Friday, February 20, 2015

Easy Peasy Card Creation!

     Hello all my Crafty Peeps! Today I just wanted to share 2 super quick cards with you. It literally took me less than 20 minutes to make both cards, which to be honest it could have been even quicker if I would have used a hot glue gun for the flowers rather than a clear liquid glue, but I didn't want to wait for the gun to heat up. How ironic that my impatience actually made something take longer, lol!
     You will also notice I got some new watermarks for my pictures. Woo Hoo! I am in love with them! They are so pretty and elegant. I purchased them from a very sweet lady named Michele from Michele R Designs. Not only does she sell custom watermarks but she also sells beautiful digital papers and recently has also started to make paper pads :)
      Now that I have some gorgeous watermarks, I just need to work on the watermark placement. If you have any suggestions on watermark placements I would love to hear them. I have always been told that you want to place them over your design so that they can't be erased or cropped out, but I find placing them over the design takes away from your design and image view. So that is something I will need to tool around with but overall my new custom watermark gives a whole new look that I am in love with!
      Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I wish everyone a wonderful, blessed, and warm weekend! I may be in Florida but it has been in the low 20's here and with the wind chill it's felt like the low teens, so this Florida gal is freezing her buns off, lol!
Outside:  For the base of the card I used the The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set and cut purple Recollections cardstock which came in a multi pack of colors, as well as some matching patterned paper that I had in my scrap paper stash. To cut the flower I used some frosted white vellum and cut it with the My Favorite Things Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics. For the bottom and middle layers of the flower I cut them out twice. The center I only cut once. To curl the edges of the flowers you can use your fingers, a rounded spoon handle, a smooth rounded pencil etc. but for me I like to use the Cricut Scoring Stylus Tool because I feel it gives the perfect curve and the paper glides nicely making for a smooth look. Now here is where the impatient part of me kicked in, because to hold the flower together, I used a clear liquid glue which is supposed to be for paper piecing and quilling since it dries completely clear with no gloss. However, because it's meant to give you time to move your paper that means it will take some time to set up. This is where I should have been presented with a "Here's your sign" by Bill Engvall, lol. So, if your wanting a fast set up then maybe you should use a hot glue gun.

Inside: The inside is basically just the center grouping of circles which I cut out using some of the other dies that came in The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set. I simply picked out the sizes and designs I liked, cut them, and layered them together. I used a very think foam pop dot and placed it behind the solid purple circle. I wanted a little lift but not to much because I felt the flower on the outside gave enough dimension. For thank you sentiment I used a Colorbox purple dye ink along with an amazing and generous stamp set that Stephanie Barnard gave to me for being her Stamps of Life Club Member. Just remember to stamp the sentiment before putting together all of your layers because it's no fun trying to stamp on top of foam dots, lol.
Here is a closer view of the flower.

Outside: This card was basically done in the exact same way as the card above other than I changed the papers and colors. The cardstock again was from Recollections and the patterned paper was from my scrap stash.

Inside: Again I used the same die set but I only used one of the scalloped circles and I used a sentiment from The Stamps of Life crazy4daisies stamp set. The sentiment was stamped with a StudioG dye ink stamp pad color. 

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