Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Friendship Card

Over a year ago, I was asked to do some cartridge previews for ProvoCraft.  Several bloggers were sent the original set of Cricut Ticket cartridges (Home Decor, Jubilee, Simply Sweet and Stand and Salute).  We all were first attracted to the Stand and Salute cartridge because it was very different from the existing cartridges and featured a much requested patriotic theme.  Some of my overseas readers said they were not very interested in this cartridge because it was "too American."

I am a firm believer that there are so many ways you can work with the images on a cartridge that nearly any cartridge will have some use to everyone.  By using Design Studio or the Gypsy you can totally transform the images and create something new.  I used a bunting image to create this design which can be varied in width to be a border or a full card topper.


Here is a LINK to the post with the files and a bit more explanation on how I created the design.

I came across the largest sample cut in my craftroom.  I had never used it for a card.  I have many bits and pieces from trial cuts and projects that changed direction along the way.  I am trying to use some of these up so there will be less "creative clutter" in my workspace!  The cardstock is from the DCWV Luxury Stack and has a subtle sheen and a very pale blue design.  My card base is textured purple Bazzill cardstock.  I added some Creative Charms gradient gem stickers in a purple shade at the base of each scallop along the edges.

This butterfly was also in the "waiting area" on my craft island.  I have some old bowls and other containers where I stash pretty things to keep them handy when I need a finishing touch.  The sequin trimmed butterfly is also from Creative Charms.  It is a very large, dimensional embellishment and I would not send this through the mail without a padded envelope or other protection.

I used a foam square from Creative Memories to attach the butterfly to the card.  The adhesive is quite strong and seems to be able to handle the extra large item easily.

I thought of this card as something I might send a fellow crafter and I wouldn't mind at all if the recipient gently detached the butterfly and passed it along to someone else by including it in one of their cards.  I used the phrase "kindred spirit"  from the Cuttlebug "Friends Forever" combo set and I cut it from Core'dinations Couture glitter cardstock.  I planned to use the tiny gems to dot the "i"s so I didn't worry about retrieving them from the Cuttlebug die.

 This card will soon be on its way - on a mission to brighten the day of another crafter.  I wonder if the butterfly will travel from friend to friend on a new card each time - who knows where it might end up?!

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  1. Simply beautiful Diane. CC has such amazing embellies. TFS.

  2. I love this card! Thanks for showing a different use for the Stand and Salute cart. I was one of those people that thought I would never use it! You proved me wrong!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and participate in the Design Studio challenge I have posted.

  3. Lovely card and great idea. I love to be green and reusing such embellishments is fabulous.

  4. What a great idea using the bunting to make the border. I totally am going to use this idea. Love that butterfly too..hope he travels all over for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great card!! Wish I was creative enough to use up some of my bits and pieces!! Thanks for the inspriation.

  6. Great information and beautiful card. Thanks.

  7. This is BEAUTIFUL! I love that sentiment. I hope the butterfly does find its way to many different people.

  8. Pretty card! Of course, the jeweled butterfly is perfect! It's funny how you can always find something on a cart that you can use; unfortunately, it's too expensive to own them all.

  9. What a creative idea!!! TFS! I love the card! :)

  10. Thanks for sharing. I love the card, especially the border. Newbie to the cricut, so I don't have that cart, but I do the design studio. Lucky crafter that gets the card. I just love getting cards from my other friends and I love sending them my creations. Have a great day.


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