Paper Flowers!

I recently made card for my mother-in-law, to celebrate her birthday.

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These little flowers are so versatile and they’re so easy to make too.  I simply punch two flowers using the Petal Pairs punch by Tonic – I have several but this is definitely my favourite petal shape.  After lightly scoring a line down the centre of each petal, I fold the petal in half, using my nail to fold around.  Once both layers have folded petals, I glue them together, pushing the petals in towards the centre and add little pearls or gems to the centre to finish off.

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The branches were cut using a file from the Silhouette Store, one set of dark sage green and another set in a lighter metallic leaf green.  The sentiment was printed directly to the shaped label, and popped on top of a slightly larger layer, which had a light layer of Scattered Straw Distress Ink applied to it.  Finally, I popped it all together on a layer of sage green cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:



Back To CAS!

Lately, I’ve found that there is some much going on that I can’t sit, relax and let the card take shape organically….  So I’m playing along with some of my favourite sketch challenges til things calm down a bit.  Today’s card is based around the current sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches:

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I like the simplicity of this sketch!  It was a pleasure to head back to my very CAS style – I prefer not to use images on very clean cards, but as most of my design team work involves sponsor images, I haven’t had a chance in recent weeks to strip it back!  In  fact, this card almost felt too CAS….is that even possible? 😉

james birthday card

So, back to the card….  The circle, banner and back mat are all cut from AC cardstock.  The sentiment was printed on the card before cutting the shapes on the Silhouette (although it struggled to read the registration marks on the teal card, so I cut the banner by hand!).  The grey mat at the back was dry embossed with a grungy stripe folder to add a little texture.  The last element is a strip of striped washi tape, which runs across the centre of the card, anchoring all the element s together.  The right hand side of the banner and left hand side of the ring have been popped up on 3D pads to give a little more depth to the card.

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches – see sketch above #143

Keep It Simple! – Turquoise

New Challenge At One Stitch At A Time

Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!  I’ve just popped over to share my latest project for One Stitch At A Time, where the theme this week is simply “Use A Digi”.
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This lovely owl digi was a pleasure to colour!  Once I had cut the image out using my Silhouette, I used papers from “It’s Easter” and “In The Woods” by Harper Finch.  The layout follows Sketch 21 at From The Heart Sketches.

Why not head over to One Stitch At A Time now and enter the challenge for your chance to win the complete set of images that the DT used in challenge #186 and there’s even a runner up prize of $3 to spend in the store!  Please remember to use a Stitchy Bear image to be entered into the main challenge…

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting For All Seasons – Autumn Colours

Challenges 4 Everybody – Anything Goes

Glitter and Sparkle – Leaves

Sentimental Sundays – Falling Into Autumn

Speedy Fox and Friends – Orange and Brown

Hiding In My Craft Room – Fall Colours

Cards Galore – Animals

Ladybug Crafts – Autumn Colours

Little Blue Button Stamps – Fall Inspiration

The Stamping Boutique – Use Fall Colors

Brown Sugar – Things With Wings

Savvy Handmade Cards – Gone Batty

Thanks for reading x