The Warmth of Home

My sister-in-law, Denise, asked me to make a special card for a friend of hers.  The lady was divorced long ago and has never owned her own home.  Until now!  Denise is so excited for her friend that she commissioned a special card to accompany a gift (probably hand-made and gorgeous) for her friend. 

I am very lucky to have such a thoughtful and generous sister-in-law and have been the recipient of many of her lovely gifts both hand-made and otherwise.  The one consistent thing about these gifts is that they are always just the right thing.  How does she do that? It has never been one of my consistent talents so it seems amazing to me!

Well, now to the part where I tell you how and with what this card was made.  Denise had no idea how saying “no lace” would crimp my creative muse.  Later, when I asked her if the lady just didn’t like fluffy, girlie stuff, she said girlie stuff was O.K., just no lace.   So, I hope I didn’t overcompensate with the girlie stuff to make up for the lack of lace!

I started by making the card face from a layer of Ranger “core dinations” in blue, adding a layer of Colorbok Aqua Stripe on top with cutouts around the edge using my EK punch to allow the darker blue to show through (and to add some girliness).  Both of these pieces were cut with my two Fiskars cutting tools for accurate, clean cuts.

I used my Spellbinders Grand Labels Four to cut out a background piece from some beige paper I had in my stash and distressed it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.  I also cut out several Tim Holtz Alterations Fourishes die cuts in the dark blue and layered them on top of the Labels Four piece.  Three pieces were cut out with the Sizzix Keyhole die; 2 dark blue plain and one from Karen Foster Design Rose Dance Paper.  The top piece was embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder.  I pieced the two blue pieces to create an edge all the way around the back of the keyhole piece and used Glossy Accents to highlight the raised areas of the embossed design on the top layer.  There is a small piece around the keyhole that can be taken out and replaced with another color or pattern.  I embossed my little bit with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and touched up the dots with Ranger Stickles in True Blue.

Next was the little envelope which I cut with my Sizzix Envelope w/Ornate Flap die from the same paper as the large area of the keyhole.  I lined the inside with some lace paper I had in my stash and distressed all the edges with the same Vintage Photo ink.  I printed out “Welcome Home” and “Congratulations” using my printer and white cardstock from The Paper Company; cut out the banner by hand and the note in the envelope with my Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles die.  The paper was left in the die so that I could sponge on more Vintage Photo ink to bring out the detail and make the card not so “white”.  Then I highlighted the words with Glossy Accents and added dots of True Blue Stickles around the border.

My bow is made with cream silk ribbon on my bow maker per Becca Feeken’s tutorials and the key that rests on it is from K&Company Metal Art.  The leaves on the envelope are cut from Fancy Pants Designs All Fall by Nancie Rowe-Janitz paper with my Martha Stewart Punch.  Brown and cream roses are Recollections, the tiny blue rosebuds are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I added a dot of the True Blue Stickles to the closed rosebuds ’cause I love sparkly things…

Now to assemble.  The blue and blue stripe pieces were glued together.  Then the blue flourish pieces were glued in place on the brown background piece.  Background, keyhole and envelope were glued together with pop dots under the one side of the envelope to make it level with the other brown elements which were a little thick.  Next the entire combination of brown pieces was attached to the blue pieces with foam tape to add dimension between the layers.  The brown brads (Paper Studio) were pushed through all layers to complete the design of the keyhole plate, The bow and key were glued in place as well as the floral piece on the envelope.

I tend sometimes to do things a little backward so I didn’t add my Prima bling flourishes until last, cutting bits and placing them here and there rather than placing the whole flourish in one spot.  Anyplace that looks a little lonesome gets a little bit of the flourish.

I cut my basic card from The Paper Company beige card stock, added a decorated piece on the inside for a written message and fitted the card face in place, again using foam tape to add another area of dimension to the finished card.

Puff, puff…  I am out of breath!  I am trying to be a little more specific about how things are done as many of the other designers do so that others can re-create similar methods and projects.  Realistically, I should have been taking step-by-step pictures so I wouldn’t have to use so many words.  I will have one more card to add to my blog before I get to that place but it’s a comin’!

I love to hear from you!  Blessings and Hugs…

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About Charlotte Zweigoron

Married, retired. One of my most prized possessions is my very own craft room! Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been living in Georgia for over thirty years after a four year stint in Chicago. Crafting, reading and playing Mah Jongg are my favorite activities right after spending time with my four grandchildren. One grandson & his wife have recently made me a great-grandmother; The other grandson joined the Navy in December, 2011 at the ripe old age of 23! He is now a chef out on the seas!
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8 Responses to The Warmth of Home

  1. Dana Braun says:

    Denise should be so pleased with your creation for her friend. I know I would have been. You nailed it, Sister!

  2. Sharon Brand says:

    She can frame the card for her new home! Instant art work. Very pretty card – love that blue, or is it really teal?

    • I’ve been asking myself the same question…. Even looked at the paper signature for a clue; no help there. Shall we call it Tlue or Bleal? The light box brightens it a bit but I still have no clue.

  3. Denise says:

    Simply lovely, Charlotte! Terri will love it!!!

  4. How’d I miss this one? This really shows a lot of work Sis. Love the key, and the little envelope. Beautiful work!

  5. **Milu** says:

    gorgeous card Charlotte!!!

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