Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Daisy Shadow Box

I have not had time to stamp today so I am posting a card I made several weeks ago.  These pretty dasies are from the  JustRite Beautiful Blossoms Borders & Centers Oval stamp set.  The shadow box is 6" square.  The top piece is Summer Sun cs and the bottom is white cs.  A piece of Martha Stewart dp was placed on the inside.  The white cs was embossed  then the openings were cut out with oval Nestabilities.  Martha Stewart punches were used for the side and bottom borders.  The butterfuly is also a Martha Stewart punch. 

The JustRite daisy design was stamped four times and cut out.  Flower Soft was added to the center of each flower.  Two of the stamped daisy images were arranged inside the card and two on the top.  Each layer was attached with dimensional tape.

The second picture shows the card and the 6x6 box made for the shadow box.  The inside was lined with the same dp that is in the shadow box and a the stamped daisy image was cut out and put on the flap.  The box is held closed with a magnetic snap. 

All supplies can be purchased at Joan GardensWhile you are at Joan's Blog, don't miss the gorgeous Easter card she created and posted today. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

JustRite Thinking of You

Today I am posting a card that I made with the JustRite "Thinking of You" oval stamp set. I purchase my JustRite stamps from Joan's Gardens.  The image was stamped twice.  The bottom piece was cut out with classic scallop oval Nestabilities.  The top piece was cut, with scissors,  just inside the border and popped up on dimensional tape.  The scalloped border was pierced.  A piece of dp from my scrap box was used and I don't remember who it is from.  The card is Cameo Coral cs.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the lace trim  to the card.  Black rhinestones were added to complete the card.

We just found out today that our niece has stage four cancer.  I am going to send this card to her. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Forever Friends

Tonight I am posting a card made with another Stampavie stamp.  This one is called Bobby and Me by Penny Johnson.  This is another stamp set from Joan's Gardens.  Isn't this little boy and his dog the cutest!

The image was stamped and colored with Koh-i-noor colored pencils and OMS.  I paper pieced his sweater.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the grass, punch available from Joan's Gardens.  I hope I didn't over-embellish this card.  I have had these cute dog embellishments and decided to use them.   For the background, a piece of Basic Grey dp was cut on the diagonal then a piece of embossed Tangerine Tango piece added on the other side.  The greeting was stamped then cut out with a petite oval Nestie and sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.

Hope you like this card. 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

TMITA/PCC Eggs-traordinary Find

It is time for another TMITA/PCC Monday challenge.  This week  Sue Walsh has given us a very fun challenge to work on.  The Designers  are to use Nina's cute digi "Eggs-traordinary Find" and incorporate it with a paper or altered Easter basket.  When you go over to the TMITA/PCC blog, she has listed a lot of sources for cute Easter Baskets.  You will also find this free digi you can use in this challenge or you can go to Nina's Paper Cupcakes store and purchase an image of your choice. 

In my "stash" of patterns, I had a template for a cute little box I decided to turn into a basket.  A scallop punch was used to create a border along the top edge.  I used two sided dp.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the handle.  It was attached with glue dots on each side.  The greeting is from GKD.  It was stamped and cut out with Nesties.  Two rhinestone flowers were placed next to the greeting.  Narrow rick rack was attached under the scallops with Scor-Tape. 

The cute designed was printed off and colored with Copic markers.  Flower Soft from Joan's Gardens was glued to the head and tail.  I cut along the design but left a long piece of the card stock under the design so it would "stand" inside the basket.  Pink and purple crinkle "grass" was added on both sides to hold the design up.  Small chocolate Easter eggs were then added. 

On the sides of the basket, a  MS punched flower and butterfly were added.  Rinestones were added to each.

Be sure to go over the the TMITA/PCC blog to see all the other design team baskets.  I hope you will join in on the fun this week.  Here is the prize that will be given to someone entering the challenge.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sarah Kay "Bernadette"

Oh my gosh!  Isn't this the cutest image.  Yesterday I received this stamp from Joan's Gardens and could hardly wait to make a card.  I love Sarah Kay stamps and wish I owned every single one.  Joan is now carrying them in her store and I now can build up my collection of these cute stamps.

