Beary Happy Day!

Another challenge card!  Or should I say 3 cards!

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Often I spend a lot of time making one card, but making three cards at once does not take that much more time… although the whole process took several days since I rarely have the chance to sit for a very long time to do something. Continue reading “Beary Happy Day!”

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New beginnings!

I made this card as a request for my husband.  He requested this card for someone very special to him (other than me, hehe).  I also decided to take the opportunity to do the PCC255: Sketch Challenge by Paper Craft Crew.  Here is the card:

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The person this card was for really loves the colour blue, so that and the sketch, was my starting point.  I knew I also wanted to use this gold foil vellum sentiment that says, “it’s time to start something new” since my husband requested a card with the theme “new beginnings”.

To make the card, I first die cut the sentiment and scoured my blue patterned paper for the sentiment’s backing and die cut that.  Then I cut a dark blue card stock and a white card stock to size.  I then dry embossed with the lovely patterned you see on the white cardstock.  My embossing folder was new and never been used before, so it was exciting to use that.  Then I stuck the white cardstock onto the blue cardstock and jabbed a hole for the dark blue brad.  I then stuck the brad through the hole.

Next, I cut a piece of dark blue baker’s twine and wrapped that around the card and made a neat little bow.  I then placed the glitter tape over the twine and under the brad, but the bow know as in the way, so I had to undo the bow, redo the twine around the brad, stuck the glitter tape on, and finally make a bow over everything.  Finally, I placed the sentiment on top.

At first I called this “done”, but it was so white and the dry emboss did not make the white stand out enough.  So I took out my chalks and used a soft dry brush and brushed light and dark blue chalk onto the card, radiating from the sentiment.  Afterwards, I felt it needed more, so I went over the raised edges of the white card stock with my Wink of Stella Clear shimmer pen and that really gave the card just enough dimension I needed.  So that’s how the card was made!

I find that I am often scared to, as Ms. Frizzle would say, “Take chances!  Make mistakes!  Get messy!”  What I mean is that I’m afraid to do things to my cards as I make them because I’m afraid I’m going to do too much to it and make a mistake from taking a “chance” on my whim.  But I really need to listen and trust myself more.  Afterall, the purpose of the cards I make are to help people be happy; to create happiness today.  And part of that happiness created is in myself after a completed project I am proud to put my name on!

So I hope I inspired you to do what Ms. Frizzle says, as well as creating happiness (in yourself) today!

Black and White and One Other colour

I created another challenge card.  For my second challenge, I chose ModSquadChallenge’s Black and White and One Other color.  The challenge is tos to make a black and white card with one other colour.  As I was trying to come up with ideas, I looked through my dies and found this wreath die I never used before.  Then I had a vision of this card and I told myself, “Just do it!”  And here is the card:

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The photo does not do it justice… it is really stunning in person!

This card is not difficult to make, just a little time consuming.  I started by cutting a black piece of card stock to size and then die cut the wreath.  Then I die cut the wreath again, but on white card stock.  I was using the die-cut inlay technique.  After both pieces were die cutted, I took a fat roll of double-sided tape and put it on the back of the card where the hole for the wreath was.  I turned the card over to expose the sticky tape where the hole is and proceeded to place the white die cut wreath in and the black center piece.

Once that was done, I then die cut and punched  out some leaves with the same white card stock.  Then I took two 5-petal flower punches and and punched pink flowers out of pink origami paper.  I like using origami paper to make flowers with because it’s so fine, delicate, and soft, like flowers.  For each flower, I took a ball-tipped tool and rolled the ball over each petal and flower center to give it that concaveness, so they are not flat boring flowers.  I then set this all aside and started on the word “love”.

To make the word “love”, I used a die cut for the word on white card stock and then covered it with Versamark Dazzle.  Then I coated it with clear embossing powder.  I did this three times to give it this smooth glittery enamel-like finish.  It was so beautiful that I had to take a close-up picture of it.

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Once the word was done, I glued it into the center of the wreath and then proceeded to build the wreath with more white leaves to give it dimension as well as gluing flowers here and there.  When that was all done, I stuck self-adhesive gems in the center of each flower.

Finally, I felt the card was a bit bland on the bottom, but I didn’t want to add too much to it, so I just made two score lines for a subtle effect.  It was a bit difficult to score the card with the flowers (I was afraid they would get flattened or smooshed), but the flowers survived.  I am curious how this card will fare going through the post, so I think I might mail it to myself and see what happens!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this card and perhaps learned something or got inspired to create happiness today!