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February 18, 2011

The Perfect Pair - Anniversary Card

This card began with the making of two shoes which I made several months before deciding what to do with them. There is a lot of detail in these shoes so I am glad I had the foresight to make them up ahead of time.

The Idea

The occasion is an anniversary. I had in mind to do something especially elegant. My imagination came up with an entire story when I remembered how this couple used to love dancing. I pictured them in a gorgeous ball room where there were many lovely chandeliers hanging. That's where my chandelier paper comes in.

For the gentleman's shoe, I used special "patent leather" paper that looks like snakeskin. Paired up with gray, I think it looks smashing! For the laces, I used nylon thread and literally sewed it through the tiny holes. This took longer than expected as I added the laces after the shoe was constructed.

The woman's shoe on the Sweethearts cartridge is kind of skimpy and not really stylish. I love this high heel from the Forever Young cartridge. I selected a textured CS that gives the shoe a linen look. The tiny rose leaves are pearlized (though the pic doesn't show it well). The shoes are adhered to the frame using dimensionals.

For the white embossed panel behind the shoes, I went on a search through my Gypsy to find something pretty enough with simple edges. Gypsy Wanderings had this cute scalloped frame which looked great when embossed with dotted swiss. The black shadow piece is from George.
The Sentiment
"The Perfect Pair" is cut at size 2-1/2 from white and gray, layered. To give it some shine I sponged silver ink over top. The sentiment is layered in black and stuck to the card using pop dots.
The inside first page mirrors the chandelier background on the front. This was tricky to cut as the lines are so fragile they kept breaking. I finally went with a "shadowed" cut.

When you turn the page there are two Bible verses that suit a husband and wife perfectly. On the right-hand inside panel I wrote a personalized message to the couple.
I prepared all the text on my computer, creating the "Happy Anniversary" in Word Art.

For the sparkly corner scrolls, I used some corners cut from the Christmas Cards cartridge. A full list of carts used is below.

Cartridges Used:

Sweethearts, Forever Young, George and Basic Shapes, Home Décor, Gypsy Wanderings, Christmas Cards.

February 13, 2011

A Thing of Beauty ~ Award

In looking around blogland and seeing some lovely sites, I realize that certain kinds of style catch my eye. I have decided to create an award for the special sites which, in my opinion, have it ALL together. Not only are their projects great, but the blog owner has taken the time to make sure the overall blog design is good. This includes spelling, layout, color scheme, titling and pictures. Here is the award.

I will be on the lookout for more award recipients in the future. If your blog (or someone else's) is excellent, please let me know.  I will also be creating more awards, specific to certain kinds of achievements. I'd love to hear from you. Brag a little about your blog, or congratulate someone's blog that's deserving of an award!

Rules of Award Acceptance 
  1. Right-click on the award and save it to your desktop for use when you add it to your blog.
  2. Choose FIVE (5) worthy recipients and list them. Next to their blog name, give ONE reason why you think their blog is special. What catches your eye about them? What do you love?
  3. On your blog page, list 5 things about yourself. Include at least one thing you enjoy about your craft.
One small request. It's not a rule, but I would very much appreciate a link back to my blog attached to the award badge when you display it on your site (after choosing all five of your faves). Thanks so much!

I have kept the requirements few and simple so that people will not feel it is a chore to accept the award. It is meant to be fun and encouraging! But since there are only five recipients each time, select them thoughtfully and carefully.

A Thing of Beauty ~ Award

And now, here is my list of FIVE recipients for this special award. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Up Late 2 Create! Tereesa always has a delightful colour scheme.
  2. Daily Grace Creations Donna and Peggy always have a lot of fun going on at their site.
  3. Paperie Petals A very clean and attractive looking blog.
  4. Selma's Stamping Corner A lovely site and beautiful cards.
  5. Yvonne's Great cards and other lovely paper crafts.
It was hard to make just one comment about each of the above blogs. Please take a few minutes to visit each of these recipients' blogs. You'll find inspiration there, for sure!

 Five Things About Me
  1. I only like antiques if they are pretty; not all beat up and scruffy. Hate the grunge look.
  2. I play piano and sing.
  3. Another favourite thing of mine is writing poetry, verses, song lyrics.
  4. I'd like my garden to be bigger and have the beautiful roses I used to be able to grow.
  5. What I love about cardmaking is that my mind can wander into another world where there are no worries; only flowers, birds, music and creativity. I always think about the special person I am creating each card for, and that makes me happy.
 I'm looking forward to hearing from you. So tell me about your favorite blogs and let's keep the encouragement going!
February 11, 2011

Valentine Dude... (A Guy Card)

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find a good Valentine for a guy? They are either too mushy, too sappy, or just plain corny. I am excited to share something that will work for guys of any age.

