Monday, April 22, 2013

Cascading card ~ Birthday Bouquet

My baby sis' birthday is next week, and I wanted to send her some flowers to brighten her day...but know that she doesn't care for fresh cut flowers, because they fade too soon. So after seeing some cascading cards around the net, I decided to send her a bouquet of handmade (mostly) flowers!

The flowers come from various swaps, and a few purchased ones that I've picked up from time to I the only one who has a box full of flowers waiting to be used?

I used some stickers for the sentiments...this is my first time trying these and I found them to be a bit fiddly...but it would have been a bigger hassle to stamp on the card, since it is heavily textured cardstock.

My hope is that she will be able to set the card up someplace that she can see it and it makes her smile! I put a plain panel on the back to write a note to her, and I'll be mailing it in a clear plastic box to show off the flowers and keep it from being crushed.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Friends with Flair: Stitched Sunrays

How many kinds of creating do you enjoy? One of the things I like to do in addition to cardmaking is sewing, so sewing on paper was a natural combination of the two for me. You can see here, here and here that I've done this before, so when a call came up for a swap on the scrapzee board for sewing (real or faux) on cards...I jumped on board! 

I trolled the web and Pinterest looking for ideas, and ultimately decided to use the sunburst style on this card. I cut the rays and background on my Silhouette, then layered them and took them to my sewing machine to stitch around the rays. I don't think it shows in the pictures, but I used a variegated thread to stitch with. I layered the stitched fronts onto a black card.

Dh thought they looked kind of neat just as they were, but I had a different look in mind. I cut a shape with a punch, and used my favorite circle sentiment set as the focal point...but could not decide which sentiment to use...

So I made three of them to send with the card base for the swap, and the recipient may use whichever one fits their occasion best!

  • cardstock: cream (Coredinations), black (unknown)
  • patterned paper: K&Company
  • stamps: Unity Stamp Co
  • punch: EK Success (bracket frame), McGill (circles)
  • ink: Tsuneiko
  • cut file: Silhouette America
  • thread: Maxilock
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