I really love spending hours strolling through craft stores and seeing all the new products for paper crafting. I go crazy for beautiful embellishments and will have to live to at least beyond 100 to use what I already have. (All gotten on sale, mind you.) Some of them are things I have made and some are things I bought so that I would have an example to work from when I am ready to make my own.
The problem is that I don’t want to buy some of these things because they become a storage problem, so I try to remember what I saw so that I can go home and immediately make one to keep on my shelf as a reminder that I have the know-how to make this lovely (or weird) embellishment. Frequently I get home and in the rush of putting away the groceries or getting dinner together, I forget all about the new little thing I wanted to make.
Not this time… I saw these Prima medallions on the shelf for the very first time the other day. And believe me when I tell that I know when something new hits the shelf at any of the three craft store’s paper crafting departments within a couple of miles of my house.
About half of the time I actually get home and right to the craft room. This was one of those times!! That is how the focal point medallion came to be on this card. I just love it!! If you look at the paper lace border on the card and put two and two together you will know I used the same Martha Stewart punch on both the medallion and the paper lace. I can hardly wait to try a different border punch to see how it will look.
The medallion is made with a Tim Holtz Die and starts as a straight piece of paper with fold lines impressed into the paper. The idea works kind of like the fans we used to make in grade school out of pieces of craft paper. On this, instead of leaving the edge straight, you can create all kinds of different looks by cuts made on the top edge either with punches or scissors.
I also love the little bracket that reaches around the edge of the “Thank You” piece like little arms giving it a hug. This is something I picked up from Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace (www.amazingpapergrace.com). I’m sure others do it but Becca makes everything so beautifully that I tend to check her cards out for the tiniest details. That is where I remember seeing this little “Becca Bit”.
Another frugal trick I have learned (I am such a neophyte!) is to find a great font on my computer and print whatever phrase I need several times in several colors on one 8 x 11 piece of card stock. I can then position my die over the phrase and cut it out on my Sizzix Big Shot. No need for drawers full of stamps with various sentiments on them.
I think you can tell I am back into my creative mode… I feel so much better in this place!
Thank you too, my friends, for checking out my blog today. I love to hear from you and appreciate your comments. You all make the world a little sweeter for me. Hugs….