Saturday, July 2, 2011

KISS - Keep It Simple Saturday

Today we are introducing a new segment to be posted every Saturday. Keep It Simple Saturday!! I can not tell you how many times in the store I hear how overwhelming paper crafting can be. The purpose of this segment will to do something easy-peasy, not overwhelm with costs, the design or even the idea. "Scrap lift" this idea and have fun with it. If you want to practice it before officially scraplifting it, this will be the store's Make 'n Take on Monday, July 11th 4p-7p.
The project is made with the Tin Man page from Graphic 45's Wizard of Oz line. The card is a standard A2 card with the measurements of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". The red mat is 1/4" smaller which is 5 1/4" x 4" then the patterned paper is another 1/4" smaller which makes it 5" x 3 3/4". What I love about this is the mat and the patterned paper at these measurements you can cut enough to get six cards. When you are making one card might as well make six! Nice to have extra on hand. I used a decorative corner punch on the mat and the patterned paper. Layered them up and glued them down. Keeping with the Tin Man theme I coiled a piece of wire as an embellishment on the card. Painted two chipboard hearts a bright red to match the card. Wonderfully ties in with the theme plus sturdy enough to use pop dots to be able to secure the wire to the card. Used my handy-dandy Crop A Dile to make a hole to run the wire through. Sometimes you look at a card and think it just needs something else....bling is always a great option! Added three small self-adhesive rhinestones onto each heart for a little more charm. When I did put the wire/hearts onto the patterned paper each card was put down a little different as I didn't want the hearts to cover the Tin Man's face on the paper.

"You make my heart flutter" was stamped on the inside and there are six completed cards in a very short timeframe.
So how do you convert this for your project. The format is so simple and can be repeated over and over again. Use paper you have on hand. Instead of wire you can always use ribbon or tulle. To add some texture you could tie knots in the ribbon/tulle. The hearts and bling can always be other shapes you might have with your punches and buttons always serve the same purpose of a little bling.

Have a safe and wonderful Holiday weekend. Paper Vineyard is open today and hosting a FANTASTIC Red, White and Blue sale. Store is open regular hours 10am - 8pm today but we are closed on Sunday & Monday. So sorry ladies, no Make 'n Take this Monday 7/4 but this card will be the project on Monday 7/11.

Happy Crafting,

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea for a series -
    we can all use a little KISS advice!
    And this card is super cute!
    Happy Fourth! :o)