Tuesday, February 21, 2012

IHP Trendsetters

Walking the floor of the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show is always an adventure! What could possibly be more exciting than getting to see three huge showrooms of brand new products that you can hardly wait to get your hands on? Only one thing: getting to share that experience with your girlfriends!

From the very beginning, the i {heart} papers team has had strong ties to Paper Craft Planet. Our mutual love of paper and paper-crafting was the foundation for our friendship, and CHA has given us the opportunity to meet face-to-face and translate those online friendships into real life. It's so much more fun in person than it is on screen!

As we walked the CHA floor we were drawn to certain products and projects...when we discussed them over dinner we discovered some emerging trends. That's what today's challenge is all about.

Of course, not everyone can attend CHA. We were quite sorely missing some of our team mates...and the general public is not eligible to attend. Thankfully, those of you who couldn't be there can live vicariously through the next best thing: photos! Check out these in this post from Susanna, and several posts from MoxieFab!

My project uses 4 of the current trends; Sewing, Paper Quilting Background, Butterflies, and 3-d Embellishments.


I'm a quilter on the side and I have a butterfly themed quilt hanging over my sewing desk. This year's paper crafting trends are right up my alley! While I'm not overly fond on the colours that are seen in almost every major paper and embellishment line, there is still a lot available that I like that is trendy.


This sentiment is from combined from 2 sets by Technique Tuesday; Amazing and Simply You. Isn't that tiny butterfly divine?!!! I embellished it with a tiny adhesive backed half pewter pearl from Zva - it's a perfect colour match for the Bonjour paper pad from Kaiser Craft. I stamped the sentiment using London Fog Memento ink by Tsukineko because this ink has fantastic coverage on acrylic stamps.


I cut 1" squares and adhered them to a card stock rectangle and then I trimmed off the excess paper. I sewed the paper in place using a zig zag stitch. While all my corners matched, I love the extravagant look of these white pearls from Kaiser Craft anchoring the pieces in place.


3-d embellishments are still trendy, and I've used a die to cut both butterflies and then I layered and sewed them in place. I also layered the ribbon and a mesh rosette from Trimmings ribbon by Tim Holtz with  crochet trim from Vintage Natural Lace by Kaiser Craft.


I love the depth of this butterfly and the delicate feel of the lace die cut combined with the translucent velum solid image butterflies.

There are several more trends to be showcased, so please do hop along and check out what the rest of these lovely ladies have to show you! Please use code ihp0212 when you upload to any online gallery so we can see your project and cheer your creativity.
and our guests from PCP:
stamps; amazing, simply you (technique tuesday from ihp)
paper; bonjour (kaiser craft from ihp), kraft (american elements), irridescent vellum (paper accents), coconut swirl, walnut creme (bazzill)
ink; london fog memento ink (tsukineko from ihp)
accessories; trimmings (tim holtz from ihp), vintage natural lace pack, snow white pearls (kaiser craft from ihp), pewter pearls (zva from ihp), lace butterfly die (marianne), labels 20 nestabilities (spellbinders from ihp), bigz beautiful butterfly die (sizzix)  

24 comments:

Marja Sch said...

What a gorgeous butterfly card.Such a wonderful combo. Hugs Marja

wendyp said...

LOVE the layered butterflies! Absolutely gorgeous!

Deb said...

Absolutely STUNNING, Loretta, and so YOU! I love all the stitching, elegant pearls and that amazing butterfly.

Taylor said...

That butterfly makes me swoon! Gorgeous card!

creativchen said...

Dear Loretta, I Just arrived at you blog. Oh my, do I love your art and creative mind! I'll be watching this blog closely, thank you for giving us so much of your time and mind. You make so wonderful and lovely works! I enjoyed the visit on your site. Many thanks for your beautiful inspirations!!
Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
I invited you gently to visit my creative Website: Bettyscardsandpaperdesign.com

i {heart} papers said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you used the TH ribbon. And the quilting is perfect!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful! Love the added stitching, pearls and lovely butterfly!

Gretchen said...

OMGosh your quilty background is just beautiful Loretta!! That butterfly too!

whoistracy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Loretta! Love all the pearls you added to the quilted background, such a great touch.

LynB said...

What's not to LOVE about this card...so many gorgeous elements...my fav is the butterfly with the solid die on top of the filigree!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Beautifully done, Loretta. Your stitching looks amazing...even on that butterfly! And I had never thought of snipping off one of the tattered roses, for a singular embellishment. Love it!

sharon g said...

Sewing and 3D are two of my faves. Thanks for your card!

Susanna Boyd said...

WOW! All the detail on this card is amazing! The butterfly blew me away, but it's the sewing and the pearls that send it into the stratosphere! Seriously elegant and beautiful!

Natasha G.P. said...

Nice 3D butterfly. I like having things stick out!

Micah G. said...

Even when sewing is "out", I'll still love it.

B. Poteraj said...

The sewing aspect is my favorite. It adds a tiny bit of dimension, tiny, but enough.

Carolyn Mustopa said...

What a stunningly gorgeous card! Your attention to detail is just magnificent. Love it!

Emily Keaton said...

That's such a beauty!! Your butterfly is gorgeous and your stitching is sublime. :)

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, like the stitched background w/ pearls and the pretty layering of the butterfly!

FrancineB said...

Gorgeous project. Love that butterfly.

Carol said...

Such a lovely card, I love all the detail!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Lori said...

This is gorgeous, Loretta! Love the beautiful stitched background.

Marie said...

Amazing!

Tee King said...

The butterfly card is perfection.

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