9/3 UPDATE: Click on each project image for links to instructions and a supply list!
Lately I have seen some great projects that all have something in common – they draw upon the natural world for inspiration. And what better muse for creation than Mother Nature herself – beautiful, bountiful and ever-evolving. Some sort of change is always going on in the natural world that could spark a new creative idea. So with this in mind, I’d like to share with you some projects that are naturally inspired. At the same time, you are also going to be getting a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects and products that will be featured in our upcoming Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®! I’m just going to come right out and say it – our new Nuts About Squirrels Dazzles™ are very possibly my favorite Dazzles™ ever! This brand-new 4″x9″ Dazzles™ sheet has 30 adorable, brown animal stickers that feature squirrel focals along with everything else a squirrel would need to feel right at home – acorns, leaves, mushrooms, snails and love (hearts)! The project below is a sneak peek from our new catalog and it features Hot Off The Press’ Nuts About Squirrel Dazzles™ along with one of our brand-new paper packs, Honeysuckle, which I also LOVE.
This next card also makes fantastic use of the modern and vivid Honeysuckle paper pack, along with Honeysuckle Scrapbooking Dazzles™ that feature all sorts of great bee and flower images!
This next natural-themed project has a more traditional, botanical feel. This card uses Hot Off The Press’ brand-new Unforgettable paper pack and… CHECK OUT THE CARD. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ newest card making template, the Pop-Up Slider Card template. Yes, you might put a little more heart and soul into making these cards, but seriously… you can make your card in any color. And there are five more brand-new templates that will be also available. Sold!
Now, remember what I mentioned last week? That there will be NEW Dee’s Distinctively cutting dies that allow you to create shapeable die-cuts? Well, here is a glimpse at a card that was created using some of these new dies and the Paper Blossom Paper Tool Kit.
And I just can’t help but show you one more project preview from the Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®. This card uses Brown Twigs and Leaves Dazzles™ which are not new, but check out the embellishments which are. These incredible flowers and butterflies are made of kraft-toned paper that also features polka dots, script and sheet music patterns.
Obviously there are plenty of new projects and products in our upcoming catalog. These will all be available to everyone at Paper Wishes starting August 30th (unless you are a VIP – then you will get to see everything a whole day sooner!) Once the catalog has been released, I will update this blog with links to the instructions and supplies for all these projects! In my quest to find you naturally-inspired projects, I also took a look through our Customer Gallery, and I found a couple projects that I felt inclined to show you! These projects were submitted by birdsong67 (who likely has no idea that I am showing off her gorgeous pages) but hopefully she is a blog reader who will be excited to have a spotlight cast on her lovely projects. We tend to create a lot of cards around here, so I wanted to include a couple nature-themed scrapbook pages as well:
I absolutely LOVE all the elements that are going on in each of these pages. Her “Deer Family” page is just packed with eye-catching, natural details and her “Waiting” page is a fabulous example of tone-on-tone done right! Way to go birdsong67 – we’d love to see even more! And for anyone who doesn’t know, our Customer Gallery is a place for Paper Wishes’ customers to upload their pictures and show off their creativity to our Paper Wishes community. And who knows? Maybe your projects will receive the spotlight in a future blog entry! I also hope you were able to watch this week’s webisode on Diamond Sheets! These rhinestone stickers by Buckle Boutique are available in lots and lots of colors (there’s even a rainbow sheet!) and they add a really impressive level of bling to any of your craft projects! I think the best feature of these, besides their incredible sparkle, is the fact that you can cut right through the stickers, allowing you to create sparkly sections in any shape! Paulette and Gail show us how you can even custom-color the clear Diamond Sheets with your Spectrum Noir™ pens! In our next webisode, we will be showing you some Holographic Sheets. These sheets have great color and texture, and definitely kick up the level of visual interest in your projects. And of course, our talented Design Team has found all sorts of unconventional ways to utilize the holographic material, so be sure to join us this coming Tuesday for some brilliant new ideas! Please have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all get the opportunity to borrow a little bit of inspiration from Nature! Michelle