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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ribbon Framed Card

This is the first card I've made since 2010!  In the interim, I've worked a lot and spent a lot of time taking care of my mom, who is now in nursing care.  Because I've been away so long, I really wanted to have many layers and lots of glitter and stamping.  Then I got practical!  So, I started with something to challenge myself without getting too frustrated... and something I could send to my mom.  She loves mail! 

This card also answers a few challenges:
     365 Cards:  4-color challenge
     Cute Card Thursday:  Butterfly Kisses
     Flutter by Wednesdays:  butterfly or fairy
     Card Crafter's Circle:  die cut or dry embossing
     Card Mania:  punches or die cuts

After dusting off EVERYTHING and locating the cutting plates for my Grand Calibur, I started with the Spellbinders scalloped border.  I used tacky tape to keep the ribbon in place on the reverse side.

I used a reverse stenciling & embossing technique for the butterfly.  Dabbed on ink, taped the butterfly to the paper and embossed.  Then I positioned the image within the inside of the Spellbinders scalloped border and cut.

Close up after assembly, with pearls and bling.

Next up, a card for my father.  He's been complaining that he hasn't gotten any handmade cards in forever.  He's right, but that's gonna change!

Cardstock: The Paper Company
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Personal Impressions - Expressions (sentiment)
Ink: Color Box pigment ink in Cyan
Dies: Spellbinders Butterflies Shapeabilities, Scalloped Edge Frame
Accessories: rhinestones, pearls, ribbon

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Heartfelt Flowers

When I was at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in July, I did a lot of window shopping and some SHOPPING shopping! One of my finds was a stamp set from Heartfelt Creations. They have several stamp sets that coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders. Here's a card I made using my new toys!

The card answers a few challenges:

Papertake Weekly: Something Old, Something New (old paper, new stamps!)

Allsorts: Paper piecing

Mark's Finest Papers: Think Flowers

Pile It On: Get into Shape. ***********BONUS********* Check out their blog for details on how to win a Limited Edition Workbox. It's a fantastic prize that can help you organize your crafting AND looks like premium furniture! There are several beautiful finishes and comes from the folks at The Original Scrapbox. You can also enter at this blog: Rachelle's Writing Spot. Now for details on the card! I used the largest and smallest stamps in the set to create a background paper. I used the smallest stamp to create the border on the base of the card.

I stamped the largest flower on orange paper and on ivory. The smallest flowers were stamped on ivory. Then I fussy cut or die cut them all, applied bling and layered with pop dots. Here's a shot to show some of the dimension.

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment!

Cardstock: The Paper Company

Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk dark brown, Whispers butterscotch and orange

Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Sunburst Flowers 2

Dies: Spellbinders Dahlia

Accessories: rhinestones, pop dots

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Birthday Card for Cliffington

I have a great friend who deserves a great birthday card, and I was inspired by something I saw on the Spellbinders blog. I put this together and tore it apart three times before I was happy with it. You know how carpenters measure twice and cut once? Let's just say I'll try to dry fit a lot and glue just once next time!

I've been working on this on and off for a while, and I'm glad I'm finished! In addition to being a card for a special guy, the card actually answers a few challenges:
Caardvarks: Birthday
Practical Scrappers: Use supplies you've had more than a year. Hmmm... I think only the broze ink is new!

The card is dimensional, with the medallion raised on pop dots. And it's actually part of the inside of the card. Here's the card open:

It's not a typical card , I'm going to write in atypical circles in the border. Here's a closeup of the medallion. The sentiment is from JustRite, and while hard to see here, I sprayed the Fleur de lis die cuts with gold glimmer mist.

Another angle shows some of the dimension. I used a geometric stamp and clear embossing powder to create more texture on the blue cardstock.

I used a lot of Spellbinders dies for this card. It didn't seem like this many when I was cutting things out! These cut the parts for the front and the window.

I used these dies for the inside.

Here's a look at stamp I used and the image it makes. Blurry, yes! It's not just the picture. I blurred the image when I stamped it, which is why I stamped it again for my project. But I really like the design to create background papers. This stamp is great on gold paper for elegant holiday projects.
Thanks for looking, and I'd appreciate a comment!
Cardstock: The Paper Company, DCWV
Stamps: Just Rite (Just a Note Set), Autumn Leaves (Block Stamps 2), Holly Berry House
Ink: Versamark, Colorbox bronze pigment, Colorbox French blue chalk ink
Dies: Spellbinders Doodle Parts, Scalloped Octagons large, Octagons large and small, Fleur de lis pendant, classic scalloped circles small
Accessories: clear embossing powder, 1/16" and 1/8" pop dots, gold glimmer mist, copper pearls (Queen & Co.), rhinestones, Zig glue

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I'm alive and blog hop!

