Sunday, March 31, 2013

Maja Design...New Vintage Spring Collection

Happy Easter to all of my Christian friends! And happy Sunday to all! I was lucky enough to get some exciting mail last week....Maja Design's new Vintage Spring Basics collection! So Thursday I posted this card on the Maja Design blog and I thought I would share it here as well:


This card specifically features the 5th of May (both sides) and the 7th of May. In real life, the colors are a cross between the softest of pinks and subtle hints of plum. Therefore I added both colors to my card, pink with the flowers, satin ribbon and pearls and plum with the background papers and the iridescence of the crystals. The white flowers also have a pink/plum sheen to them. I added several mats (5 to be exact) and a small dotted scallop border across the top. The sentiment panel is a Floral Oval beneath a Labels Eighteen die. I sponged the inside of the top die with Pale Plum ink and stamped the verse in Cocoa ink. I also added a perimeter of liquid pearls for a bit more elegance. Here’s a view to show you the dimension…(aka not easily mailable! )


I also added Pennant Trim die border to the bottom of the lace panel and adhered a Swarovski crystal to each banner (which I ended up covering up most of them). Included as well are several Zva pearl lines across the horizontal lace panel.

Here’s a glimpse of the lovely papers contained in this collection:


Here's the Verve Plain Jane that I used:

The Pennant Trim die:

photo courtesy of cafepress.com

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you have a wonderfully creative day!



Stamps: Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Spring Basics collection (4th of May, 4th of May-bs, 7th of May-bs) Maja Design, Mauve Mist, Confetti White 
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Mauve Mist (SU!)
Accessories: Pennant Trim die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), CRS-05CA-112 (Flourish V Iridescent Crystal), PE-02CB-108 (Soft Pink/Hot Pink Pearl lines 0.3cm & 0.5cm), PEW-03CB-105(Pearl Lines-White 0.2cm) Zva Creative, Paper flower (Prima), silk flowers, tulle accents, crochet lace, satin lace, Labels Eighteen & Floral Ovals (Spellbinders), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Jolee's flat back crystals, dauber, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" Square
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

CASE Study...One Layer Wonder

I don't think that I can recall in recent or distant memory ever making a card that was one layer...until today. At CASE Study, we're gleaning wonderful inspiration from Julie Ebersole, who happens to be a CAS master and who is also helping me to stretch my CAS wings. Here's a card that I made with an old Stampin' Up! set (I had to blow the dust off of this one) but this is one set that so reminds me of Easter, so I dug it out:


This is another one of those cards that was so simple to make, I'm almost embarrassed by it. All I did was some 'two-step stamping' with the Terrific Tulips set, the lighter blue is CTMH's Indian Corn blue and the navy is Outdoor Denim. I just added the stems in Garden Green and dotted the perimeters with a white pigment ink pen. I stamped the sentiment from Verve's Celebration of Thanks set and paper pierced the perimeter. Oh, yeah...I also rounded the corner, like Julie's card. So basically I used the theme, colors and rounded edge but changed up the stamps. Eek...a bit too close to the original. :)

Here's Julie's lovely card:

Here's the Verve set I used:

Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:
Teneale Williams
and our March Guestie:

Here's the down-low on CASE Study's challenge:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC134), and link it to the CASE Study blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!



Stamps: Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps), Terrific Tulips (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: White
Ink: Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Garden Green (CTMH)
Accessories: Paper piercer, White ink pigment pen
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Paper Crafter's Library...So Thankful

Morning friends! A couple of weeks ago, I received a sweet e-mail from Andrea Walford asking me if I would like to contribute to her site, the Paper Crafter's Library as a Featured  Designer. 2.5 nanoseconds later I emailed her back to let her know that I would be absolutely honored! Here is the card I made for my time in the limelight:


I made this card with the above mentioned girly elements. I started off by cutting a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of cream card stock and scoring at 1/8" and 1/4" around the perimeter. Next I added a panel of patterned paper and sponged the perimeter with Walnut Stain distress ink. I have a method of 'flower stacking' on my cards...first the crocheted ribbon is adhered. I then start off with the largest flower (the white one) and fill in around it. After white came the homemade newsprint flower, followed by the smaller velvet hydrangea petals. The leaves get tucked under {strategically} as do the pearl and tulle accents. I like to add different types of textures so in addition to the round and square flowers, I've added a small hemp bow and Zva Creative crystal flourishes...all tucked in at the end. The sentiment is stamped on Verve's 'Flag-It' die and attached with a Tim Holtz Memo pin. The whole card is adhered to a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" base of Early Espresso card stock.

