Friday, March 5, 2010

March Expressions

Ahh, time again for the Express the Moment monthly card kit. . . here are the goodies for March! The spring colors in the kit are exactly what I need to pull me out of the soggy cold wet pre-spring funk that I am in. Just yesterday I was bragging that the driveway was finally clear and melted completely off - this morning guess what - MORE SNOW. Puh-leaaaaaaase spring! Where are you???
First, here is the LAST card that I made with the kit. I had all of these bits left over. Now who would think that you could put a sticker with a piece of ric-rac and a flower and a couple of buttons and a square clip and some leftover ribbon together and call it a card? This one turned out to be one of my favorites. Hehe.
Live, Laugh, Love is one of my Mom's favorite sayings. I noticed that the stickers in the kit included "laugh" and "love" . . it was simple enough to add a third sticker and also add some of the tiny alphabet stickers to make "live" too. Fun! I love the tiny alphabet stickers because they are so versatile.

Kim added something really special to this months' kit - everyone will get one of her darling yo-yo flowers - just add a button or other embellie to the middle and you get the cutest flower ever. I wish I knew how to make a yo yo! Did I mention that this kit is just full of MORE RUB-ONS! They are awesome for sentiments, inside and outside of the cards.

Those rub-ons can be used in lots of different ways. Here, I cut some of the words apart and applied them to small scraps of the orange patterned paper. They kind of remind me of those refrigerator poetry magnets, you know, where you have a word on each magnet? Hehe. . . more rub-ons and flowers were added to the smaller white scallop and to the right side of the card. I am currently in a Spellbinder craze - I used my Cuttlebug to cut out those cute scalloped and embossed circles. I can't get enough of them. :)

How about something a little less flowery - a card that would be fun for the boys? This one is full of circle fun - the kit also includes this huge blue brad and some eyelets and this cute patterned paper with all of the dots and circles. What are you going to do with it?

Now wait, maybe this one is my favorite. . . I used the plain red cardstock for a background and cut a strip of the butterfly patterned paper - next I cut out more butterflies and folded and layered them for a 3-D look. I will add a close-up of the butterflies so that you can see. I used a craft knife to cut out those tiny butterflies - it took a little while but I love how they turned out.

Here are a couple of cards that are based on this tutorial . . . I can't seem to stop making them because they are so much fun. This month's kit is just full of cute embelishments and long pieces of ribbon and border stickers that are perfect for making these pocket cards.

Finally, here is an example of a card made from this tutorial . . . check out the fun use of those letter stickers and those bright bold colors. I love them. :)

I must admit that I am guilty of saving some of my favorite bits of the card kit to make my 8x8 page each month. Is anybody doing this with me? I do always end up sending my cards to friends or relatives and some of them end up going off for the troops. My 8x8 page is a fun way for me to save some of the bits of the kit for myself. (I'm just kinda selfish that way!) It also is a fun reminder of what we got to work with that month. At the end of the year, I will have a really fun book to share. Who is going to the ETM crop??? I will be there, I even got an extra night off of work so that I can go! I will bring my book and cards to share. Can't wait to see everyone and have a good time. Crop day is better than Christmas!

See you soon - thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

Edwards Family said...

Love them...You are so creative. I hope some of you rub off of me.