Create with Connie and Mary's weekly challenge for their New Catalog edition had me scratching my head for a bit. We were to use NEW Big Shot items in a FUN way!
Well – Big Shot products are ALWAYS fun! So I interpreted this to mean I should do something that would be a bit on the unusual side. Now, I've known about this challenge for a couple of weeks, so I thought the best thing for me to do was to get out all my new Sizzix products and play with them. You've seen some of the results here in the last couple of weeks. It was while I was playing with a new idea earlier this week that I decided what I was going to do for this challenge!
It's a chain made with three flowers cut with the new Floral Frames Framelits and some Rich Razzleberry and Lucky Limeade Card Stock. I originally planned for this chain to run on a diagonal on a standard 5-1/2" w x 4-1/4" h greeting card. But while I was fussing with that, I laid the chain on the diagonal of a square and all these designs appeared with that symmetrical layout! So a square card it was. After that the design was very simple – wrap a bit of ribbon (Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon) around the empty corners, add a sentiment in the middle – and it was done!
I really wanted to do more with this design. But every time I went to add a gadget here or there, it just looked like too much, and it seemed to detract from the central design. With the background paper (from the Simply Scrappin' Kit, Razzleberry Splash) there seemed to be enough detail to highlight the chain without detracting from it.
I even moved the "Feel Better" sentiment (from the stamp set, Sassy Salutations) around, including down in the lower right corner. But putting it in the middle of the chain helped accent one of the designs that the chain formed. I punched the Whisper White sentiment layer with the Curly Label Punch. (I know – it looks like Very Vanilla! But I went back to look at the actual card several times before convincing myself that I really had used Whisper White! Funny what cameras do!) Because we no longer have the Sizzix Movers and Shapers die that made a mat for the Curly Label Punch, I simply punched another with some of the Lucky Limeade Card Stock, trimmed off the side points, cut it in half, and matted it behind the top and bottom of the stamped layer.
The final accents were some little Basic Pearls in each of the "petals" of the chain's flowers. I really had fun with those little critters!
I hope you're having fun with everything that you see in the Create With Connie and Mary New Catalog Edition! If you haven't subscribed, there's still plenty of time – and you'll even get to see my Guest Designer Project from Week 1! You'll get to see ALL of the projects. And, since all the projects are using what's in the new catalog, you'll be able to use them for the whole Stampin' Up! Year! Go to the Create With Connie and Mary website for more information!