November 30, 2012

A long forgotten Flower Card

Going thru my pictures I found this flower card that I made a while ago. I found the instructions to create the flower on the inside on a blog, but I can’t remember where. So my credits for this go to the unknown crafter…

I used a dark colored cardstock as my card base, cutting of about ¾” from the front side. I stamped a border image with watermark ink on the inside of the card (the area that will show once you close the card, where the ¾” cut off piece used to be). I embossed it with some lavender colored powder and enhanced with some small pearls. The front was decorated with a piece of the design paper and matching cardstock. The butterflies are stamped on white cardstock and cut out. Pearls are been used to create the body of the butterfly and glitter glue makes the wings edges sparkle. Too get the two tone color on the butterfly, ink up your image with the lighter color. Then use a sponge dobber with a darker color and work desired areas on the stamp. Before stamping, huff on the stamp to make sure the ink is still moist. Blend your colors on the stamp well. I attached the butterflies just along the body part with some glue.
And now the surprise part, the magic flower inside the card. For the flower, you need 7 scalloped circles (ca. 2"), glue dots, scissors and some branches for decoration. I will show the techniques on how to assemble the flower here in a few days, so stay tuned….
A white piece of copy paper is used for the inside of the card and this project is done. Have Fun !

Coffee with the Girls

Need a little coffee break? Never underestimate being properly caffeinated…. And the girl friends will agree on this one.

I stamped the girl friend image twice on pieces of white cardstock using StazOn ink (black). I colored in both of the images with watercolor pencils and gel pens (glaze and soufflé). To give it a little bling, I added to one image some pearls and sparkles. The second image was cut to a rectangular size and I rounded the corners. Finally I cut the first image out and adhered it with foam spacers to the rectangular one.

I cut a window in my card base in the size of my image with an extra 1/16” for clearance. I matted the colored pieces and adhered them thru the window on the card inside. I added some matching design paper and a little phrase on the front. I stamped the inside and the Happy Birthday sentiments in Cocoa ink.
Enjoy your Coffee Girls!

Wedding Anniversary Card

I can’t believe November is almost over and I did not post one thing. With all the preparations for my final 2012 Card Club Classes, Thanksgiving and the looming Advents time around the corner, time just got away from me.
While I am working on the pictures from the last class, here some other samples of cards. This one I made for a wedding anniversary and I have to admit, I love it. It was hard to give away, but it was fun to create. I used the Cricut machine and our Close To My Heart cartridges to help with the project.

I had the Cricut cut out the window in the card base and the same design from four different colored cardstocks. Each design about ¼” smaller than the previous one. I also cut out multiple flower circles from leftover design papers. I noticed that with the smaller sizes it is best to use a little thinner paper. This makes it easier to role the flowers into shape. The branches and green leaves were also cut out by the Cricut….. Love our cartridges.
First distress all pieces with some chocolate ink around the edges. Close your card base and adhere the first cutout thru the window onto the inside of your card. This makes sure the card opens and closes without problems.  Now glue the second smaller cutout onto the first (no spacers).
I then took the last cutout, stamped my sentiments on to it and used a piercing tool and the Close To My Heart ruler to create the piercings around the edges. Using foam spacers, I adhered the third and last cutout to the center. I arranged the branches, leaves and flowers on the card and adhered them with some glue dots.
Do you wonder how I created these little roses? Stay tuned …. Instructions for those will follow in December.
Once everything is in place and secured, I set little pearls in the middle of the flowers and run some glitter glue around the edges. A bow finishes of this project…….