I mentioned that last week I participated in a fund-raiser garage sale for my Family & Community Education (FCE) group. I knew that, as soon as that was over, I'd have time to get back into my craft room. And I could tell I was focusing on that as I kept seeing things for sale that gave me crafting ideas. Take this little floral frame, for example.
Of course those little ceramic roses on the frame reminded me of the Stampin' Up! Rosettes and Vintage Flower Adornments that are in the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. And I do have a bunch (pun intended) of them still hanging around as we get close to the end of the catalog sales period. While I hope that you might consider buying some, as a demonstrator I'll have to clear out my stash to make room for new products from the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog.
Once I got home and started going through my supplies, I found that I had used up a lot of what I had purchased on various personal and class projects. But I still had enough of a variety to create today's card.
To make the frame, I cut an oval out of a Medium Window Sheet with the Sizzix Ovals Die, added some sticky strip all around the edges, and then placed the flowers on the sticky strip. Once I had my frame made, I had to decide what to put in it. I started going through some family photos, but resizing and editing one of those was going to take some time, and I was anxious to see what the finished card would look like. Then I remembered yet another Occasions Mini Catalog product, the Easter Blossoms Stamp Set. And of course once that little girl's silhouette was in the frame, my creative brain jumped to the sheets of the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper that I still have left!
To decorate a bit more, I added some leaves punched with the Two-Step Bird Punch, layered up some Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke Card Stock, texturized the Baja Breeze Layer with the Sizzix Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, added some Scallop Punched accents, and I was done! Oh, and the greeting: The "Happy Easter" greeting is from the Stamp Set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.
The best part of making this card came while I was out on my lanai (porch) taking the photographs and my husband came out and said, "Wow, what a great card!"
So I'm having a happy day! I hope you're able to get some crafting done and that someone close to you compliments your work, too! And don't forget that you've got limited time to buy all these beautiful products from the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. If you'd like me to help you out with some ideas, just give me a call (808.965.1391) or send me an e-mail!
And here's the sketch for today's card. For the Designer Series Paper layer, I just used a 5-1/4" wide x 2-1/2" h piece of Designer Series Paper and overlaid two 3/4" strips of card stock punched with the Scallop Edge Punch. I offset the whole set of decorative layers up a bit to leave room for the greeting at the bottom.