Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April Blog Hop Part 4: Spring Florals and Pastels

This card would be perfect for a wedding or engagement! I started off with a Rustic Cream cardstock base, which I ran through my Cuttlebug using a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder from the Whimsy duo. I then machine stitched the edges since I felt the embossing looked a little bare without a border element. I die-cut the sentiment panel using the die from the My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings set. The "new couple" sentiment is from PTI's Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. I die-cut and stamped the flowers and leaves using PTI's Rosie Posie set onto shimmery paper I had in my scrap pile. 

April Blog Hop Part 3: Spring Florals and Pastels

I think this wedding card would be perfect for the bride who enjoys feminine, vintage-inspired touches. I used Rustic Cream cardstock for the base, and Graphic 45's "Spellbound" paper from the Once Upon a Springtime collection for the background panel. I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug with a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder from the Whimsy duo, and added some machine stitching around the edges. I used the PTI Mat Stack 3 die for the focal panel (I love this die, which is why you see it in so many of my projects), and created a butterfly embellishment using the Beautiful Butterflies die set (again, I love these dies and have been using them so much!). I used scraps of paper from the My Mind's Eye Dwell paper pad for the die-cuts. The sentiment stamps come from the Pretty Peonies anniversary set. A few stick-on pearls that draw me in every time I go to Michael's, and voila, a shabby chic wedding card!

April Blog Hop Part 2: Spring Florals and Pastels

For this card, I used Soft Stone cardstock as my base, and used the Harvest Berries stamp and die sets to create the design. In order to incorporate a more "spring-y" element, I used polkadotted paper from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair paper pad for my die-cuts. I then stamped the background elements using colors from the polkadotted pattern in order to pull the different elements together. It doesn't look exactly the way I had envisioned, but I do like the final product!

April Blog Hop Part 1: Spring Florals and Pastels

This month, Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink is challenging her blog followers to create spring-inspired designs using floral, polkadot and damask patterns. I deviated from her theme just a little by focusing on pastels and florals, but I think my creations are perfect for spring nonetheless, and I'm happy to have had her inspiration in the first place!

For the above birthday card, I used Soft Stone cardstock as my base and machine stitched a PTI Filigree Border die-cut to create the top border. The large birthday sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #12. I used used the Flower Fusion #3 die to cut out the little flowers, to which I added blue brads. I punched out little green hearts using a small paper punch, folded them down the center and used them as leaves. I finished the card off by adding a Tiny Tag in the top corner. The patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Dwell and Everyday Flair paper pads. I like the combination of the soft gray with the colorful pastels. Something about it feels just a bit retro!