Only a couple more days until Crate Paper takes flight to CHA in Anaheim, California! To make the CP booth a splendid place to be during the BIG event, and to give our visitors a favorable view of the new collections, on display will be numerous projects from the Crate Paper Design Team. If you're one of the lucky ones attending the show, we welcome you admire and photograph them at your leisure while visiting our booth. For those of you at home, you can find the projects right here on our blog starting today, and throughout next week - be prepared, you're going to love them!
Pretty Party won my heart immediately. From it's soft pastel hues, to it's subtle patterning, I just knew it was the kind of collection that would lead to something beautiful. Three days later, and I had a new favorite layout, "Two of a Kind". It captures the personality of the collection in more ways then one and emphasizes it's sweet, endearing side. There's much to look at here, so let me share...
The florals beckoned to be supported by a handcrafted paper terrarium made from bits and pieces of the collection. In partnering Pretty Party's chipboard table with a "label shape" die-cut trimmed from transparency, I was abe to create one. I painted the edges of the "glass dome" with cream colored paint and sprinkled it with glitter. I housed beneath it a chipboard flower and a few additional embellishments before bordering the bottom of the dome with snippets of patterned paper, glitter-coated double sticky tape, and a suitable "Pretty Party" title (trimmed from one it's patterned papers). Finally, I donated the exterior to the collection's adorable chirping companion, Blue Bird.
Here's an up-close peek at the glitter coated tape - use either traditional double sticky tape in working with this technique, or American Craft's "Red" tape, This to That Adhesive (available in a variety of widths).
I tied around the pink bundle of packages, a pink/white twine. It's an extra detail I thought might be kind of cute given that the packages are already wrapped in their own twine. Can never have too many bows ;)
This technique comes in handy time and time again - dimensional adhesive literally works magic as it brings paper and chipboard to life! The key is to use a thick, even coat of the material upon application..and make sure to allow it to fully dry before adding it to your project. Can't tell you the number of times I've ruined a good piece of chipboard this way...
I originally went with the idea of sequencing vintage shell buttons in a simple line format, but within a few minutes of studying them, the addition of colored rhinestones popped into my head. To vary things up a bit, I went with a random assortment of rhinestones.