The name of this stamp is "Bernadette admiring the spring flowers".   She was stamped using Memento black ink then colored using Koh-i-noor colored pencils and OMS.  I love how you can blend with this technique.  The image was cut out using small petite Nestie ovals.  The background dp is from the BasicGrey Kioshi Paper Pad and the top is white cs embossed with the Dotted Swiss embossing folder.  The border across the middle was punch using a MS punch.  

My sweet friend Sue sent me a surprise package that had some beautiful mulberry paper flowers. There are many styles and I love them all.   I have been admiring these flowers on cards for some time and was so excited to receive them.  Thank you so much Sue.  Usually when I get really pretty things, I want to use them but will end up saving them for later because I don't to not have them.  Are you that way?  Well I have changed my ways and now use pretty embellishments and paper because there is always more.  I think the roses are a great accent on this card.  The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch as were the leaves under the roses.  The verse is from MTME.  It was cut out with a deckle edge Nestie and sponged prior to taking it out of the die. 

I have another cute Sarah Kay stamp I will use for tomorrow's card. 

I do appreciate your visit.  Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Beautiful Life Frame

Melanie Muenchinger has another new stamp set that matches the "A Year of Flowers" set that I love to use.  The name of this set is called "A Beautiful Life".  To make this card, I used three stamp sets:  A Year of Flowers, A Beautiful Life and Pressed Flowers.  They are all a perfect match so the variety of things you can do is endless. 

To start with I stamped the "A Beautiful Life" frame on a piece of MS design paper.  I didn't want the center of the frame to have the polka dots so I used petite oval Nesties to cut two frames for the center.  The Nesties are a perfect match in size.  The white frame was sponged with green ink.  The verse from this set was stamped in the center.  By adding the Nestie frame in the middle, I was covering up part of the beautiful tulips.  I didn't have to worry because the tulips in the other sets are a perfect match.  I used the tulip from the Pressed Flowers set first.  Because this set is solid rubber, I first colored the tulip with a yellow marker then highlighted the bottom of the flower with an orange marker.  It was then lightly sprayed with a fine water mist to "mix" the colors then stamped onto white cs.  Next I used the tulip from the "A Year of  Flowers" set.  This is an outline stamp.  I used an Apricot ink to stamp the outline over the colored flower.  I love the effect you get when you do this technique.  It all blends together so well.  The new flowers were cut out and glued over the ones stamped on the frame. 

The next step was to use a Copic marker to color the stems and leaves a darker green.  The butterfly and bee are from the  "A Beautiful Life" set.  The butterfly was stamped on light yellow cs and lightly colored with Copic Markers.  When you look at a bee, it is always very black so I used a VersaMark pad to stamp it on bright yellow cs then used extra fine black embossing powder to give it that realistic look.    Both the butterfly and bee are on dimensional tape. 

The frame was matted onto a piece of black cs.  The background dp is from the Basic Grey "June Bug" paper pad.  The rectangle rhinestones were added to complete the card. 

I hope you like this card.  All six of Melanie's "A Year of Flowers" coordinating sets can be purchased from Gina K Designs.  Here is the link to all Melanie's stamp sets.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lavender Lace

Before I tell you about my card, I am excited  to tell you that I will be flying to Indiana, May 15,  to do a workshop at Joan's Gardens.   Here is the  link  to Joan's blog if you would like to get information and make a reservation.   Part of the workshop will be showing how to do different techniques plus we have some beautiful projects for everyone to complete.  Hope to see you there.

Today's card is made with one of the stamps from the JustRite  oval "Thinking of You" stamp set.  The background is from a KaiserCraft 6" paper pad.  The Spellbinder's Fleur De Lis die was used for the beautiful frame.  I wanted a lot of dimension to this card so  used a square Nestability for the top frame and also the scalloped layer. These were added right in the middle.  The flower design was colored with Copic markers.  Each layer is attached with dimensional tape.  Small lavender Kaiser Craft pearls were added.  A piece of the design paper was also added inside to complete the card. 

All products used in this project were purchased from Joan's Gardens.

I appreciate you stopping by for a visit.  I always love to read your comments.

Monday, March 22, 2010

TMITA/PCC Sunny Stroll

It's  time for another TMITA/PCC Monday Challenge.  This week Olga Jewell is the hostess and asks us to use "any acquired Paper Cupcake's image" and 1,2,3 Create! What does that mean? Well, she wants you to use the following on your project:  

1 Paper Cupcake image (your choice)
2 ribbons
3 buttons

The name of my image from Nina's Paper Cupcake store is called "Sunny Stroll".   It was colored wih Copic markers and cut out with Nestabilities.  The background paper is from a Martha Stewart Paper Pack.  Two ribbons were layered across the middle.  The green panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug.  The verse is from Gina K Designs.  It was stamped and cut out with Nesties.  The scallops in both layers were punched  To complete the challenge three buttons were added.

