Twue Wuv

Had to throw in the Princess Bride quote there...

Last month in ScrapStreet we got to feature the beautiful papers from Bella Blvd.  Two designers were sent the same paper line in an effort to show different scrapbooking styles using the same paper.  I liked that.  I got to play with Socialite from Bella and I am in LOVE with the color combos.  One of my favorite ways to create is with a lot of colors and patterns.  I like to see how much I can get away with when layering and such.  It's not always successful but how do you know if you don't try?  Right?  I think the same happens with cards.  Sometimes I go for the clean and simple.  Cards don't always have to be laden down with a bunch of lace and embellishment.  Sometimes it's appropriate to just have a quick strip of pattern and the sentiment.  Other times I like to have some fun!  I was first inspired by a sticker from SRM Stickers 'Love is in the air'.  Hot air balloons seem to be fairly popular still and I thought.... how perfect and romantic to add a hot air balloon on a card with that sticker sentiment?  I mean, who wouldn't love to go on a hot air balloon ride with their sweety?  I would need a pretty big bottle of wine to help ease my fear of heights... but I think it would be pretty enjoyable.

Supplies: Paper: Bella Blvd, Cardstock: The Paper Company, Stickers: SRM Press, Trim, Brad: American Crafts, Bling: Kaisercraft, Other: jute. Tools: Punch: Fiskars, Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD 
Silhouette shape: air balloon - girly

The trick with working with lots of patterns is to know how to make them stand out as opposed to looking too busy.  So here are a few of my tricks:  For a background (for both the card and sentiment like on my card) use a muted pattern.  Notice how the purple is simply lines and the yellow has just polka dots.  Super simple.  But also gives a great weight for being a background.  It also helps to have the background be a slight darker hue then the accents.  After you get a good background, start to layer!  For my balloon, I used the blue which still had a muted pattern but the typeface on the paper was taking the pattern up just a notch.  Then for the polka dotted, colorful paper, it made the perfect POW and I liked how it popped off the solid colors.

I added some pop dots to the balloon and angled it so it was literally "flying" on the page.  I bent the yellow tag so it would look like it was flapping in the wind behind the balloon.

Clean and simple is GREAT!  But I also think these cards that play off the sentiment add a little fun too.

And speaking of cards... how is everyone doing on their Christmas cards????
I'm all done.