Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fresh and Pretty Love You Card

Happy Wednesday!  I have been busy sorting and organizing around the house (and yes, I am still taking down Christmas!).  We do finally have snow on the ground (not much) and it feels more like winter.  I promised that today I'd give more details about the second card I made for the Creative Charms blog.

 Here are all of the cardstock layers.  The card is a vertical A2 card (4 1/4 x 11 inches folded in half).  The printed paper was cut to center the design so it is a bit narrower than the usual cuts at 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  The white layer is 4 x 5 1/2 inches, the aqua layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches.

The patterned paper is from the Enjoy the Seasons imagine cartridge.  I printed a full sheet to use for several projects.  The pink and aqua cardstock is from a Martha Stewart value pack - these colors were a great match for the Imagine printed paper.

I wanted to use the  Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon as a border on the patterned paper so I added 1/8 inch Scor-Tape along the two long edges of the paper. 

I peeled off the Scor-Tape on one edge and carefully lined up the edge so that one row of dots was showing.  I also tried to make the scallops line up with the end of the cardstock.

If you look carefully at the patterned paper you can see that the vines come together to form some heart shapes - three are visible on the card front.

If your pieces are slightly off (a little movement while trimming can cause this) you can just neaten up the edge with a quick cut across all of the layers after assembly.  I added the white cardstock layer to give a nice clean edge between the bright colors and to echo the white scallop of the ribbon.

Can you see the three full hearts formed by the vines?

I cut the sentiment from the same pink cardstock as the card base with the Cuttlebug Love Language die.  The busy patterned paper makes it a little bit difficult to see the words. 

There is no shadow option when using the dies so I just cut another set of the same words with white cardstock.

By offsetting the two sets of words, I was able to create a sort of "drop shadow" which helps to make the words more legible against the busy paper.

These Groovy Petals string flowers are a great match for the printed cardstock.  I removed the brad from the larger flower and put the two sizes together with the pink brad from the smaller flower.

I used a small square of 1/2 inch Scor-Tape to adhere the flowers to the center of the card between the three hearts.

The finished card is cute and casual - perfect to brighten up a winter day!

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Are you working on any organization projects?  Every magazine I see seems to have articles about getting your home into shape.  I am hoping that I'll be able to put my hands on the receipt for my camera - it turns out there is a five year warranty on the lens so I may be able to get the lens repaired by Nikon.  I found all of the other paperwork but the receipt wasn't there - it is here somewhere!  Yet another reason to keep your files in good shape - I am sure I wouldn't have thrown the receipt away...but where is it...?

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  1. Gorgeous bright and happy card Diane
    En xx

  2. I absolutely love this card and the non-traditional colors...beautiful!

  3. Love those spring colors on the card. I organized the closet with candles, silk flowers. etc. I had my husband make me a wire shelf to hang on the wall. So I could stick my silk flowers through the wire openings. Oh it makes the closet look very nice.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

  4. Great card, Diane and great directions too ;- ) I just used the Groovy Petals embellishment that you sent me, but didn't know it's name. I did give credit to Creative Charms though, on my blog. I probably should have gone the extra mile and looked it up. Just happy to start posting again, though and I was try to meet deadlines for linking the images. Sorry about that. I'll go back in and use it's name now. It's such a happy embellishment ;- ) Have a great day!

  5. What a great card. I love that scalloped ribbon that you used. So pretty!

  6. well i think we all need to find a happy medium between totally neat and total chaos--mine has been getting worse with every effort i am taking to re-organize my room--including removing pieces of funiture.

    i find many times that my receipt may have made it to my tax folder for that year and never was returned to the appropriate item folder...

  7. I LOVE your blog and learn something from your detailed posts on every visit. I pass it along to some gals in a club where I formed a card making group. I have so many projects to do, I was having trouble focusing on any of them. Just read Eat the Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastination (a $.99 Kindle download) and am making a list so I can prioritize! Feeling better about it already.


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