It's All In The Embossing

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Okay, so there are several crafting techniques I have been itching to try and sometimes all I need is just a little push. Recently, a client wanted a special card for her son and daughter-in-law's 20th wedding anniversary. I thought to myself, "Well, how can I create an elegant card for such a special occasion?"

I have been drawn to the idea of creating a monochromatic card; and secondly, creating a card simply using embossing as a design element. This was my chance to try both of these design elements and see where the creative winds would take me. I will write, that as the pieces slowly came together I did opt to use a hint of color. While the card is mainly composed of ivory layers there is a subtle hint of gold matting. I really enjoyed the elegant look of the embossed paper. I continued to apply embossing to each matted layer of the card. I completed and enclosed the card with a belly band (another first for me). I think the overall effect is rich in texture, but not overly done with too many embellishments.

I will definitely try my hand at both techniques some time in the future.

All the best,


Card: A2
Card Supplies:

Paper: Recollections, DCWV
Embossing Folder: Anna Griffin (Rosa)
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Pearl: Recollections
Cartridge: Storybook, Elegant Edges

JAS Challenge No. 57: Summer Colors

Good morning fellow crafters and scrappers,

Welcome to another Just A Scrappin' weekly challenge. This week we are stepping into summer and showing off the bold and bright colors of the season. The challenge is to use the summer colors yellow and orange to create a card, layout or project.

For this challenge, I decided to try creating a collage as the focal point of my card. I love how seemingly random embellishments can seamlessly come together to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing finished project. And if you have read any of my previous post, you know I am an embellishment hog. It is so difficult for me to let an embellishment go, so this card was a great way for me to freely part with my embellishments and see how much fun doing so could be.

I hope you enjoy the finished project. Please do not forget to stop by Just A Scrappin' to check out the blogs of my fellow DT members.

All the best and happy scrapping,


Card: A2

Paper: Authentique, MME, Basic Grey, Recollections, Stampin' Up, K&Company
Cartridge: Sweet Treats (tag)
Die/Stamp Sentiment: Papertrey Ink
Embellishments: Tim Holtz, vintage tag; Basic Grey: chipboard butterfly, flag, brads; Ribbon: Michaels; Cork, stash
Sewing Machine: Babyloc

Deconstructed Sketch No. 104

Sunday, June 16, 2013

What I enjoy about the sketch challenges from the Deconstructed Sketch's blog, is how a sketch becomes the foundation for my creativity. I enjoy seeing the original design and then finding ways to creatively make it my own.

Using the layering provided in sketch no. 104, I created this birthday card for my mother-in-law. I love the happy feeling the color yellow invokes and thought to myself another birthday is definitely a reason for celebration. The multiple banners create depth, and the wooden butterfly and pearls add just the right finishing touches.

I hope you stop by Jen's blog to see the other great designs.



Card Size: A2
Card Supplies:

Paper: MME, Recollection, Authentique
Die: Spellbinders (lacey labels)
Embellishments: Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Journal Card: Echo Park; Wooden Butterfly: Recollection; Twine: The Twinery; Pearls: Stampin' Up

JAS Challenge No. 56: Happy Father's Day

Good morning fellow crafters and scrappers,

This week at Just A Scrappin' we are inviting you to celebrate Father's Day with us. We challenge you to create a card, layout or project for dad using the colors brown and green. Please check out my fellow DT members designs. You will be glad you did!



Card Size: 5x5
Card Supplies:

Paper: K&Company, Basic Grey, Recollections, DCWV, Authentique
Cartridges: Heritage; Hills (Free-hand)
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Vintage Photo (Ranger)

Card Boutique: Father's Day Collection

Friday, June 7, 2013

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,

shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail...


Card Size: A2

Paper: Recollection, Stampin' Up, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Authentique, Basic Grey, DCWV, KC&Company
Cartridges: Artiste, Heritage
Stamps/Dies: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up
Embellishments: Cork, stash; Brads and Alphas, Recollection; Ink and Ticket Stubs, Tm Holtz; Jute, American Crafts; Bling, Imaginsce; Embosssing Powder, Stampin' Up; Embossing Folders, Provo Craft; Sewing Machine, Baby Loc