…Bothered & Bewildered…





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Darkness Abounds…

I’m not sure why, but of late I’ve been finding myself experimenting more with a more neutral color palette than what I usually work with. I tend to get carried away with my greens (my favorite color) and blues. So, I suppose this new dip into browns and blacks is a welcome change. Though, hopefully, it’s not a reflection of my mood.

This particular card project had no intended use or event in mind. I purposely stayed away from a sentiment. As I finished it, I though it somehow looked a bit funereal–again that darkness. I suppose it would make an appropriate sympathy card. Yet, there is a bit of formal elegance to it–and with an appropriate sentiment–might work in other venues.

The black wrought-iron like centerpiece was cut using the Cricut ‘Damask Décor’ cartridge. I then mounted it on a piece of bronze foiled cardstock from Die Cuts With A View’s (DCWV) “Textures & Finishes” stack. The zig-zag cut background paper is from Teresa Collins. The card base is Stampin’ Up! cardstock. When I was getting ready to assemble the card, I thought about some waxed twine I had and decided to wrap some around the damask piece several times and string some crystal faceted beads on it, to give the card just a bit of light reflection (since the palette was so dark). Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the way it turned out. I have another project using ‘Damask Décor’ coming up that has a completely different feel and color palette.






Balloons Make Everything Better…







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Materials & Tools Used:

    Papertrey Ink cardstock in Raspberry Fizz
    Bazzill textured cardstock in Snow
    DCWV ‘Black Currant’ foiled cardstock
    Cricut Imagine
    Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge, ‘Imagine More Cards’
    Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge, ‘Best Friends’
    Papertrey Ink Parisian Lace Doily Die
    Cuttlebug

Missing Hoo…





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Materials Used:

Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Early Espresso
DCWV Foiled Cardstock from “The Naturals” Stack
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Whisper White
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Crumb Cake
Papertrey Ink Stamp from “Mega Mixed Messages” Set
Tsukineko Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Cricut Imagine
Cricut “Campin’ Critters” Cartridge
Stampin’ Up! RGB Color Codes
Stampin’ Up! 1″ Square Punch
Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Square Punch
3M ATG 714 Adhesive
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen

LaBlanche Rose Stamp

Today’s card project was inspired by a single stamp. I recently came across a unique stamp line that originates from Germany called LaBlanche. The stamps are intricate pieces of artwork that are captured in a high-quality white silicone and pre-mounted on a foam block. The silicone allows for high-definition detail to be imparted into your stamping–as well as being perfect for heat applications as they are silicone. I saw the image of this rose and was immediately hooked. The LaBlanche line is big in Europe and has developed a large cult following here in the U.S.

Inspired by the rose image, the rest of the project was built around showcasing the rose. The other stamp and paper elements showcase it nicely (I think). Copic users will love the details in these images for coloring (and the built in shading helps beginners get a better feel for layering your colors). The cardstock and ribbon are from Papertrey Ink. The decorative paper is from DCWV’s “Mariposa” Stack.








Winter Wishes

I want to take a moment and wish all my readers and their families a Happy Holiday season. Whatever holiday (if any) you celebrate, I wish you and yours a peaceful time with family and friends. May love warm your hearts and the season stir your spirit. I wish you love and much joy…and I’ll “see” you again after the holidays.

I have one more of my Christmas cards to share with you today. I think I’m really going to miss making Christmas themed cards as we head into the new year. I tend to create in seasonal moods, so I probably won’t return to Christmas cards again until next Fall. But, soon we’ll have the New Year and holidays beyond until Spring awakening. Keep warm. Keep happy. And as always, keep crafting. xox, A.








Ornaments

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year–for many different reasons. However, I have to admit that I have a fondness for ornaments. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of Christmas ornaments–from German blown glass, vintage glittered balls, figurals, pysankas to everything in between. There’s something about sparkling ornaments hanging on a tree reflecting the colored lights that speaks to one’s soul. It’s the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the holiday and the fascination of the child inside of all us that will never grow up.

Today’s card project is inspired by my love of ornaments. It’s also another card made experimenting with my Cricut Imagine. The ornament layers were printed and cut with the Cricut Imagine Art Cartridge entitled “Snow Angel” at 4″. The layers of the ornament were then assembled using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals to create depth and visual interest. The base cardstock and ribbon are both from Papertrey Ink’s Blueberry Sky color way. The card mat is a 4″ x 5″ piece of glittered cardstock from Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) “Winter Wonder” paper stack. The sentiment is a clear acrylic stamp from Papertrey Ink.








I hope that if you celebrate Christmas, your tree is filled with beautiful ornaments that remind you of family, friends, and most importantly, love. As always Crafters, keep the adhesive and scissors nearby–because there’s nothing that can’t be made a bit better with the proper tools.