Here is the link to the TMITA/PCC blog.  I'm sure you will want to check out all the other designers cards and see other images from Nina's Paper Cupcakes store.  There is also a free image for you to join in on the challenge. 

Have fun creating.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

JustRite Yellow Daisies

Tonight I am posting another JustRite  card.  This one is made with a stamp from  the Beautiful Blossoms Borders & Centers Oval  stamp set.  I purchased this set from Joan's Gardens.  The  dp is from 'My Minds Eye".  The daisies were stamped with black Memento ink and colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and OMS. The Barely Banana frame was cut out with a  Labels 8 Nestie and sponged with Apricot ink prior to taking it out of the die.  I love to color with these pencils because you can blend the colors so well.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the border.  A piece of yellow ribbon was attached with a matching bow.  The verse is also a JustRite stamp called "Seeds of Kindness".  It was cut out with a scalloped Nestie and also sponged.  The Nestabilities, Martha Stewart punch and pearls can also be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

I have been working with Joan today to finalize the projects  for the workshop I will be doing at her store on May 15.  She will  be posting a notice about the workshop soon.   If you are interested in attending, I will be posting her link as soon as she announces it. 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

JustRite Morning Glories

This is another card made with stamps from the JustRite "Flower Garden" stamp set.  As I stated yesterday, I purchase my JustRite stamps from Joan's Gardens.  I think morning glories are always so pretty when they are growing up a lattice.  I tried to create that feeling on this card.  The morning glory was stamped three times and colored with Copic markers then each one cut out.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the  lattice.  I punched out the right side of the lattice then turned the cs around and punched again down the other side.  It created a perfect lattice  The flowers were attached with dimensional dots and the lavender , Quickkutz flourishes were punched and layered behind the flowers.  The verse was stamped and cut out with a Spellbinder fancy tag and sponged before taking it out of the die.  To complete the card some yellow Stickles was added to the center of the open flowers and  pearls added to the top corners and below the greeting.

Friday, March 19, 2010

You Make Me Smile

Today I have a card made JustRite stamps.  The set used is called "My Garden".  I purchase my JustRite stamps from Joan Fricker at Joan's Gardens.  This set fits the 3 1/4" round wooden stamper. JustRite has a lot of   beautiful new flower stamp sets.  I used the daisy stamp and stamped it 3 times to create a layered flower.  The flowers were colored with Copic markers then Flower Soft was added to the center of each.  Each layer is put on dimensional tape.  I used a Spellbinder die for the leafy vine.  I cut it apart to layer across the front of the card then attached the flowers.

The verse is also a JustRite stamp.  It is from the Seeds of Kindness set.  It was stamped then cut out with Nestabilities.  The background paper is from a Martha Stewart paper pad.  The Monarch butterfly was created with a Martha Stewart punch.  The card size is 5x7".  All products were purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sarah Kay Happy Birthday

Today I am posting a card made using a Sarah Kay stamp.  I love all the Sarah Kay stamps.  Joan Fricker is now carring them in her store, Joan's Gardens.  She has one of the new images called Bernadette Admiring  the Spring Flower that I am going to order.   It is another cute little girl  out watering the flowers.  Be sure to click on Joan's link to check it out. 

The background on this card was made using  pink and lavender cs.  The left side of the pink cs was embossed with the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss embossing folder.  The lavender piece was scored using the new Martha Stewart ScoreBoard.  The score lines are 1/8" apart.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the borders. The scallops were cut off for the border on the left side.  The  Sarah Kay image was stamped and colored with Copic markers.  Chalks were used for the background.  It was cut out with a long rectange deckle Nestability.  Flowers matching the ones in the design were added to complete the card.  Joan Fricker also carries the Martha Stewart ScoreBoard and all the Martha Stewart punches.  Here is the link.

I am looking forward to going out and working in the flowers.  We have sunshine but it is kind of windy and still  cool outside. 

