I will be the first to admit that I am a glutton for anything tiny and cute. Always have been and suppose I always will be.
A couple of examples of tiny and cute appear in this card. Notice the tiny luscious and juicy looking strawberries in the Designer Series Paper. Then there is the adorable bee trinket that also showed up on my Strawberry Can. Finally, take note of the small green squares of cardstock upon which the fussy cut strawberries find their homes.
A closeup of the bee trinket:
The green squares were actually the starting point for this card. I bought a teeny tiny tablet of squares of cardstock (not Stampin' Up! though -- sorry!) because, well, I just couldn't resist. Who can resist a really small pad of paper? Not me certainly.
Once I got the pad of paper home and unsealed it from its tape prison, I flipped through it and wondered what I was going to do with it. After all, I could have trimmed some Stampin' Up! paper or DSP to 2" squares and gotten the same thing and EVERYTHING WOULD MATCH. But no, here I am sitting with some weird stuff. Cute, but weird, in that it doesn't go with Stampin' Up! colors.
Leafing through the pad, I discovered these green sheets that coordinated well enough with our Granny Apple Green color that I thought they would play well together.
Thus something of an idea was born.
Looking through my current stamp sets, I happend upon a favorite, Sweet Strawberry (page 43) and thought each of the strawberries upon their own teeny tiny paper would be cute. Yes, but . . .
Do the math: a trio of 2" x 2" pieces = 6". A standard card is only 5 1/2" at its longest. Hmmm. I also wanted to put a miniscule frame around each square and there also needed to be a bit of breathing room between each of them.
To remedy the situation, I did two things: I trimmed the teeny tiny squares down to 1 3/4" (gasp! even teenier and tinier!) and made my card larger, a hefty 5" x 7". Lots of room to play with!
This also gave me extra space in which to tilt my strawberry squares at jaunty angle.
The sentiment I used is from a really old Stampin' Up! set, but I have always adored what it says.
To set off the sentiment -- with bee! -- I took a piece of 1" wide taffeta ribbon (also REALLY old!) that measured 5" long. I doubled it so the top edge is folded and the bottom edge is fringed. How I did the fringing is weird and unconventional. I simply kept cutting into the ribbon with my paper snips until I got a cool fringe.
Do you ever let yourself succumb to inpulse buys only to get home and regret it?