Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy October!

Happy October!  A new month means there are some new deals available from Creative Charms.  This month there are two "Deal of the Month" offers and something new - the "Kit of the Month."

The October Kit of the Month contains some of the newest and most popular products and is available for $14.99 (a 25% discount from the regular price of $20.00).  I just received mine and I will be posting some projects made with it next week.

 Vintage Halloween – 125 Pieces
o   Halloween Vintage Frames
o   Halloween Twinkle Stickers
o   Amber Vintage Jewels
o   Amber Vintage Brads
o   Black Vintage Velvet Poppies
o   Black Gem Stickers
o   18” Black Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon
o   18” Black Velvet Ric Rac

The Deal of the Month is $6.99 this month (a savings of over 60% from the retail value of $20) and you can choose between the Early Christmas Set...

Early Christmas – 145 Pieces
o   Clear Itsy Glitzy
o   18” Red Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon
o   Clear Pure Blossom
o   Green 3D Sparkly Brads
o   Red Gem Stickers
o   Red Fuzzy Daisy
o   Green Braided Daisy Medley

...or the Fall Harvest Set.

Fall Harvest – 145 Pieces
o   Orange Itsy Glitzy
o   18” Yellow Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon
o   Amber Pure Blossom
o   Orange 3D Sparkly Brads
o   Amber Gem Stickers
o   Orange Fuzzy Daisy
o   Orange Braided Daisy Medley 

I had some bits and pieces sitting around on my craft island and I thought I'd make a quick card to share.  Sometimes I try out a new tool without a particular project in mind and I end up with lots of little extras that I throw into some of the containers I have sitting around my room.

When I got the set of Basic Gray/Sizzix embossing folders that I used for the Turkey Card (here is a LINK to that post) I embossed a trial piece of white cardstock with the "Snow Cap" folder.  The cardstock was cut at 3 3/4 x 5 inches and I was careful to center the embossing.  I also had some extra ATC (Artist Trading Card)  bases (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) in textured lavender cardstock.  I ordered some cardstock online that turned out to be a brighter shade of pink than I expected but I started to see how all of these layers could work together,.

I wanted to add an additional mat layer to tie the card together so  I used some Core'dinations Core Couture glitter cardstock.  I hate to squander my pretty specialty cardstock on a lower layer, so I trimmed out the center of the layer to use for another project.

To cut the center section out you need to use an exacto knife or a trimmer like this older Creative Memories model with a grid and an indicator on the blade to help you see where to start and stop the cut.

When adhering the heavily embossed cardstock to the glitter layer it is important to apply tape right to the edges all the way around the rectangle.

Here is the card with the base and two layers.  the glitter mat sets off the embossing nicely.

The lavender layer seems too plain with straight corners but adding some bling takes care of that problem!  I had these pink sparkle buttons from the September Deal of the Month and the color was a good match to my "oh so bright pink" card base.

I added a pearl gradient gem sticker to each sparkle flower to tone it down a bit and to match the pearl brad that I used in the center of the larger flower.  The pearl brad is from a Vintage Velvet Poppy - I had replaced the center with a sequin flower for the Candle and Card project ( here is a LINK to that post).

The dark purple flower cut is from the Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom Two set - I did a few trial cuts when I bought this set and now this one has found a home!  The small pink flower in the center is a Prima from the "Got Flowers" Valentine collection (the ones that come in the cute ""milk" bottles).  I don't know why it was out of the jar but it found a happy landing spot.

I used a foam square to lift the center flower a bit.

Here you can see how all of the layers and embellishments work together.

I chose the "Thanks so much" sentiment from the Stamping cartridge and cut it at about 1  inch (I adjusted it slightly to fit the space perfectly).  I used the same glitter cardstock that I used for the lower mat layer and cut with multi-cut 2.  You can never have too many thank you cards so I tend to choose a thank you if I don't want to leave the card without a sentiment.

This card is very sparkly in real life - it is difficult to capture the effect with the camera.

We are having terrific rains here and some parts of the country have had major flooding - I hope you are staying dry and can be inside crafting to keep out of the storms.

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  1. Nice card. It's good to know someone else has those bits and pieces laying around, too. This gives me some good ideas for using mine up. Thanks.

  2. Super pretty card! Love the embellishments and the embossed paper is beautiful. Yes, we've had lots of flooding here in MN. One of my friends has roads closed all around her house. Good thing she lives in the hills, but it makes it hard to get around with so many roads closed.

  3. Great card. I, too, like to keep my bits and bobs left over from other projects but am having a difficult time coming up with an effective storage system for them as I don't yet have a designated craft area. Any suggestions?

  4. I like that you spread out the things that you used! This is a big help for me! Thanks.

  5. Absolutely beautiful!!!! I love all of the detail, TFS! :)

  6. Beautiful card! The small details set it off nicely! Gives me a few ideas for my little whatnots, too. TFS


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