Friday, April 26, 2013

Feathers in Vase


Hi friends! I've been playing with some of the wonderful new Cheery Lynn Designs dies from Classy Cards 'n Such and I made this non-traditional Mother's Day card to share with you.

I love the new vases and the new dream catcher dies from the latest Cheery Lynn Designs release. The feathers are from the Dream Catchers #2 (Cheery Lynn Designs) set. These sold out immediately within hours of being available in the store, and there is another shipment en route. That's why you will see the "Pre-order" notice on this particular item right now.

When I set about making this card, I had Mother's Day on my mind since this week's challenge is all about Mothers Day on the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge blog. I knew I wanted to do something different. When I saw the feathers in this Dream Catchers #2 (Cheery Lynn Designs) die, it niggled in my brain as a possible cool alternative to flowers. When I saw the Vase (set of 4 from Cheery Lynn Designs) die set, my plan fell into place. Yup, feathers in a vase instead of flowers - totally PERFECT!!!

Since I was already doing a "different" card, I decided I wanted to go with non-traditional colors for my card. That meant no pastels, no flowery papers, no obvious "girly" stuff. So I pulled out a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped it with the Shabby Music background stamp (JustRite) and then sponged the edges with a brown ink. I adhered this music piece to a vanilla card base, and then I pulled out my Country Girl border die (Cheery Lynn Designs). I die cut the border from dark brown cardstock as well as a deep rose cardstock. I cut the deep rose Country Girl border in half lengthwise and adhered it below my music background piece. I then set aside my dark brown Country Girl border piece and picked up the negative piece (the outside part you would normally throw away) and affixed it over the music background piece and the deep rose border piece. I love how it fits so perfectly over the triangles in the deep rose border.

The Vase (Cheery Lynn Designs) was cut from vanilla cardstock and I stamped the sentiment from the Hugs & Kisses Sentiments set(JustRite) directly onto the vase. I cut the Mini Fanciful Flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs) from the same deep rose cardstock and inserted it into the top of the vase. Then I cut the feathers from the Dream Catchers #2 set (Cheery Lynn Designs) from dark brown cardstock and arranged them inside the vase with the mini flourish. The vase was affixed to my card with some Joy Foam Pads.

I hope you've enjoyed this non-traditional Mother's Day card! :-) You can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #77 - Mother's Day
Perfect Sentiment #76 - Mother's Day
Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Sentiment
Stamp and Create - Use at least one die cut
Stamping for the Weekend - Die Cuts and/or Punches


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Glittery Purples



Hello friends!  I saw a couple of challenges today and I was immediately inspired to create this monochromatic purple card.  The challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog is Pretty in Purple and the Cardabilities blog has this wonderful sketch so that was the starting point for my card.  I was in the mood for glitter, so I pulled out some gorgeous Lacy Lilac glitter from Classy Cards 'n Such and set about creating this card.  Wanna see a close-up of that lovely glitter?



I started with a white card base and I added a layer of a shimmery amethyst cardstock. I die cut the Mesh border (Cheery Lynn Designs) with white cardstock and cut a little "v" at the bottom with some scissors. I cut the Lady Kate edger (Cheery Lynn Designs) with white cardstock, painted it with shimmery Light Purple Creative Inspirations paint and adhered it to the sides of the Mesh border before affixing this to my purple background.

Next, I die cut a white oval, embossed it with a dotted embossing folder and set it aside. I cut another oval with a smaller oval die inside to create the frame. I covered this frame with glue and then poured the Lacy Lilac glitter on top. After shaking off the excess glitter and returning it back to the jar, I glued this frame to my white oval and then glued this down on top of the mesh border.

While I still had the glitter out, I found a large brad, covered it with glue, and then dipped it into the Lacy Lilac glitter. I set this aside to dry while I die cut my leaves and flowers.

The leaves were die cut from the Flourish Leaf Strip (Cheery Lynn Designs) and the flower petals were cut from the Sweet William dies(Cheery Lynn Designs). I sponged some purple ink onto the edges of the flower petals and then curled the petals with my fingers. I carefully arranged the flowers (2 of the smaller size, 3 of the larger size) and pushed the glittery brad through the centers and fastened the brad in the back. This flower was affixed to my card and then I adhered the leaves underneath.

I love how this card turned out! That glitter makes me happy!! Check out all the colors of glitter in the Classy Cards 'n Such store HERE. Which color would you use to make a card like this?  You can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your when you go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such so stock up on glitter, dies, paper, and stamps today.  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #76 - Pretty in Purple
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Spring Colors (I used Light Purple CI Paint)
Creative Card Crew #34 - Handmade Flowers
Paula Holifield Crafts - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy #8 - Monochromatic
Love To Scrap #4 - Cut it Out (dies/punches)
Crafting for All Seasons #50 - No stamps allowed


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crinoline Daisy Hexagons




Hi friends!  I've been playing with some of the new paper pads and a Distress Stain ink color that I bought from Classy Cards 'n Such. You should see my fingers - hot pink! LOL

My card today starts with a white card base and I added a layer of the pretty soft blue paper from the Secret Garden 6x6 paper pad. I stamped the sentiment from the Anytime Sentiments set (Impression Obsession) with some brown ink at the bottom of the blue paper. I set this aside and worked on the hexagon layer.