Here's a close up of the home-made flower on the card:
(If you scroll down, there's a tutorial for making this.)


The sentiment, from Verve's Amazing Wishes set, stamped on a Flag-It die, also from Verve:


Here's a shot of the pearls, crystals and flowers:



Here are some photos of the newsprint flower making method:

I started off with a {very} old book (so sorry, Lord Tennyson!). I ripped out 8 pages and laid them over top of 3 different size Posy dies. After running that through my Big Kick, I carefully removed them from the die, but left the pages stuck together.



At this point I want to curl up the 'petals' so that the whole flower will have dimension. I take a paper piercer and place the tip right in the middle of each petal, parallel to them.


I then {carefully!} pull up the edges around the needle and crimp. I did this for all three sizes. I then pull apart the pages and start stacking.


Two large staggered, 2 medium staggered and two small staggered, layered but NOT glued. Pierce a hole through the middle of the stack and add pearl brad. 


 Lastly add a bit of Platinum Stickles to the tips and fluff.  Liquid Pearls also produce a nice look.


Here you can see the dimension of the flower:



And  a picture of the flower and it's birthplace:



And the complete picture:



Thanks for joining me today!



Stamps: Amazing Wishes stamp (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Ska vi ta en fika collection  (Ingefärsparon (bs)) Maja Design, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Cocoa dye ink (Close To My Heart), Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger) 
Accessories: Pierott A fabric flower (Prima Marketing), Chantilly Collection Velvet Hydrangeas-Blue (Petaloo), Flourish Smoke-Crystal CRB-05CB-115 (Zva Creative)
Pearl stamens & Tulle/Pearl accents (Celebrate It), Ivory Pearl Seals (Gartner Studios), Memo Pin (Tim Holtz Idea-ology), Flag It Die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Scoring board (Martha Stewart), scoring tool, paper piercer, self-healing mat, Tacky glue (Aleene's), Crochet Edge/Velvet Center ribbon-Olive, Hemp (Ribbon Carousel), dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zva Creative March DT Blog Hop

Zva Creative and my fellow Design Team members welcome you to our March blog hop! We are excited about month's hop and look forward to sharing our new work with you!Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE

I decided to make two projects today, this month the designers are using a color story of their choice so my first instinct was to go with my usual first instincts, clear crystals and white pearls. Both of my projects are using new Zva that was released at CHA in January:

This tag was made with a base of Melissa Frances' Attic Treasures paper, roughed up around the edges and my signature 'flower cluster' which consists of a Prima flower surrounded by various silk/paper flowers and stamens. The crystal flourish is called, simply, Flourishes. I also added some of those flower shaped crystals, which are also new...they're called Mini Flowers. There's a bit of antique lace, a wooden heart and some hemp as ancillary details. The sentiment is from Verve's Fairy Tales set. As a last minute thought, I attached a heart shaped doily behind the tag.
This project uses:
CR-06CA-101 (Flourishes-Crystal Clear)
CRW-06CA-148 (Mini Flowers Crystal-Clear)


For this card, I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I also used Maja Design's new Vintage Spring collection papers. I kept the color scheme rather light, only using the 3 colors. There are 2 Zva Creative flowers glued together with a Natural Jute bow/heart locket attached as well. The banner is called Pennant Trim die from Verve. Sentiment is also courtesy of Verve's Egg-stra Special set. I attached pearl flourishes and dots to accent the card.

Zva Creative products used:
CRB-06CA-111 (Flourish-White Pearl)
FL-04CA-135 (1.5" Graceful Roses- Taupe)
PE-02CB-101 (Dots-Pearl (White) 0.3cm, 0.5cm & 0.8cm)

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, March 25th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 26th. 
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 27th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva's facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like follow us there!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is 
Evgenia PetzerEnjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on April 29th for our next Zva blog hop!



