I’m Here For You

 

It’s time for another My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest and I’m entering my project into the “Clean and Simple Genius” category.  Their prizes are a cardmaker’s dream–a $250 shopping spree to the shop!

I love CAS cards, but I’m telling you, they are not as easy to do as they look.  This one took me quite awhile because I was trying to get everything clustered together perfectly.  Not too squeezed together, yet not too far away.  A teeny 1/2 millimeter makes all the difference in the look.

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I started off with a circle frame I made from two Inside Out Stitched Circles Stax and Lemon Chiffon cardstock.

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I framed the circle over two vases I die cut from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and placed in the corner of a white notecard with foam tape.  I used Blu Rasberry and Orange Fizz to stamp the vases.  I love this color combo with the yellow frame.

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After trimming off the excess part of the frame, I stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it in white on Gravel Gray cardstock.  I made it into a strip and tucked it under the blue vase.  I scattered a few Ripe Raspberry hearts I stamped using the Boss Babe stamp set.

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For CAS cards, I like to have all the elements equal an uneven number.  In this case, if you look, there are seven elements on this card including the hearts and sentiment strip.  Everything is tucked close and kind of intertwining which makes it “pleasing to the eye” according to the rules of design.  I think it’s so interesting how your eye “likes” a certain look.  It’s true though, I think if I added an extra heart, it might not look quite right.

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There’s still time to join in this fun challenge.  They have 2 other categories too–Coloring and Specialty cards.  Thanks so much for joining me today–have a great weekend!

Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Crafting Happiness

For those of us who craft, the statement on this card rings true.  The happy calm we feel when stepping into our craft space is like no other!  Even if it’s just for fifteen minutes or so :).  Today’s project uses the recently released Crafters Essentials 2 die set along with Echo Park’s Eat. Sleep. Craft. stamp set.

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The big background panel in the set is perfect for the graphic style sentiment stamps.  I arranged a couple of the sentiments utilizing the chevron arrows to create the movement of “eat, sleep, craft, repeat”.  I really like the sunburst die included in the set.  It’s perfect for cute little focal points like the sewing machine.  Notice the design “triangle” I made with the stamps and the sunburst.  This is a design principle I love using for CAS cards.

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I stamped, colored and cut out the little sewing machine adding a little Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen for fun.  I actually have a fun, flowered sewing machine in my craft area that I need to use more.  Threading that bobbin just throws me off every time, LOL!  Someday…….:).

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I adhered the sewing machine to the sunburst with some foam tape and the entire panel was adhered to a lavender notecard with more foam tape.

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Here’s another card I made with the die set using the big fish tail banner.  I love how wide the banner is.  Perfect for block-style sentiments.  This sentiment is from the same Echo Park set I used in the previous card.  I die cut 2 banners in Crafter’s Companion Silver Spotlight Shimmering Cardstock to back the main banner.  A few drops of Liquid Mercury Nuvo Crystal Drops highlight the sentiment.

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Thanks so much for joining me today.  Be sure to head over to the Kat Scrappiness shop and feel free to use my coupon code: Heidi10 to receive 10% off your purchase.

—SUPPLIES—

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Crafters Essentials 2 die set

Echo Park Eat. Sleep. Craft. stamp set

Crafter’s Companion Silver Spotlight Shimmering Cardstock

Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen

Liquid Mercury Nuvo Crystal Drops