CPS #219

This is the sketch from Card Positioning Systems for this week:

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Here is the card I made, based on the sketch:

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All of the papers and ribbon came from my stash. The birdhouse is from Birdhouse Hang Tags Set A by Sunflower Friends. I used the Flower Vine embossing folder from Sizzix.

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Mojo Monday #191

Here’s the sketch by Mojo Monday for this week:

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Here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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The saying is a free digi stamp, but I can’t remember where I got it. All the rest of the supplies are from my stash. The flower is a recycled rose bud (see my previous post). The button is one that my SIL sent to me recently. I just really liked how it fit with this particular flower.

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Flowers and More Flowers

Since I don’t stamp, I’m always on the look-out for other ways to add a focal point to my cards. I love to use flowers. So I really perked up when I recently rediscovered an article in the July 2007 issue of Cardmaker Magazine. It was full of different ways to use flowers on cards. Here is the specific paragraph that caught my eye:

Remove plastic backing and fuzzy center of a silk flower. Glue the remaining layers of petals together. Create a new center with one large and seven small flat-back faceted gems.

It reminded me of a bunch of sunflowers that I had in a box and didn’t know what to do with. They were much to thick to use on a card. So I grabbed one and started ripping it apart. (Nothing to lose, right?) By following these direction, I now have a flower I can use on a card – and will!

Here are the two flowers – sort of a before and after shot.

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I used a large-gem brad rather than gluing the parts together and adding the gems on top. For this small of a flower, that worked out just fine. I figure one could get creative with the centers, using buttons, brads, gems other flowers … whatever.

OK, so now it was time to use the same technique on a larger flower. I had purchased some large white flowers quite a while ago. I actually used one on a card, but eventually realized that it was just too think and would not be practical to put through the mail. So I found one of those and started tearing it apart. I found more plastic pieces inside the flower to help it “puff up”, so to speak. I threw all of that away and made a usable flower. Here’s what the flower looks like straight out of the bag.

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As you can see, it is nearly three inches in diameter and is probably at least a half an inch thick at it’s center. Here’s the card I made using the flower after it got it’s make-over.

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It’s still “puffy”, but once in an envelope it will flatten out so that it can easily go through the mail.

Sometimes, I get started on something and just can’t stop. So I went back to my flower box to see if there was another flower deserving of a make-over. I found some rose buds that I started to play with. And they worked out fairly well, too. Here’s the before and after picture.

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Now I can’t wait to make a card using this recycled rose bud. One thing I really love about this process is the way the flowers still want to stand up/out. Their dimension is awesome, yet they will behave in an envelope going through the postal system. How cool is that!

So now I have a way to utilize the flowers that have been lying around in a box for ages with no future. And I also know that I can pick up “fat” flowers or flower stems if I like them and be able to rework them into something useable on my cards. I’ll be watching those silk flower sales a little more closely in the future.

Happy crafting, everyone!

Critter Sketch #65

This week the people at Critter Sketch Challenge say “It’s hip to be square”. So they want to see a square somewhere on the card. I made a square card with another square in the center. That ought to cover it, right?

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Sometimes a card comes out even better than how I see it in my mind before making it. This is one of those cards. I’m so happy with the finished product. And it was incredibly simple to make.

I used my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder to emboss the card front. I had to run it through twice to fill the full 5-inch square card front. (That was part of the process: I wanted to see if it could be done… and it worked!) I used the Top Score Multiboard from Crafter’s Companion to emboss the lines on the outside of the center square.

I added some pearl beads behind the orange and yellow flower (Prima Marketing). Then I added a small dimensional daisy (K&Company) to top that off. A little white ribbon (Offray) ties up the left side of the card. And that’s it!

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CPS #218

Here’s the sketch from CPS this week:

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And here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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Supplies used:

  • white and black cardstock from my stash
  • emerald, pink diamond and citrine textured Gemstones cardstock by Core’dinations (I love this stuff!)
  • pink wheelbarrow pre-colored digi from Fred She Said
  • black and white checked ribbon from my stash

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OWH Stars & Stamps #69

Here is the OWH Stars and Stamps sketch for this week:

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And here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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As you can see, I took some liberties with the sketch. My original intent was to do the card pretty much exactly like the sketch, but the leaf print paper I used just wasn’t quite long enough. Cutting the paper as I did just fit the A2 card base much better.

The leaf print paper is actually a printable card that I got from My Grafico (for free, no less). I love the colors and was excited to use it on a card. I used black cardstock to form the card base. I found this olive-green ribbon in my stash and made the bow using a black brad. This “simple” card turned out so well that I think I’ll need to make a bunch more for OWH.

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Sketch n Stash #61

Here is the sketch from Sketch n Stash for this week:

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Here is the card I made using the sketch:

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I made it into an easel card quite by accident. It was the only way I could think of to correct a mistake I’d made. But easel cards are fun, so why not do it anyway?

Supplies used:

  • card base and envelope from my stash
  • green ribbon by Offray from my stash
  • pumpkin dot paper by Recollections
  • black flower peel-off stickers from my stash
  • black mini round gems by Recollections
  • pre-colored “Little Frog” digital stamp from Doodle Pantry

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