Thanks again for stoppping by for a visit.  Looking forward to reading your comments.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Feel Better


 I'm not Irish so don't have big plans for today.  However, if I don't wear green, I know my grandkids will be over to pinch me, LOL.  I must have green in mind because the card I made today is green!

The  Clearly Delightful  challenge caught my eye so thought I would join in.   This week it is a sketch challenge.  Also Tina has green for her color challenge on StampTV so this card will qualify for two challenges.  I don't believe I have ever entered one card into two challenges.    I used two different design papers from a Making Memories paper pad (Paperie Poolside & Greenhouse).  A large Sizzix flourish was cut out using always artichoke cs.  The circles are ivory cs with an always artichoke background.  A thin strip of the same cs was cut to place across the middle.  Both stamp sets used are from Gina K Designs.  The butterfly is from "Hope is Faith" and the verse from "Tropical Windows".   To complete the sketch, a flower was added.

This card will be sent to a cousin who has been in the hospital. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Penny Black Basket of Pansies

Today's card was created using a stamp from the Penny Black "Flower Gallery" stamp set.  I purchased this from Joans Gardens.  The image was colored using Copic markers then cut out.  The card stock color is lovely lavender.  I used the Martha Stewart pansy punch, also from Joans Gardens,  because it goes so well with the stamped image.  After punching the border I used a long rectangle Nestability to emboss  a frame around the punched border.  A small piece of white cs was embossed with the Cuttlebug Dotted swiss embossing folder and add in the center.  The basket of pansies was attached with dimensional tape .  The verse (from MTME) was stamped and cut out with a Nestability then sponged before removing from the die.  This card is 5x7 inches so the background had to be embossed twice with the cuttlebug Dotted Swiss embossing folder.  I embossed one half of it then the other side.  Small pearls were added to complete the card. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hinged Card for the TMITA/PCC Challenge

It's time for another Magical Monday TMITA/PCC Challenge.  Kim McDonald is our design team hostess this week and she has challenged us to make a non-traditional style card e.g., free standing pop up, joy fold, tri-shutter, etc.  The image  from Nina May is called "Bunny cupcake" .  Be sure to check out all the different type cards made by the other designers  this week and check out the  cute free  images for the give away on the TMITA/PCC blog.

As you know, I do like to make non-traditional style cards so I wanted to come up with  new non-traditional card I have not posted in the past.  I have never made a "hinged card" so that is what I am going to show you this week.  My card is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  The c s pieces cut are: 

Lavender Lace 4.25 x 5.5 inches for the back of the card
Green Galore 4.25 x 3 inches for the top portion which is on hinge
Lavender Lace  4.25 x 3.75 inches for the bottom

The image was printed off then cut out with a 1.75" Nestability square
The Nestie scallop was cut out of Lavender Lace.  The image was colored with Copic markers.   Glitter was added to the cupcake. 

To decorate the front of the card I embossed both the green cs and the dp on the lower section with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the fence border.  The fence was layered on the lavender cs then topped with the embossed design paper.  A flower and bow were added to complete the card.  The two front pieces were placed over the back piece  then a brad added for the hinge.  Only the lower portion of the card was attached to the back.  The adhesive was added below the brad across the top; down the sides and along the bottom.  You need the top portion of this piece open so the top can slide  behind it to close.

The bunny image was attched after the card was complete. Dimensional tape was added on the middle and top portion of the  back of the image.  The tape should be even with the bottom portion of the card so the card closes in the right position.  I then stamped the verse  (GKD) on the inside. 

The  tutorial  I found on how to create this type card can be found  here.

I appreciate you stopping by.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shaving Cream Challenge

Sharri  is the new hostess on StampTV for the Blast From the Past Challenge.  For her first challenge she chose the Shaving Cream  technique.   I made this card for her challenge. 

The two reinker colors  used are Old Olive and Perfect Plum.  I used ivory cs to dip into the shaving cream.  It is so fun to swirl the ink around in the shaving cream and see what you come out with.  If you haven't done this technique before, be sure to view Gina's Shaving Cream  video.  You can read about the challenge here

I used Nina B's Lovely Labels stamp set for the frame, available from Gina K Designs.  It was stamped using Old Olive ink.  The verse is from the same set.  I created the  flower with Perfect Plum cs and the Nestabilities  (Daisy Heads) flower dies.  I cut out 10 flowers  to create the 3-D effect.  It is put together with a black brad.  In the center is a black Sizzix snow flake.  A Martha Stewart punch was used for the butterfly.  Some small plum colored pearls were added to complete the card. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You're Sweet

Today I needed a small box for a gift for my granddaughter.  I used a pattern purchased  at "My Time Made Easy".  The name of this box is "Under Cover". It is so simple to make it took very little time and I just love how it turned out.  I think she might like the box more than the little gift.

