Rainbows and Daisies Scrap-tastic Card

Hand crafted greeting card using scrap pieces to create a rainbow background for punched daisy clusters.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, celebrating the holiday with family or enjoying the weather.

I have a quick card design that encourages you to use what you have. The card starts with a base of Magenta Madness. The background uses a piece of Basic White card stock cut to 6″x6″ with one adhesive sheet layered on top. The reason I went with 6″x6″ is that is the size of the adhesive and so I have some spare pieces for other cards in the future.

To create the rainbow, I used my saved strips from trimming card stock to the correct size. My scrap strips vary in width. If you like a more symmetrical style, you could limit it to only 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips. I also layered mine on the diagonal for more interest. This means you need some longer strips. But really you can layer them on however you like, even in a brick layout with staggered seams. This technique is really flexible.

After you have the rainbow created, cut the size you prefer— 4″x5-1/4″ or as I did 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. For the daisies, I used the medium daisy punch with basic white card stock. I added some faceted crystal embellishment from my stash for the centers. The retired sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and I used the Banners Pick a Punch to create that nice arrow effect.

I’m sending happy thoughts your way. Happy crafting!

Beautiful World Sketch

It’s time for another sketch challenge. The Paper Players have a new layout on their blog, and I decided to play along. I’m working with the World of Good suite. This suite is retiring in a month, so if you love it as much as I do, order it now. I used the stamps, dies, embossing folder, DSP, trim, and embellishments from the suite for this card. Yep, I love it.

The Card

I started with this layout for Sketch Challenge PP534. You can click on the picture to see the designers’ examples and all of the other gorgeous entries to this challenge. Sketch challenges are great because you can use what you’ve got.

For my card, I started with a base of Misty Moonlight. The next layer is Very Vanilla embossed with the Old World Paper 3-D folder. I inked up the folder with Cinnamon Cider before I ran the paper through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I have fallen in love with this tool that folds up so well and gives such an even impression.

Next, I added two lengths of Faux Suede trim with Antiqued slides. It reminds me of the straps on a suitcase. And boy, do I miss traveling!

For the two columns, I cut two pieces of Cinnamon Cider card to 1-1/8″ x 4″ and layered on World of Good Specialty DSP cut to 1″x3-7/8″. Then I die cut the globe base out of foil paper.

The globe is a second generation of Cinnamon Cider, so I stamped it on scrap paper and then stamped my piece of Very Vanilla without re-inking. On top of that, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. The columns and the globe are lifted on Dimensionals.

I always enjoy playing along with The Paper Players. I hope you find creative inspiration this weekend. Happy crafting.

Dragonfly Dreams

You know you love crafting when you dream about the cards you can make. This is one of those cards. I had been experimenting with using ink on my acrylic blocks to make interesting backgrounds. Starting with a couple of drops of Bumblebee, I smeared it on my big block using an aqua painter. I “stamped” it onto white card stock. I repeated the process with So Saffron, trying to fill the gaps in the original transfer. Then I left it overnight.

And had a dream.

The next morning, I sponged Soft Suede on the edges and over the blank spaces of the paper. Then I stamped the flowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Next, I added that to a layer of Soft Suede paper along with some faux suede trim and some Antique embellishments: the buckle and the four corners. For the base, I used Very Vanilla.

The Dragonfly

The dragonfly received special treatment. Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the image in Soft Suede. Then I stamped over it with Versamark only on the wings. To perfectly line up the second stamping, you must use a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus. Instead of embossing powder, I sprinkled the image with Heat n’ Stick powder and melted it with my heat tool. Lastly, I added gold leafing. If you zoom in, you will see how the fine lines in the wings are lightly gilded. I punched this image out using the dual dragonfly punch included in the bundle.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your craft supplies and create something you’ve dreamed of. Happy crafting.