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!

Migdalia 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 T said...

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

Dawn T 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

Unknown 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.

She's a Color Queen 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