This week's challenge over at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog is to make a project with my favorite product from the 2012 Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. My FAVORITE? How do I pick a favorite????
Well, as you can see by this card, I cheated a bit. I started out thinking that the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was my favorite. But which sheet? Ah – three of them. OK, so I took the three, punched them with the 1" Square Punch and made a pieced design. But that was kind of plain. So off I went to find the new Labels Collection Sizzix Framelits to cut the pieced section. Nice! I also used the same label framelit to cut a piece of Riding Hood Red Card Stock to use as a mat. Now that should make THIS my favorite, right?
Ah, not so quick. I just had to spruce up the little squares, and what better embellishment to use than the Twitterpated Designer Buttons. Hmmm. Maybe that's my favorite. But then I realized that this card didn't have an appropriate sentiment. So off I went to find the sentiment from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set. Nice! But what to use to stamp on? Ah, I went off to yet another favorite, that label stamp in the Take It To Heart Stamp Set! Another possibility for a favorite.
But then I realized that the card base of Blushing Bride Card Stock looked much too plain. Embossing is always in style, and we have that fab new Adorning Accents Embossing Folder with all the hearts on it! Wow, what a difference that made – times two! But still too plain in the middle of the card. Ah – maybe it's the Pleated Satin Ribbon that's my favorite! It even sits so nicely without having to be tucked under anything when you snip off a piece of the back of a pleat – even better when you use TWO pieces of the ribbon and have them facing in opposite directions behind the central motif!
Update to answer a question: When snipping off a piece of the back of the ribbon isn't an option – for example, when that would make the ribbon too short – I cut the ribbon a bit longer than I want it to be. Then I use my paper snips to cut the thread holding the last pleat in place. Finally, I tuck the flat piece that I just made under the strip of ribbon, keeping the ribbon the length that I want it, and trimming the piece on the back down to about 1/4." I adhere the ribbon to the card with Sticky Strip. In some cases (a project I’m working on right now needed this) I use a mini glue dot to keep that tucked piece in place.
OK – how many "favorites" is that? SEVEN! I give up – I can't name my favorite! Oh, the shame of it being so indecisive! I just may have to go make something with Bordering on Romance to get my spirits up. Hmmm. Maybe I should have made that…… No; we'll just leave this whole thing where it sits now!
I hope you're better at figuring out YOUR favorite than I am. And then go post a link to your card on SUO Challenges!