty papers, and tiny, too-small-to-tie ribbons, that usually find their way to the trash can. Now you can put them to good use! (Just what I need, another reason for this paper hoarder to SAVE scraps—haha!)
I cut a variety of widths of paper, and laid them out ahead of time to plan a pleasing pattern. The paper is adhered with 2-Way Glue Pen, because the SNAIL adhesive was too wide for most of the strips.
C. Café Twitterpated F. District P. Party
I love the beautiful blues and greens on this design! I picked Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade and Baja Breeze patterns from a variety of new Designer Paper Packs: Comfort Café, Twitterpated, Floral District, and Patio Party. See the exact patterns shown above.
TIP: The Patio Party sheet I used is actually a variety of unique stripes that are designed to be cut apart and used as pretty, decorative border accents (photo #1 above). And, another sheet in that same package is perfect for punching with a 1-3/4" Circle Punch (photo #2)! How versatile! Click to enlarge the photos!
For some texture, I also added a strip of Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon and new White Stitched 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon with Multipurpose Glue.
The sentiment has three layers. The bottom layer is Whisper White card stock die-cut with the Labels Framelits, then textured embossed with the Stripes Impressions Folder. I stamped the For You image from new Layered Labels in Lucky Limeade and die-cut that with the new Apothecary Accents Framelits, then stamped it again in Midnight Muse and punched it with the Large Oval Punch.
TIP: The letters in "for you" are actually outlines. I filled them in with a Midnight Muse marker, so the words would be darker and stand out a little better against the patterned background.
All the layers are popped up with Dimensionals, of course, and have a little Rhinestone Jewels bling!
This is such a fun and easy background to make, even for kids! Try it today with some of your scraps!
- Stamps—Layered Labels, Just Believe (card #1 sentiment)
- Ink—Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade Classic Ink and Midnight Muse Markers.
- Paper—Comfort Café DSP, Twitterpated DSP, Floral District DSP, Patio Party DSP; Midnight Muse, Whisper White card stock
- Accessories—Rhinestone Jewels, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
- Tools—Labels Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Stripes Impressions Folder, Large Oval Punch, SNAIL, 2-Way Glue Pen, Multipurpose Adhesive, Dimensionals
Firm-Foam Ink Pad Club Update!
So far, we have 3 participants in the Ink Pad Club, so I'm still looking for 2 more people! Want to purchase all the new Firm-Foam Ink Pad colors at a discount? See complete details: Firm-Foam Ink Pad Club. Contact me if you'd like to participate! We'll start as soon as we get 5 people!
Ink Pad Club Refill Inks Option—I had a request to add Refills Inks, so I'm offering those who participate in the Ink Pad Club the option to purchase all of the matching Refill Ink colors for an additional $30 flat fee per month, over the 5-month Club committment. That's a savings of $13.20! Priority Mail shipping will remain the same, since the bottles won't take up much room.
Off to get ready for my Stamp Club event tomorrow night! Fun!