Tag:
Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Attic Treasures (Melissa Frances)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black 
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply seam binding collection (Verve), Ameruse Duchess Mix flower (Prima), wooden heart (Kaisercraft), Victorian lace, hemp, paper distresser, stamens, tulle accents, antique lace, heart doily
Size: 6" X 6"
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Card:
Stamps: Egg-stra Special (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Spring Basics collection (4th of April, 5th of April) Maja Design, Soft Suede, White, Confetti White
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Pumice Stone distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Pennant Trim die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Flowers Lattice #2 embossing folder (Sizzix), heart charm, paper distresser, sewing machine, Natural jute, paper piercer, Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestability (Spellbinders)
Size: 5 1/2" Square

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vintage Card Cafe Challenge...Clowning Around

Ok, so when Oksana of the Vintage Card Cafe challenge emailed me to give this week's assignment, I got a little scared. Clowns? Clowns are supposed to be happy, evoke laughter and generally entertain. Well, have you ever googled "vintage clowns"? I can now understand why some people have a phobia of them! Fortunately one of the images that came up was of a K & Company die-cut from a Valentine's themed package. I knew I had seen it before and, sure enough, I found it in a drawer full of hearts and Valentine's day accents. Here's the card I made based on this week's challenge:


I followed this week's Mojo Monday sketch, flipped 90º, using Kaisercraft's Vintage Timeless papers. I distressed all the edges, stitched the trio of rectangular panels onto the base and sponged the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. The clown image ended up being very close in color to the background, so I added a sparkly bronze Floral Oval behind it. I also added some Bisque Liquid pearls to it's perimeter. I then added the seam binding (from Verve's Truly Madly Deeply collection) and tied that off into a bow, after crinkling it a bit. To that I added a hemp adorned heart button and two stick pins. I also added a Tilth Floral die cut behind the clown and a paper heart from Kaisercraft's 'These Days' die cuts. The last few accents were the Vintage corner dies, the trio of descending hearts and the label with the sentiment from Verve's Happy Phrases stamped on it. 

The sketch is from Mojo Monday:

And here's the stamp set I used:
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your Sunday!


Stamps: Happy Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Timeless (Kaisercraft), Confetti Cream, Bronze
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply seam binding (Verve), PEW-03CB-117 Basic Lines Pearl-White (0.3cm) Zva Creative, Tilth Floral die (Memory Box), Vintage Corners (Cuttlebug), Floral Ovals (Spellbinders), Clown die cut (K & Co.), Bisque Liquid Pearls (Ranger), 'These Days' label & flower die cuts (Kaisercraft), dauber, sewing machine, Say it in Crystals Hearts (Prima), paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Featured Stamper...Hello Sunshine

Hello blog friends! Last weekend I had a little extra time carved out of my day so I decided to play along with the Featured Stamper segment at Splitcoast, a challenge in which I have not participated in quite a while. This week's favored artist is Nancy Littrell and I chose to CASE a lovely card from her gallery, but first, here's my take on it:


You can view the original card here. I kept the design, the doily accent and the 'Hello' theme consistent with Nancy's card. I changed up the colors, the stamps and added patterned paper. The card was very simple to assemble...It's just a sponged panel of patterned paper, a doily and then another panel of the same paper on top of that. The flower is all one piece, the only other accents I added were the striped grosgrain and the liquid pearls. Oh, and of course, the sentiment is from Verve's Let It Shine set. Here's a glimpse of it:

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!



