Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cheery Strawberry Card

It all started with the strawberries...  These knitted strawberries are one of my favorite items from Creative Charms and when I saw the paper (Garden Variety by Cosmo Cricket) I knew they needed to be together.

The paper I had was six by six inch squares and I wanted to make a five by seven inch card.  As you can see - this paper is not big enough to make a conventional layer, however, there is a little trick you can play to make this work.  The strawberry paper above is cut to six inches by four and one half inches.

Simply slice the paper at about one and one quarter inches from the short end and move the two pieces into position on the card.  The card base is kraft cardstock.

I decided to add a red lower mat (cut at 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches).  You could stop here, but I chose to add a layer to hide the divided strawberry paper.

My first plan was to use the red and white polka dot paper as the coordinating layer.  I thought it looked passable for the strip of paper but the words were lost.  The "For You' is from the Gypsy Wanderings cartridge (this cartridge is only in the Gypsy so you would need to have a Gypsy to cut it - you could use a different phrase from a different cartridge if you don't have a Gypsy).

First I tried changing the top layer of the words to the same green as the medallions but I didn't think there was enough contrast.

So, third time is the charm as they say and I finally decided to change both the strip that hides the gap in the paper and the top layer of the sentiment to this lively yellow floral paper.

The small medallions were cut with the Spellbinders "Lacey Circles" dies.  I still like using metal dies to get perfect shapes with the slightly rounded edge that only a die will produce.  The smaller circle is adhered with foam dots centered on the larger scalloped lacey circle medallion.

The base medallion was cut from some dark green Cor'edinations textured carstock and it is also raised with some foam dots.

The double layering and the berries themselves make this a very thick card so I would plan to hand deliver the card when I used it.  It would be a nice "welcome to the neighborhood" card if it was delivered with some strawberry treats!

Creative Charms has a special weekend deal for you.  First, blog candy is back on the Creative Charms blog so you can visit and follow the Creative Charms blog and leave a comment on the post HERE (on the Creative Charms blog not my blog) to have a chance to win a free deal of the month for June.

Creative Charms has also packed up a great deal for this weekend only. The amber marble vintage brads, blue marble vintage brads and grey pearl vintage brads together are 50% off. That is 27 brads for only $5.25. Grab your Vintage Brad Sale right away and remember - the Simplicity items are all still on sale at 70% off HERE.

Is it cold where you are? The weather here has been quite chilly and rainy for several days - naturally it started raining right as the carpenters were taking off a big section of our house to frame in the repair and addition.  Fingers crossed for a nicer weekend.  If it rains we will just have to focus on indoor jobs and there are plenty of them to go around!

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  1. a great tip on the 6x6 stacks which i have a ton of. i love making odd sized cards...i don't know why i didn't think of 'slicing' my paper to fit. thank you sooooo much.

    just ordereed some vintage brads too. good price.

  2. Great tip! Thank you!! Love your card. The greens and yellows are great!!

  3. What a great tip! I tend to hold on to all my scraps and have tons of odd pieces, I can see how I could make this work for me with today's tip!

  4. Oh Diane.. what a beautiful card.. I love everything about it.. and what a great tip on "stretching" the paper.. hugs

  5. What a great idea! Now why didn't I think of that. I love your bright, fun card.

    The weather here is horrible. It's in the 60's, 70's amd rain every day in western Washington. Damp and cold, Where or where is our summer?

  6. Those strawberries are awesome!

    I have an award for you on my blog:

  7. In Michigan we have a saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait an hour and it will change." Seems to me a lot of states can say that this year. ;)

  8. Thank you for your tips and the step by step on how to do this lovely card - so nice!

  9. This card is gorgeous! The little knit strawberries are adorable. Also, thanks for the helpful tips, I'll make sure to try them out!


  10. Thanks for sharing an awesome card and all your great Information is always Appreciated!! Thanks!!


  11. This is great! I love this paper pack and those starberries are adorable!

  12. What a pretty card and I love the crocheted strawberries! I just did a birthday card using my Cricut and these same papers! Come check it out on my new blog at!


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