Dahlia Fold Floral Card

Dahlia Fold Floral Card

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A few weeks ago, I posted a card I made using the Dahlia Fold technique that I saw on this video, and here is another card I made with the same technique.  The flower on this card was made with 8 folded circles (and 2 for the leaves).  The card stock used for the flower (and mat panel) was the two-sided “Congratulations” print from Karen Foster Designs and Gina K Moonlit Fog for the leaves.  I used my 1 3/8 inch circle punch from Stampin’ Up to cut the circles.  “Rustic Cream” from Papertrey Ink was used for the main panel and card base.

The background was stamped with the “French Script” stamp from Stampin’ Up and Gina K Kraft ink.  The “stem” was from the “Dot Flourishes” set from Inkadinkado and stamped with Gina K Moonlit Fog ink.

The center of the flower was made with my Epiphony Crafts Round (#14) Epoxy Shape Studio Tool  (and the corresponding acrylic bubble caps) and a scrap of the “Congratulations” paper.

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Fun Daisies

Fun Daisies

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Recently, a friend saw a card online and asked if I could show her how to make something like it.  This is one of my versions of that card.

Here’s the card I CASED:

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(from: Better Homes and Gardens, March 10, 2016)

The original sample was adorable the way it was laid out, but if you are at all familiar with my style, you know I wouldn’t be able to glue my pieces down so randomly or crookedly … LOL!!  Also, the flowers on the sample were real daisies that were dried and pressed.  I used die cut flowers instead.

I played around with different stems, grass and the yellow central florets.  Here are two more versions.

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I couldn’t find the paper or ribbon used on the sample so I improvised.  The paper is from the “Pinks & Corals” pad by Craft Smith.  The paper has a white core so I was able to sand and scrape it up a bit.  I also rubbed white Gesso on the surface with a paper towel.  I was afraid to use too much, and now I feel like there is not enough white.  Next time…

For the stems, I used Recollections Jute Twine or white Darice Paper Rope.  The leaves are Celebrate It Swiss Dot ribbon from Michaels.  For the central florets, I used buttons from a mixed bag I purchased online or “You Had Me At Yellow” mini prills.

The daisies were cut with dies by Whitelotous.  The grass is Gina K Grass Green card stock or a scrap of printed paper from my stash (not sure which paper pad it came from).  Whaline Green and Celebrate It White raffia were also used.

The greeting is from the “Nurturing Blooms” set by Gina K Designs and was heat embossed with Ranger White embossing powder and versamark ink.  (You can see the shine a little better on the second sample.)

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Child Sympathy Card

Child Sympathy Card

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I think sympathy cards are among the most challenging cards to make, and it is especially difficult if it is for the loss of a young child.  I recently needed a card to send to friends who lost their three year old granddaughter.  She had a rare, childhood form of kidney cancer but showed no signs or symptoms of having the disease, so her death was completely unexpected.  I cannot even begin to imagine what that would be like, and there is very little anyone can say or do to make it better.  So I really struggled with this card.

Ultimately, I chose this teddy bear image from the “Baby Bear” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and a beautiful sentiment stamp for the inside called “God’s Promise” by DRS Designs.  It says:

God’s Promise
“God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain.
But God did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and a light for the way.
And for all who believe in His kingdom above,
He answers their faith with everlasting love.”

The bear image was created with 3 stamps that are layered on top of one another.  I used Gina K Kraft ink for stamp #1 (the most solid of the three stamps/lightest ink), Gina K Warm Cocoa for stamp #2, and Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe for stamp #3.  The greeting is from the “Sentimental Bouquet” stamp set from Gina K Designs and was stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.  I used water color paper,  Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe card stock, and printed paper called “Tan Floral Tapestry” from Hot Off The Press/Paper Pizazz.

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Sketched Sympathy

Sketched Sympathy

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This card features a stamp from the “Heartfelt Thanks” set from Stampin’ Up (retired).  The set has several two-step floral images with sketchy outlines and corresponding solid fillers that look water colored when stamped.  I wanted to try out different color combinations so I arranged the stamps on my MISTI to make it easier to line up the layers.  While playing, I noticed that the outline by itself looked so elegant and seemed perfect for a sympathy card.  I added the greeting, layered the panels and ended up with this CAS design.

The greeting is from the “Love and Prayers” set from Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Edible Eggplant ink.  Card stock is GKD Edible Eggplant, cream from the Recollections “Coffee and Cream” heavy weight pack, and water color paper.

The stamped panel was cut and embossed with a die from the Spellbinders “Classic Rectangles Large” set.

The current Mod Squad Challenge is “Simply Clean” where we are encouraged to “make a Clean and Simple card. Clean and simple means there is a LOT of blank space, typically white, but I suppose you could use any color. Other than the focal, there is nothing on the card, except a greeting if you want. No embellishments or extras of any kind.”

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Photo Sympathy Card

Photo Sympathy Card

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(I made this card in May and am just posting photo now…)

Sadly, my Aunt Carol passed away on this past Mother’s Day after battling cancer for the past few years. Her never wavering positive attitude and fighting spirit was truly inspirational.

She and my uncle and cousin loved Gettysburg and went there often.  I made this card for them with a photo (used with permission) of a Path near the Virginia Memorial in Gettysburg National Park (photo by Marc Andre).  They recognized the scene immediately and said it was one of their favorite spots.

I knew I wanted to make a Gettysburg themed card for them and thought this scene would be the perfect backdrop, but I was not quite sure how to incorporate it into a card design.  I didn’t want to cover the image, so I opted to keep the card simple by just embossing the beautiful sentiment and frame over it.  The frame is from the “Inspiration Mosaic” stamp set (one of my favorites) and the sentiment is from the “A Beautiful Life” set which are both by Gina K Designs.  The images were stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K gold embossing powder.  The photo panel (photo printed on white card stock) was mounted on Gina K Honey Mustard card stock.

My Aunt was a fellow card maker, and I enjoyed sharing my hobby with her.  She will be missed.

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