Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Anniversary

This has been quite a week.  I fell real hard on my knee at work earlier and it has really hurt.  Laid me up for a bit but feels better today.  I had to get xrays today and nothing is broken.  Thank goodness.  I had to find something to do for a while after work, since I needed to stay on that end of town to pick up my daughter.  Since my knee wasn't hurting too bad I decided I could take a peek at Hobby Lobby.  Now, those of you that really know me understand my love for a great bargain.  In fact, I have been labeled the "Enabler" by those closest to me (I think my friends should look in the mirror).  When I find a great deal, I call them all up to see if they want me to spend their money, too.  Well, today I only enabled myself.  I was browsing in the stamping/scrapbooking area when I spotted a clearance tag on a Cuttlebug.  I already own a Big Shot, which I absolutely love.  However, it is a bit bulky to drag around.  I have been thinking that it would be nice to have a Cuttlebug to haul around in my trunk for when I go elsewhere to play, but I just couldn't justify spending the money when I already had the Big Shot and a Cricut Expression.  Well, this little guy was screaming my name.  It had a note on it that it had been returned by a customer who said it didn't work.  They claimed it did work but had been used so it was marked down.  I checked it out and it had probably only been used to cut 2 dies.  Everything was in the box and it was like new.  I loaded it in my cart and paid a whole $20 dollars for it.  Guess what - It works great.  Yeah!!!!  Then I went home and iced my knee with a big smile on my face.  Ok, enough gloating - on with my latest creation.

I decided to start on my cards for our stamp club card swap with an Anniversary theme.  This card has a 5" x 7" cream base.  I sponged a little Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges.

Then I created a border on the left side by scoring and folding some hydrangea decorative paper.  I added a heart trim on each side, using a Martha Stewart border punch.  The heart in the center is made using Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  I layered a cream heart onto a white scalloped heart. I used pop dots to layer this onto a larger cream heart, ending with a larger white scalloped heart.  I sponged a little of the Tea Dye ink around the edges of each cream heart.  

I stamped a hydrangea flower with the same Tea Dye ink on the top cream heart.  This stamp is from the Plant a Little Love Set from JustRite Stamps.  I glued small silk flowers on top of the floral part of the image.  I stamped the image a second time and cut out the leaves.  I molded them and rolled the edges slightly, then used pop dots to place them on top of the first image to give them a 3-D affect. 

 The sentiment and borders are from JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions.  I just bought this set at my fun weekend two weeks ago at Scrapbook Creations and love it.  It comes with 3 double layered, decorative, rectangular borders and 3 very useful sayings.  I stamped the sentiment with lilac ink on white, then layered it on more of the hydrangea paper.  This is layered onto cream, stamped with the smaller rectangular border in the Tea Dye ink.  This is also layered on top of the hydrangea paper and then onto white cardstock, stamped with the larger border in lilac ink.

I used a sketch from the Fussy and Fancy Challenge. I decided to have a little fun with this sketch by reversing the shapes on the sketch, yet keeping with the sketch layout.  Where it shows a square shape, I placed the heart shapes, and then put my rectangular sentiment whereit shows a heart shape.  See the sketch below.

This card is entered in the following challenges:
JustRite Friday Challenge 046:  Technique - Scoring
AiFactory Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad Challenge #104 - Something New (New stamp set)
Creative Inspirations Challenge #51 - Celebrate (check out their 3rd Birthday Blog Hog)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC101) - GO BIG! Create an oversized card… something that is at least 5 by 7″
Lexi's Creations Challenge #31 - Say It With Love
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #38 - Use hearts on your card
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week 44 - 'White and Bright' - WHITE AND/OR CREAM PLUS ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL COLOR! (plus neutral colors)


Markie's Mom said...

This is GORGEOUS! Oh, I love the use of the silk flowers! VERY creative! Hope your knee feels better! Oh, and you are such a lucky gal! $20!!!!!!

Debbie said...

So lovely ... I {heart} those hydrangia flowers! Thank you for joining us this week in the Tea Room :)

April said...

Very pretty, Marie! I will love receiving this card in our swap! How about that cuttlebug screaming at you! What a deal! Have fun with it.

maxine said...

Lovely card thanks for playing along at the crafty pad x

Kay said...

Sorry to hear about your injury, but I'm glad nothing was broken!
Oooh, CONGRATS on your fabulous find at HL!!!

Dawn said...

Wow you got a great bargain with the Cuttlebug!I am so jealous.
Your card is just beautiful.
Thank you for joining us this week at

Sharon Harnist said...

What beautiful scoring/pleat details! Thanks for playing in JustRite's challenge!

cbuswell said...

so pretty, thanks for playing along this week at the Shabby Tea Room!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Nice use of the heart border! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Debs said...

Beautiful card, I love the heart die cuts and lovely blue flowers, thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations this challenge. I have a little candy on my blog if you'd like to enter

Joanne (jojot) said...

thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends heart challenge...soft and lovely

Charlene said...


Cor* said...

Shut the heck up!! $20.00??!! You rock it girl! What a steal! Your card.............well, that's just as fantastic as your deal! Great job! Hope the knee gets better, (stop walking on it while shopping, better to get pushed around in the cart-lol). Thanks for joining in our celebration challenge at Creative Inspirations! Don't forget it's our birthday & we have a blog hop going on until Jan 25th with some AMAZING prizes to be won!!

redwasher1 said...

WOW!!! This is just lovely!!!
Thanks for sharing with us at Speedy's Friends.

Becky said...

Gorgeous card and gorgeous flowers. Thank you for playing with Speedy's Friends.

Newbie said...

LOVE everything about this card!!! Thank you for sharing how you did the scored pleats! And the flowers! WOW! The color combo is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous card but that CB for $20 takes the biscuit! What an amazing deal!!! Love your layering of the hearts by the way :)

Thanks for joining us this week over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'All Sentimental' challenge :)

Carol x

Nicole said...

So pretty! Love those hearts! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Tiara Moore said...

Very pretty card - I love that scalloped heart and flowers! Thanks for playing with Fussy and Fancy and good luck!