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Simple stripes

Simple Stripes

Hi everyone!

It’s Nat here, back with another round of card ideas.

The gorgeous new products from CHA are coming into the store at a fast and furious pace!

There were a few collections I had my eye on as soon as the sneak peeks started appearing online, namely the I Am collection by Simple Stories and the Fancy That collection by My Mind’s Eye. There’s also a smattering of items from My Mind’s Eye’s On Trend collection that I thought also really went well with these two lines.

One of the common elements that really attracted me to these lines was how prominently simple stripes featured as both A and B-side patterns in the paper designs.

I cannot tell you just how much I love using simple stripes on card designs. They are the perfect foundation for a clean and simple look but also give depth to more intricate designs.

Another common feature of the lines I’ve used are the coordinating colours – lots of blush tones, gold, aqua elements, and neutrals in the form of grey, black, white and cream.

So much to love!

Here are the products that I’ve used:


So, onto the card ideas. Let’s start with cards using simple stripes from the I Am collection – all of these striped papers can be found in the 6×6 pad.

So blessed card

I could not resit pairing the blush pink stripes with some aqua die-cut bits and pieces from the I Am collection to make a Thank You card. So simple, but look how perfectly the “so very blessed” banner fits into the stripe.

So blessed card - close-upI finished off the die-cut with a little red heart from the sticker sheet and of course matching pink enamel dots from the I Am set.

Next up I added the fantastic I Am chipboard frames into the mix – you’ve been seeing these wonderful frames featured a lot by the Creative Team, they have been a real favourite!

New home cardI have a real weakness for black and white striped paper. Diagonal stripes, horizontal stripes, whatever the direction if it’s got black and white stripes on it, I’ll more than likely add it to my basket!

I love how the other colours in the frame and accents just pop even more against the black and white stripes. I thought the heart frame was the perfect choice for this New Home card.

New home card - close-up

The house and tiny heart are from the I Am sticker sheet and I added another pop of colour with the heart from the I Am chipboard set. The background dotty paper is from the 12×12 Unique paper – all of the solid coloured sheets in the line have polka dots on one side and stripes on the other – really good versatile papers that are a great addition to the 6×6 pad. Finally, I added a couple of teal enamel dots from the I Am set to highlight the stamped sentiment.

And sticking with the aqua tones I saw plenty of scope for using the I Am collection for cards as well as scrapbooking projects. When I looked at the suitcase accents and travel accents I thought why not make a Bon Voyage card?

 

Bon voyage cardAnd hey, there was even a chipboard frame with a map pattern that worked nicely for this.

Bon voyage card - close-upI added a couple of enamel dots and stickers to the look and framed the stamped greeting with another arrow that I chopped up.

Here’s the last of the cards to feature stripes from the I Am 6×6 pad – I was moving into the lush gold and blush tones of My Mind’s Eye’s Fancy That collection with this card!

You are the best cardThe black stripes are such a fab contrast against all those pink and gold foiled patterns in the 6×6 Fancy That pad. The tea cup comes from the Fancy That chipboard set and when I saw it I was immediately thinking of a card for Mother’s Day.

You are the best card - close-upHere’s a better view of the gold foiling on the paper I cut using the Die-namics fishtail dies and the chipboard accent. I love how that “So Loved” heart from the I Am die-cuts goes with the pinks in the Fancy That line.

I stuck with the blush tones on my next card – but this time from the B-side of the lovely Happy paper in My Mind’s Eye’s On Trend collection.

Birthday bicycle cardThis card is such a simple design – it didn’t need anything extra.

Birthday bicycle card - close-up

The gold foiled bicycle is another die-cut from the I Am pack and the enamel dots are from the On Trend enamel shapes set. I stuck with the grey tones from the bike and stamped my greeting with Hero Arts Charcoal dye ink – the perfect ink for greetings when black would be a bit too harsh.

Next up was a full out gold affair. The Fancy That 6×6 pad has a smaller-scale gold striped pattern in it – the perfect size for card backgrounds.

I also couldn’t resist using the gorgeous die-cut frames and accents that are in the random selection of ephemera that make up the Fancy That Pearl Mixed Gold bag. There are plenty of elements in there, and many can be used beyond a Wedding theme. There are die-cut words in gold foil, frames with nested die-cuts like the speech bubble used here, banners, tags, transparent accents, so much to add to projects.

Celebrate, make a wish cardI used 3D foam tape to mount the frame onto some more of that lovely pink and gold confetti-style paper from the 6×6 pad. And I wanted to also use the speech bubble that was nested in the frame so in came another element from the I Am collection: the aqua gold foiled chipboard birdie.

Celebrate, make a wish card - close-upLots of golden goodness in one place. I added a bit of a greeting to the speech bubble using one of the word stickers from the Fancy That Gold Foil Stickers set. You get 6 sheets of stickers in the set: gold alphabet, mini gold-on-cream alphas, mini word label stickers in coordinating shades, larger date stickers and tabs, Wedding-themed label strips for journaling, and a sheet of gold arrows, doilies, and hearts. Plenty of things you can use on other projects once the Wedding projects have been done!

I balanced out all that gold with some more aqua accents using enamel dots from the On Trend enamel shapes set.

The Fancy That line also has a really cool set of foiled journaling cards featuring versatile patterns on the B-sides. If the Wedding-themed side doesn’t work for you, there’s always the B-side that will work on any project! I really love how 3×4 journaling cards are the perfect size for card projects and one of my favourite things to do is cut a simple aperture in them to frame a chipboard or die-cut accent like this gold foiled diamond from the Fancy That ephemera mixed a bag.

Seriously, you rock cardMore lovely blush papers from the Fancy That 6×6 pad here, including some great Ombré effect stripes.

Seriously, you rock card - close-upAll that gold really does glow in the sunshine and the gold glitter enamel hearts in the Fancy That enamel shapes set are the perfect shade of gold. Diamonds are a real on trend accent at the moment, so this was the perfect excuse to pair them up with some apt sentiments and greetings!

And finally, my one and only Wedding-themed card using the Fancy That collection! Well it would have been rude not to…

RSVP cardI used one of the striped B-sides from the 6×6 pad – I love the grey stripes as a background to the gold and blush tones. Very classy!

RSVP card - close-upThe die-cut cake is from the Fancy That ephemera bag and has some embossed details on it as well as more gold foiling. I created a banner from a left-over scrap of paper from the pad using the Die-Namics fishtail dies and added the gold foiled alphas from the Fancy That “Pearl Stickers” set and a couple of cream enamel dots from the Fancy That enamel shapes set.

So that was just a selection of the simple stripes that feature in these collections – I’m looking forward to now playing with the other patterns in the 6×6 pads I used. There are definitely a lot to choose from!

I had such a fun time creating these cards – Fancy That really lends itself to much more than just Wedding projects. It’s such a versatile collection! And I will definitely be using more of the fab bright patterns and accents from the I Am collection in my scrapbook album and on cards.

NAT

 

6 Comments

  1. Claire

    Sumptuous Nat – lucky recipient whoever receives one of your cards !

  2. Julie Taylor

    Lovely cards Nat. I second what Claire says, very lucky to receive a card from you

  3. Jo Boland

    Nat, you are the queen of the cards. Love these so much I’m definitely going to use horizontal stripes on some cards next time!

  4. Sheena x

    Lovely range of cards as always Nat x
    Particularly love the framed ones 🙂

  5. Natalia

    Wow thank you for all the lovely comments ladies! These cards were a real treat to make. 😀
    And thank you Layle for pinning to the I AM board – you’ve made my day! 😉