Monday, May 12, 2008

The Beauty of Chipboard

You may already know this, but Chipboard is on SALE this month! With a $35 catalog order, you can order all the Chipboard you want for 25% off! This applies to any products on pages 178-179 of the current Idea Book & Catalog. Click on the flyer at left for full size viewing.

So what can you do with Chipboard? I'm so glad you asked! Chipboard can be used to embellish any of your cards and scrapbook pages. It adds another dimension and can be beautifully enhanced by coloring it with Craft inks, covering it with Designer Paper, accenting it with Rub-ons, or even just leaving it plain! One of the neatest things about it is that it can be punched with the Crop-a-Dile or handheld punches - this allows you to set eyelets in it or attach brads and rhinestones.

Below is a sample of something I made last night using a sheet of the large On Board Book Basics (which are basically 9-3/8" x 9-3/8" square pieces of Chipboard), along with a heart from On Board Accents. ...and keep reading for an opportunity to make one of these yourself!

Isn't it beautiful? This is designed to hang on your wall, fridge, or you can set it on an easel. It's basically a glorified - and STURDY - scrapbook page that showcases a favorite photo. This one shows off a terrific photo of my husband and our first two boys several years ago. For this project, I used the Fall Flowers DSP along with some Old Olive and textured Chocolate Chip cardstock layers. The edges are all sponged with Chocolate Chip ink to add to the aged look. There's several pieces from my Hodgepodge Hardware set (which I just LOVE to use). Here's a closer look at the bottom corner so you can see the hardware embellishments better:

For the swirly piece, I punched a couple of holes in the chipboard heart using my 1/16" handheld circle punch and then threaded some Linen thread through to tie it on. Easy as pie, but oh, so beautiful! Some Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain ribbon finishes the look by separating the two coordinating pieces of DSP. Another length of ribbon is secured through two Jumbo Eyelets to be used as a hanging loop.

There are many gift ideas this could be used for... decorate one for a bride and groom using a photo of them or their wedding announcement. Make one to hang on the door of a new baby along with a photo and the baby's name. How about a class photo decorated for a special teacher? Or use a Senior picture and make one for a new graduate! These are light enough to hang on a fridge, so they'd be a perfect way to showcase the kids for Grandma... use your imagination - I'm sure you can come up with many more ideas!

Workshop Opportunity!

This was so much fun to create and makes a wonderful gift... to me, that's the perfect recipe for a workshop! Here are the details:

When: Thursday, June 12th, from 7-9pm
Where: My home in Allen
Cost: $10.00 with a minimum catalog order of $35

I provide:
Ribbon, (2) Jumbo Eyelets, and coordinating cardstock layers
Use of my stamp sets, inks, punches, and other tools.

You provide (ordering these items satisfies the $35 minimum order):
Hodgepodge Hardware, Designer Series Paper, Large On Board Book Basics Chipboard sheet (25% off and comes 4 to a package), and any other Chipboard pieces you'd like to use (all 25% off)

Reservations for this workshop must be received by May 30th along with your $35 order and payment. I hope you'll join me!

If you liked this project, I have another one that is similar... I'll show it to you soon!


Marelle Taylor said...

This is beautiful Michele...I wish I could come!

Chantelle said...

I love this idea; great colours and design. I'm going to be keeping this one in mind. TFS.