Yesterday, I showed you the sheet that I printed and then cut with my Cameo machine. I added some word strips and pennant flags to the sheet, filling it almost completely (now I wonder if I could have squeezed in a little stripe between the two sets of labels but you have to stop somewhere!).
At first I thought I'd just use a plain white card base but I wanted something with a little texture. I wanted something more neutral than the other papers in the Maggie collection I used for the labels (the Maggie collection by Lori Whitlock can be found in the Jessica Sprague store HERE). You never know where you will find the right paper - I guess that is why we all seem to collect so much! I had this Martha Stewart travel paper pad - it doesn't seem like it would coordinate at all.
In fact, this is the "A" side of the paper that I used, not at all the right colors, however, on the back it has just a subtle grid, like graph paper.
I decided to add a matting layer to give a slight stripe around the grid paper. To "audition" the combinations, I placed the printed flags and word strips on a piece of backing paper (actually, the liner for the seal on a flat rate mailer box - those come in handy as a place to hold sticky items temporarily). To anchor the line of flags, I pulled out a roll of skinny washi tape.
Washi tape is semi transparent, so one layer allowed the grid to show through.
The easy solution to this problem was to add another layer - now it is thick enough to hide the grid lines and the color is stronger.
I added some yellow twine for more texture along the vertical stripe (the aqua/green shades actually match better than they appear in this photo).
The twine is tied through a pinky red button with a glue dot to anchor it to the card.
Remember, there is a special offer on right now for the Square1 Printable. You can get a pack of 8 sheets with a free instructional video and free shipping for just $14.99 (usually $19.99 plus shipping and no video). If you have been curious about trying this material, now would be a great time to try it. Click HERE to go to the site and scroll down to find this offer at the lower left of the page - I am not sure how much longer this offer will be available.
Here are a few Cricut Sales you might want to know about.
There is a weekend sale on digital images on Cricut.com - click HERE to save 30% on digital images, sets and cartridges. This sale ends tomorrow, February 23rd.
There is also a baby themed sale on Cricut.com that ends February 26th. You can save 30% on baby themed images - both digital and physical cartridges (this includes some that you might not think of off the top of your head like Pretty Pennants - click HERE to see the sale items).
Cuttlebug folders with a baby theme - once again including some more "generic" folders like Swiss Dots and Seeing Spots are also on sale for 30% off. Click HERE to see the folders on sale. This sale also ends on February 26th.
You can get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $35 by using the code FEBSHIP.
Today's addition to the Blog Celebration Giveaway boxes are these cute and colorful brad sets from Martha Stewart.
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
Do you buy coordinated collections of papers and embellishments or do you prefer to mix and match? I have often found items to coordinate beautifully from entirely different manufacturers and collections. But it takes a lot of looking to put these things together. How important is it to you to have everything color coordinated and ready to go when you start a project? Or do you enjoy the "thrill of the chase" - finding unexpected treasures that work well together?
It is warm and sunny here - well relatively speaking. Someone created a path through the snow to the grill - maybe there will be steaks for dinner tonight! I hope you are having a great weekend!
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