Sunday, January 19, 2014

You're Tops in My Book

Hello everyone! I have 2 cards to share with you today. Firstly, I thought it would be fun to create another card for the Cards from the Hearts Card Drive using my new stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

I decided to make this card with a chalkboard technique and although it's hard to see, I used the Tim Holtz embossing folder that has the texture of a brick wall on the red card base. I punched the notebook edge and drew lines with a white pencil, then embossed the sentiment in white. I also added glossy accents to the glasses and heart and used an old glitter pen on the book binding just to jazz it up a little.

JJ Bolton created a gorgeous card with Avery Elle’s ‘Embellish It Flower Die’ using vellum and Texture Tiles (Be Cute stamp set),  and inspired me so much, that I decided to CASE her card (I sure hope she doesn’t mind)! 

I die cut each petal 3 times, then arranged them. If you’re interested, Nina Yang has a video tutorial on You Tube creating a flower with this die Here and on This Blog Post she shows how to make 6 different flowers with this die.
I love pink and gray, so I cut 1/4“ strips in steel gray, used soft stone for the leaves and smokey gray for the sentiment. I wanted the flower to be super feminine, so I used a bright pink ink for the polka dots and finished it off with metallic gray sequins. 
I thought this card was perfect to send off in a 'care package' to my step-granddaughter, Erica, who is a freshman in college and the sweetest girl on earth...she made the Dean's List after her first semester, and we're all so proud of her!

Well, that’s it for me ~ I hope everyone is getting in some crafty time this weekend! Take care, and thanks so much for stopping by!

You're Tops in My Book
Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Science of Love
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, True Black, Pure Poppy
Ink: Hero Arts Memories - Unicorn; Versamark

Dies: Lawn Fawn - Science of Love
Embossing Folder: Sizzix/Tim Holtz - Alterations
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts - White
Misc: Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella - Clear; Prismacolor White Pencil; EK Success - Binder Edge Punch

You Are The Best 
Stamps: Avery Elle - Texture Tiles Be Cute (polka dots), Laurels (sentiment)
Cardstock: MFT - Steel Gray; PTI - Select White, Soft Stone, Vellum
Ink: Memento Luxe - Rose Bud; Versafine - Smokey Gray
Dies: Embellish It - Flower
Gem: My Mind’s Eye - Pearl
Sequins: SSS/Kelly Purkey - Metallic Gray


Barb said...

Your first card is so cute, Barb! Such wonderful details! And your rolled, dotty flower is just beautiful! Love that design with the angled strips!

Wida said...

Ok I was gonna say how much I liked your first card till I saw the second one...swoon!

Loli said...

Hola Barb, fantastic cards, really funny the first one, like the stamps and very clever your flower with vellum, very soft effect and elegant.great work!
A warm hug from Palma

Virginia L. said...

Your chalkboard effect is perfect for this design! AWESOME card for the card drive, Barb! And that polka dot flower on the 2nd card? It's GORGEOUS!! I must get that flower die...thanks to you!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb this is just so cute, I love those rockin' birdies!

jintyoo7 said...

Both are fabulous, Barb! The polka dot flower is gorgeous, and I'm sure JJ will not mind ;oP

joy said...

Love the cute chalkboard card, but the second card is just SO pretty! Polka dots and oink and gray are some of my favorite things!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Barb, I love both of your cards. Thank you for your comment on my blog and I am honored that you would want to CASE my card using Avery Elle supplies, anytime. I would just ask that you link back to my card on my blog. Thank you for asking. Hugs!!!

Kay Miller said...

Ooooooh those little birds are adorable! They really pop on the black too! That is one super cute card!! Love the notebook edge!! Your second one is a stunner! That flower is so soft and pretty and really stands out against the black stripes! Really beautiful work Barb! :)

Cat Craig said...

Those birds make the sweetest card, and the bold colors are perfect. Your flower with the pink polka dots is just gorgeous!

Dawn T said...

The first card is adorable and your second one is very elegant.

Rosemary said...

the first card is just too cute, barb! and the second... just lovely!

Kailash said...

Oh those birds are just too sweet and your second card is so beautiful:-)

Kanan Pandya said...

Super cute first card and super elegant second card, Barb. Both are lovely. :-)

lostinpaper said...

Both cards are fabulous, but it's that polka dot flower that I can't keep my eyes off!

Laura Norris said...

Great cards Barb! Wonderful flower - so pretty and soft!

Deepti said...

Looks like I have missed a lot, your birdie card is back :) love this one. And the second... What to say, I am out of words to describe how beautiful it looks !!