Sunday, July 5, 2009

{Bigger is Not Always Better! }


I have been intrigued with the idea of 'inchies' for a few weeks now. What are they? What are the rules? ...and maybe most importantly, What do you use them for? Answers...

~ They are one inch pieces of Art
~ The size is the only Rule
~ You can use them on Cards and Layouts, collect them, or trade them!

People seem to be talking more and more about recycling, saving money...or, at the very least, not spending MORE money. I think this is where 'inchies' are very exciting. You can create a one-inch-by-one-inch project using a scrap and a single flower, dew drop or scrap of ribbon! Once you do that, you can design a card around that one 'inchie'. Or, you can create several 'inchies' in the same colors, pattern or theme and use those on a card or Layout!

If you are not opposed to a small, 'inchie'-related investment (this is SO me...'but, it will help me use my scraps!'), there are products on the Market designed just for 'inchies'. 'Inchie' blanks are 1-inch black squares and 1-inch white squares you can use to start your 'inchie' project or shadow it once its complete. Inkadinkadoo (and others) make 1-inch Stamps...yes...'inchie' stamps! How cool is that??!! I know people have the Fear of Stamping (you know who you are, lol)...what a great way to conquer that fear! Its just a 1-inch stamp! No fear allowed!! (Ok, getting off soapbox before I crush it...)

Here is my first 'Inchie' Creation:

I used Cosmo Cricket's new Early Bird Line on this simple, but eye-catching card and coordinating Envelope. My 'inchies' are red CS squares topped with a flower cut from the Home Decor Cricut cartridge, which are evenly spaced on a strip of blue/green CS. I placed the strip on a polka dot tree (lol) from the Wild Card Cart....which ties the card to the Envelope. I inked everything fairly heavily in brown and added a jute bow to finish it!

Have a great day!

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