I'd won a terrific assortment of Nikki Sivils papers in a blog hop, at the stop of the fantabulous Cristi Burton at(www.scrappin5littlecupcakes.blogspot.com). So I challenged myself to make some cards from these papers ... it wasn't hard to do! I ♥ these papers!!!
Here are just a few of the sheets in the Nikki Sivils Blueberry pattern that I won:
I used the first one (upper left), "Blueberry Hilltops", for the front of my easel card. "My Blueberry Apron" (middle right) -- the blue gingham -- lined the inside.
For the sentiment area, I used a snip of the "Blueberry Border Strips" (middle left), and I cut a sunshine for the front from "Blueberry Cut-Ups".
To give the front of the card more dimension, I cut additional pieces of the "Blueberry Hilltops" and made them resemble banners or streamers at the top left of the front of the card. Flower snips in two shades of yellow were glued on top of the lower left (larger) flower; I topped it with an adhesive half-pearl that I'd painted with a navy blue Copic marker. Additional smaller pearls were put inside (as blueberries) to hold up the easel.
I don't know about you, but when I have an easel card on display, I want to be sure it's not going to slip or catch the breeze and blow down. I've never seen this done before, but I'm sure this isn't so innovative ... but I added a tab that feeds from the top through the bottom to hold the easel up and firm. Here is how it looks at the bottom. (See above, inside of card, to see how it peeks out from the inside.)
Well, if it wasn't so BLINKIN' HOT upstairs in the PaperJungle, I'd stay up here to be creative tonight. But today, temperatures in the Philly suburbs neared a record 86 degrees ... and the Jungle gets the full afternoon sun. It's WAY too early for air conditioning, and my windows WERE open, and my ceiling fan was on. SIGH. I WANT my Spring weather!!!