I started with cream coloured cardstock cut to make a 5x7 card.

The trickiest part of this whole thing was placement of the text. Many plain-paper trials were printed before getting it just right.

The pics at left show the layout for text prepared on the computer. Of course, a new page size had to be created and the printer guides adjusted to fit the card size. If you have questions on this, I can give you more info.

The right font is crucial in setting the mood or tone. It has to be fun but not too juvenile.

To make the sea water, I sponged 2 shades of blue in roughly a circular area using a dauber and overlapping the shading.

Fish and Seaweed
The school of fish were cut from aqua pearlized printed CS using Life Is A Beach with the Border feature. Then I added a few fish using cream CS of the same type, and spaced them out. I cut seaweed in three sizes and placed them behind and through the fish to make it more lifelike.

NOW I was really getting excited! My vision was coming together... such fun! INSIDE, there's a punch line.

I cut the fish bowl from pearlized aqua CS. The bowl and fish cut altogether so I cut another fish out of an orangey-red. This one is the "keeper" and he had to be cute. His fins are a bright amber with orange glitter painted accents. Before adding the fish to the bowl I sponged water in the bowl. And there you have it! Isn't he cute?!

Ultimately, Love is Everything

I am still in Valentine mode! While browsing through some stickers and stamps at Hobby Lobby one day, I came across a package of clear window-type puffy stickers that all had lovely sayings on them. I thought any one of them would be an elegant addition to a special card.

Ultimately, love IS everything. That simple fact works well with this clean design. I love the cut work on the heart. I gave it three layers, separated by pop dots. The top layer is cut from sparkle CS (the pic doesn't do it justice). The lining layer behind the cutout heart is a very pale pink. The scalloped edges are sponged in the same shade of pink.

In trying to figure out where to place a ribbon, or whether to use one at all... it didn't seem to fit anywhere on the card. But I wasn't going to give up! This valentine needed ribbon and I loved how it worked out. The "floating" bow made me smile. It appears to be suspended in mid-air, but you will see how it works in the next photo. Don't you just love how it peeks through the scalloped opening?


I chose a liner paper that is loaded with hearts, because "ultimately, love is everything". (Okay, we get it, Grace.)

This picture shows the ribbon and now you know how it was constructed. For the message panel, I created a layer from the same red embossed paper as on the front to act as a frame.

The verse inside (not shown) was created on my computer with another little puff heart near the bottom.

Cartridge Used:  A Child's Year

February 10, 2011

I Need a Little Songbird

What could be more romantic than two songbirds singing their song of love from their perch?

I made this card for the special man in my life who also happens to be my music partner. Inside is a very sweet little poem I wrote especially for him. The title of the poem is also the sentiment on the card's front: "I Need a Little Songbird".


I wasn't going to publish this but I am going to take a chance and trust that no one will steal it and call it their own composition. It may seem insignificant to some, but I have had other poems of mine pirated before.

The recipient of this card is a very talented singer and pianist, also my singing partner. So the theme of this card was perfect for him.

The card size is A2, my favorite size of 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". The colour scheme for this one was especially fun... pink, white, silver and black. Since the recipient is a male I didn't want the card to look too girlie. I found some wonderful pink argyle paper that has silver lines and small silver hearts at the juncture of the diamonds. That gave me the idea to make the lovebirds black, shadowed in silver mirrored cardstock. I love the look!

I also had a small piece of vellum with silver hearts that worked perfectly behind the sentiment banner. The sentiment was created on my computer. I always have fun finding just the perfect font to suit the mood or them of my cards. This one needed something script-like yet still easy to read.

I used the MS lattice punch because it added a gardeny feel. This perch is somewhere in a garden. In case you haven't guessed which cardtridge I used... I think you'll be surprised! I know I was. Thanks for taking a look, and I'd love to hear your comments.

Materials Used:
Pink cardstock
Pink argyle print paper
Shiny silver mirrored cardstock
Black cardstock
White vellum with silver heart design
Silver rhinestones and silver cording
Cartridge:  Joys of the Season. Can you believe it? Love it!
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