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Hello again!  Today I would like to share a Spring card with you made with the gorgeous Spring in Bloom Collection by Donna Salazar.  I have to admit... I'm not much of a card girl; I mostly create layouts.  This is my second attempt ever at making a card.  I hope you all like it! 
Let me show you how I created this easel card.  I learned how to make it by browsing tutorials on the web, but I changed the dimensions of my own card.

Supplies needed:
* Scoring Board (or a ruler and a stylus)
* 6"x12" sheet of cardstock
* 6"x6" sheet of cardstock
* Adhesive

STEP 1:  Place the 6"x12" sheet of cardstock on the scoring board and score at the 6-inch mark and the 9-inch mark.

STEP 2:  Fold the cardstock as shown above.  Flip the card over so that the largest section is facing down.

STEP 3:  Take the 6"x6" sheet and adhere to the section shown above.

This is what your card will look like from the front.

Here is a side view of the easel card.

STEP 4:  Adhere Spring Sky paper to the cardstock and voilà!  Your card is ready to be decorated!
First I cut out this corner cluster of flowers from Donna's 'One Sheet Wonderful' paper and adhered it to the upper corner of my card.
I added a cluster of mulberry and chipboard flowers in the other corner as well as some shiny, blingy leaves.  :o)  The lavender chipboard flowers (Dusty Attic Flower Layers #3 DA0504) were misted with Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz and highlighted with coordinating Fairy Dust Glitter.  The edges were inked with Colorbox Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue in Misty Meadow. 
This chipboard element made by The Dusty Attic (Ornate Corner #10 DA0556) was painted with white acrylic paint, inked with Colorbox Cat's Eye Pigment Ink in Chestnut and spritzed with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream.  I topped it off with a sprinkle of Fairy Dust Glitter in Pralines and Cream.   I always use Glue Gloss to adhere the glitter.  It has become my new best friend.  :o)
 I added two layers of punch work and hand-stitching to complete the cover of my card.
For the inside of the card, I added several punched borders, stitching, lace and a border from the 'Tags, Ribbons & Mosaics' sheet from the Spring in Bloom Collection.  The sentiment was printed onto cardstock, inked with Colorbox Cat's Eye Pigment Ink in Chestnut and spritzed with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream.  Both the title and sentiment were inspired by a challenge that was held by Polkadot Door Designs.
 The title on my card is hand-stitched using a template I created.
For tips on how to create your own stitching template, click here.

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.



Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my card.  Have a beautiful day!



This is a quick tip on how to create your own stitching template.  You can use this technique to create your own stitched flourishes, shapes, simple images etc. 

STEP 1:  Print out your title on a sturdy sheet of vellum.  A bolder font with minimal detail works best for this technique.

My first attempt was on a transparency, but my printer does not print well on transparencies.  I later found that the vellum is easier to poke holes into anyway.  :o)

STEP 2:  Using a craft pick or a needle, punch evenly spaced holes along each letter.  The closer the holes, the more defined each letter will be, but be careful not to poke holes too close together.  Doing so will cause your paper to tear when stitching.

STEP 3:  Position the guide on your project and poke all of the holes. 

STEP 4:
 Once you have completed your title... stitch away!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have fun!



Hello again! This is a Spring layout I created for Simply Renee Inc.   I used the 'Garden Party' Collection that was generously donated by My Little Shoebox.  I have to admit that this layout is a little different from my normal style, but I adore this paper collection and my daughter was thrilled with the end result.  :o)  
For the title I used alphabet stickers made by My Little Shoebox and American Crafts.  Around the title I added coordinating cardstock stickers that were embellished with a little Stickles and bling.
The cute little Toadstools (DA0565), the butterfly (see below) and the leaves (Leafy Stems DA0566) are all chipboard elements made by The Dusty Attic


All of the stitching on this layout was done by hand.  The blue frame was made using a punch and I added stitching for greater definition.  I created a vertical border on the photo using eyelets and added an embossed layer behind the photo.
Several different punches were used on this layout to create a variety of borders.  I split the layers of this chipboard butterfly (Flutterbies DA0389) to create a 3D effect.

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.




Thank you for stopping by.  Have a beautiful day!

