Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Bling with Creative Charms

This week it was my turn to post a few projects on the Creative Charms blog.  I hope you are in the habit of checking the blog regularly to see all of the projects my fellow design team members post to inspire you.  I always have fun working with these embellishments.  Here is a LINK to my post.  I have some more details about the cards to share here.

I decided to make some bright and happy cards to help chase the winter doldrums away.  I am happy to report that the snow is finally melting in New England and Spring is just around the corner!

For the "spring" card I made a flower stem and some "grass" from the fancy polka dot ribbon (from the deal and kit of the month for March).  You can use an ATG to apply the ribbon but I find it easier to use 1/8 inch Scor-Tape for the narrow ribbon and 1/2 inch Scor-Tape for the wider ribbon.

I cut sections of the ribbon and angled the ends for the "leaves"- the bottom ends will be hidden under the "grass" strip.  The base card is an A2 card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 when folded) and the layers on the card are cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches (white layer) and 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches for the blue layer.

The wider and darker green ribbon makes the "grass" along the bottom.  I tried a few Cricut cuts for the "spring" word (cut from white gemstone Core'dinations cardstock).  This version was from the Cheerful Seasons Cricut cartridge.

I ended up using the "spring" from the Cupcake Wrappers cartridge.  I dotted the "i" in spring with a purple gradient gem sticker.

It is from the layer or topper section of the cartridge and the word is cut from the center of a circle.  I simply adjusted the size so the word would cut to fit the space I had on the card.

I used a purple and white sunflower for the flower - the gingham center is fresh and cute and makes me think of Spring.  


I used a large dimensional Glue-Dot to secure the flower to the card.


I added an extra green gradient gem sticker to form a head on the green sparkled butterfly.

I also made some simple birthday cards (for significantly numbered birthdays!).  I use a lot of the gradient gem stickers in my projects because they are simple to use and come in such nice gradations of color.


First, I colored some chipboard numbers with my Promarkers.  This was a quick and easy way to make them coordinate with the papers I chose for the card fronts.


I added lots of bling to the numbers for the cards that were for our nieces.

The cardstock for this card is from the DCWV "Sweet" stack - an older stack but still a favorite of mine.

These were 5 x 7 inch cards and for the 18th birthday card I added some peel-off borders around the edges.  The colorful glitter cardstock is from the DCWV Citrus stack.


This pattern from the"Sweet" stack is one of my favorites - but hard to look at when you are watching your weight!

The decorative tag is for the Display Board in my kitchen.   In some other parts of the country, St. Patrick's Day is not a very big holiday but it is greatly celebrated in the Boston area!  The tag is cut from heavyweight watercolor paper with a Nestabilities long scalloped  rectangle die.

The word "Lucky" is from the Straight From The Nest cartridge.

It always pays to search for a pre-welded version of a word you want to use on a card or page.

I cut apart a  Pure Blossom dark green gem and used the sections to make a four leaf clover.  The word was cut from metallic American Crafts cardstock.  I like the texture with the ribbed design.  Four of the pieces are arranged like a clover and I added a stem with some more gradient gem stickers.

A couple of notes...

I am excited to tell you the Dollar Days are back at Lettering Delights.  This is the time to stock up on digital content and printables for the holidays.  You can visit the site by clicking my affiliate link in the left side column or the image below.  I'll have some new examples of my digital scrapping projects using some of the Lettering Delights fonts,  images and papers soon.

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There are also some early bird specials for orders placed by the 23rd:

Early Bird savings from March 15-March 23rd. 
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I hope Spring comes your way soon! 
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  1. I loved your cheery spring card this morning! Plus it looked like something even I could make:) In Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day is a big deal so I loved the tags as well!

  2. What fun cards! And they DO make me think that Spring is on the way.

  3. I just wanted to let you know that you mentioning a display board in the kitchen gave me the idea to get a bulletin board and change it for the seasons. My son and I will have fun decorating it. I already have lots of ideas! Thanks for being an inspiration.

  4. Wow!! I love the creativity and inspiration! The colors are fabulous! Love the added bling--it makes the cards simply POP!!

  5. These are some great projects thanks for sharing with us.


  6. Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of a seasonal display board in the house. As a teacher, there is always one in the classroom, but I have never thought of transitioning that idea to home!

  7. I love the Spring card. I really enjoyed seeing all the different aspects of it. Thanks.


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