Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Suede Paper Tri-fold

I had some major surgery a little bit ago. I was so tired, to tired to even think about what to write on the blog. I also could not bend or stretch enough to take photos of the 1 card I was able to make. I am feeling so much better now, so here it is.

This tri-fold card is made using some designer paper called English Rose that a dear friend, Elizabeth from Visions Of Paper, sent me. One of the sheets in this set has flocked flourishes and I so much wanted to use it. I decided to use my much beloved and hoarded suede paper with it.

The die cut is from Cheery Lynn Designs called Waltzing Matilda Doily Die. I also purchased the matching Angel Wings. That is what made the matching layer under the die cut. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that the bottom layer was larger than the die cut, but rather than cutting it down, I decided to just go with it.

The ribbon is stitched velvet that I used my copic markers on to have the stitches match the paper.

Here you can see the suede look of the paper on the top right of the photo. I also used suede paper for the corners. I used a squarish die cut, cutting it diagonally to make the corner. I am sorry, but I don't remember the name of this die.

The actual score of the fold is not a single score line like most cards are, so as to accommodate the inside embellishments. I made 2 score lines 1/8" apart. If you click on the photo, you can see that I used the same velvet ribbon as the front of the card along this 1/8" fold, minus the copic color along the stitching. Why not the copic, well...I just did not think to do it until just now, lol

I used the awesome flourish jewel templates from Bazzill to make this pearl flourish. These help making your own flourishes evenly spaced. (you can tell that 2 of my pearls fell off and I reapplied them unevenly, lol)

See those pretty rose/leaf/flourish designs along the bottom and edges of the side panels. Those are rub-ons that came with the English Rose paper. I hardly ever use rub-ons but these are so pretty. And they rubbed on perfectly and easily, even over the flocked flourishes on this paper. It is hard to tell that they are not printed right on the paper!

This flower vine is from Prisma. The flowers have a velvet look to them which totally matched the paper.

The sentiment is on the bottom of the right panel. It is also a rub-on from the set. I just love this sentiment.

I think I am going to use this card as a "Thank You" to my wonderful church family for providing meals for my husband and I as I recuperate. How blessed I am to have such a wonderful church to go to and loving church family.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Paper Punch Flower

Woooh, I have been so busy that I have become a bad, bad blogger! As I said a couple of posts ago, I am taking an on-line quilling class at My Creative Classroom. Sheesh, I am as bad at that as I have been at blogging. I finally figured it is like learning the piano, lots of boring practice before you can play Mozart, lol.

I am also taking a class there to open an Etsy store. I could probably figure it out myself, but this seemed so much easier than trial and error. It really is, but going slow.

I have also been working with someone to design a blog exclusively for my egg art. It is pretty much finished now. All I have to do is redo the home page pictures and little notes. The blog itself is finally finished. One needs to click on "blog" on top of the home page though and that took me a few minutes to figure out when she had me take my first look, lol

It is called "Egg Transformer" and you can find it here. The set up is so different due to the fact that it is Word Press rather than Blogger. I would LOVE to know what you think of it. So far I have only transferred my egg posts from here. I do have quite a few eggs that I will be photographing and posting on there soon.

Have you read this far? I try to keep my writting fairly short but I have so much going on that I wanted to share with you.

Now onto this post, lol,  which is kind of picture heavy.

I have an egg (yes, another egg) that has an opening cut out of the front which is surrounded with cutouts of butterflies. It is so pretty. What I want to do is make a nice butterfly garden in it with a trellis in the back and a birdbath in the center. In my mind it is so pretty, tee he he.

To have a proper butterfly garden, I wanted to have several different flowers as well as some vines going up the trellis. Maybe even a couple of butterfly bushes if I can figure out how to make them. The many different flowers turned out to be 10! WOW...this is only a goose egg, so I hope it all fits!

So far I have made 4 types. I have made a few more of each type of flower than what I photographed, but I think you will get the idea. You can click on any of the photos to see the fine paper tole details on the petals and leaves. It really adds a realistic look to them. I kind of hope you do so you can really see those details.

Queen Ann's Lace:

Cone Flowers:

Garden Holly Hock:


The lisianthus are supossed to be white on the inside bottom of the petals. I am not fond of them that way, but nature certainly knows better than I do. 

What do you think?

I have a card all planned out in my head that I am going to make this afternoon. I had previously ordered several new toys that I just need to play with, lol