Sunday, October 6, 2013

Die cuts,Bling and a Flower

I am back - the maintenance has been done and I am now in recovery mode... and although I am not allowed to lift any great weight, I am able to lift a pencil or pen, cut paper and work a cuttlebug :-).

I made this card for a teenager, and started with a print out of a photograph that my Daughter in Law took some years ago - she and my son took a lot of photos and put them onto a CD for me so I could use them for background papers - this one is of a guitar neck, and was taken at a concert, hence the unusual colours.

I trimmed the image and when I adhered it to the green card base, I layered a strip of  die cut lace under it.

I die cut a small doily and added metallic thread around it.  My initial stamping was not acceptable, so I stamped and embossed again, then cut the sentiment with a circular die, sponged it and then layered it onto the doily.

I embossed the sentiment using a glitter powder, which give quite a rough surface, but it is very sparkly IRL.

I cut the smallest doily and layered paper flowers over it and secured them with a gem brad - it was amazing how the flowers picked up the colours in the background.

The final touch was the rhinestone swirl, which brought all the elements together.

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Lovely Linda said...

This is so pretty Maxine - the details are all so pretty - love the paper, makes it so personal. I am so glad you are feeling better - praying for a quick total recovery! {{{hugs}}}

Lynne K said...

Very pleased to hear you are recovering well from your "maintenance", Maxine, and I hope you are back to 100% very soon. What a gorgeous card, such pretty colours and I love the flower and the lacy diecuts.

Lynne x

jimlynn said...

Glad you're back and this is so pretty!! Those colors are wonderful together and love your card!

Creative M said...

A lovely card. Awesome job!
Feel better.
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Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

Pens, pencils, and embossing folders are great weights to lift!
How cool that you have custom-made, unique images to use in your crafting!

Thanks for linking to Cut it Up Challenges Going in Circles Challenge! Don't forget your monthly breast self-exams and yearly mammo!!


Shelly Schmidt said...

How cool is this- love the guitar handle image in the background- what a great idea to have a CD with BG images on it! The color and design of your card are fab- love the addition of the bling as well!

mamapez5 said...

So glad to see you can still do some card-making. that's a clever use for the photo background and the cut doileys are very pretty. Kate x

Dawn Turley said...

Gorgeous Maxine. I have that doily set and it's a great size for cards. Love the background photo.

Dawn Turley said...

PS...forgot to say...glad the surgery went well... take care and don't over do things!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

How pretty! Love all the shine!

Margaret said...

So lovely. I like the die cuts and your layout with the bling. Glad you are feeling better and able to get to your stamp table.

Joanne said...

Such a lovely card! So many beautiful details. Just perfect for our "Flowers" challenge at CC&CC. Thanx so much for playing along with us. Joanne

Jennifer Grissom said...

So bright and cheerful! Thanks for sharing with us at Sister Act Card Challenge.

marsha said...

I love all the attention to detail, the embellishments and colors add up to a gorgeous card! I'm so glad you are doing well after your "maintenace", LOL!

Grace said...

Thankful to know you are recovering well and I pray you will be back to 100% very soon! So glad paper and pencils are not too heavy! :) Your card is just beautiful and perfect for a teen! Love the bg paper! What a great idea to put photos on a cd for you!!! I love that! The flower does bring out the colors beautifully and how pretty is that sparkly embossing!!!

Sarah said...

Very cool card! Perfect for a teenager!Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

P.G. Lamb said...

What a beautiful card! I love the colors. Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts.

Melissa said...

Such a happy birthday card!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Aloha Friday Challenge at Kitty Bee! Check out my blog candy at!

Sarah P said...

That is a very pretty birthday card.

Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up.

Sarah P

Melisa Waldorf said...

That die cut is the perfect background for the flower. LOVE it!

Raquel said...

What a pretty card! I love the vibrant colors and all the flowers. Very pretty die cut frames around them too

Thanks for sharing with My Sheri Crafts