Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hearts, Flowers and Butterflies

 A couple of weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of this card.  Today I want to tell you a bit more about it. It could be a Valentine or just a card to send some love at any time of the year.


I used the Martha Stewart Pansy punch around the page set for the white mat.  This is one of my favorite new punches.  You can get a lot of different effects by experimenting with these punches (here is a LINK to the post showing the ribbon borders I made with the pansy punch recently).


I also used a heart cut from metallic cardstock with my Cricut and embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder, a dark purple mat layer and some new brads from Creative Charms. Be sure to pay attention to the placement of the heart when you emboss it so that the design will be nicely centered.


I'll be posting some more projects using the Creative Charms embellishments soon.  I used the little flower beads on the heart mobile at the bottom of each string of hearts (here is a LINK to that post).


The white mat was cut to the required starting size of 3.25 x 5 inches and punched (do the corners first and then line up the corners with the guides and punch the sides).  The purple mat is about 3.5 x 5.25 inches.  I adhered these layers together and then punched two small holes with my Cropadile so I could add the butterfly brads.


After I placed the brads I adhered the dark purple mat to the card front, placing it near the top of the A2 (5.5 x 4.25 inch) card.

I added a purple heart shaped gem at the top of the heart cut.  I had originally planned to use the small flower bead in the earlier photo but I changed my mind as I put the card together. The wide border at the bottom of the card is the perfect spot for a stamped sentiment.

I stamped "Hugs & Kisses" in white ink at the lower right side of the card.


Here is the close view of the butterfly brad. These are metal with a three dimensional effect and a nice dotted texture on the butterfly wings.  If you send a card like this through the mail you will probably want to use a padded envelope or other protection to be sure that are not flattened in transit.

A couple of notes...

Thanks to all of the Blogoversary gift winners for your quick responses with your mailing addresses.  I will try to get to the post office in the next day or so - tomorrow a big storm is predicted so I may not be able to get out to the post office.

Another Fire Update - I spent the day helping with the babies and meals and errands.  I am sorry that I haven't been able to respond to all emails or comments but I will catch up as soon as I can.  I will be doing as much as I can to help our neighbors in the coming days but will be here with some crafty posts as well.  Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to send a card to the family I know that they would be greatly appreciated.  The children in particular would love to get cards.  Please email me at capadiadesigns@gmail.com and I will send more information and an address to use to send the cards.  Thank you.


  1. This is Beautiful! I love the purples and that pansy punch. I am going to find those butterfly brads now, they are amazing! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Diane,

    Congrats on your anniversary!! I have been reading your blog for at least a year and enjoy it so much. I love the daily posts but also appreciate the amount of work this involves. I love the format of your blog as is. It is fun to get your recipes, family photos, etc in addition to your design tips and ideas. You are an invaluable DS resource and I truly appreciate all you do. Jeanene

  3. This is such a nice card. I've been jumping up and down over wanting this particular punch around the page set ever since I saw it on a preview. My local Ms is all sold out of them so looks like I'll have to save my allowed scrapping budget for another week so that I can order them online. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea on the card and for showing how to do the ribbons.

  4. This is a gorgeous card Diane! I love the embossed heart. I think I may try something like this for my Hubby. I have been trying to think of a Valentine card for him that is extra special, due to all we have been through this past year. I think this will be perfect!! If you have to miss a few posts due to your time with the neighbors, I certainly will understand, and know I will keep you in my prayers as well as the family. Remember to get plenty of rest yourself, so you don't get too run down. OK!!

    God bless you & your Neighbors, my heart is with you all.

  5. lovely project. i can not wait each day to check what you have next in store. thanks


  6. The embossed heart is beautiful! I am becoming addicted to Martha Stewart punches they just give things that extra special touch :) loving your blog!

  7. really nice card, i love the MS punch ,hadnt seen that one yet!


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