Some years ago Provo Craft had an online program called Hugbug. Each month they had great digital clip art files you could purchase and use in your scrapbooks and cards. Our computer was recently compromised, and I lost all my Hugbug files. This is a card that I had made before I lost everything.
Okay, so I have a lot of "stuff"--some of which I have had for years. I don't have room to keep everything in the wrappers, bags, or boxes it came in. My papers are in drawers, mostly removed from the cellophane or covers. My card making is a hobby for "fun." I don't do it to promote a company's product line in order to be "recognized" or to get free "stuff." My dies are in boxes, different brands all together. I don't remember what company many of them are from. I do have a ton of Spellbinders, and buy from Taylored Expressions and My Favorite Things. I also have both a Slice Machine and a Silhouette Cameo. When I put a card up on my blog, it is because I had fun making it and want to share. I will include the names of the companies whose products I used on the cardwhen I remember them. I don't have time to track down whose punch I used or whose paper or stamp. If someone really needs to know, email me and I will try to help figure it out. Thanks for your understanding.
Flower die--Papertrey Ink
I used a cut out from Graphic 45 as my focal image on this card. The bow is seam tape. I made the flower with paper from the same My Mind's Eye paper pad, using a die from My Favorite Things. I used a Spellbinder die for the scallop across the top.
I came across a blog the other day that has some pretty amazing cards. It belongs to a lovely lady named Desire Fourie and is called "Doing Life." You can find it at this web address http://desiref.blogspot.com/search/label/CARDS and I know you won't be disappointed! She makes some pretty unusual embellishments from paper folding that are a great change from the usual buttons, bows, etc.
I was caught by Desire's use of the "step card." They fit into my tastes perfectly, as they allow you to mix different paper designs, which I love to do, and provide a good size card base to work on; lots of times I find the usual A2 and A6 cards are not quite big enough. Sooooooo I have been having a great time playing with the step card design!
My cards are not as grand as Desire's, but I did use one of her folded circle embellishments on my cards. Using this image on an A2 card would pretty much take up most of the front of the card. But on this step card layout, there is still plenty of room to mix papers, add embellishments, and even a sentiment if you wanted to.
I will be posting more of the step cards in the next few days. Hope you like them!
After adding the butterfly and stamping the sentiment, I felt there was too much "empty" space on the oval layer. It just needed something to complete it. So I added the three "pearls" with my pearl paint I LOVE that stuff and use it more often than not when I want to add a little something. I usually buy it two bottles at a time! The paper is Graphic 45 and the dies are Spellbinders.
While this card may be a little late for June graduates, I am saluting those who are graduating the end of the summer, as our daughter did a few years back. I combined things from several different companies to complete this card.
Stampin' Up has some nice new stuff (new to me, anyway) and I have my wish list! This is one of the things I had a the top--a stamp set with a gingham circle image and a roller stamp to go along with it. I matched it up with some Papertrey button images for this card.
Here is something just a bit different. I used a border die to actually make a border! Usually I run the along the card somewhere but here I used it to border the card. I matched it on the back of the card too, so it would stand up. I found some gorgeous "pearly" card stock I didn't remember I had and it came out beautifully when I cut it with these dies.
Found some sweet paper pads at Archivers last week. Got one in pinks and the other in blues, which is what was used on this card. The train engine is from Papertrey and I had already had it in my stash of images, done in the perfect colors to go along with this paper!
Found a couple of these pretty roses that I thought were all gone. What a pleasant surprise. My friend Sue Lelli found them on one of her trips to Florida before she DESERTED us and moved there! (sticks tongue out) They are from Prima and I love the color and the size. The frame is a Spellbinders that I hardly ever use and the border is Martha Stewart. Not sure about the paper, as I took all my 6 inch and under papers out of the packages and pads and have them in a box on my desk. Finding things when I need them is not always an easy task in my room. After so many years of stamping/scrapping/collecting, I have acquired quite a roomful of STUFF. Try as I might, it is never neat and tidy and in a perfect world, I would have it all arranged in alphabetical order on shelves or in files or plastic drawers.
This is only a portion of the room. On the flip side is my sewing machine, a wall of jars with embellishments and a walk in closet full of stuff. Pathetic, I know. I blame it all on my friends, who are fantastic ENABLERS. :o) I do love my wood floor because I can zoom around the room and get whatever I need IF I can remember where it is!!!!
Along with the Spellbinders, I have gotten a LOT of use from this paper that my pal, Sandy, gave me for Christmas. It is so beautiful that between the paper and the dies, the card just turns out gorgeous! Plus, I have had the ribbon for a couple years and never had anything that it "matched." So, you can imagine how happy I was that it goes so well with this paper! WOO HOO!
Here are a couple more cards I made during my sunburn exile. I have to say I am REALLY enjoying these latest Spellbinders I bought. I do have a problem cutting them, however. They are so intricate that I have to run them through the Cuttlebug and Big Shot several times. Have tried shims, etc but there must be some trick to it!!! Very frustrating,