Happy Birthday Shelly

I always forget to take pictures of the birthday cards I make and post them. This time I remembered.

Happy Birthday to my dear friend!

Antoinette

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Welcome Sign

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For those of you who attended the Scrapbook Expo, you know what an awesome experience it is. For those who have never gone, it is a must. Various craft vendors under one roof, free demonstrations, free projects and a great place to meet other crafters.

This year I met a wonderful lady named Faith Sauber in the Crafter Depot booth. She had a fantastic display of various vinyls. I have never worked with vinyl before, but I love to learn new things. Faith gave me a patterned piece of vinyl to work with and this is the project I created.

I mixed a little vinyl with some hand made country flowers.

Thanks for the inspiration Faith! For more projects, etc ., visit Crafter Depot

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Butterfly Easel Sympathy Card

I dedicate this card to all of those with genetic illnesses awaiting a medical break through to ease their daily struggles. This week we lost someone to Cystic Fibrosis. She was a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and teacher. Words can never be enough to fill the void left by someone you love.

Hug those you love every day and be thankful you have the day with them!

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Polka Dot Bunny

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This colorful card screams Spring! The best part of Spring is all of the beautiful colors and flowers.

I started my card with a 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ turquoise base. My green layer measures 5 3/8 x 7 3/8″. My polka dot paper layer measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/4″ and is wrapped with a pink ribbon. I die cut a large oval in a darker turquoise card stock and embossed it with the Darice folder called Polka Dot. I die cut a smaller oval in white card stock using the Decorative Ovals by Spellbinders.

I stamped the bunny, sentiment and butterfly from the Happy Spring stamp set by Rubber Cafe and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I used GB8,GB10,PP1,DG3,DG4,OR1,LV1,PL2.

For my flowers, I stamped the Large Classic Petunia smaller flowers with black Staz On ink. I inked the edges of my Petunia petals Victorian Velvet and the centers with Dusty Concord and Barn Door by Ranger. I shaped the base of the petals with my bone folder and the tips of the petals with my Flowers Shaping Tool kit by Heartfelt Creations. I centered the flowers with white prills.

To assemble the card, I used craft foam to layer the focal image. I glued the flowers and leaves to the left of the oval. I accented the flowers with a white Stickles and the oval with pink pearls.

This card, or any of your creations, will surely brighten someone’s day. Share your sunshine and creativity with those who need a little “pick me up”.

Antoinette

Classic Petunia Wishing Well

 

As always, we have a great selection of beautiful images from Heartfelt Creations to chose from for our cards. The Classic Petunia Collection features wishing wells, garden benches, hanging floral baskets, flowers and butterflies. I chose the wishing well for todays card.

I started with a 6 x 12″ card stock lavender base. I cut out the 6 x 6 wishing well panel from the paper collection. I used the Cut Mat Create 2B die to create my window in the center of the card. To line up the die, I placed my tape on the front of the die and laid it down sticky side up on my image. I then placed my card base over it to attach the die exactly where I needed it. I decided to use my Exacto knife to cut out the center of the panel. The die would have cut on the inside of the border and I wanted to keep the border around the image.

I attached the panel to the outside of the base and the image to the inside of my card so that it showed through the window.

For my decorations, I stamped the spray of flowers from the Large Classic Petunia set in Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger. I inked my flowers with Heliotrope chalk ink, the vines with Copper ink and the leaves with Limeade chalk ink. I misted them and shaped them with my Flower Shaping Tool Kit. I glued them to the left lower corner of the panel.

Next, stamp the smaller of the 2 flowers from the Large Classic Petunia set in Dusty Concord Ink. I used the Heliotrope ink to shade the centers of the flowers and the veins of each petal. I shaded the rest of the petals with Dry Sand chalk ink. The leaves I stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink and shaded them with Copper and Limeade. I shaped them and attached them on top of the flower sprays in the corner.

I thought the right upper corner needed a little something so I stamped the flower spray from the Classic Petunia Bouquet in Brown Staz On. I inked the flowers with Heliotrope, vines with Copper and the leaves with Limeade.

For the stamens of the large Petunias, I took a piece of light taupe card stock scrap paper and applied DS tape to one side. I die cut the large and small stamens. When you remove the backing of the DS tape, apply purple glitter to the sticky surface. Create the stamens and glue the ends. (I use a quilling tool to shape my stamens. But you can roll them by hand also) Position and glue them to the center of your flowers. I finished off the card with some white glitter accents and lavender pearls.

As always, share your sunshine and creativity with others. A gift is meant to be shared!

Antoinette

Hanging Petunia Basket

This hanging basket is very whimsical and fun to make. Hang a birthday cake, an Easter Basket, a Jack-O-Lantern or a Christmas Tree for different holidays.

First, cut 4 panels that measure 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 from white card stock. Cut 4 more panels from patterned paper. I did 2 pink and 2 purple. I used the Cut Mat Create 1A rectangle die to cut out a central window on all of the panels. I centered the die 3/4″ from each side and 2″ from the top and bottom.

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Attach the patterned paper to the white card stock. Fold each panel in half with right sides together. Attach double sided tape to the left side of each panel on the back.

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Attach 3 panels together. Take your hanging image, place the center of your fishing line (9″ long) between the images and then glue them together. Attach one end of the line to the top of the card and the other end to the bottom. Make sure the line is tight.

Attach the fourth panel over the fishing line. Cut the extra line hanging outside the card.

The best part is now…DECORATING!

I stamped 4 baskets and 2 flower arrangements from the Classic Petunia Bouquet. The base baskets I colored with alcohol markers and did not die cut. The top baskets I stamped with Copper Staz On and then die cut them. I shaped the top baskets with the Flower Shaping Tool Kit to give them some depth. I glued the bottom part of the top basket to the base basket and left the top portion free. Color the flower arrangements, die cut them and glue to base basket.They are attached between the base basket and the die cut top basket. I attached some tiny purple gems to the outer baskets.

To give the flower arrangements a 3-D effect, I stamped the Small Classic Petunia in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and colored them with LV2, LV3 alcohol markers and a white gel pen. I colored the leaves with CT2 and CG2.

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For the panels, I used the flourish from the Cut Mat Create 2B. I used the light green paper from the Classic Petunia Paper Collection.  I completed the top with a tag from the paper collection and the sentiment stamp from the Small Classic Petunia Stamp Set.

As always, make each project your own and share your creativity with others.

Antoinette