I can't believe it's been a month since I posted anything! Work has been busy, but I've found time to have some fun. My dad came to visit, I went to a graduation and then a great graduation party and I've probably driven 2000 miles since the beginning of June! I hope to have something to show later today, but I just finished a great blog hop for Our Daily Bread Designs.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Easy elegance

Don'tcha just love it when a card comes together quickly and looks great?!?
This card is uses the center of the Spellbinders fleur de lis pendant and the Victorian embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Emboss, round corners, stamp sentiment and punch, die cut red metallic and cream cardstock, assemble... and done!
This answers several challenges:

Meljen Designs: silver and gold
Just Us Girls: dry embossing
Cute Card Thursday: no designer paper
Stampin for the Weekend: make someone smile
Crafty Creations: black, white and red
It was hard to photograph the metallic red paper. It is really a fire engine metallic red. I used pop dots to create some dimension.

Here's another closer look. This medallion is created with two white cardstock die cuts and one red metallic.

Cardstock: The Paper Company
Paper: Canford gold
Dies/embossing: Spellbinders fleur de lis, Cuttlebug Victorian embossing folder
Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Stazon black
Accessories: pop dots, corner rounder, 3/4 inch circle punch

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pink Birthday

UPDATE: I'm so proud that this card was chosen as one of the Top 5 in the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge at Hope Stamps Eternal. Click here to see the other fabulous creations!

Here's a fun card for my boyfriend's daughter. She went to prom last weekend and she's graduating from high school in June. She's getting ready for college in the fall, but first, she celebrates her 18th birthday in just a few days. She's a girly girl who loves pink and purple, so this is just her style.
To keep the tension, I tied the clips together with narrow ribbon behind the main image, which is colored with watercolor pencils. The colors were blended with damped cotton swabs.

This layered card answers several challenges:

Pile It On: photo inspiration
Secret Crafter: Metal
Stampin Moments: scallops
Hope Stamps Eternal: cupcake inspiration
Spoon Full of Sugar: Cute and girly
Stamp Something: Celebrate something
ABC: U is for Unused Stash (swirly stamp)
KL Stampin and Scrappin: Animals
Stampavie: pink
Gingersnap Creations: pencils
Practical Scrappers: patterned papers

My point of departure for the design comes from 2 Sketches 4 You.

Here's a better look at the layering and the embossing.

I have only recently started using clear embossing powder. Love it! Plus, there are fewer problems with stray specks, which can be an issue when using colored embossing powders.

Cardstock: The Paper Company
Paper: Tinted Medallions, reverse of Drooping Vines (Rose Colored Glasses Collections -GCD), Dennison sketchbook/watercolor paper, gold Canford
Stamp: Hearts Away (Penny Black), So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel (SU)
Ink: Stazon black, VersaMark
Accessories: Staedtler watercolor pencils, clear embossing powder (Stampendous), pop dots, curly paper clips, ribbon, rhinestones

Friday, May 14, 2010


This is a card for a colleague who is leaving our company. She's taking her life in a whole new direction. Thus, the butterfly and the simple "Fly" sentiment.

The card answers several challenges:
Paper Play: Brown and...
Cricut Cardz: 3 circles
Stampavie: Pink
Totally Gorjuss: pink and green
ABC: U is for unused stash
Sentimental Sundays: For someone special
Cute Card Thursday: someone special
Incy Wincy: Color Challenge
Stamp Something: Celebrate Something
Fab N Funky: metal or metallic
The card design is based on the sketch from Truly Scrumptious:

The butterfly is reverse stenciled. The medallion is lifted on pop dots. Two colors of cardstock are punched and offset behind the sentiment.

This is the first time I've used Mays silk ribbon on a card. It's SO nice to work with! It's not available to me locally, so I ordered it from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon store online. She has TONS of ribbon in all kinds of colors, but I started with some I knew I'd use: cream, black, and burgundy. I'm sure you'll see more ribboned-up cards soon!

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Cardstock: The Paper Company
Paper: 3 Birds, Autumn Leaves C’Est Pink
Stamps: JustRite New Times Roman lower case
Ink: Color Box pigment ink in magenta
Accessories: EKSuccess Circle Scissor, Spellbinders Circles, Scalloped Circles and Butterflies, Martha Stewart medallion punch, EK Success ¾ inch circle punch, silk ribbon, pop dots, glue dots