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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Beccy's Place Card and Giveaway!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  I am very happy to announce a fun giveaway from Beccy's Place.   But first, here is my first card as one of her Guest Designers.


If you've already been to Beccy's site, then you already saw the full collection.  I chose the images I wanted to use, printed them and fussy cut before layering with foam tape for lots of dimension.  I used a die to cut out the cute sentiment.  I just think this little friend is soooo adorable!

Now for the fun:

Sign up as a follower on my blog between now and the end of April and you will go in the draw to win one full set of Beccy's Place digital stamps.
Want more chances to win?  Just visit all of Beccy's other designers and sign up as a follower on their blogs, too!  On April 30th, a total of 10 followers will be chosen at random from amongst all the DT blogs and each will receive a set of digital stamps of their choice.
 
In addition, if you comment on any of my posts for my Beccy's Place cards, you will get another chance to win!  Be on the lookout for those special posts!!
 
'Til next time.....
 
BIG Hugs!!!
CHRISTINE
 
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In Sympathy

Welcome, friends.  We have a week of those sometimes difficult-to-make Sympathy cards as our inspiration for you at the Card A Day Blog.  I have been enjoying using lots of my dies for my cards recently, and my card today is another example of that.

I used four different die sets, beginning with the medallion.  My initial thought was to have a sympathy sentiment in the center, but that changed when I came across my Inkadinkado inchie set of cross stamps.  I used a scrap of slightly shimmery gold paper to cut the medallion, then stamped the cross on a bit of 'Very Vanilla' Stampin' Up card and heat embossed it with Stammpendous 'Detail Gold' powder.

 
I used the same off-white paper as the circle to die cut the background and the flower.  I used Ranger Distress 'Antique Linen' ink to frame the cross, as well as to edge the flower.  I then shaped the flower petals with a stylus and assembled the pieces using a gold glitter brad from American Crafts.
 
 
Next I die cut the leaves from some coordinating scraps of green papers and formed them with the stylus as well.
 

 
When I was ready for assembly, I ran the background through my Xyron sticker maker and affixed it to the green card which was cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4."  I used Matte Accents to attach the leaves and a Glue Dot to add the flower.  I layered the circle and the medallion both with foam tape before affixing them to complete the card.
 

 
I think this is a very elegant and tasteful card to present to a bereaved family member or friend.  I hope it has been a good inspiration for you, and I thank you for your visit today.
 
I'll be back in a couple of days with my first card for my Guest Designer spot at Beccy's Place.  We just might have some goodies in store so I do hope you'll come back and take a peek.
 
'Til next time.....
 
BIG Hugs!!!
CHRISTINE

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My News

Hello, out there!  This is NO April Fool joke!!!  I am so pleased to be able to announce that I have been chosen as a Guest Designer for this month for Beccy's Place, Designs by Beccy Muir.




Beccy is the designer of a wide variety of wonderful digital images.  Her designs can be purchased individually or in sets, and are provided in black-and-white as well as in color which makes for very easy use if you're not fond of doing your own coloring.

I will be showing you the cards I designed using Beccy's images during the next few weeks.  In the meanwhile, I hope you will pay Beccy a visit at her online shop as well as at her blog, Beccy's Place, for some great inspiration.

'Til next time...

BIG Hugs!!!
CHRISTINE

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

He Is Risen

It's less than one month until Easter, and  the Card A Day Blog is celebrating with a week of Easter card inspiration.  My contribution to this theme is a clean and simple card with some lacy elegance.  I made this card using a few dies, some larger scraps and a few gems.  I didn't quite get away with no stamping, but I kept it to a bare minimum.

The card started with a fun fold that I've used once before, but this time I used it in reverse.  You can see the other example here.  So, the first step was cutting and folding the base.  Here are two photos of the card from the back where you can clearly see the cuts.



Next, I did the die cuts using  some scraps of gold card stock.  I just love the lace cross and trim.  I used my Xyron sticker makers to affix adhesive to the lacy pieces.  Such a quick and easy way to get those pieces adhered to the base.


I used a pretty gold embossing powder for the sentiment, and then cut that piece with a lacy scallops die before affixing it to the gold lace-edged die cut label using foam tape.  I added foam tape to just half of the gold label, and adhered it to the left front of the card base.


Once I had everything assembled, the card didn't look quite finished.  I took care of that by adding some gems to the cross and label.  That did it!  Quick, yet classy, and a good style for doing multiples.  Also, it fits into a standard A2 envelope.



I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks so very much for spending part of it with me!

BIG Hugs!!!
CHRISTINE