Hello my little blog family…..two posts in one week??!! Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not make a New Year’s Resolution to keep up with regular posting (although I’d like to find a way to become more consistant….lol). I have my mom here visiting and we’ve been on a card creating binge right now and I’m just having so much fun!! I have a few cards done and will try to post each one of them over the next few days…..we’ll see how that works out…..lol.
You’ve seen me talk about the gals over on Splitcoaststampers every now and again. Well, one of the ladies has started a new challenge thread called You Can Do It!! This challenge will be hosted by anyone joining the group that wants to host and has an idea for a technique, card sketch, color combo, embellishment idea……etc. The person hosting for the week will give the group a challenge and we can either participate or not each week and make a card according to the challenge she put out there. You can even go back to previous challenges and do them if you want instead of the challenge for that week. We’re a pretty laid back group and have a ton of fun!! The very first challenge was to make a card using a hand-made flower of any kind. And this flower didn’t have to be hand-made by yourself, it could be one that someone else made for you too!! I ended up doing two cards for this challenge.
Check out that beautiful crochet flower!! My mom crochet it for me…..did three different flowers so I decided to stack them to make one gorgeous full flower!! I attached them all together with a brad from the Stampin’ Up! set of Antique brads and just love it. She also showed me how to do the double embossing technique on one card front…..very cool. I love my newest embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Fancy Fan Folder. It’s the one on the top of the card. I’d love to find a die cut with that pattern on it. And how about that lace…..OMGosh!! I got it through a Facebook Destash your Stash site where people go on and create an album with all the supplies they want to purge out of their craft space or in some instances, stores, and are given a date and a one hour time slot to sell their stuff! I just love this lace and got it for a song! My Congratulations sentiment stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Hot Off the Press called Tiny Words & Images onto one of my tags from my Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.
I’m going to get her to teach me how to make these before she goes home so I can pump some of these babies out too. 🙂 I don’t know that I’d ever try to duplicate the lace though.
The second card I made I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart called Art Philosophy. It has about 6 different rolled flower die cuts to choose from and I love making these flowers!! I also used my new Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cut I got from my mom for Christmas. I’ve been wanting that die cut for a while now and just love using it! I use 4 of them on this card. I took two of them and flipped one over and then attached the ‘bottom’ of them together to make the sort of fan shape with them. I did the same thing again and just turned it upside down too to mirror the top one. Clever now, aren’t I??!!! 🙂
All I can say is thank goodness for glue pens cause that’s a very narrow die cut!!! The leaves were punched out using my pocket leaf punch from Creative Memories. The sentiment is a Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s. I love those rolled flowers and this is the first time I used patterned paper to cut them out and I really like them! Here’s a close-up of the beauties….
That’s it for today. I’m off to go play some more with mom. Later ladies!!