Saturday, March 5, 2011

There's A Spring In My Cards (Part 2)

Inkadinkado Nest with Flowers Stamp
Cricut Machine and Gypsy
Nestabilities Labels 1
Cricut Paper Lace & Mother's Day 2010 Cartridges
K & Company Specialty Papers Addison
Core'dinations Cardstock ( green for card base)
Paper Temptress Heavenly white cardstock for stamping
Prima Flowers
MS Leaf Punch
Jolee's Crystals (heat set)
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Distress Ink (tea)

My Mother In Law's Birthday Card

Hey Friends and fellow crafters! February was, and now March looks to be, very crafty for me! This is the card I created for my Mother In Law's 69th Birthday. My Mom loves fussy cards with girly images, but my Mother In Law prefers simpler, not so fussy cards. Sometimes I find it hard to go clean and simple and this time was no exception. I picked out my stamp right away, and went to work finding papers. This is the 2nd piece of paper I chose, and I thought it was exactly what I was picturing, until I colored the image. I used my Copics to color the stamped image, but didn't make a list of the colors I used. I'm sorry, I keep forgetting to do that for the blog! Once the image was colored, I carefully ran it through the vagabond to die cut it. I usually try to do that before I color, but I originally thought I was going with square or just rounded corners on the image. Once it was cut, I started thinking that I would make an easel card with it, so I cut some background cardstock for the card. I decided to use different papers and colors, then proceeded to waste about an hour or so on picking out new paper. After a while, I picked up the original paper that you see on the card, changed the design to a 5.5 inch card, and finished it. :-)
All the paper is from K and Company, and I used the Core'dination cardstock that I have been hoarding forever, for the base. I cut a larger nestability shape to frame the butterfly and attached it to the front. I really love the new Tissue Tapes from Tim Holtz. I used just a touch of Distress Ink on the tape and ran it across the front of my card. Then I added some MS punched leaves with a Prima Flower from my stash and attached a butterfly charm to the flower with a cute safety pin. I cut the word Mother with my Cricut and finished the front of the card. I have been trying to make more of an effort to co-ordinate the inside and backs of my cards and I think I did a pretty good job on this one.

Here are a couple of pictures of the inside. The happy birthday is from Paper Lace, as is the border under the sentiment. This is a great cartridge for borders, I know I'll be using it often!

I used Jolee's Hot Fix Crystals on the border for some extra interest. I have the I-Rock crystals and they are great, but I use Jolee's for my Mom and Mother In Law's cards. They are just beautiful on cards, but costly, so they are something I don't feel bad about saving. I did something I don't usually do and finished the back of the card. I like that it added weight to the card, and it looks pretty, too.
That's my card for the day. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I always love to read your comments. It means so much to me.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Fantastic cards! Loving the first one, especially..with it's gorgeous blue eggs!