Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop!



Welcome Perfect Paper Crafting's Blog Hop featuring its newest tools Perfect Layers Mini and the Perfect Paper Crafting new self healing mat to use with this newest tool.  Our blog hop line up is below:

 Perfect Paper Crafting; Laura Lynn http://blog.perfectpapercrafting.com
 Wendy Ramlakhan http://sugarpea-designs.blogspot.com
 Pam Sparks http://expressionswithheart.wordpress.com
 Susie Moore www.thedieshaveit.com
 Kim O'Connell http://www.kimoconnell.com 
 Kat Ancheta http://creat-w-kat.com
 Kim Bush http://kreativekim.blogspot.com (YOU ARE HERE)
 Linda McClain http://cateredcrop.com
 Faith Abigail Prado http://www.faithabigaildesigns.com


If you stumbled upon my blog, please start from the beginning so you don't miss a thing because there is a prize involved!  Perfect Parer Crafting is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their online store and Wendy Ramlakhan of SugarPea Designs is giving a gift certificate of $25 to her new online stamp store.  If you don't have these newest cool tools and want them, click HERE to get them now and also get a discount for your purchase.  The hop starts officially at 9 am PST March 31st and ends April 4th at midnight PST.  You must leave a comment on each blog to be eligible to win the prizes. Now on to my project!




I must confess, I am a scrapbooker first and a card maker second.  However being a scrapbooker I have found that I end up with many scraps of cardstock and scrapbook paper that I just can't bring myself to toss out, so out came my inner card maker to use up these scraps.  I have been a Perfect Layers user since 2008 and I have been hooked since then as this affordable tool lets the inner anal scrapbooker in me shine!  I started out matting the old fashioned way and found myself constantly shaving and cropping to get that perfect mat, to no avail.  Apparently I could not cut a straight line to save my soul and I could always spot things a bit off and crooked.  The beauty of Perfect Layers is if even your image is off just a tad, your layers are always.................well..................PERFECT!  When I got my hot little hands on this newest version of Perfect Layers at first I admit, why have these because I own the original longer version?  This question was answered very quickly for me, as I found that the smaller rulers give me less room for error making cards that my larger rulers did not.  And if you make cards only, this tool is so perfect!

I decided to make a sympathy card with my new Perfect Layers Mini.  I think for all card makers, this is the hardest card to make, especially if you are in the position of being pressed to do so.  I pre make mine so that when I need one, all I need to do is look in my stash.  My card is below:



I used cardstock from my stash to cut and layer everything and then found some matching embellishments to tie everything together in the same color families.  I like my sympathy cards to be more uplifting to celebrate the life of the intended person so I love to use mid range colors so my cards are not too bright or too dark.  In sadness my intent is to bring some life back into the receiver's hands and to remember that although we are sad, we have a lot of lovely memories to share. 

I hope you enjoyed my project!  Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think or ask me questions you may have regarding these new products!

Have a PERFECT Day! 


28 comments:

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful card, love your layering. ~Diane

grandmato20 said...

I like the idea of myaking the sympathy cards in advance -- so helpful in a time of grieving! Your card is fabulous.

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

A really beautiful card, love your colour and embellie choices! TFS!
Leigh S-B of leighsbdesigns.blogspot.com

Sandi MG said...

This card is way to beautiful. It could be used many ways, birthday, Wedding and on and on.

loyaz said...

Love your sympathy philosophy and your creation. Looks like a great tool.
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Patti J said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

craftings said...

A wonderful card, love the colours!

Cathie Rigby said...

Beautiful Card.....I love these colors!

Cheryl W. said...

Your sympathy card is really lovely. I'm enjoying all the wonderful creations on this hop.

April Rogers said...

Love love love the dragonfly! He is a beautiful addition to the lovely layers. To me dragonflies are precision and balance, and the perfect layers are just that with him. Perfect!

Jean Bullock said...

Love the colors you chose. Well done.

Kristie Maynard said...

Kim, I was a scrapbooker first too and found a real love for Perfect Layers a long time ago. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us on the hop.

Julie Bowman said...

Very pretty. The embellishments really make the card.

Polka Dot Rosie said...

Beautiful! That bow is perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

bunneie said...

Your idea for making a supply of cards in advance is so organised I always have the right intention but never get around to it.

Debbie in LA said...

I love your attitude about sympathy cards. Four years ago I joined a group of women who are often older than I, and I find that I send out a bunch of sympathy cards and get well cards. I have the Perfect Layers tools and love them. May have to "lift" your design.

Debbie said...

I would have to agree, sympathy cards are very difficult for me to make. Very nicely done and the layers really bring out the colors.

Jennyfer L said...

Sympathy cards are not my forte either! I love yours and the swirl.

wendy said...

lovely card!

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your card is beautiful! I love it!

Swr4him said...

Thank you for a peek at your site. Love the stamp arrangement.

Rosie said...

Love the colors of your card and the layers, especially.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Beautiful card! Love the layers and the bling!

Heather said...

This is beautiful! Sympathy cards are definitely hard to make, but you did so well. The color/tones are perfect and of course, the layers are fabulous!

Jeanie said...

Beautiful card.

Pat said...

A beautiful card and just right for a sympathy card. I love the colours you have used and can see that the perfect layer tool does aid the speed and accuracy of the cutting.

Toodie said...

What a beautifully detailed card! I absolutely fell in love with everything about it!

Janet Ireland said...

Beautiful! I love the colours and the embellishments and, of course, the perfect layers! Thanks!

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