Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 7: Karen Foster Design: CHA Product Reveal

Welcome to our two-week sneak peek at products that Karen Foster Design will debut at the CHA 2012 Winter show. To celebrate this release the Design Team will be hosting a giveaway contest on our blogs where you can enter to win prize packs that match each day’s theme(s).

today the team is showing one theme: MILITARY

i created several projects with this theme. so let's start with the card. i started by cutting a 7x10 piece of dark khaki brown cardstock and folding it in half to create a 5x7 card base. on the top half of the card i used my favorite "fill a boring space" technique to make it look faux-embossed. it's a simple process. all you need is a circle punch, cardstock of the same color, and some adhesive. the circles are randomly placed---some hanging off the edge and trimmed---until the entire space is filled. it adds quite a bit of texture and dimension so the card doesn't look so flat. the middle band of patterned paper is flanked at the top and bottom with a border strip punched from my Fiskars Upper Crest punch. and the rest of the card is layered with stickers and finished off with a few coil brads.

for this next project, I used one of the 6-pack favor box sets from Karen Foster Design. these boxes come out of the package in a high-gloss white color ready for you to decorate. so, i first decorated 5 of the 6 boxes in an assembly line style cutting all the top covers from the same patterned paper, then covered the three sides of each box using a dark green cardstock. from there, i gathered 3 sticker sheets and went to town decorating all three sides.
once that was done, i arranged the boxes on my table so they formed a star and used my hot-glue gun to glue the side seams that touched in place. i backed the opening in the center of the star with black cardstock giving it a shadow-box effect.
once that was done, i finished it off by decorating the top of each box with layers of punched pieces (all Fiskars punches), some scrappers floss, and some starburst brads. as the final step, i coated the entire thing, including the black background cardstock, with a few layers of modpodge glossy medium to make sure nothing would come undone. i can't wait until this comes back to me and i can fill it with gift cards and notes of encouragement to send off to a military wife.

and lastly i used the product to create this layout. the layout is pretty straight-forward and simple. just some of the patterned paper and stickers with an oversized photo. but what really pulls it together is another one of the stacked sentiments that says "Proud to Serve." a whole lot of layered, dimensional, textured goodness already done for you! looooooove that.

Click through to the other Karen Foster Designers' blogs and start commenting!
Sherry Cartwright
Maryfrances Fabbri
Alice Golden
Jolene Johnston
Carolyn Lontin

The prize details:
To enter your name in the drawings, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post. You don't need to comment on every blog post to win, but you can increase your chances of winning by leaving comments on each of the Design Team member’s blogs every day during our sneak peek event. Enter up to once per day per blog! As always, Karen Foster Design welcomes international entries. Comments close at 12 Noon on Friday January 27th EST. Winners will be posted here on Monday, January 30, 2012.

The prizes will be hidden on the blog posts - not even the Design Team members know where they are! A winner will be selected at random from the comments on one post per day. So the more you comment, the better chance you have of winning, since you never know where those prize packages are hidden!

But wait, there’s more! To add to the excitement, there are more prizes! On Saturday four additional winners will be chosen at random to receive bonus prize packs of five stamp sets each. How awesome is that? Good luck!


  1. The favor box project is really great and awesome idea. Your layout is also

  2. Your projects are great! The embellishments from this line are really stunning.

  3. LOVE your favor box and the layout is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim
    kimnsammy at gmail dot com

  4. Love the favor box and that LO!

  5. WOW - that box is amazing. I also love the layout.

  6. I love the box! And the layout is amazing!! I absolutely love it!

  7. Your survival kit is just awesome!

  8. Great card, the box is amazing and unique and the layout is very touching! Thanks for sharing... and no need to enter me in the drawing of this particular line. :)

  9. lovely layout! love all the elements in there. This collection would be perfect for my dad.

  10. That favor box is beautiful!
    Love Penny Scrap-aholic@blogspot.com


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