Where have I been all week? All over Hawaii's Big Island! We have family visiting and my husband and I have been playing tour guide. Of course, this is play and not work. There's so much to see on our island, and I love showing it off to people who are new here, and I always learn something new myself along the way.
But also along the way, I had some time to make a card for the first weekend challenge of the Create With Connie and Mary Occasions Edition! On the other hand, I was almost late with it because, well, I haven't had much craft time! So when I got that reminder on my computer that it was due in 2 hours, was I surprised – and panicked! But it all turned out well because I had all the "stuff" from the 2012 Occasions mini out that I'd been using to make my projects for the subscription. (It's still not too late to subscribe! Everything is available to everyone who subscribes – you never miss a thing no matter when you subscribe!)
But I digress (happens to me more than most, I think).
I'm not sure which part of this card is my favorite. OK, I'll confess that I really loved cutting up the front of the Designer Cuts Card and doing something different with it. I actually did something different with the Designer Cuts Cards in my Week 1 project for the Occasions Edition, but this wasn't it. So I've been having fun with them – and not using them in any traditional manner at all!
I have to tell you that I'm loving using Riding Hood Red! Up until Christmas, I hadn't been using it much at all. Then Stampin' Up! started making it a part of some gorgeous Designer Series Paper sets, and I was hooked on the color all over again much as I had been when it first came out. This time around, I am so loving the look in the printed papers that are part of the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper set. This is actually the first time that I used the darker of the floral patterns in a project. I liked the pastels so much that I've been overlooking this print. Now I wish I had more sheets of it!
This is also the first time that I've matted the Labels Collection Framelits like this. I cut the same size for the mat as for the stamped layer, and then cut the mat in half and have it peeking out at the top and bottom of the stamped layer. With a little more effort I could have made it peek out at the sides, too. But I'd put in just about as much effort as I could for this project before I had to go play tour guide again!
Except for the card stock and the Little Leaves Sizzlit, everything in this card is from the Occasions Mini Catalog! It's a great mini catalog, and I'm really looking forward to using more and more of its products as the next couple of months go on! If you don't have a copy of the mini, yet, be sure to let me know and I'll get one right out to you!
We're off doing our last weekend of touring this morning – to the south side of the island, hopefully to see some green sea turtles basking on the black sand beaches of Punalu'u. I love living in Hawaii! I hope you love living where you are – and will have lots of fun with whatever you're doing this weekend!