I have done a series of cards using heart shapes that I thought would be interesting for you to see. Not necessarily Valentine cards but definitely cards meant to express love for any of the many occasions when it is appropriate and heartfelt.
This first in the series is done using the Tim Holtz Hearts die which I have barely covered with white embossing powder and then outlined in a heavy coat of gold embossing powder. Each heart is raised up with dimensionals at different heights. (I apologize for not getting side shots so that you could see the dimension better!)
My paper is from a small mat stack from DCWV called ‘the Tradewinds’… I find myself going back to that stack again and again for its rich colors and use of gilding. (In fact, the 12 x 12 stack was recently more than 50% off at Joann’s and I triumphantly added to my cart!! Been waiting for that one for a couple of years…) In addition, I used plain white card stock to cut with my Spellbinder’s Lattice die for more depth in layering. I did distress each layer with the Tim Holtz Distress Tool but did not ink the edges, preferring a little more white on the card.
I love the wide, black and white striped cotton ribbon from May Arts and was really pleased with it on this card. My little gold ribbon was from the Dollar Bin at Michael’s. The antique metal stud flourish was from my stash but I believe it was from Michael’s Recollections collection.
All in all, I was pleased with the unconventional look and color of this card and, I think, the person who purchased it was pleased as well!
Your comments mean so much to me and I love getting them, so stop a minute and let me know what you think! Blessings and Hugs….
Posted in art, card, papercraft
Tagged all occasion card, black and white, butterfly, gold, hearts, lattice, Love, maroon, white
My dear friend, Pat, had a birthday early in April and I had been looking at this fabulous paper filled with these exotic flowers for some time. It just begged to be fussy cut and layered so, naturally, I had a go at it.
I was very pleased with the way this turned out. In the accompanying photo, you can get a bit of appreciation of the dimensional layers on the flowers. It is definitely bold and bright!
I know Pat enjoyed receiving this and I hope you have enjoyed viewing it here. Let me hear from you! I always appreciate visitors and comments!
This past week’s Mojo Monday’s Challenge (www.mojomonday.blogspot.com) was delightfully loaded with layers… just my cup of tea! For color inspiration, I went to the Shabby Tea Room but I did not enter my card in their challenge. Somehow, I can’t seem to make that deadline if I leave it for Sunday evening rather than earlier in the week!
Papers were from Recollections and BoBunny; Momento ink; Recollections flowers; Spellbinders dies; Ranger Glossy Accents.
In my slowness about getting cards up on my website, I still have a wintery card I wanted to share. Except for the word “Noel”, this card could be appropriate for any time during the winter season. I made a slew of cards for my DH’s boss whose last name is “Noel” and he wanted that word on each and every card. So, here we are…
I loved the delicate border die cut from Memory Box but purchased it so late in the season I only got to use it on this card. It will get a lot more use in future winter season cards!
I believe my “Noel” stamp was from Michael’s Recollections and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder and added a touch or two of Stickles both here and in various other spots on the card. The two snowflakes were from a Sizzix die cut that I double-layered for a bit of dimension.
Here’s hoping it isn’t too cold wherever you are and that Snowflake Season is mostly over for you. Sometimes here in the Atlanta area, the only snow we see is some freakish storm that comes our way around March or April!! Let me hear from you and stay warm!! Blessings & Hugs, ya’ll….
My granddaughter, Jade, doesn’t get to see my Chihuahua, Sara Lee, very often and she loves that little dogggie! She had a puppy for a while but it turned out that her mother was very allergic to the dog and they found it another home. Jade’s puppy and my Sara Lee were litter mates and we had gotten them at the same time. The love she had lavished on her puppy was now focused on Sara Lee. Jade misses my dog so I told her I would send her a photo of Sara Lee and decided to do it as a card.
I had just purchased some really lovely Prima flowers that I thought would work well with a doggie card and framed the photo with a couple of layers of one of my Spellbinders’ die cuts. I made the card so it would stand up like a photo frame and Jade was thrilled!!
This is not what I consider a beautiful card but it satisfies the heart of a precious little girl, which is far more important in my book… I hope you enjoy it as well.
Blessings to all…
Graphic 45, as I have mentioned, makes some of the most beautiful papers in the industry and I am totally hooked on them. Not only that, I seem to have the good luck to win papers and embellishments from them on a fairly regular basis! It drives my sister crazy…
One of their collections is A Ladies Diary and I have been waiting for some time to find something I felt deserved these beauties. Then I saw a tutorial for an Origami box made from one sheet of 12 x 12 inch paper. There are several tutorials for this on YouTube but I was introduced to it by The Gentleman Crafter. This gentleman’s work is fabulous and unique. I incorporated his ideas of the close-fitting, double layered lid and the wheel & bead handle in my project. I have also made the bottom of my box more sturdy so that it can be used rather than just being decorative.
Again, the papers used are all from that one collection. The embellishments were fussy cut from the papers, as well, and then the mirror, wooden disk and beads were added. I used shiny copper and black patent paper for a couple of die cut embellishments and used copper embossing powder around the edge of the top of the box. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of the inside of the box which was also embellished with fussy cut bits from the collection.
This was a Christmas gift for a relative and I am so glad I kept photos to share my first attempt with you. I have two others in the making at the moment and can’t wait to show them to you!
Seems like the only way for me to get something difficult to stick in my brain is to repeat, repeat, repeat! So, I made yet another card and got the doggone thing onto my blog with very little help from DH. Of course, he has been within earshot for that occasional question; let’s see how well I do when he can’t hear me groaning in frustration and jumping to the rescue! Monday may be a whole different situation…
I’ve always loved doing the challenges at MOJO Monday (www.mojomonday.blogspot.com) so, with my effort to get back into the swing of things, I looked them up and this is the result. I made the card instead of eating dinner so I have plenty of time to get this entered before the end of the challenge at 12 p.m. EST tonight. Here is their sketch:
I am very much into Graphic 45 papers these days and this paper is from an older collection called Communique. I used Distress Inks in Black Soot and Rusty Hinge, as well their Embossing Ink; Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Perfect Pearls Silver spray; Recollections Black Embossing Powder, flower and pearl.
Wish me luck! There are prizes being given for this challenge and I do love getting goodies! Almost as much as I love hearing from YOU!!
After dealing with all the changes in my new computer, I’ve had to deal with the fact that my old camera is not compatible with the new computer. And, guess what… WordPress has had a few changes of their own while I’ve been working out all of these other bugs!Actually, I haven’t worked them out myself. My DH has had to figure it all out and then teach me the new steps to this dance! I’m sure he will have to be around for continuing education with each new post for awhile.
Make special note of the cameo pin stuck into the snowflake!!
This is my entry for The Shabby Tea Room (www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com) ‘Elegance” challenge this week. I have used paper from Graphic 45′s Nutcracker Suite and My Minds Eye, A Tim Holtz Shabby Snow Flake die cut along with a Spellbinders die cut, Snug Hug rayon seam binding, Stickles and a Recollections flower. The stick pin was made with bits and beads from my stash and the bit of bling was a piece left over from another project that made its way to my stash, as well. Here is our inspiration photo which accompanied a request to include a ribbon and a flower.
I surely hope to hear from you all… it makes my day!! Hugs and Blessings!!