Hello Crafty Friends!
It's been raining every day for over a week here in Sydney, Australia.... autumn is really here!
I have to say that I surprised myself this time. I don't usually make a set of cards. Why? Glad you asked! :) When I sold Close To My Heart (back when it was called D.O.T.S), that's about all I did -- stamping cards. It got really, really old. Everything was rubber stamping (pulls out hair). I cringe when I think about making a card for someone, which is not a fun thing when you are, after all, a PAPER crafter.
Well, I decided to make a set of cards for this month's project, but there's a method to my madness, which you won't know until I show you project TWO! *insert diabolical laughter here*
First of all, this kit is so EASY to work with. Ideas just flow rapidly with these items on my craft table. Okay, let's get started! Card one:
The above photo is the first card I made-- this cute but offset one. Weird, huh? I know, but I love it. I used the Tim Holtz distress inks to sponge color over the leaf stencil. I love the translucent look. Then I used a gold Decoart marker to outline the leaves. It really made them POP! I had some paper lace, which I also distressed, and some leaf gems, which I added to the paper leaves in the kit. The washi is along the bottom, and the top row is a sliver of paper from the collection. I love the cut apart cards in this paper collection; you'll see that I use them often!
The second card I made may be my favorite. I added a pocket to it with several layers of washi, paper, leaves from my stash, crocheted lace, and a button that I distressed. The jute from the kit is perfect in that wooden button!
The third card is very fun, too. I used the pear background paper, layered a card on top, and I used leaves from my stash, which I dabbed with the Nuvo Glitter paste -- WOW! That really made them gorgeous. Next, I added crochet lace to the bottom, but I wove some of the jute through the lace. I love that look!
The fourth card is more simple but still fun. I have a leaf and acorn stamp border that I used on the top of a layered card stock card. I added two rows of trim at the bottom of the card, and on the cut apart card on the center, I added an eyelet with a dangle.
The fifth card has a very glittery base! I used the Nuvo glitter paste over the leaf stencil on a pumpkin colored card stock. There is a forest green border on the bottom which I border punched, and two rows of trim. I also added the tiny leaves from the kit and a ribbon flower embellishment.
And lastly, card number six. This is very fun -- it's a double pocket card with cards in each pocket. Don't you just LOVE those gnomes? I also added jute to the top of the card and attached a charm. The large gnome on the pull out card is one of my newest digital creations. I was thinking of a way to use him, when lo and behold, Vera sent me gnome paper! WOOT!
If you'd like to see closeups of these cards, and a hint as to how I'm going to use them, you can watch the video HERE.
Thank you for taking a look at this delightful project!
Be sure to check out the kit for yourself HERE.: