I know I've already shown some Easter themed projects this week, but I can't help it, that was my favorite new line from Karen Foster Design for this release... I do have some Graduation projects, as well as more Prom and Ballet, but they will have to wait :)
I created a four panel wall hanging using chipboard as a base and Loopy Brads to hold them together. I really wish I could show you this one in person... it was dark when I took the photos and they are very grainy and don't show all the colors in the papers properly. Click on the images to get a better look...
I cut the letters to spell "EGGS" using my Silhouette and then added glitter...I didn't do a great job brushing off the excess glitter either... I used Lightroom to give the photos a vintage feel.
I painted the new Pizzazz Brads with a cream paint and used them in the corners - the bottom piece is just a double layer of doily that I rubbed with Antique Linen Distress Ink and a light pink pigment ink.
To create the eggs, I used an oval Spellbinders die and then added a bit of shading around the edges along with a bit of crotched trim. To give the letters a bit more substance I cut two of each, one from cream colored cardstock and one from pink cardstock and layered the pink one underneath so you see just a hint of it around the edges of each letter.
The polka dotted clip on the side started out as a bright silver, but a little paint (cream) and Copic marker (pink) took care of that. The loopy brads are tied together to attach the panels to each other.
What do you think about the look of this Easter collection? It's very different for Karen Foster, huh? I'd love to see some more themes with this vintage style.
This is a quick mini album I created using a cardstock base - one side is covered in papers/stickers/embellishments and the other is a large photo with a few more doo dads. I wound up having to use stock photos for this... if by any chance you know the girl in these photos, please tell her I would be happy to send her this book once KFD is done with it :)
Jack's been patiently waiting for me to finish editing these photos so we can read, so I'll make this quick... a couple of layouts from Karen Foster Designs new Ballet collection. Again... the photos were taken in horrible lighting... for a better look at the colors, check out the products here.
There is something so lovely about ballerinas... I remember as a little girl one of my absolute favorite books was a Little Golden book (remember those?!) about a girl who wanted to become a ballerina and I remember all the pictures of the gorgeous tutus and toe shoes... I used to read it over and over... sigh.
You'll see a lot of black and white from Karen Foster Design at this show - in addition to the card crafting kit and black & white paper crafting stack, the new Wedding collection features products in tones of black and white.
I used one of their new Stacked Border stickers on this simple layout in addition to their new papers and cardstock stickers.
My sister had lavender roses as her bridal bouquet and so I used a Copic marker to color one of the new Grand Brads.
I used another piece of a Stacked Border to decorate the front of this little gift bag - I used my Silhouette to create the base and covered it with paper. These would be nice ways to package up a thank you gift for the bridal party, or if you were more ambitious - favors for the wedding guests.
And this is a super simple card - I added glitter to the die cut heart and another Grand Brad in the corner.
Stop by tomorrow for some more peeks from Karen Foster Designs new collections. Have a great day!
Happy Monday! Today I have some cards to share that I created with a new kit from Karen Foster Design. I love the versatility of the black and white color scheme, but truth be told, one of my favorite things about this kit is the adorable little tin container it comes in.
It comes loaded up with products to make 18 cards - and depending on the design, there would probably be lots of paper and embellishments left over to use on other projects. This is what you get in the kit...lots of black and white textured card bases, plus double sided patterned papers and black and white solids... endless ways to mix and match.
The big challenge for me in making samples with this kit was to only use what came in the kit... no adding extra papers or stickers, no buttons or other ribbons (of course, you could add in any products you wanted from your own stash for even greater variety, but I needed to stick with the kit in order to show the product as is for the trade show)
I figured that using any tools I wanted was fair game though :)
Here are some of the cards I came up with - as I said above I could have made a dozen more and had lots of product leftover!
For this card I created a simple ribbon rosette by doubling a length of ribbon and using a basting stitch along the bottom that I gathered together and then stitched the ends closed - took less than 5 minutes. I attached it with one of the gem brads that came in the kit.
For this card I used my Copic markers to add a bit of color to the clear stickers. I colored them quickly using just one brush stroke per petal followed by a slightly darker color in the center to get that watercolor look - I used a green marker to add color to the white mini brads too.
For this card I used my green Copic marker to add a little dot of color in the center of each flower as well as to color the sentiment sticker. I found it easiest to color the sticker while it was still on the backing sheet and by brushing over it a few times, it also has the look of something that was watercolored.
I had an extra flower that I had colored and didn't use on the first card so I decided to use it as the center of the design here - I also embossed the cardstock with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder and used a punch on the bottom. I like to make some plain cards without a sentiment on the front and keep these on hand for when I need something at the last minute.
I broke out some of my old punches for these last two cards... doesn't get much faster than this...
and do any of you remember the old chevron punch? it seemed like there was a time there that you couldn't open a cardmaking magazine without seeing these shapes in various configurations...
I also embossed the cardstock for this card and then wove the ribbon over and under my punched shapes. I used some extras to create a frame for the sentiment inside the card.
Good morning! CHA will be starting in a few hours and this week I will be posting some projects featuring some brand new releases. The artwork in Karen Foster Designs new Easter collection is a very different look for them, but I absolutely love it! Very vintagey and the colors are so much better in real life - I was racing to get my projects to the post office and only had a few minutes to take photos (in very bad light as it was already dark out by the time I finished, sorry). For a better look at all the products, look here.
These are the new Easter cardstock stickers -
and this is a card I made using the stickers, new papers, as well as a new type of brad called a ribbon clip which I painted yellow and then filled in the blue polka dots with a Copic marker. These brads are great for attaching ribbon to the edge of a page or card, or look nice on their own too. They would also work well for clipping some money, a check, gift card, tickets, etc. to the inside of a card.
The ribbon and pearl brad are from a previous release, but the colors coordinate with the new products really well. I added a bit of Stickles to the egg sticker.
Check back every day this week for a new project. Looking forward to seeing all the new goodies from CHA, aren't you? I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new embossing folders - did you see the ones that Tim Holtz is coming out with? gorgeous!
With the holidays and all, I don't believe I ever posted anything about Paper Crafts latest book - A Card A Day... have you seen it? It is just what it proclaims to be... a book with a different idea for a card for all 365 days of the year - some are seasonal or based on a holiday, but there are lots that would be perfect for any day of the year.
It's so nice to see the sun shining today - almost forgot what it looked like. Here are a few layouts from the Brother and Sister themes released by Karen Foster Design in October. Looking forward to sharing some CHA stuff soon :)
Oh how I wish I had a better photo of this... the first time my two older boys met their new baby brother... if anyone out there reading this is on the fence about switching to a Digital SLR... just do it! even in Auto mode it is so much better than anything you can get from a point and shoot...
and to reinforce the "three" aspect of the layout, I tried to use embellishments in groups of three
And one last Sisters layout... guess I went a little punch crazy with my new Martha Stewart Loopy punches :)
Just a quick post today - a Valentine's Day layout using Karen Foster Designs products released in October. This photo of Jack was taken last year to use on his class Valentine - the idea being that a tootsie pop would be attached to each card and it would look like he was holding a giant lollipop... we were all set to print these out when our old computer crashed... and that was the end of that project and the beginning of months of recovering files and moving photos over to a new platform (Mac).
I thought the photo would make a quick layout using KFD's stacked stickers (cute, but not as tasty as a tootsie pop!)
These stacked stickers almost look good enough to eat :)