For this hexagon layer, I adhered a piece of Kraft cardstock to a slightly larger layer of white cardstock. I then used the Honeycomb die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut some white cardstock, some more of the soft blue paper from the Secret Garden pad, and two papers (pink and green) from the new Prairie Chic 6x6 paper pad.

I trimmed the white honeycomb frame down with scissors so I would just have three "rows" of hexagons and I glued this down onto my kraft cardstock piece. I then adhered the green, pink and blue die cut papers into each of the hexagon rows. Some pale pink ribbon was wrapped around the bottom of this hexagon layer and I used the Bow Easy tool to make a double looped bow.

For the pink flower, I pulled out the Daisy Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and die cut some crinoline-type fabric. It cuts beautifully! The fabric was white, so I pulled out the Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and dabbed it all over the daisy pieces. Once the fabric daisies were dry, I stacked them up and pushed a silver brad through the center and then affixed this to the top of my double looped bow. I used my fingers to fluff up the petals, which sort of distressed them a little bit. Perfect for a country-ish card!

Don't be afraid to use your Cheery Lynn Designs dies to cut fabric as well as paper. Experiment with different kinds of fabric and have fun!

As always, you can use this code, Holly-10, to save 10% off your order when you shop at Classy Cards 'n Such.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #75 - Anything Goes
ABC Challenges #23 - Pink, Green, Blue
Card Mania #18 - Punches and/or Dies

Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest creation.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Honeycomb Flower


How do you like my cute Honeycomb Flower? :-) I cut out the Honeycomb Frame (Cheery Lynn Designs) and then used my scissors to snip certain sections out to create this fun flower. I then glued it down onto the red gingham paper from the Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad and cut off the excess paper from the edges. A reserved brown piece from the frame was glued to the center.

For my focal layer, I cut a piece of white cardstock and sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges. I cut out the stem and a leaf from the new Orchid die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and glued them down, and then I die cut the Grass border (Cheery Lynn Designs) and glued that to the bottom. The Honeycomb Flower was glued to the top of the green stem.

I die cut the Hugs sentiment (Cheery Lynn Designs) and adhered the smaller version to my card, and then I pulled out the Tiny Things with Wings die (Cheery Lynn Designs) and cut the honeybee twice (once with white cardstock and once with brown cardstock). On the white bee piece, I used my Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain to color it a soft yellow hue. Once that was dry, I glued the dark brown bee piece on top of the yellow piece to create the bee. The bee was glued down next to my Honeycomb Flower and I pulled the wings up so it looks like it is fluttering around on my card.

This scenic layer was glued to a red layer and then affixed to a white card base that was sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I love this fun gingham Honeycomb Flower. Just think of all the different papers you could put inside this flower!

Feel free to use this code, Holly-10, when you place an order at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can get any of the items I've used on this card today as well as tons of other dies, stamps, papers, and embellishments.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Designs #74 - Back to Nature
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Happy Campers #14 - Flower Power
CCEE1314 - Things with Wings
Pile It On #13 - Handmade Flowers


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Move It - Shape It CDs Blog Hop

Welcome to your next stop on the Move It - Shape It CDs Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Beth Norman's blog, you're on the right track.  If not, please start at the Technique Junkies blog so you don't miss any of the fabulous and inspiring artwork being shared today.

Today's blog hop is in celebration of the two new CDs being released by Technique Junkies.  The Move It CD has 25 awesome tutorials on how to create interactive (or "moving") cards and the Shape It CD has 25 super-cool tutorials for creating shaped cards such as a spool of thread, a fisherman's vest, and a fishbowl.  Each CD is $9.95, or if you purchase both, it is only $17.95.  Believe me, you'll want both CD's when you see what we've all created for this blog hop!  :-)

You can find more information about the CDs here - http://techniquejunkies.com/move-it-shape-it-cds.html and you can order them directly from that page.  The CD's are shipping today so you'll have them in your hands lickety split and you can start making all kinds of fabulous cards.

Want to see what is on each CD?  You can see a pictorial Table of Contents for each CD by clicking on the links below:



For my first creation, I used the Poke Through Image tutorial from the Move It CD to create a fun Christmas card.  This type of card is perfect for those long skinny stamps that you've got in your stash.  These stamps are from Paper Smooches.





Isn't that cute?  It's so easy to create this card and you can use up your stash of patterned paper for these cards.  I made a Christmas card, but you could make any kind of card with this tutorial.  What about an Eiffel Tower or a Christmas tree or a vase of flowers in the opening where I have my tall snowman?

For my second card, I fell in love with the Thread Spool Card from the Shape It CD.  This is really funny because I don't sew at all.  LOL!  But I love this wooden spool shape and all the fun sewing stamps and accessories that I used on this card.  The stamps I used here are from Hero Arts.



I hope you've enjoyed my creations today!  I had a great time making these.  Be sure to order your Move It and Shape It CDs today so you can get started on creating some fun cards.  It's time to hop on over to Jackie Kalchert's blog to see what she's got in store for you.  I know you're going to love it!!