Stamps: Let It Shine (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Timeless (Kaisercraft), Early Espresso, White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Doily, Early Espresso Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Guava Peony Brahms flower (Prima), brad, square punch, Dark Chocolate & White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dauber
Size: 5 1/2" square
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Viva La Verve...Wonderfully Made

Happy Friday friends! It's been quite a long time since I've played along with the Viva La Verve sketches, so I thought I'd jump in with this rather {dramatic card that I didn't set out to be so} dramatic card. I think the black really makes it stand out:


I didn't have the right size Nestie to make my frame, so....I made my own with a little cutting and pasting. Since it's black, it's really hard to tell where the seams are, but they're there.  The sentiment is from Verve's Wonderfully Made set and to keep with Anya's sketch, I needed to add another little panel off to the right there, where I stamped 'Praise God' from Verve's Faithful Phrases


Anya's sketch:



Here's the down low on participating in Verve's Friday sketches:
Every Friday our talented Divas host a little Viva la Verve (VLV for short) sketch challenge for you! Play along with all of the sketches for a given month by uploading your cards using that month's sketches to our SCS gallery using the proper keywords and then posting all of your links in the Sketch Champions thread (posted the last week of each series of sketches). Do that by the entry deadline (the last Thursday of the month) and you'll be entered into a random drawing for a $100 e-gift certificate to the Verve Store!

Do I have to use Verve Stamps?
Nope. We're equal opportunity stampers around these parts. Of course, we do LOVE to see you shine your Verve if you've got it! And we might just pick some mystery prize winners every now and then 
from the cards that shine a little Verve.
Easy Peasy, right? :)


Have a great weekend!



Stamps: Wonderfully Made, Faithful Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Crea Diem collection (Blomstra, Kärleken, Kärleken-bs, Så länge jag lever, Av hela mitt hjärta), Black 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Black Soot distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Fleur De Lis Rectangles (Spellbinders), Silver & Baby Blue Liquid Pearls (Ranger), silk flower, CRW-03CB Basic Crystal Lines-Soft Blue (0.3cm) Zva Creative, Doily Lace punch (Martha Stewart), paper distresser, dauber, 3" File Tab punch (Marvy)
Size: 6" X 4 3/4"
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

CASE Study...So Happy For You

Morning all! It's time for another challenge over at CASE Study with our Muse Julie Ebersole! This week's card really got my wheels 'a turnin'...I mostly have a hard time with CAS, but I stuck to my guns and prevailed...no fluff, no lace, no distressing/paper shredding and only one lone pearl. I started with an idea in my mind and my mind just went off with it:


I wanted to use the negative die cut idea that is displayed so well on Julie's card. However, I don't own any cloud or even any 'cute' dies like that, mine are all doilys, flourishes and tags (surprised?). So I cut out a Tilth Floral die from Kraft, which happens to be the main panel. Then I cut out both a black and a white floral die. I added dimentionals to the main kraft panel and attached it to the base. Then I added the white die cut (with a dimensional in the middle). Next I added the petal cut-outs from the black piece. That required some finageling as once I dropped them through the design, they didn't land exactly where they should have. I simply used my paper piercer to align them. After that I added the black floral design, staggered from the white design, and secured it with a pink pearl. Unfortunately, this is when I decided on my sentiment and if you've ever tried to stamp on a popped up panel...the outcome is usually not good. However, I was able to stamp Verve's So Happy cleanly. It still needed something (this is where my compulsion usually takes over) so I dotted some Black Viva Decor liquid pearls around the perimeter. Ah, such long instructions for such a simple looking card!

Here's a picture so that you can see the dimension:




Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:
Teneale Williams
and our March Guestie:

Here's the down-low on CASE Study's challenge:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC133), and link it to the CASE Study blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!



Stamps: So Happy (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black 
Accessories: Tilth Floral die (Memory Box), Pink pearl, Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen
Size:  5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Zva Creative Hops with Authentique

Morning blog friends! Some members from Zva Creative's design team have teamed up with designers from Authentique to bring you a blog hop today! Windy, who is our coordinator for Zva, asked me if I would like to participate and since I adore Authentique's papers, I knew I would love to join in. Today's card is featuring not only some lovely Zva Creative flourishes, but also Authentique's new Spring line of papers, the Hope collection:


I used Authentique's 'Faith', 'Lavish' and 'Await' papers (all double-sided), along with a sticker from the Hope sentiments page. The base of the card is the back side of 'Lavish' and the printed word are the front of 'Lavish'. I distressed the edges before matting it onto the back side of  'Faith'. The middle panel that says 'Easter Greetings' is the sticker from the sentiments page. I cut out the Happy Easter panel with Verve's~A Cut Above Curvy Bookplate die, sponged the edges and added a couple of hearts that were the negative to the die cut strip peeking out from behind that panel. I added a banner panel under the bottom of the sticker for a little interest and also added the trio of pearls for the same reason. The bow consists of 1/2" woven Ivory burlap ribbon and I tied that off with a bow of Baja Breeze seam binding, a brown button and some brown hemp. Lastly I added the Zva Creative flourish in matching colors.

