Have you been on the prowl for new collection releases now that CHA is in full swing? Or should I say, "was in full swing"? I have to admit, part of me secretly wishes that I'd attended the event, but then again, it feels good to stay home and watch the excitement from a distance. No packing luggage. No chasing down flight tickets. No crazy Chicago traffic. Still, it of been nice to catch up with old friends that I haven't seen in a long time. Also, I really enjoy checking out new product in person vs. online. Part of the reason for this is because it makes ordering scrapbook supplies online ten times easier. There's zero guess work on my part in figuring out what something really looks like in-person. I suppose that's probably why I've been perusing flickr the last couple of days - lots of CHA photos already up at the photo site :)
Crate Paper recently showed off it's latest three collections. Because there's been a pile of "On Trend" sitting on my desk, I decided to use it to produce my latest 'happiness' card. This Summer has entailed a host of visits to Richfield's beautiful Bachmans Nursery store. Not only do they sell the most phenomenal selection of indoor flowers, but their pastry cafe is to die for. Between the sinful hazelnut chocolate cake and miniature sized desserts (for people like me), stopping by for a small snack is non-optional. The iced tea is fab, too.
This adorable "bambi" deer from Crate's Little Boy Blue collection is the main highlite here. I dressed it up with bright pink ribbon - think it lends the guy a little more personality.
*By the way, not sure if you ever knew this or not, but Crate Paper's collection kits are accompanied by paper-cut versions of their chipboard designs. Feel like skipping the bulk? Go the kit route instead...the clock and flowers are avail as either a paper die-cut, or a chipboard accent.
On the front of the card is a petite light turquoise folder (October Afternoon). Inside is a picture of a flower I'd purchased for my mother during a routine Bachmans trip, followed by a reiteration of the day's events.
Ok, so I'm not much of a typography expert, but I don't mind occasionally throwing in an alpha here and there. Speaking of typography, I admire the graphic design talent of others such as Ali Edwards, April Foster, Stephanie Degan, etc. Their scrapbook style pays tribute to a unique minimalism that is difficult to duplicate - lord knows I've tried, and failed.
I have this strange addiction to GOLD washi tape. Forget the other colored tapes, gold is my go-to best friend. Have a favorite washi tape color? Do tell!
And there you have it, another card to add to the happiness board. Instructions will post in the next day or two :)
Sure, it's slow going, but I'm not in a rush. I imagine that eventually, space will be of the utmost limit - and can you just picture how gorgeous the board will look once it's full?! However long it takes to get there, it'll be worth it!! Seriously.