Monday, June 15, 2009

Trend Alert: Fruit Basket

It's not surprising to see fruit all over our paper crafting products. Great silhouettes, colors and sweet associations. What's not to love? Well, actually, apricots...but that's another story.

Watch my segment below to see 3 fruit products and 3 fruit projects, from little girlie fun to sophisticated home decor. And when it's time to make dinner, check out my Jamaican Papaya Salad with it's cool dressing twist. It's at the Studio 5 website, but with the wrong picture. Hopefully that will be corrected soon, but either way, I'll be posting the recipe here a little later.

My first pick for product is from Doodlebug. Simply adorable patterns with strawberries and cherries. Their boutique brads are almost good enough to eat!

I created this little girlie trinket tote. I used Provo Crafts Chipboard purse, Maya Roads chipboard tags and rub-ons from American Crafts. What a fun summer-time project to make with your little girl (or maybe even your big one?).
I simply painted the chipboard, traced each side on the paper, trimmed, adhered and sanded off the edges. The rest is just embellishing with ribbon, tags and those yummy brads.

I discovered this cute little stamp company when I was researching fruit stamps. Check out Lizzie Anne's designs. I loved the mix of traditional fruit shapes with more contemporary patterns. Had so much fun creating this super simple gift bag.

I used my cat's eye ink pads to ink the rubber (blending slightly) and stamped randomly all over the bag and then added some of her sayings with black ink.

Sometimes I just love to simply stamp without nary an embellishment. Unless you count the tissue paper?

Lastly, I wanted to share a little technique called negative silhouette that works so perfectly with the shapes of fruits. Simply cut your shape but use the negative shape instead of the positive. Layer this over your choice of patterned paper (you could also stamp it) for a dramatic look.
I used an inexpensive shadowbox type frame or a floating frame. If your frame doesn't give you enough depth between layers you can add some with foam squares.

With Home decor you'll want to keep it simple, more graphic and with less embellishments. Here I've added a simple rhinestone and bead to highlight the leaves.

Note: Our Studio 5 sneak-peek winner is Sadie!

sadie said...

I am going to guess
1. preparing something with mango's
2. making a very cute hat box/or makeup box.
3. a pear from cricut shadow box.
4. a delicious salad
thanks sadie

June 14, 2009 6:49 PM

Sadie came the closest to guessing just what I was doing today. In fact, she was RIGHT on the pear silhouette. And the salad is definitely delicious. Since no one got it exactly, I think that means I made my pictures a bit too hard this time.

Sadie has won a collection of the adorable Doodlebug collection and a Provo Craft chipboard piece. Congratulations!


sadie said...

thanks Sue, I cant believe I won. You are a great inspriation. I am trying to create and be crafty. thanks again for all you do.

Brandy J. said...

Sue, your projects are great and I love your Studio 5 segments!

Alice said...

Awesome projects Sue! I especially love the home decor pear - beautiful. I was thinking about you yesterday...weren't you the one that had a great freezer strawberry jam recipe? for some reason when I was thinking about strawberry jam I thought of you :)

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