Feeling the Love

I've got a few cards to share with you today. I will preface this blog post with a simple confession. I'm addicted to Lily Bee papers. I can't help it. My patterned papers are organized by manufacturer and I store them in a 12x12 plastic drawer chest. Several drawers are doubled and even tripled up with a manu. Not my Lily Bee. It takes up one whole drawer. And it's the top drawer. Recently, I ordered the warehouse sale box and dove right into all the goodies that came with it. So. Much. Fun.

So why do I love Lily Bee so much? Well, I'd like to chalk it up to versatility. While each collection is focused on a season, you can use it for any time of the year and any sentiment. The other reason is I'm a fan of small patterns for my clean and simple style. And I'm a handmade embellishment fan too... so small patterns are perfect for that!

This first card is an example of both reasons why I love this manufacturer. I used Harvest Market for a card that could actually be given any time of the year. These papers were actually from the 6x6 pad so the patterns were even smaller. This made it perfect for using the small butterfly punch.

Notice the cardstock that is separate with the sentiment. I almost didn't share this card because of that. I'll share with you why it's like that - I wasn't sure how to space the alpha to ensure they would be centered. I really should have used a transparency or something that would have enabled me to lift the stickers off and put them directly onto the card base. Oh well. It actually looks kind of cool in person.

The next card was actually based off a layout sketch by Allison Davis. I loved how the background patterned paper was divided and off center for the layout and thought I would try it for a card. Seems like it works out great!

The brad is a felt one that I covered with the paper. I used Glossy Accents to adhere it all down. It is super simple to make your own brads without the fancy machines. Simply punch a circle (size depends on how big or small the brad is) cut about four or five slits, evenly spaced about a quarter into the circle. So not all the way to the center. Just enough to help fold it around the circle shape of the brad. Use a good, strong, sticky adhesive. I love using Glossy Accents for these little projects.

This last one is my favorite. I used Head over Heels for this card and actually used it for it's actual season - Valentine's Lovey Dovey Smoochy Woochy Day.

I have a heart punch and did a punch from each pattern that I would want to use. I'm such a kraft girl but wanted to use some white in order to draw the focus to the colors and patterns.

Here's a close up. You can see I added some pearls to create more texture and interest.

So there you go. I've confessed. Now it's your turn? Do you have a secret (or not so secret) obsession with a particular manufacturer? Don't worry... this is a safe place. You can share. ;)