Fiskateer Crop: January - March

Twice a year, the Fiskateers who aren't able to attend the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) tradeshow have a big online crop.  I love playing along with all the challenges.  This time, our theme was "Through the Year."  

The January challenge
January always seems to be a time for bridal shows, and wedding planning for all those newly engaged brides. Let’s start the challenges off with an easy one….create a wedding card for the bride and groom.
I started with some black dotted paper and silver frames that I won awhile ago.  I traced the frame on the back of the patterned paper, then cut it out to make a window.  I put the rub-on sentiment directly on the white cardstock base, then layered the patterned paper and frame over that.

This looks WAY better in person than it does in this photograph.  The frame isn't flat - it's popped up a little to provide dimension.  The whole project shimmers and shines.  The dots are little prisms that create a rainbow of colors as the card catches the light.


The February challenge:
February is the month for hearts and romance. Your challenge is to make a Valentine's card that does not have any hearts or the word love on it.
No hearts and no love... tricky!  I could have gone the easy route and made a kid valentine ("Owl always be your friend" or something similar), but wanted to try and make a Valentine for my husband without using hearts or love.  I pulled out pink cardstock and a red ribbon, as those colors scream Valentine.  Then I used a flower punch to create a tone-on-tone background for the card.  Finally, I went through my collection of stamps, rub-ons and stickers looking for an appropriate sentiment and found a "Forever Yours" rub-on.

I love you, Steve!  Pretend to be surprised when you see this again on February 14!  


The March challenge:
Have you check out the Design Team projects lately? Well now is the time to MARCH on over there and see what wonderful inspiration you find. You will find projects on sewing, cards, layouts, kids crafts, home décor and so much more. Create something that inspired you from the design projects.
I love seeing the amazing projects that the Fiskars Design Team creates.  My absolute favorite Fiskars designer is Lisa Storms.  Have you seen her work?  Amazing.  As I browsed through her stuff, I fell in love with her Easter Egg Hunt party.  She made the most adorable bunny-themed items, including a carrot garland that was so incredibly cute.  Trevor and I made this garland together, following Lisa's instructions.  We hung it over Trouble's enclosure.


Next week, I'll share my April through December projects, which includes one of the most challenging challenges I've ever done.


  1. Loveeeeeeeeeeee your cards and love love love that carrot garland!! Tooooooooooooo cute!!

  2. I didn't get to see that carrot garland during the crop--it is ADORABLE! Lisa Storms is one of my favorites too. And, I think you are hinting at my recipe as one of the hard challenges---really, I didn't think a yard of ribbon was THAT much! hee hee

    1. Yes, I was hinting about your recipe challenge! And yes, it was THAT hard!! :)

  3. I am SO sure that Trouble loves his carrot banner. Completely fabulous projects Cindy!

  4. These all turned out great. I especially love the Valentine card. Clean, simple, perfect!


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