We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. ~ Isabel Allende
For this week's foliage card, I decided to make a punched leaf/branch wreath card. I've made quite a few as I wandered back through my blog, but this time I decided to combine three different leaf/branch punches in my design. I started with lots of tiny scraps of green cardstock (this technique is a great way to use those little scraps). Remember to flip your punches over and punch both ways, so you end up with leaves moving in two directions. I even did a few out of patterned paper.
Next, I punch a circle around the size I want for the center of my wreath and start attaching leaves around it (I use a small glue dot for each leaf) until I have the basic circle formed. I remove the circle and complete by adding more and more layers, tucking them in as I go (like you would with real foliage).
For the first one, I used a 4" square of birch bark paper and decorated the wreath with Eyelet Outlet Poinsettia Brads. I used an SRM sticker for the sentiment before attaching to my red card base using foam tape.
Since I had lots of leaves left, I made a second card.
For this one I used this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches and decorated my wreath (and card) with red adhesive gems. The finishing touches were more SRM stickers.
I attached my Army Men Brads to a piece of white cardstock and then attached that strip of paper to my card front using foam tape. I added a strip of designer paper and three stickers to finish the design.
Here's a close-up of the three different brads included in the set.
I used the same technique for this design, this time only using blue stickers.
I wanted to join the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge ... only one problem ... I needed to make a card for someone who just got a new home ... and I have no stamps in my Taylored Expressions stash for that event (which must mean I need more Taylored Expressions stamps).
So I did what every good stamper does ... I got creative. I went through the stamps I did have and decided I could use the coffee steam from Joe-To-Go to stamp a fun background. I stamped it one direction in bright pink and the other direction in a darker red to use the colors from the image.
I found this great *badge* in my stash for the focal point and added a few corkboard stickers with hearts for the theme. I finished with an SRM Sticker sentiment.
We're celebrating Christmas Trees at Jingle Belles this week. I considered die cuts and stamps ... and then as I was thinking about my design, I realized I have enough Christmas designer paper (a lot of it discontinued) to make all of my cards this year ... so I decided to make a concerted effort to turn those pretty papers into cards.
I found this trio of trees on some fun Kaiser Craft papers (love these colors). I added one of the border die cuts and an SRM Sticker sentiment that was the perfect size.