Trending: Lace Impressions

In my continuing quest to own every crafting product imaginable (a quest that at face value sounds like a joke–until you check out my stash), I’m always interested in the trends and patterns that seem to pop-up with each new season of line introductions from the various craft companies. One of the more notable trends of this Fall 2010 season is the popularity of lace.

Many paper lines, stamps, and embellishments seem to be featuring a strong throwback to something that was once considered apropos to vintage or shabby chic projects. However, lace (whether literal or in its impression) seems to be on trend for major use in scrapbook and cardmaking projects through the rest of the year. Now, I don’t think lace was ever out. But, seeing it reemerge so strongly as a main focal point in crafting is rather unusual. The influx of laser cutting with cardstock and ribbon has made it easier for intricate lace patterns to be transitioned into new uses and forms. One area that seems to have heavily embraced the lace trend is stamping. Today’s card project features a lace rubber stamp as a focal point.

This card project is made from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Bravo Burgundy. The card mat is decorative foiled cardstock from SEI’s “Lovebirds” collections. The lace stamp I used was from Donna Salazar’s “Trunk In The Attic” series of cling mounted rubber stamps. This particular stamp is called “Lacey Goodness”. It measures approximately 4 3/4″ x 3 7/8″. To achieve the effect I wanted, I stamped the image using VersaMark on to a piece of the Bravo Burgundy cardstock. Then, I used Stampin’ Up!’s White Stampin’ Emboss powder and my heat tool to set the image. Once it was cooled, I cut around the stamped image and used it on my card front. The heat embossing, I think, gives the look of texture and realism to the intricate cut-out work of the lace pattern. I thought the quilled rose added just the right finishing accent to the mood of the card. The sentiment is a K & Co. Grand Adhesion and the inside journaling card is from Prima Marketing.


Kiss From A Rose

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose”–Ms. Anne Bronte (1820-1849)

For a while now, I’ve been trying to teach myself paper quilling. As someone who does not exactly have the smallest of hands, it has been a bit challenging to say the least. But as some wise soul once noted, practice does indeed help. In a way quilling is a very relaxing pursuit. Using a basic set of tools (circle sizer ruler, a slotted tool, needle tool, fine-tip tweezers, glue pen, and quilling paper), it’s amazing to see the beautiful ways you can manipulate paper into dimensional objects. Of course, my ulterior motive in learning to quill was to be able to create embellishments for my card work.

This is the first project I’ve made using quilling I’ve created (and I’m still rather incredulous at the results). I used my Cricut Expression and the Cricut ‘Serenade’ cartridge to cut the layered vase and branch shapes. The three roses were created using the Sprial Roses Quilling Kit I purchased from Quilled Creations. The cardstock is Stampin’ Up! in Rich Razzleberry. I purposely kept this card super simple of embellishment or patterned paper. I wanted to showcase the roses–and I think the diecuts suited them perfectly. This was one of those rare occasions where you finish a project and surprise yourself. I was taken aback by how simple, yet elegant this card turned out to be.