Hello and welcome to Crafty Ola’s Store Blog today!
How is everyone doing? Excited about this month’s card kit?? Well, this Erica sure was! In case you didn’t see my sneak peek post, you can hop across to that here.
Deciding to create 4 cards with a similar ‘base style’, I got cutting, scoring and folding, using the solid card stock that come in the kit. To begin with I used the yellow, navy, pink and grey. I cut them to create cards in the American A2 size, 5.5”x4.25” but as the European A4 only leaves one of each one of these, I also trimmed down the ‘leftover bit’ to make smaller cards so I would have very little waste. Crafty waste is almost a crime!
Moving swiftly on from making the card bases, I trimmed down panels of the patterned paper to fit on them, with a little bit of trim showing around each one once mounted on the base. So far each card base was the same, only with different colour schemes. The smaller cards were cut to be a similar design and are a bit smaller *obviously* at around 5”x4” but who says all cards have to be the same size?
Right, I digress… back to the crafting! I set up a little cardmaking station and got my double-sided foam sheets out, cutting pieces to fit each patterned paper piece. Next step was to decide on embellishments and sentiments! I got the gold stickers out and on the grey/pink card I placed them in a striped pattern.
I actually loved the way this came out so much I didn’t want to cover it up too much, so sentiment wise I kept it simple by heat embossing ‘If nothing changed there’d be no butterflies’ using the Wow Embossing Powder that came with the kit on a strip of leftover grey card stock. A few of the Butterfly embellishments were added to frame the sentiment and that was it. Simple cards are not my strong suit at all, but I’m quite proud of the fact I was able to stop before this turned into one of those ‘oh man, I should have stopped about five embellishments ago…’ situations.
On the yellow card base I added the gorgeous yellow and red flowery patterned paper and surprise, surprise… I love this one so much too, I ‘had to’ try keeping it simple without covering too much of it up. Does anyone else have this problem?? I should probably frame some of my patterned papers rather than just hoard them, should I?
Using the gold stickers again, I placed four of them towards the bottom and added a strip of layered card stock with a heatembossed sentiment on top of it. Three butterflies were the final flourish for this one!
On my navy blue card base card I used the gold stickers again, only three this time and towards the top. On the bottom one I hung the purple tassel and the only other embellishment is a butterfly cut out of the gold mirror card stock, using the die in the kit.
I decided to leave this one sentiment free. I know… such a shocking twist, isn’t it?? Lol!
Moving on to card no4, this one with the pink card base, I realised I have been a bit of a one-trick-pony with the gold stickers (but I looooooove how easy it is to change up the look of the patterned paper just by adding these!) It was time to do something radical and not use them.
I cut out a heart shape out of one of the pink patterned paper sheets and added it to the card with some foam tape. On a slim strip of leftover grey card stock I stamped ‘You make my heart flutter’ using only VersaMark ink as I didn’t want the harsh look of black on this sweet card. After the sentiment strip was added, I finished off the card with a few sequins trailing across the card.
I was really in the groove by now and grabbed the white card stock, cut, scored and folded it into another A2 sized card. Getting the ribbons out, I used the slim strips that were left over from cutting the card stock down to size.
Using double-sided tape I adhered the ribbons to the matching card stock and then added these directly to my card base. And because I had managed to make a whole card without using the gold stickers, I got them out again and added one to the middle of each ribbon. This looked SO pretty and has so much texture! I had to force myself to finish it because, yet again… I didn’t want to cover it up! Oy.
Well, I heatembossed the sentiment ‘Happiness is like a butterfly’ on a tiny bit of scrap card stock I had left and added that to the card. Two butterflies were added and then I looked through the kit again and clearly thought ‘this card does not have enough going on already’. Because I added one of the metal embellishments to it too. I did add some gold twine which I tied in a bow first.
Two of the smaller cards that I made from the ‘leftover cardstock’ made it into cards too. On the dark blue one I stamped loads of the sentiments from the stamp set with VersaMark ink to create a patterned paper look. I used a piece of my favorite patterned paper from the kit, which I added at an angle using foam tape.
The sentiment, ‘Blossom like a butterfly’ I heatembossed on a small piece of yellow card stock, layered it with some of the gold mirror card stock, added a wooded flower embellishment and a gold mini clothes pin before adding that too. Then I realised I had not used any of the rhinestones that comes in the kit so I started adding some to the card base. And it’s entirely possible that I went slightly overboard…
The pink one was equally quick and easy to make: I ran some of the leftover grey card stock through my BigShot machine with the embossing folder and added it to the back of the pink patterned paper so that about 0.5cm showed on each side. This was all added to the card using double sided tape.
On probably my last piece of grey card stock, I heat embossed ‘Live your dreams’, added a metal butterfly charm, some rhinestones to each end and adhered the whole shebang to the card at an angle, using foam tape. Done!
I also have a bonus card which was done in less than 3 minutes. Yep. No joke. Ready? The ‘leftover’ grey card stock piece was scored, folded and measured. I then cut a piece of patterned paper so that it was about 1cm smaller than the folded card base. I cut out a piece of foam sheet to size, added it to the back of the paper and adhered it to the card base. Sentiment wise I used the gold mirror card stock again and cut out a circle sentiment dienamic from MFT Stamps (NOT included in the kit) which I glued onto the card front using Multi Media Matte adhesive. Some more gold twine came out, got tousled together, grabbed by one of the gold mini clothes pins and added to the card in the middle of the circle. DONE!
Phew! Well, that’s it from me for today but I hope you have enjoyed this post and that I have inspired you to try a new technique or simpluy to look at your kit with new eyes.
You can find me at my own blog, Instagram, Facebook and Flickr if you are interested in seeing more of my work. Until next month, happy crafting and don’t forget to share your work so we can all see!
Lots of love from Erica