Today is our Pinterest Inspired feature over on the Bella Blvd blog, and I played along by creating a few cards.
When I picked out this image for the designers to work with, I was immediately drawn to all the fabric filled hoops arranged on the wall. I love incorporating circles into my designs, which is why I most likely choose a similar circle design image for a Pinterest Inspired challenge back in June (this layout).
Image credit: Sweet Pickins. I also think I was drawn to this image because I love the look of the hoops on the wall and have always thought it would be fun to do somewhere in my house. Check out her blog post for all the details on how she did this. As I'm typing this, I'm actually looking around my downstairs for a wall where I could work this into :)
For my first card, I used a circle die cut card base (found in the Silhouette store) that I cut on my Cameo from white cardstock. I was going to incorporate some of the same colors in the Pinterest image with my patterned paper choices, and the very first paper I thought of was the tan dotted paper from a much older Bella collection. I then started randomly digging through my Bella patterned paper collection, and ended up not using any of the other colors I had in mind. I went with a tan, aqua, and pink color combo for this first card.
I like that it cuts as one piece, and is scored to fold in half. But to make backing some of the circles with patterned paper easier on myself, I simply cut off the front part of the card and discarded the backside. I then ran the entire die cut piece thru my Xyron machine, so that it was covered in adhesive. This made it easy to place the patterned paper circles where I wanted them, before sticking the entire piece onto a white card base.
The die cut card had a heart shape right where I have the button. I thought about adding a chipboard heart, but couldn't find one that felt right, so I went with a button instead. The colors of the patterned papers made me think of these "Bride & Groom" flags from the Love and Marriage collection, so I ended up with a wedding card when I was finished. You know, because I know SO many couples that get married. NOT.
For my second card, I went with a similar circle design, but used punches instead of die cuts. I picked out three of my smaller circle punches to use, and punched numerous circles from a few patterned papers. I knew I wanted to do a birthday card, since I have a daycare boy that's turning two today. I used the same tan dotted paper, along with some aqua, yellow, and green patterned papers.
I randomly adhered the circles to a white card base, overlapping them as needed. I then spritzed the entire card with a bit of navy blue misting spray.
I had picked out this green chipboard accent piece to use, since I knew I would be using a few flags again. To help it stand out against all those circles, I added a small strip of white cardstock matted onto a scalloped edged strip of navy blue cardstock. I tucked the two flags in and adhered the chipboard piece below them.
To check out a few layouts inspired by this same Pinterest image, head over to the Bella Blvd blog.