Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quick Bestie Bday Card

Ah, the variety of papers, patterns, stamps, and embellishments we have for papercrafting! Most cards I make take hours because of the sheer variety of choice. This card, however, was a piece of cake. A sentiment journal card from the Authentique "Beauty" journal card stack was my starting inspiration for this birthday card, one that I needed immediately in order to send out my bestie's birthday package that same day. Starting with that solid inspiration, this card only took me about 30 minutes from start of design to completion.

Quickie card steps:
  • Cut strip of aged yellow polka dot scrap paper
  • Inked edges of ivory card base, scrap paper, and journal card using Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink
  • Apply strip of bird & cage washi tape to left edge of card front
  • Gluestick & adhere yellow polka dot scrap paper to card, then repeat with journal card
  • Use Beacon 3-in-1 to glue two layers of Recollections paper flowers to bottom right corner of card, add pearl to flowers
  • Stamp interior sentiment (from Close To My Heart)
  • Done!

Entered in the:
Crafting From The Heart challenge #61 - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenges #107 - anything goes
Fairytale Challenge #118 - Feathers & Wings
Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog #37 - Wings & Things
Not Just Cards challenge #20 - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday challenge #185 - anything goes

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pearlescent Sympathy Card

This week I made my first sympathy card. It was a spur of the moment endeavor with a short deadline, and it was my new Spellbinders Cascade Dots cover die plate that inspired the design. Start to finish, including design time, was about an hour.

I started with an ivory card base and sponged Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress plus Color Box Silver inks in consecutive layers onto the card base. The second layer of pearlescent paper is from the DCWV Luxury Stack, die cut with Spellbinders Cascade Dots cover die plate and the edges inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink for added contrast. The second layer was adhered to the inked card base with plain ol' glue stick. Handy stuff, that.

My dear husband helped me out by wrangling the printer to produce the sentiment on ivory cardstock while I was putting together the first layers of the card. This was my first time using a printed sentiment, which I resorted to since I was working with a limited craft stash (and working out of packed moving boxes), so I didn't have my usual selection of sentiment or alphabet stamps. Two quick scissor cuts added the banner notch to make the sentiment flag. Beacon 3-in-1 glue adhered the sentiment flag and the two Petaloo velvet flowers to the front of the card.

About five minutes after I glued down the sentiment flag, I realized that had my brain been fully engaged, I would have used pop-dots to float either the second die-cut paper layer or the sentiment flag on the card. Next time!

Entered in the:
4 Crafty Chicks "sympathy" challenge #247

Crafting By Designs "sentimentally" challenge 
Craft Your Passion challenge #262 - anything goes 
Crafting From The Heart challenge #60 - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays challenge #198
Sisters of Craft - May anything goes challenge
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper May challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - May anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place - May anything goes
Not Just Cards challenge #19 - anything goes - Winner!
Crafty Girlz Challenges, challenge #2 - anything goes
Scrapper's Delights challenge #44 - anything goes
Create and Inspire challenge #22 
Creative Fingers challenge #81 - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #107
Word Art Wednesday challenge #184 - anything goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #45 - anything goes