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I am SO GLAD you stopped by to check out my blog!!! Here I will be posting my current projects for you to see. PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear what you think about what I'm working on. I have been a scrapbooker/paper crafter since I first caught wind of this wonderful hobby in 2006. I am lucky enough to get to spend my days doing something I love so much and which brings so much joy into my life. I first started scrapbooking as a way to pass the time as I found myself at home alone all day suddenly, now I can't imagine life without it. Too bad I don't get paid for it, then I really would have it all!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Mother's Day cards with video

This first card was made for my Mother-in law. I used the same corrugated card bases by Recollections for Micheal's stores and the same basic layout for both cards. I started with a sheet from the Divine designer paper by Prima for each card, then I used my Heidi Swap glimmer shines along with some Tattered Angels Glimmer mist to color a white sheet of card stock and then used my gypsy design tool to size up the label for the background of each card and cut it out on my cricut electronic die cutting machine. I cut these two labels out of the card stock that I had colored with the glimmer sprays.  I also used the gypsy to size two more of those labels for the insides of the cards and cut them out with the cricut. I used several more die cuts for this first card. I used the notebook paper die (not sure what they call it) by Papertry Ink and stamped it with an American Art Stamp in a vintage label image. I then die cut the doily piece and that's from Memory box dies and I believe it's called dizzy doily and lastly, I cut out the flourish in black card stock with a MFT (My Favorite Things) die and I'm not sure of the name they give that flourish die cut.  For the sentiment in the center on this first card I went back to my glimmer mist and color shines and colored this little rectangle of white card then distressed it with my Prima distressing tool and edged it Victorian velvet distress ink from Ranger. I stamped the sentiment with an Hero arts stamp in versa fine black ink. I used this sentiment stamp for both cards.  I then tied a double bow with my bow easy with black seam binding and then gathered up the ends to make them curl like that.

This is the inside of the first card. I just cut a piece of the designer paper just a little bit smaller than my card base so the kraft color would show and then layered the label I told you I made for the inside with another die cut from the cricut. I edged the outside of this die cut with broken china distress ink.  That little acrylic piece you see there at the left top is a Fragment from Tim Holtz and I used glossy accents to glue a piece of the designer paper to the back of it. It probably seems strange to glue the paper to the back of the acrylic block but it actually gives a great look and adds lots of depth.  Its an easy technique with a big payoff. 

This second card is the one that I made for my Mother. I used alot of the same or similar materials and die cuts for both cards. I used a different sheet of the designer paper from that Divine stack from Prima for the background and then layered one of the labels that I had colored with my spray mist. The banner was fussy cut from another sheet from that stack and I added little paper flowers between each banner shape then tied little tiny bows from yellow twine from We R Memory Keepers. I used alot of the embellishments that went along with the Divine stack. I used the journaling tag with the dancing lady under the Mom sentiment, I got those wood letter squares from the children's craft dept. of Wal Mart and just colored them with my Copic markers then added glossy accents to the top to finish them off. The flowers were also from the Divine collection. The pearl flourishes were gifted to me at Christmas time from a swap partner. I wet then crumpled up the sentiment piece then flattened it back out somewhat and dried it with my heat gun. I stamped it with that same Hero Arts stamp with versa fine black ink and edged it with broken china distress ink from Ranger.

This is a shot of the inside of that second card. It's not much different from the first one. I used different papers but still the same die cuts and spray mist and distress ink. I added another one of those fragment acrylic squares to the top of the label die cut with a different image from the design paper on it.  Sorry for the poor lighting in the picture but I like to take my pictures outside in the natural light but the sun was going down on this day thus the dark picture lol.

I've added the video here that shows the cards in more detail and there is another card in the video too so if you don't want to watch it you can just stop the video after you've seen all you want to see. I do hope you stay till the end.:) 

That's it for my post today, hope it wasn't too long for you :) I hope you enjoyed the cards and the video. I'm trying to get into making more videos but it takes up a good chunk of time to film and edit and post a video plus I don't make alot of extra projects just to have some thing to film. Maybe one day I can do that but for now I don't have the space to store all those extra projects.:) I'll be back in a day or so with another anniversary card for my friend, Robin and her husband, Denny.