Should be obvious by now that I went a little overboard this spring when it came to this particular design. What was really fun about it all was that NONE of the designs are exactly the same. Similar, but not the same.
A lot of die cut and punched flowers in various sizes and colors are used. That's it! Some sponging around the edges of the card bases and a Sizzix extended cut flourish.
I hope you are inspired to create your own version of this design.
Well I spent the past week in Lincoln NE attending workshops for my part time job with Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, reviewing up coming surveys and reports that I will be doing. I travel around talking to farmers and ranchers about what they have planted and what they intend to plant. It is a very interesting job and I get to work with a great class of people, even if they refuse to answer my questions, they do it so nicely.
This card is very basic. The lacy dark brown border is a Spellbinders die cut. The narrow dark brown over the quilted looking squares is from Sizzix. The phrase is computer generated.
There is lots of sponging around the edges of just about everything. Adds a lot of depth. More later, I am still tired from sitting around all week and doing nothing. I suspect brain workouts are more tiring than physical work outs. I need a LOT of both. LOL
Here is another example of paper piecing. It is a great way to use up those scraps.
All of the scrapbook paper came from DCWV's La Creme stack.
I don't know about the rest of you, but as a stamper first, I never look at paper and think of a scrapbook page, I always think of how it will work for a card.
There is some paper in my scrapbook stash that I bought when stacks first came out. I can't believe how horrid it is. And I can remember when I bought it how fantastic I thought it was. Maybe it will be like fashions, wait 30 years and the color and style will be back to haunt us. Funny, those really cool bell bottomed hip hugs just don't thrill me like they did back then. And I know for sure I never ever wore my clothes that tight (liar, liar pants on fire, LOL).
We have custody of our daughter's Pomeranian, Diesel. He is a character and always doing something to cause laughter. Here he is sitting up like a bear. He would only do something this undignified if food were involved.
He resembles a buddha. Definitely one for the scrapbook pages.
This design is the portrait version of a "Thirds" card. The upper white portion has been embossed in the dotted Swiss Cuttlebug A2 folder. I am not sure of the brand of the delicate design punch that was used on the black "ribbon". DCWV is responsible for the black and cream dotted paper on the bottom third of the card.
As you can see I am still playing with my Cuttlebug "thanks" die cut. The flowers have been cut with a Quickuts die and a punch. Paper were all taken from the same stack.
Now why am I making all these "thanks" cards? I have given 15 cards and envelopes to the pastors wife and 10 cards and envelopes to my daughter, all using this die cut thanks. AND I have a bunch more sitting there waiting to be given or used.
Are you an addicted card maker with a huge stash? Give cards and envelopes as gifts. I have sister-in-laws that have everything they could every want. Buying gifts for them is absolutely impossible. The past few Christmases I have gotten out my card stash and told them to pick the 20 cards that they want for their gift.
Another use for all of those cards that you are making for your "therapy" is as a ministry in your church. I give cards to both the pastor and his wife and frequently send cards to members of the congregation that are ill or experiencing problems.
Need a card in a hurry? This is the basic design that you can play with and easily make your own. The card base is black card stock. I cut a piece of flocked scrapbook paper from DCWV's LaCreme stack, 4 X 5.25 inches and centered it on the card base.
The Happy Birthday was stamped and embossed with fine line black embossing powder, cut out and layered onto black card stock.
It was a bling-ie type of day when I made the card so there are three gaudy rhinestones in the upper left corner. I would have used bigger flashier ones if I had had them. (smile)
This is a very basic card. Scrapbooking paper was used for the front of the card base. I use a plain white A2 blank card, which means it measures 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Glue is applied to the card, then with the scrapbook paper still in the stack, the card is carefully lined up along two edges. I then use the card base itself as the guide and cut the card from the paper.
The edges of all the pieces and the card are sponged. To get the green background on the Cuttlebug A2 folder I inked the folder and then embossed white cardstock that had been cut with a Spellbinders Label die.
The phrase was computer generated. The Spellbinders Label die was positioned over the phrase and taped in place with low tack painters masking tape. Next step was to use a Cuttlebug embossing border folder on the bottom, then apply the purple ink.