The box is made with a piece of Martha Stewart double-sided paper.  The pattern is only two pieces so was very easy to make.  I used a scalloped Nestability oval to create the opening in the top.  I then used a smaller oval and a shade darker cs to create a little frame under the scallops.  It was attached with Scor-Tape on the inside before completing the top.  I didn't want an open hole so used a piece of acetate to cover the hole.  I did some recyclying . . . I used some of the acetate that a set of Nestabilities came in.  It was also attached with Scor-Tape.  

I used my Scor-Pal to score all lines on the top and bottom pieces of this box, then used Scor-tape to hold it together.  When you are doing something like this, you want to make sure you are using a strong adhesive because you sure don't want it to fall apart.  

To decorate my box I added some daisies and leaves made with a MS punch.  A couple of short strips of dotted Swiss ribbon was gathered at one end and tucked in under the flowers.  The verse was stamped and cut out with an oval Nestabilitiy and sponged prior to taking it out of the die.  Each scallop was pierced to give it a frilly look.  Three small butterflies were punched and added along with some pearls.  I am really excited about how cute this box is and was so happy it really was done very quickly.  

Hope you check out the cute patterns Lauren has.  I have made four different boxes from Lauren's templates  and each one has been very fun to create.  


Sweet Blog Award

I received  this  blog award from my sweet friend Pam!   I met Pam through StampTV.  I always smile when I visit her blog and see all her gorgeous creations.   I am very excited to actually be going to Chicago to spend some time with  her in May.  Thanks Pam for thinking of me for this Sunshine Blog Award.

Now it's time for me to pass this award on the some other bloggers who make me smile.  I have so many blogging friends who make me smile but here are a few:

Sue W

Here are the "rules" girls - but rules or not - enjoy your blog award - you are some of the sunshine in my life and you all make me smile!!

•Pass it on to 6 bloggers

•Put a link to your nominees within your post

•Let your nominees know that you are passing this award along to them by leaving a comment on their blog

•Link to the blog of the person who nominated your for this award

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pot of Gold Challenge at TMITA/PCC

It's Magical Monday.  This week  design team member Danielle Lord has given us a color challenge.   We are to use Nina's cute "Pot of Gold" digi
and use the colors "green & gold" (on the products outside the image) with the added bonus of using metal somewhere on the card/creation (eg. brad, charm etc.).

Nina just had a birthday last Friday and I want to wish her a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 

I made a shadow box card this week.  There is a piece of shamrock dp on the inside panel.  The image was printed off and colored with Copic markers then cut out with a round Nestability. The top of the card is Garden Green cs.  The same size Nestie was used to cut a circle  for the opening.  Another piece of gold metallic cs was cut with a slightly smaller circle Nestie and attached to the inside.  A piece of the same dp was cut for the lower portion of the front and attached with gold brads.  The verse was stamped and cut out with a window punch.  Gold stickers were added above and below the verse.  Gold Cuttlebug corners were added and three brads along each side. 

Be sure to go over to TMITA/PCC and get your free digi and join in on the challenge.  There is a nice prize for someone who enters the challenge. 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Welcome Home Box

Well I think I am hooked for sure.  Today I worked on another project from one of Lauren's "My Time Made Easy" templates.  This one is called "Welcome Home".  The box measures  6 inches tall 4 inches wide 3 3/4 inches deep.  The roof opens to add a gift for someone special.  Here is the link so you can see the pattern and more samples in Lauren's store.  I didn't take a picture of the box open but you will be able to see how it works at this link. 

This is my first time working with this template and it will be  easier for me to do a better job next time.  When decorating I have a few more ideas I would like to work with.  I didn't want to use designer paper on my house so I used the Cuttlebug  "Distressed Stripes" embossing folder to get a woodgrain design.  On the eves of the roof  I used decorative scissors to create a decorative edge.  The roof was scored using my Scor-Pal. 

