Thursday, April 19, 2012

Follow Your Dreams

First of all, I hope you will bear with me while I work on my blog design. I tried a new style but it wouldn't allow me to have any widgets or gadgets - therefore getting rid of my lovely design team information including my wonderful teammates blogs so I changed it again.  I'm not finished with it yet so hang in there!  

Today I combined both my creative design team positions from CropStop and My Time Made Easy's Pretty Patterns to show you one fantabulous card!  At CropStop we are making our own lace.  I have a mini tutorial on how I made my lace and layered it to give it depth. 

I absolutely LOVE the new digi paper set Berry Burst.  I digitally changed the background in the paper I used from dark brown to light blue to go with the color scheme I wanted to use.  That's one thing that I love about digi paper - I can change the color if I want to.  I also lightened up the light pink and dark pink bursts.   

I used the following digi stamps:  I used the frame from Fine Finish and the sentiment and oval from Round Off.  I digitally colored the frame and ovals with butterflies and printed them onto cardstock.  Below you can see the paper after I printed them up.  I printed several to use in future projects.  I left some room at the bottom of the paper so I could punch out the lace and not waste paper.

I then punched out the same lace out of pink cardstock.

I chose a pink that would coordinate with the printed paper.  You can see both strips of lace below.

I'm sure there are many glues that you can use when adhering the two lace strips together but one of my favorites is Quickie Glue pen pictured below.  You do have to work fast or the glue will dry but it's great for small spaces.  I also have a glue pen from Creative Memories.  That glue won't dry quite as fast and is also great for small areas.  As you can see in the picture below, I placed the white paper lace to the right and slightly above the pink paper lace giving it the impression that the pink lace is the shadow of the white lace.  I tried placing only the white paper lace on top of the printed designer paper but it just needed a little something to make it pop.  It seemed to fade into the background.  If I have a paper seems to blend into the background it makes a huge difference if I add another color behind it (that coordinates with the other colors that I'm using) that will help it stand out much better.  Sometimes even using a color a little darker will make it pop too.

Here's the lace after the card is done.  I added some little round "bling" to the centers of the flowers of the lace.  I love my "bling"!  I also love using hand-dyed seam binding for my bows.  A little button is adhered to the center.

I also added some little pearls to my focal image.  I layered the oval with foam tape and layered the frame with foam tape as well.  That really brought out the focal image... I love that butterfly and the sentiment!

I added a little shiny to the flowers too.  I made sure this picture was a little darker so you can see the shininess a little better.

Here's a view of the layers.  

And one more view of the finished card.

Thank you for coming by!  I truly appreciate each and every visit and comment!  

I hope you will join me in both challenges at CropStop and MTME's Pretty Pattern sketch challenges. And don't forget, there's still time to enter CropStop's April Becky Fleck's sketch challenge for a chance to win Becky's newest Spellbinder's set. 

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
CropStop (DT) - make your own lace

MTME's Pretty Pattern (DT) - sketch below

 The Shabby Tea Room - beautiful roses

DiecuttingDivas - garden
Craft Us Crazy - Mother's Day and/or Flowers
Paper Pretties - create a card for a girl
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - ribbon or twine
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays - Pastels

What's in it:


Lovely Linda said...

What a pretty card - and love the tutorial - you make it look so easy! Thanks! <3!

sandie said...

gorgoeis card and I really like the lace idea and the added gems are just what it needed. Also that bow is great.

Gerda said...

You're flowers are so elegant. I love the punch you used. Great job.
Thanks for joining us at DCD this week.

Rebekah said...

Beautiful! Lovely layers of goodness.
Thanks for sharing with us over at the Tea Room. Glad to have you:)

Dottie Seubert said...

very very pretty your card caught my eye right away I just love it

Pat N. said...

Your card is amazing! So beautiful. Thanks for entering the Die Cuttin' Divas challenge--Pat N.

Creative Diva said...

What a beautiful card. Love the border punch. Thanks for joining us over at DCD.


Julie said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge!


Candy said...

Wow! Gorgeous card! Love the layering of the borders and all the sparkle and pearls!
Thanks for playing along with the Die Cuttin' Divas this week!