Hi everyone!  I am extremely excited (and a wee bit nervous) to share my first project for Donna Salazar Designs!  I wanted to create a unique layout that captures the joy I felt when my baby girl was born.  Let me show you what I came up with!
This is the cover of my layout.  A cover?  For a layout?  I know... it seems odd, but this is what makes this project unique.  :o)  I used Corrugated Board by Zutter and painted it white to create a shabby look.  I also added lace that joins in the center to create a tie-closure.  This project is bound together using the Zutter Bind-It-All.  I LOVE this machine!  It is so easy to use and there are so many projects that can be created with it.
 I created the large flower using Donna Salazar's gorgeous Spring in Bloom papers.  I adore the variety of beautiful colors and designs of this collection.  You can find a tutorial for this flower here.  The Botanic Chipboard Accents (DA0460) are made by The Dusty Attic.
 I enhanced this embossed chipboard butterfly (DA0014) with Clearsnap Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk Queue in Misty Meadow and Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream.  I also sprinkled on a little Fairy Dust Glitter in Pralines and Cream.
 These chipboard leaves (DA 0508) were also covered in Fairy Dust Glitter in Sugar Shimmer.
And a little more glitter... can you tell I LOVE this stuff? 

Now comes the actual 'layout' part...
This is the inside of my project.  (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)  This is actually my first double layout and I had a blast creating it!  I combined different designs from the Spring in Bloom collection.
I created my own flowers using Donna's Crafty Chronicle.  If you are not familiar with The Crafty Chronicle,  it is an acid-free periodical filled with ads, word games, maps, horoscopes and more.  It has the perfect paper weight for creating hand-made flowers.  I was a little sad about cutting it up because I really enjoyed reading it.  :o)  The flower was spritzed with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream, Mixed Berries and Frosted Grape and covered in Mixed Berry Fairy Dust Glitter.  To adhere the glitter, I used Glue Gloss by Clearsnap.  You can find the tutorial for my Gardenia Flower here.
 This chipboard corner (The Dusty Attic Ornate Corners #6 DA0465) was spritzed with Pralines and Cream and Mixed Berries Smooch Spritz and accented with Colorbox Cat's Eye Pigment Ink in Chestnut.
 The title was created using the same technique as the butterfly on my cover.
 I tend to do a lot of hand-stitching on my projects.  I love the texture it adds and I find it therapeutic.  :o)
 All of the edges of my project were distressed using a Zutter Distrezz-It-All and inked using Colorbox Ink.
This is the quote that my title was derived from.  It reads: "A new baby is like the beginning of all things- wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." -Edna J. Le Shan.

I hope you enjoyed my project.  I had so much fun creating it!  I would like to wish all of you mothers a Happy Mother's Day!  Have a beautiful day!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
A Dream of Possibilities






Welcome to the first Polkadot Door Designs Blog Hop and Inspirational Challenge!  A big THANK YOU to Sarah and Rebecca for inviting me to be a part of this!  If you have just come from Kim's blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, then you may want to start at the Polkadot Door blog first for instructions and prize details.  Not only are there several prizes, but if you participate in the challenge, you could win a spot on the June Design Team!
 The challenge is to use at least one inspiration from this image... the photo, the sentiment and/or the element (crocheted flowers).  The photo inspired me to create a layout with a garden theme, and I used the sentiment for my title and journaling.  The colors of the crocheted flowers inspired me to use the Gabrielle Collection by Bo Bunny, and I also added crocheted flowers to my layout.  This is what I came up with...

The crocheted flowers are made by Prima.  Aren't they beautiful?!  I love the texture of them.  The fence is a chipboard element made by The Dusty Attic (Picket Fence Border DA0175).
This beautiful butterfly was purchased from Kay's Kreative Korner.  She has a great selection of butterflies and other gorgeous embellies.
The pearl fern leaf is made by Prima. 
For my journaling I used tiny alphabet stickers with inked edges.
This chipboard element is also made by The Dusty Attic (Ornate Corner #4 DA0347).

The lace trim was hand-stitched onto my border.
In this corner I used Dusty Attic Botanic Accent #1 (DA0460).  For a tutorial on how to do the 'Eyelet Lacing Tear' click here
I used Thickers Alphabet Letters for my title.  I outlined each letter with an opaque white pen to help it stand out more.

Thank you for stopping by.  :o)  Your next stop is Geri's blog.  Enjoy your hopping and have a beautiful day!!







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