Tuesday, April 14, 2009

So Glad To Be Back

Every since I saw this card by Linda Duke on Linda's Works Of The Heart blog, I have wanted to do something similar for months. Well, I ordered the Poppy Patch set from Flourishes and there it sat too. Last week I visited Phree at Ink Stain Survivor (she hadn't been around in a while) , saw her 'Shirley Poppies' card and theLight Bulb came on! So now you know where my ideas come from and probably why I only get one or two cards done in a week. Ha! I think I even have some of these flowers in my yard. I never knew there were Shirley Poppies! I built this card from the background up to allow for the punched border first and then all of the materials inside of it.

Card Fold:
1. I cut a bigger card than I would have because punching the border causes a loss of about 1/4" on length and a little less on the width after punching the border. I cut a 5.5"x11" piece of paper. I have 5.5 square envelopes, and needed a little bit smaller card.
2. Using Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch, I punched the right end, or center piece, of the border first. I knew by looking at my pre-punched sample that I needed to have one complete half-circle on the right and the left ends for the "going around the corner" to work. *After the center part is done I work totally from the back side of the punch (It's turned upside down so you can see the bottom edge of the cardstock to make sure you punch in a straight line. You will know once you try it what I mean.)

3. It was folded so the one punched edge is even with the back right side of the card.

4. I turned the punch to do the sides, starting to create the rounded corner first. I've tried to show that below. If you click on the image below you can see that I've made the second side transparent so you can see what you will be looking at from the back of the punch when you do the left side. Of course you have to imagine the card is everything to your right. If this is confusing for you try either of these two Border Punch Video 1 or this Border Punch Video 2 that might help.

4. Then I measured the inside of the card height and width. I used Neenah Classic Laid Millstone cardstock.

5. For the bottom half I used a piece of double sided sticky sheet half the size of the Millstone, and with tan colored mesh on top.

6. I applied a light blue ribbon from Michael's $1 bin as a seam between the top and the bottom.

7. I applied USArt Quest Mica D'Lites Gold over that for the sticky areas not covered by the mesh.

Ocean View Image:
1. The largest Spellbinders Labels One die was used with Neenah Classic Laid Solar White cardstock in my Cuttlebug.

2. I didn't have any scape stamps for the images and could never make up my mind on which ones to get, so I used Linda's card as a guide and did the rest with Twinkling H2O's and a Niji waterbrush. I also used a little bit of the Gold mica and some Baby Pink Flower Soft.

3. Anna Griffin Cream Designer Paper was used for the outside frame. I put it through the Cuttlebug to emboss only and then trimmed around the double embossed edge.

Flower Images:
1. Stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold on Neenah Solar White cardstock and heat set to dry ink.

2. Painted with Twinkling H2O's.

3. Ivory Flower Soft applied to the centers and then a little Twinkling H2O Yellow Drop and a tad of Rangers Stickles Yellow.

4. When dry the images were cut out.

5. The flowers and leaves were mounted with glue and 3D Glue Dots.

6. A light blue ribbon was tied around the flowers.

7. The Sand Dollar is from Fanciful Inc. online.

The colors are really much softer in real life, but this is how the camera saw it to day! Thanks for stopping by 'the blog' to look and share. Hope to be back soon!





Cindy Haffner said...

So so beautiful.

Teresa said...

WOW! Even when put up against your always gorgeous cards, this one is special. I just LOVE the seascene background! FABULOUS!!

craftimamma said...

You are a talent Shirley and so kind to share. This is wonderful.

Lesley Xx

Tasha said...

Absolutely gorgeous and a fabulous tutorial you dont know how much you have just helped me
love tasha xx

Elena said...

Wow! This card is gorgeous! The background you created is so beautiful! Really love the whole scene of the card!
Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial about Fiskars border punch, Shirley!

Cat Tidwell said...

What a gorgeous card Shirley! Love that ocean scene you have created!

Etha said...

what a great punched border! this looks super cool. Love the pink poppies!!

Maria Matter said...

Hi Shirley, hope you are doing well!
This is a beautiful card!!!
The scene you created is fabulous and I love the way the flowers stand out! Just gorgeous!!!
Your cards are always worth waiting for!
blessings, Maria

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Shirley!! Flowers are so pretty!! Glad you're back!! :)

Cheryl said...

Shirley gorgeous! I just love looking at your masterpieces, and that they are. TFS!!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful... love the colors and the flowers are so pretty...
Hugs, Christina

Julia Aston said...

what a lovely card Shirley! wonderful soft colors and love the flowers!

The Country Rose said...

Wow, how very pretty! I can almost feel the breezes :D.


Lyn S said...

Wow Shirley! How stunning is this!

Crafting Queen said...

Super card Shirley! Love the punched border.

Phree said...

Wow Shirley, I love this, what a beautiful scene, I feel I could just walk into it and your Shirley Poppys are beautiful, you have managed to capture the delicate colour of that Poppy variety perfectly. Isn't that the great thing about craft blogs tho, I love the way everyone shared their ideas and inspiration.

scrapsacee said...

What beautiful cards! I'm getting inspired again. I was over at I/O and love the blog! You are right the stamps are awesome! Thanks, Shirley

Theresa Momber said...

Wow! So gorgeous, Shirley!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Card! Hope everything is going well with you.

Tammi said...

Pretty, your always doing unique and amazing things with your cards!

Connie Fossenier said...

Shirley another beautiful card..I really like the soft tones.
connie paxman

retiredheather said...

Wonderful directions Shirley. I have to try doing a corner that way. The card is great...beat it looks wonderful in real life.

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