Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hello! Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I design and create handcrafted greeting cards. I like to call this passion of mine "visual poetry" ....imagery on paper. Please feel free to browse the photos of my cards and leave a comment.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wedding Shaker Card


Hello!  I've been occupied with other things so I haven't had time to post too much for a while. My last project for this month is this wedding card that I designed and created for one of my nephews who got married this month. The wedding was in northern Georgia and the reception was held in a barn. It was so quaint and positively charming! May the beautiful bride and handsome groom have many, many years of wedded bliss!

I decided to make my card in ivory (GKD Ivory) instead of the tradition white. I began by working on the card front panel (a.k.a. shaker panel), cut to measure 4 7/8 x 6 7/8. Then, after determining the placement of the images I planned to use,  I computer generated the greeting and name of the couple. Next, the champagne glasses, using a Die-Namics Layered Champagne Glass die, were positioned and cut out, each one separately, leaving the negative space (the actual cut outs were saved for another time, another project).  Then the card front was embossed with a die from Spellbinders 5X7 Matting Basics A.

Next, I adhered a piece of acetate on the back of the card front which would serve as the "see-through" portion. Then, still working on the back of the card front,  I created a tight gap-free frame around each champagne glass using adhesive foam strips in order to create a shallow space for the shaker elements to sit it. Now, I had planned to use gold glitter for the shaker elements inside of the champagne glasses. However, I had to figure out a way to keep the glitter from falling into the glass stems. I ended up using a thin piece of a foam strip where the glass meets the stem. I also placed foam strips around all the edges of the panel to make it level. I did not remove the protective lining from the adhesive foam strips at this time.

Now came the tricky part....adding the glitter and keeping it isolated in the space it was intended for. I used a tiny spoon to carry the glitter from its container to the space in the champagne glasses. 
Satisfied that there was a sufficient and equal amount in each glass, the protective layers from all the foam strips were very slowly removed. I had previously prepared a piece of card stock, slightly smaller than the card front, and adhered this to the back of the shaker panel to keep the glitter inside the glasses.

Bows, cut from glittery gold card stock with a die from Frantic Stamper Gifts and Bows, were adhered to the base of the wine glasses to conceal the foam strips hiding there. The two hearts were cut using Spellbinders Classic Hearts in glittery gold card stack and positioned with dimensionals, one heart slightly over the other.

This completed my front panel. The last step was to adhere the panel to my base card and the card was done. This took a lot of time and patience, but I was very pleased with the end result. I hope the young wedding couple liked it as well.

Christmas is just about 9 weeks away and I have to start moving on making my Christmas cards. (Where did the year go?)  So that will be my project for the next many weeks. And hopefully I will have them done in time for mailing them out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this card gave you some inspiration to create. Until next time, make it a great day!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Autumn Blessings Birthday

Hello everyone! Here is another autumn card I made.  This one was for my OSU college roommate (a long time ago) and friend. We  share October birthdays, 4 days apart.

I love copper and gold together. I call it "autumn elegance". I love the brilliance of the copper and the soft lustre of the gold. These are the colors I selected for this card.

My base card was created using GKD Ivory card stock. I added a layer of PTI Dark Chocolate and then another layer of GKD Ivory.  

For the card front, my focal panel, I used GKD Copper Metallic card stock. The large leaf was cut with Stampin' Up Leaflets Framelits and the smaller leaf with Darice Assorted Leaves die. The wheat stalks were cut using Impression Obsession Wheat die.  The leaves and wheat were cut in GKD Gold card stock. The acorn was cut using Memory Box Nutty Acorn die and cut in both copper and gold card stock. All images were adhered with glue dots and dimensionals. A jute bow was added as a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day!

Autumn Wheat Birthday

This card was created for a former co-worker whose birthday fell this month. I just love making fall cards. It is my favorite season and sometimes I wish it were fall all year round.

I began with creating my base card in GKD Ivory card stock. This was layered with PTI Dark Chocolate followed by another layer of GKD Copper Metallic card stock. I put this aside to work on the focal panel.

Using ivory card stock, I die cut and embossed my focal panel with a die from Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles. Next, the wheat was cut in GKD Gold card stock using  Impression Obsession Wheat die and then adhered to the panel. A copper-toned bow was added to give the appearance of the wheat being bundled. The leaves, from Impression Obsession Small Leaf set, were cut and embossed in GKD Gold card stock. The sentiment is from GKD Scripty Sayings stamp set and was stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold EP.

This completed my project. In my next post I will share another fall card I made. Please stop by and check it out. Until then, make it a great day!