Friday, May 25, 2018

Sending Hugs and Love - Lori Whitlock Papercut Floral Card

👉    “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

Hi everyone,

One of the most incredible people every born, and a dear cherished friend of mine, recently lost her battle with ALS at just 50 years old and I am heartbroken.  Her best friend and three rambunctious young  boys (who had moved in with her after a difficult divorce) are left to grieve the loss of the woman who rescued them when they had no place else to turn.  Together these two amazing young women rose above their circumstances and created the most lovely home for everyone who lived there.  

In this situation, I didn't want to send the usual sympathy card to my devastated friend.  I just want her to know I am thinking about her with love.  I created the floral cut base for this card with a Lori Whitlock SVG in Cricut Design Studio and then added  layers of die cut and punched flowers.  I embellished with a vellum and gold butterfly and clear rhinestones for the flower centers.  The sentiment is embossed in white on black cardstock and the word "Love" is die cut from a Karen Burniston die.

This card was quite simple to put together but it says exactly what I want to say.  I made a couple of extra cards for my stash because I find it's hard to gear up my mojo when I'm sad!

There is a rainbow in all this, however. I'm excited and thankful to be celebrating my birthday this weekend with my adorable, fun loving, goofy family.  Getting older is a good thing!!!!   

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.

Sharing this card with:
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        Fussy and Fancy Challenge #212 - Favourite Florals
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        Bitten by the Bug Challenge - May Flowers
        Aud Sentiments Challenge #204 - Summer + A Sentiment
        Craft Rocket Challenge #48 - Use Embellishments

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Conie Fong Butterfly Wishes - Digi Stamp with Copics

👉 Treasure the things about you that make you different and unique.

Hi everyone,

Etsy is a fabulous place to find digi art and I was excited to discover another amazingly talented artist. Conie Fong's images are absolutely stunning and their beautiful detail is a dream to color with my copics.  I chose this darling image for my dear creative friend's birthday card.

One of the many things I love about digi's is their flexibility. I can size them perfectly to fit any card or frame.  This lacy frame is die cut with glossy gold card stock.  My printed image is colored on Xpressit Copic blending card and then die cut with a square pierced frame.  Instead of embellishing the corner of my card with the usual cluster of paper flowers I used some almost forgotten Sue Wilson ribbon dies.  I'm happy I did, because I really like the simpler look.  It was a little sketchy gluing the bow ends to the center because they kept popping up, no matter how long I held them or what glue I used. 

My husband wandered into my craft room and when he witnessed my struggle he suggested that I use a stapler to hold the ends down.  What an ingenious idea! My Tim Holz Tiny Attacher  worked perfectly.  Doug (who worked his way though college as a florist) told me he had tons of experience stapling bows many years ago. Who knew??? Sometimes seemingly worthless bits of antiquated knowledge come in handy when you least expect it!

So I discovered two treasures I will be using enthusiastically in the future...Conie Fung digi's and bow dies.  Isn't discovering (and rediscovering) new crafty gems the best?  

And another fun revelation I happened upon...Conie Fong and I live in neighboring cities.  I like it when brilliant people live next door!

Here's what I used:

       This Conie Fong digi stamp
        Strathmore Bristol cardstock for 6 x 6 card base
        Gold glossy cardstock, black card stock, blue glitter paper
        Spellbinders Square pierced frame die
        Square lacy frame die (brand unknown, sorry)
        Sue Wilson bow die cut
        Copic markers
        Xpressit Copic blending card
        Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (Yay!!!!)
        Ribbon flower
        Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on butterflies

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and create something fabulous.

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