A friend recently lost her adult daughter. These are among the toughest cards to make – especially when you find the words difficult to express and the colors challenging. I wanted something that was relatively clean but also had some color and pattern. To start the design process, I found a color palette at Cr8FN Color Challenge.
I have always loved aqua and tan. The cream was a lovely gentle addition to the palette.
I used my Papertrey Ink (PTI) Friendship Jar Filler for the daisy bunch and stamped it in Classic Kraft ink. The exterior and interior sentiments from the PTI Willow stamp set was stamped in Aqua Mist. The base cardstock is PTI Vintage Cream. The kraft cardstock has a gold tone and the patterned paper is from Kaisercraft Chapter One.
I cut the patterned paper daisy with the “Flower Shoppe” cartridge at 1.5 inches tall. I trimmed back the top two petals and curled all the petals using the stamped image as a guide. The petals were edged with Memento Rich Cocoa and there is the added dimension with 3 layers of pop dots. The center was hand cut. I added some shading with my Copic BG000 along the outer edge of the flowers and the leaves. The rustic twine bow is also from PTI; I punched two small holes on each side of the bunch and threaded the twine through before assembling the layers.
Even when cards are challenging to make, I think it is worth the effort. Peace be with you.
One of my favorite people will soon turn 18. So to celebrate this grand event, here is a grand card with the happiest of flowers, daisies, which are her favorite.
The “footman” is from the Sweetheart cartridge – he started out as a “groom”. I fashioned his livery using scissors and hand cut his arms as well. At the end of the day, it was not difficult – particularly, because I was able to refer back to the fabulously talented Nadia Herbst-McConnell’s great instructions (http://www.withglitteringeyes.com/2011/07/cricut-kentucky-pennant.html and http://www.withglitteringeyes.com/2011/11/right-here-having-fun.html).
The young lady is from Forever Young. Her hair was styled by Paper Doll Dress Up. I love the fact that I can size the hair to fit using the Cricut Craft Room. I used Nadia’s techniques for her arms and dress as I did with the footman.
“18″, draped in diamond Stickles, is from Sophisticated as is the silver tray.
The daisies are from Mother’s Day Bouquet and were cut at 1.75″. I cut two petal layers for each flower, the petals are curled slightly in the middle (using my quilling tool), punched a 1/2 circle from gold vellum, covered with Diamond Glaze, and sprinkled with fine glitter while wet.
The sentiment is a collection of die cuts and stamps. The stamps are from JustRite Stamps (Just Keep Calm series) and Papertrey Ink (Mover and Shaker series). I also used the coordinating Spellbinder dies (nested oval and medallions).
Next up on the project list is another birthday card for another fabulous soon-to-be 18 year old (did I say these two are my absolute favorite set of twins?). And then, I must return to cookbook pages.
A special request from another friend for a wobbling gnome desk decor. Using the many of the same elements from the pink gnome with her mushroom home, here is a Celtic gnome with a wee mushroom home. Once again, the gnome (4″) and mushroom (5″) are from Curt Jensen’s digital cartridge (Gnomes and Mushrooms). Her 1″ shamrocks are from A Child’s Year and her tiny tea kettle (.75″) is from Wall Decor. I trimmed off the kettle handle as it was too long and replaced it with a wired handle.
I attached the gnome arms from the cartridge and used them as a guide to attach the longer (hand cut) arms that hold her bouquet and kettle. She wobbles delightfully and I’m sure she will keep it up during many a conference call. The sentiment, an old Irish blessing, was printed on Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, and die cut with Spellbinders Label #4. The wonderful stamp frame is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Memento Ink Pear).
I often use the little bits left on the mat to provide additional details or dimension. In this case, I cut the gnome face, arms, and legs in white cardstock and used my Copics to color them. I used a Copic pen and liner to create the pupil and iris on the small eye pieces left from the face cut. After attaching her face and then inserting the eyes, I added Glossy Accents. I used the same technique for her mouth and added a little “lip gloss.”
The Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration starts today and it is a doosie of a day! If you have not been by there yet, hurry on over.
One of the things that I love best about Papertrey Ink is the people who illustrate and design their releases and those who style them in ways I would never dreamed of doing. With an amazing design team, superior product quality, and unsurpassed color lines, if I was challenged to live on a desert island, they would be my “consumables” lifeline.
In celebration of their 5th anniversary, each of design team members listed her top five products. Here is a card I made for my Mom, who loves Jane Austen as much as her daughters, using some of those favorite products: kraft cardstock, rosie posie stamp (as an addition to the Jane paper in the diecut frame), and the woodgrain impression plate. The rest of the stamping and die cut are from the Simply Jane line.
I am a novice stamper – and a card without a Cricut cut is a new thing, indeed – but I kind of like being able to put one in the mail without extra postage from hand cancelling or the card size.
I’ll be back again soon with a Cricut project.