I made this sympathy card for our friend Gerald on the loss of his lovely wife Thelma... she was such a sweet lady and is sorely missed by us all.
The background paper is a tissue like paper with solid white dots on (hard to see in the pic), I've had some of this paper for years, I have it with white dots and with multicoloured dots on... I only use it on "special" cards, but I do take it out regularly to stroke it - it's very tactile :-)
I cut the oval aperture with a Spellbinders Standard Ovals die, the frame is Spellbinders Floral Ovals die using white card that I ran through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder first.
The foliage is a Cheery Lynn die... Fanciful Flourish I think, the butterfly is Memory Box (Vivienne Butterfly?) with some clear rhinestones added to it's body. Some more of the rhinestones added to the swirls on the flourish
I gave the inside much the same treatment as the outside, with the standard oval sentiment matt being placed on top of the Floral Ovals one instead of going to all the trouble of cutting a frame as for the front. The sentiment was made on the computer, I printed it in dark grey instead of black so that it doesn't look as harsh. I did finish the inside of the aperture with a frame like the front, it didn't NEED it, but it does make it look a lot more "finished". That's it for the card, I'd like to enter in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania Butterflies and/or Birds
Monochrome Magic Monochrome, Opt: No Patterned Paper
Simon Says Challenge, Catch The Bug, Little Miss Muffet, Through the Craftroom Door, Digi Choosday, Crafty Creations, 4 Crafty Chicks, Crafting With Friends Challenge #68, Creative Fingers, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Polkadoodles, Create and Inspire, Creatalicious Challenges and Simply Papercrafts all have Anything Goes challenges. I'm entering Pixies Snippets Playground challenge with my next "project"Now... you thought THAT was photo heavy, nooo, that part of the post is coming now :-)
I have been slowly doing "the sorting" of my craft room that I promised myself I would do when we stripped the room out and started from scratch...when we did the "new" kitchen - FIVE years ago!! I am very nearly done now, yay! I'm going to take pics of the room and storage "options" and make a new page for my blog... today we have "Dies Storage 101", lol
I had some of my dies already in CD cases, I have kept my nested sets in CD cases and have now put all my other dies into DVD cases. I've put kraft paper in the covers and cut one of each die to add to that cover. Magnetic paper inside each case keeps the dies secure.
I used LOADS of my white snippets getting all these dies cut, so I'm going to enter THIS project in Di's challenge over at Pixies Snippets Playground, hope it counts
I have a few more dies coming in the mail, but essentially I am DONE, yeehaw! I also have a few oversized ones that I have to work out a suitable system for, but that's a problem for another day.
I thought, while I'm here, I'd show a few pics of how I keep multiple letters or words in line: First I line the letters up (my trimmer isn't dirty, I covered this one with clear contact as I was sick of the white measurements wearing off!) then I put clear low tack tape over them to pick them up.
Next I add glue (in this case a Zig pen) place them where I want them - rub to adhere, remove low tack tape, voila! Not rocket science but someone may find it useful. I cut my script words with double-sided tape on the back, but still get them "straight" on the low tack tape before taking the tape backing off... it stops the fine cuts from "stretching" when you take the backing off too, so bonus
If you've made it this far..... CONGRATULATIONS on your stamina, and thanks for your interest :-)).
I am working now on my clear stamps (in the bottom of my skinny cabinet). My lace, ribbon, buttons, twines and embellies including every bead I own HAVE been sorted into suitable containers, I just have to tweak the labelling of those... again I'm very happy to be on this side of the sorting process, lol. I will add pics of all those to my Craft Room Page... when I have pics and page :-)
That's it for today (Do I hear a "Thank Goodness for that"? lol)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna