"When I first saw these papers as a new release from CHA I knew I had to have them! I ordered a set and the matching stamps then after a few strokes they sat in an art bin watching new papers being bought and being used, seeing older papers being selected and used.... why? because each time I looked at them I felt a bit daunted about how to actually use them! I have to say though that once I sat down with no other papers in front of me I found them really easy to use.The designs are quite busy and it would be easy to 'overpower' a LO. Using the reverse sides of the busiest patterned papers and creating layers with different papers/card/die cuts helps to create a busy but balanced LO. The Martha Stewart border punch and the scallop circle punches I used were great at echoing the circle designs in the papers, and added more interest to the LOs. When using double sided papers I also like tearing and folding back the edges/corners so that somthing can be slotted behind.... in this case the cute little stamps were perfect just peeping out. The alpha stickers are really versaitile as they come in 3 colours, so if you run out of a letter in one colour you can just mix it up and it all coordinates nicely. I machine stitched around my '2 minutes' title and roughed the edges to add a bit of texture. On 'cute finger sucker' I used a marker pen to outline each sticker so that they didn't get lost on the busy background."
Sarah and Lianne are off to CHA in Orlando tomorrow so check back here to see what they get up to and have a peek at some of the new products that are going to hit the shop!