I wanted to create a very realistic  looking door so scored around the edges of the door pattern  to create a door frame.  Two circle punches were used to create the window in the door.  They were cut in half then two thin strips of cs was used to create  panels in the window.  A small black door knob was punched and added.  Does it look like a door?  

A Martha Stewart punch was used to create the grass.  Small flowers were punched and added.  The windows were cut out with the template provided and yellow cs was added behind.  Some yellow Stickles was added to the windows.  A small Nestability design was cut and added on the front for decoration.  A couple of other small details I added was to cut very thin strips of cs to add along the top edge of the roof to give it a little more dimension and using the Scor-Pal added some lines on the chimney.  I know, I should have off set my lines to look more like brick!

Lauren and Katie Cotten have a great give away that I am entering this project in.  You can read all the details here.

Tomorrow I will have my post for the TMITA/PCC challenge. 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Card Catch All

Today I wanted to  make a pretty box for some cards  I want to send to a wonderful friend.  When I moved from Colorado, I  lost contact with my best friend from school.  I recently saw her anniversary picture in the home town newspaper and got in contact with her.  It has made me so happy to visit with her again.   She sent me a big box of embellishments to use on my cards and this is going to be my thank you to her.

The box I decided to make is from "My Time Made Easy".  This is another fun box designed by Lauren Meader.  Lauren has so many really great templates for all kinds of boxes/containers.  (Edit:  I had a question about if there are instructions for this box and I want to let you know that when you purchase this template, Lauren also has  very complete instructions and pictures, with each download.) The name of this box is called "Card Catch All".  You can make it with or without the divider.  I decided to make it with the divider.  I didn't really need it for the cards I was sending, but I wanted to see how hard it would be to make  with it.  Oh my gosh . . . it was super easy.  I know I will be making a lot more of these boxes to send out cards to friends for gifts.

Pixie Pink card stock was used for the box.  I don't have a cutting system so printed the template off on computer paper then used temporary tape to attach to the card stock and cut it out with scissors.  It was not hard.  At the top I used my JustRite monogram stamp for my friend's initial and cut it out with petite circle Nestabilities.  I purchased the flourish stamp set from Lauren and stamped the flourish and 3 small flowers behind the initial. 

With the template,  the front panel is also included so you can get a perfect match to add a decorative paper  panel or do as I did and decorate you own panel.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the bottom then stamped the design using Lauren's  Fanciful Flourishes stamp set.  I wanted to add the pink and white dotted swiss ribbon so decided to use the Cuttlebug dotted Swiss embossing folder on the panel above the border.   I also created the same for the side panels.  Pearls were added to complete the  box.  I love how easy this was to make and I think I my friend will enjoy receiving it.  I am putting a variety of eight cards in this cute package for her.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spring Florals Birthday Wish

There are two posts today because the automatic scheduling did not work so please scroll down to see the other post.

Well I couldn't resist, this is another card I made for The Gina K Guest Designer Challenge.   For me, there is nothing more fun than being a guest designer for Gina, so want to submit a few cards  so I can I be considered.   The stamp set used is "Spring Florals".  I love all of Gina's stamps, but any time there is a floral set, it is definitely a "must have".  The  Spring Assortment Pure Luxury Card Stock colors  I used  are  Lovely Lavender, Creme de menthe and Lemon drop.  I found the perfect designer paper in the Kaiser Craft "Lilac Avenue Collection" pack.  The colors in the strips match Gina's new colors perfectly. 

To create the frames on this card, I used the Nestability "Classic Frame".  When you cut the  frame you get two seperate pieces.  I stamped the flowers on white card stock with the bottom of the stems at the bottom of the inside frame.  This would cut off the top of the flowers.  The reason I wanted to do that was so I could cut out additional flowers to "pop-up" in the frame.  A second green frame was also cut.  The  piece with the flowers was inserted into the green frame.  Yellow chalk was used to color the background then the bottom of each flower is glued and the top portion has dimensional tape behind it and layered over the stamped flower.  This gives the flowers a nice dimension. 

A MS border was added across the bottom with a piece of  Gina's yellow grosgrain ribbon tied across the center.  The frame was attached on dimensional over this border.  The verse was stamped on the inside portion of the green frame and added to the upper right corner.  I decided to add some more of the flowers  around the frames.  Two yellow flowers were cut from the same Nestability die and also added.  Small green pearls were added to complete my card. 


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