Roses for Mother’s Day

Roses for Mother’s Day

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This box card, designed to look like a dozen roses in a tall vase, was made with a cut file designed by Snapdragon Snippets called “Rose Bouquet Tall Valentine Box Card” (Design ID# 73758) that I purchased in the Silhouette Store and cut with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  An assembly tutorial is provided HERE.  The file contains Valentine’s Day elements for the front of the vase, but I decided to create this project as a Mother’s Day card instead.  I had to laugh – after receiving this card, my mother called to thank me and to tell me she loved the flowers (not card) I sent!  🙂

I created a few additional elements that were not included with the file I purchased (a solid piece to go behind all the leaf panels because the veins were open and you could see through the “holes” in each of the leaves and the white and light gray mats on the vase).

The bow was created with my We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board and my paper crimper.  (It was much easier to “roll” the card stock after it had been crimped; it kept bending and creasing on me when it was flat.)

The card stock and paper used was Gina K Cherry Red, Christmas Pine, white, gray from the Recollections “Coffee and Cream” heavy weight pack, green from the Recollections Christmas pack, American Crafts #368312 (polka dots), and The Paper Studio Silver Wedding Texture (#352070).

There is room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.

Often, box cards fold flat and fit in regular envelopes making them easy to mail.  However, this card is quite tall (about 11.25 inches) and is about 7 inches wide when folded flat.  And it was suggested in the tutorial that foam tape or pop dots be used to separate the leaf layers from the bud layers to add a bit more dimension.  As a result, the size and thickness of this card necessitated a larger envelope (I used a padded mailer) and a trip to the post office for mailing.

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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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Water Colored Hearts

Water Colored Hearts

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(inside:  Happy Valentine’s Day)

I saw this patterned paper by American Crafts (#320318) and fell in love with it!  I matted it on Gina K Edible Eggplant and a white card base.  I added a piece of Offray Ribbon, squares of the Edible Eggplant and white card stock cut with dies from the “Stitched Squares” set by Gina Marie Designs, and a heart cut from a scrap of the patterned paper and the smallest heart from the “Nellie’s Choice Multi Frame, Hearts” die set by Ecstasy Crafts (#MF0060).  Quick and easy!

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Gold Embossed Easter Blessings

Gold Embossed Easter Blessings

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(Inside:  May you be blessed with the gifts He gave us – Hope, Peace and Love today and every day.  Happy Easter)

The stamps used on this CAS card are “Easter Lily and Crosses Oval” (#234KU), “1 Line Easter Blessings” (#W1029DU), and “Blessed With Gifts” (#970GU) from DRS Designs.  The images were stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K Fine Detail Gold embossing powder.  I swiped the edges of my mat panel with versamark and embossed that as well.  Gina K base weight Ivory card stock and Edible Eggplant were also used.

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Hoppy Easter Z-Fold Card

Hoppy Easter Z-Fold Card

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This z-fold card features stamps from the “Bunny Hop” stamp set by Newton’s Nook Designs.  The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on water color paper (I love the texture!) and colored with Copic Markers (Y15, YG03, R85, C0, Bv20/R81, and 0).

A Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress marker and the Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool were used to add the speckles to the two stamped panels.

Recollections Yellow Grey Plaid paper and a piece of the grey from the Recollections Coffee and Cream heavy weight card stock pack were added to the water color paper card base.

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The card base was created by scoring an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch panel at the 4 1/4 and 2 1/8 inch marks (in half and one side in half again).  Fold the card base in half, and fold the top half back on the scored line creating a Z.

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I created my inside panel the same size as my front panel and lined it up directly under the front panel so it is completely hidden when the card is closed.

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Currently, the Mod Squad Challenge is “ready for spring” where we are encouraged to “make a Spring themed card with flowers, bunnies, pastels…anything Spring.”

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