Every now and then, I come across an idea or project that I absolutely love – so much, that I move through those initial stages of inertia, then preoccupation, into action, then fruition. Have you ever had that happen – you see somthing that inspires you so much, you can’t get the idea out of your mind until you find you must act upon it? That’s how today’s card came into being – I simply could not stop thinking about it until I sat down and made it!
The idea originated when I first saw Kathy Daume’s “Love Ya” card in the September/October 2009 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. I totally flipped over it – I thought it was one of the most beautiful cards I had seen in a long time! I love buttons – I love lace – I love elegant simplicity – and I thought her card wonderfully combined all three elements! So, when I finally had a chance to play in the Paper Palace – I could not wait to make this card!
To create “With Love”, I first printed a heart template off the Internet, then changed the card dimensions from the original 5″ x 5″ to a more conventional A2 card size (4.25″ x 5.50″) to save on mailing costs. I chose a landscape orientation because it worked best with my template, and I chose the blue and white color scheme because it reminded me of Nantucket! After I cut my cardstock to size, I crinkled the edges of the card front using my CTMH Edge Distresser, then distressed the edges with CTMH White Daisy Archival ink to softly frame the card.
Next, I lightly traced the heart on my card and arranged my buttons into the heart shape. It took awhile to find the right buttons, and I soon discovered that creating a perfect heart is more difficult than it looks! Having a jar of micro buttons on hand to fill in the gaps and round out the edges proved helpful. A visit from my beloved Legend, the youngest of my Maine Coons, proved distracting. My husband took great delight in watching me try to protect my buttons from his huge hunter paws, his fast swishing tail, and his strong muscular body that always seems to end up smack in the middle of on any project I am working on at the moment!
Once I overcame these challenges – completing the card was a breeze! I had lots of fun digging through my newly organized lace box and my stamps to pick out the right pieces to finish off the card!
The lace and buttons are from my stash – their source is unknown. I adhered the buttons with Mini Glue Dots. I used CTMH’s White Daisy Archival Ink and CTMH’s For Every Occasion stamps to finish the card.
Question: Have you taken the Embellish Me Beautiful challenge yet? This is a great way to create something beautiful while using up your stash!