Zva Creative products used:
CR-05CA-125 (Imposing Taupe/Chocolate Pearl)
PEW-03CB-136 (Basic Lines pearl - Taupe 0.5cm)

Here's a second card I made...(well, they sent me lots of paper...  :)


This card uses 'Adorn', 'Lavish' and 'Faith' papers. I roughed up all the edges and machine stitched the bottom two panels down. The ribbon is Antique Gold silk ribbon and I added a small raffia bow and a Zva Creative crystal. The lace strip is sewn down and I wrapped a piece of raffia around it about 4 or 5 times then attached it in the back. The sentiment is Verve's Where Flowers Bloom Plain Jane. 

Zva Creative products used:
CRW-05CA-173 (Dots - Crystal Champagne 1.4cm)
CRW-04CB-130 (Dots - Crystal Chocolate (0.3cm & 0.5cm)
CRW-05CB-139 (Flourishes - Champagne/Chocolate Crystal)

Zva Creative will be giving away a prize package over on their blog!  All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. All comments should be received by Monday, March 25 by 11:59 pm EST. A winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 26th on Zva's blog.


Have a great day!


Card 1:
Stamps: Happy Easter Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hope collection (Faith, Lavish, Await, Sentiment sheet) Authentique papers
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Curvy Bookplate die, Scalloped Trim Trio dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), 1/2" Woven Ivory burlap ribbon, brown hemp (Ribbon Carousel), Baja Breeze Seam binding (SU!), button, corner punch, paper distresser, dimensionals
Size:  4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Card 2:
Stamps: Where Flowers Bloom Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hope collection (Faith, Lavish & Adorn) Authentique, Confetti Cream (SU!)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Antique gold silk ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), lace, raffia, Labels Eighteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders), paper distresser, sewing machine, dauber, button, Amana Circle die (Memory Box)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You're So Sweet

Morning friends! Hope you’re having a great day so far. I just returned home from a week long vacation in Florida and though I had a wonderful, relaxing time…I couldn’t wait to get back into my stamp room again! I posted this card last week on Maja Design's blog and I thought I would share it here as well.  I drew my inspiration for this card from Maja Design’s Life in the Country collection. I am so attracted to the soft floral prints and the lovely patterns. So I put this card together and added a bit of ‘snow’ for a little extra appeal. Take a look:


Most of the edges are distressed with a paper distresser. I did stitch the middle panel with my sewing machine after adhering the ‘Summerbreeze’ paper to the kraft. That panel was attached to the back side of the ‘Read a Book’ paper. I added two more columns of said design underneath the sentiment as well. The row of buttons are sprinkled with more glitter and attached to a length of ‘In the Hammock’ paper. The seam binding bow was first crinkled, then tied. I then added a small hemp bow and a button locket. That was then tied over a strip of cluny lace. After all was said and done, I dabbed some tacky glue with my finger on certain parts of the card and sprinkled the snow glitter.


Here are a couple of close-ups of the ‘snow’ and bow/button details:


The sentiment has a bit of sparkle added to it, you can see that effect in the picture below, along with the chunky glitter accents:

I colored the sentiment with Copics, starting with the darker blue, working my way up to lighter blue. I then doused it with Star Dust Stickles which looks extreme in this picture, but has a really mild glow in real life. 

Here’s a sampling of the lovely papers included in the Life in the Country collection:


And the stamp I used: 

Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me! Hope your day is wonderfully crafty!

Stamps: So Sweet Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Life in the Country collection (Summerbreeze, Read a Book-bs, In the Hammock), kraft, Brocade Blue (SU!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories: Whimsey Circle die (Memory Box), seam binding, hemp, buttons, Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), paper distresser, sewing machine, locket button, lace, 'snow' glitter (Martha Stewart), pearls, dauber, square punch, Copics, Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
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