Saturday, December 17, 2011

LYB: Day 6

Once again, this collection is just begging for pops of color to be thrown in. It's just fun and simple, but makes for such a big impact. With Christmas just around the corner my color for the day just had to be red!

1. With decorative stitching, add a 3.75"x5" piece of Winter Pom Pom to a 4"x5.25" piece of Skylark card stock, secure the ends of a strip of ribbon to the back of the card front, and adhere to an A2 card base.
2. Layer  1" strip of Winter Stripe over a 1.5" strip of Winter Wishful.
3. Add journaling tag and decorative stitching before securing to card front.
4. Attach snowflake flourish, chipboard character, and adhesive gems to card front. 
5. Create a ribbon wave embellishment over ribbon strip and cinch tail end with twine and button.

TIP: Always secure your ribbon tails to the back of the card front leaving the middle space under the ribbon free. This allows you to add knots, bows, and other embellishments as you're going through the creative process without having to rip off what you've already glued down. It saves money on adhesive, and you can always go back and "tuck a little tack" here and there as needed.

Well, tomorrow is the last day of my Ode to Little Yellow Bicycle Week. I hope you've enjoyed all of the projects, instructions, and inspiration so far. See you tomorrow!

Friday, December 16, 2011

LYB: Day 5

I'm sure you noticed the lovely little hint of green throughout the Winter Twig collection, so I just had to emphasize it to go along with my color theme of cards this week. I really love the little snowman with his glittery little pompoms. I put him in a little snow globe of sorts complete with snowfall courtesy of  the Winter Blue patterned paper and a few card stock hills. I didn't even have to add any other embellishments or ribbons because the striped patterned paper and buttons on the sentiment sticker were just perfect all on their own.

1. Start with a 4"x5.25" piece of Winter Woods patterned paper and add a decorative stitched border before adhering to an A2 (4.25"x5.5") card base.
2. Using a circle cutter, create nesting circles from card stock and patterned paper. Add decorative stitching and secure to card front.
3. Attach chipboard snowman.
4. Using a scallop punch, create hills along the top edge of a 1.75"x4" strip of Orchard card stock.
5. Add a 1"x4" strip of Winter Stripe and add decorative stitching before adhering to card front. 
6. Attach sentiment sticker with dimensional adhesive.

TIP: If you like to sew on your cards and layouts, try experimenting with different stitches. You can even change stitching patterns in the middle of a line like I did here on the snowman card and many of my others. It really adds special little details that will only enhance the magic of your creation.

Okay, there are only two more days of Winter Twig projects coming your way.
I'm getting a little excited about the grand finale, but also sad that it's come to an end. I'll give you a hint... there are seven days in the Ode to Little Yellow Bicycle Week and there will be seven happy blog readers to match. Don't forget to come on back tomorrow!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

LYB: Day 4

The little chipboard ice skates were just screaming to be played with. I immediately set them to the side when I was sorting through all my Winter Twig goodies. It wasn't until near the end of my cardmaking extravaganza that a mysterious piece of blue, green, white, and purple striped ribbon stuck to my foot. Perfect! That's how today's new color scheme was born. I have no idea where this ribbon came from unfortunately, but my guess would be Hobby Lobby.

1. Start with a 4"x5.25" piece of Pom Pom patterned paper and attach a 1.25" strip of Winter Stripe patterned paper to the left edge before adding a stitched border with lime green thread and then attaching to an A2 (4.25"x5.5") card stock base.
2. Punch a decorative border along a 2"x4" strip of Petunia card stock. Center 1.25" strip of Wood You Be Winter patterned paper over card stock strip, add decorative stitching and ribbon, and secure to card front.
3. Stamp sentiment in lower right hand corner with VersaMark and emboss with silver powder.
4. Add journaling tag and bow secured with twine and button.
5. Using screw punch & twine, lace skates, and secure to journaling tag tucking twine ends under button.
6. Cut a Pom Pom in half and glue to skate tips.
7. Add a photo corner fashioned from Winter Wishful patterned paper in the upper right hand corner.

TIP: Don't be afraid to alter or even embellish your embellishments like I did with the chipboard ice skates. I like to buy simple embellishments because they're more versatile. You can keep them as they are or take them up a notch too. Adding to beautifully simple embellishments can really make your project extra special and unique.

I hope you enjoyed today's card. There are still three more days of Winter Twig projects coming your way.
See you tomorrow!