Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase

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(inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you HAPPY)

I made this 5×7 card for a birthday, although with no greeting added to the front, this design could be used for a variety of occasions.

I thought I’d try the circle shaping tool from the Border Buddy set by Quilled Creations for this project.  I started with 4 inch strips for the petals.  The purple petals were made by wrapping the strips around the smallest step, and after the circle coils were removed from the tool, I pinched each one flat and then gently pushed on the ends to create the opening in the centers.  The white petals were made with the second step and were barely pushed in on the sides to create ovals.  The swirly stems and leaves were hand coiled with a basic slotted quilling tool.  The loose yellow coils were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).

The vase was made with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Filigree Vase D-Lites Dies.  Because the quilled flowers are 3mm thick and needed to be tucked behind the vase, I made a few quilled coils using the same size strips to put behind the vase to raise it up to the level of the flowers.  It was like using foam squares but perfectly sized for this project.

The oval frame was cut with one of the Grand Ovals dies by Spellbinders and embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the vase, card base and frame was Gina K Pure Pure White and Sweet Mango.  The sentiment on the inside was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

Over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge this month is to make your project sentiment free.  Dies and/or embossing folders must also be used.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Quilled Flowers and Swirls

Quilled Flowers and Swirls

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(inside: May your birthday be filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, love and cheer!  Happy Birthday)

I’ve tried some basic quilling in the past and thought I’d give it another try here.

I used a few new (to me) quilling tools and techniques for this project.  The purple petals (marquise/eye shape) and round accents (tight coils) were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).  The swirly “stems” were too thick for my slotted quilling tool so I held the ends with tweezers and hand coiled them.  I tried out a quilling comb for the leaf.

This is the first time I attempted the large swirls, and I found it challenging to glue them down exactly as I wanted them (the basic shape and to get the strips evenly spaced).  The problem is that once the piece (with glue) touches the paper, you can’t really move it or you have blobs of glue everywhere.  I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing, intricate designs I see on Pinterest!  I definitely need more practice!!

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the card base and panels was Gina K Pure Ivory and Wild Lilac.  The sentiment on the inside was from the Birthday Duo stamp set by Gina K Designs.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Wine Note Card

Wine Note Card

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This clean and simple note card features the “Wine, Vine, Bottle, Grape, and Glass” custom rubber stamp by wood Q.

I really loved this image when I saw it on amazon, but I did not realize, when I ordered it, that the image itself is the negative (recessed) and that you are really stamping the background.  I actually really love the look of this negative image, but because there is so much rubber, I needed to use my MISTI to stamp several times to get the nice solid image you see on the card.  And in case you are wondering, the actual size of the stamped image is 3.5cm x 5.9cm (1 3/8″ x 2 5/16″) and not 16 square kilometer to 20 square kilometer as listed!

I stamped my image onto a white piece of card stock with Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink and used the coordinating Scarlet Jewel card stock for the large mat.

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Coffee Note Cards

Coffee Note Cards

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I see many coffee themed cards in my internet travels, but I have never made one myself. Last week, I was asked if I had any coffee themed cards on hand…  Guess what I did as soon as I got home! After looking online at the large collection of coffee related stamps and dies available, I ordered a few and not-so-patiently waited for them to arrive.

As I mentioned in my “Falling Leaves” post, I also received a request for blank note cards without a greeting so I decided to combine the two requests and design another plain note card but with a coffee theme.

For this card, I featured the Stampendous “Coffee Background” stamp which I stamped with Gina K Dark Chocolate ink on Recollections Ivory card stock.  I crimped a strip of Recollections Kraft card stock with my Uchida Crimping tool and adhered that to the stamped panel.  (This kind of reminded me of the corrugated cup sleeves you often see with take-out cups to protect your hands.)  The edges of both were inked with the Dark Chocolate.  After adding some baker’s twine (from Target), I added this to an ivory mat and a kraft card base.  A blank ivory panel was adhered inside for a personal message.

I used my MISTI to make sure I got a good stamped image for the front of my card and was able to make multiples for boxed sets.

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I am still waiting for a few more stamps and dies to arrive in the mail and will be making more coffee themed cards when they do!

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Falling Leaves Note Card

Falling Leaves Note Card

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I was recently asked (several times) if I had any note cards on hand with no greeting (I did not) and decided it was time to create one!  Both people who asked me were men, so I decided to go with a design with a more masculine feel to it.

I started out by creating a reverse mask by cutting out a rectangle in the center of a piece of acetate which was the same size as my image panel.  The rectangle was cut with a die from the Spellbinders  “A2 Matting Basics A” set.  I then sponged Gina K Kraft ink in the cut-out portion of my mask onto a piece of Gina K Sandy Beach card stock.  (I used acetate for my mask since I intended to create several of these cards and didn’t want a paper mask to become saturated with ink; a paper mask normally works fine for this reverse masking technique.)

Still using the Kraft ink for a tone-on-tone effect, I stamped the splatter image from the “Tiny Textures” set from Gina K Designs and one of the leaves from the Gina K Designs “Fall Foliage” set.  I used two additional leaves from this set for my focal images.  One was stamped with Gina K Faded Brick ink and the other one with Honey Mustard.  Once these two images were stamped, I thumped Charcoal Brown ink in random spots on the stamps and re-stamped them to add a little variation to the color.  Since I was using my MISTI, I was able to re-stamp with no problem.

The stamped panel was matted on Gina K Honey Mustard and Charcoal Brown card stock and was then adhered to a plain ivory card base.

I ended up making multiples of this card design to create boxed sets.

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The Mod Squad Challenge is called “Falling Leaves” this week, and we are encouraged to use a leaf or leaves on our projects.  Pop on over and check out all the beautiful cards in the gallery.

The challenge over at AAA Cards is “Game #74 – Masking” where we are to make a CAS card using the masking technique.

The theme is “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!” over at Cards in Envy.  For this challenge, we are to create fall themed or fall color cards while keeping the total thickness of the cards to 1/4 inch or less. (No lumpy bumpy cards!  All cards MUST fit in an envy for mailing.)

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