Sweet sweet blog friends, please forgive my absence of late and thanks so much for hanging in there with me. I’ve had some health issues lately and weeks of tests that I made headway with this week. At any rate I’m tickled to be posting today and can’t think of anything I’d like better to share than a card for my sweet daughter who has moved into a new (to her) house and a blog hop occasion that I’m really excited about. Pop on in and visit with me so I can tell you all about it.
As you know, for the the last five years I’ve been a member of the Spellbinders Blog Team. I’ve been blessed to work with this group of fabulous designers for that long and it’s been a wonderful experience…each of us has our own style and I’m always amazed to see their take on the same dies we all handle day to day. So without further ado, we’re pleased to welcome you to the first Design-abilities blog hop! As the Spellbinders Blog Team, we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together so we’ve pulled together a blog hop (in the spirit of disclosure I should mention this is not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts, it’s something we wanted to get together to do :-)). Starting this month, we are doing a Blog Hop every other month (on the 16th) and we’ll have a link list to all of the Blog Team Designers. You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, papercrafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques. As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.
For my first project, I wanted to do something that was right smack dab in the middle of my style wheelhouse. Pocket cards are at the top of my list of favorites and I haven’t shared one in a while. The reason I love them is because of the peek-a-boo effect, plus it’s so easy to enclose a simple card while on the outside it can be gussied up to your hearts content. So my daughter just moved and is totally in love with her house ; I’m going to surprise her with a housewarming card. Home – Congratulations from Quietfire Design is perfect for the task!!
Lol, I don’t have her new address yet, so I’ll be sending this to her work address and I wanted it to hopefully be a pleasant surprise so I put it into this clear box and have my address label ready to go. Once inside, I’ll securely tape the edges so that it can’t be pried open. I hope she likes it!!
Here’s your Step By Step Recap of die cuts and layers, from the bottom up: Start out with a Card Base made using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #7 using my Filigree Hinged Card Technique, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #7, design paper layer cut to 4-3/8″ x 6-3/8″, die cut layer using Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #4, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #4.
For the pocket you can look at my video HERE to learn how to make it so that it fits the dimensions 5-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ at the peak after cut with Spellbinders Curved Borders Two. Next, layer two flourishes from Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes and build a bed of flowers made using using the four smallest Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders Foliage. (Hint: The calyx on the roses was made using the smallest flower from the brand new D-Lites called Spellbinders Blooms Two, I simply snipped off every other petal).
You can see my other pocket cards at these posts – http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/news-to-share-and-a-card/, http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/becca-bit-putting-together-pocket-card/ and http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/success/,
|CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED|
|Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – Quietfire Design
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Smooth – Natural White, Kraft, American Crafts, Coredinations, white print vellum
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A, Spellbinders Matting Basics B, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Spellbinders Curved Borders Two, Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders Foliage, Spellbinders Blooms Two, Recollections Pearls, clear embossing powder, silk ribbon, Becca’s Bow Maker, Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine
My fellow designers are hopping too, hope you can peek in on them too!
By the time you read this, my little box will be on its way to her. What’s your guess, it arrives in one piece or scuffed and smushed?? I’ve sent these boxes before but have never asked the person about the condition it arrives in. Since it’s my girl, she’ll give us a full report – I’ll let you know :-)