February 3, 2011


Good morning, friends!  I know it has been a little quiet here on the blog lately, but I've been giving my mojo a little break.  I was starting to feel a little stressed about meeting deadlines and entering challenges, so I decided to take a few days off.  But I felt inspired yesterday to break open some brand new stamps from Stampin' Up!, a lovely botanical set called Nature Walk.  I have to thank my friend Nance at Canopy Crafts for inspiring me to order this set with her beautiful creations over the last few weeks.  The illustrations are gorgeous!

I opted to use this week's colors at CR84FN.  This is a definite favorite of mine!

I guess I was going for a clean but somewhat vintage look on this card.  The images definitely lend themselves to a shabby, vintage style, but I usually fail miserably when I try to create a vintage card!  So I took some inspiration from my friend Jean at Stampin' Scrapper, who creates some incredibly gorgeous vintage cards.  She uses a lot of beautiful glittered frames and seam binding, so I knew I wanted to incorporate those onto my card.

You can scroll to the end of this post to see step by step instructions for this card, something I've neglected to add to my posts recently.  I will just point out that the frame was die cut with PTI's Mat Stack 1 and Fillable Frames #10, then covered with Paper Glaze and glitter.  The background is stamped with Background Basics:  Sheet Music, and the stems, "no. 147", and bird image are from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream)
Patterned paper:  7 Gypsies
Stamps:  Stampin' Up! (Nature Walk), Papertrey Ink (Background Basics:  Sheet Music)
Ink:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores), Clearsnap (Frost White)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1, Fillable Frames #10, Victorian Lace border dies), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Martha Stewart (seam binding), Recollections (flowers), Jo-Ann (clear glitter), Aleene's (Paper Glaze)

I was happy to find this chocolate seam binding on clearance at Michaels.  I wrinkled it a little before adding it to my card, layering it over a Victorian Lace die cut border.  I added two paper roses to fill the empty space left between the bow and frame.

To make this card:

1.  Make 4 1/2 inch card base from Hawaiian Shores cardstock.  Round bottom corners.  Stamp with music score background and ink edges.
2.  Cut a 2 inch strip of patterned paper, round bottom corners, and adhere to bottom of card.
3.  Die cut Victorian Lace border and adhere.  Wrap seam binding around card front and tie a double bow.
4.  Die cut a frame from Pure Poppy cardstock.  Cover with Paper Glaze and glitter and allow to dry.
5.  Stamp floral image on Rustic Cream cardstock and cut to fit inside frame.  Sponge edges with Hawaiian Shores ink.  Adhere to frame, then attach to card base with foam adhesive.
5.  Stamp bird image and color with inks and aqua brush.  Cut out and attach to card with foam adhesive.  Adhere paper rose between bow and frame.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are all staying warm and safe in the terrible weather we've been having in many parts of the world.  Have a great Thursday!


Mona Pendleton said...

Very pretty card Christina! That glittery red frame looks so awesome! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN :)

Lindsay said...

Awesome Christina! I looove what you did with the colors! And that music BG makes it even better! I totally understand about the mojo...I go on auto-pilot and then fizzle out. Crafting shouldn't be stressful, but sometimes it feels that way.

Unknown said...

It's fabulous, Christina! I LOVE the vintage feel & the colors, ooooooh, the colors...... ;) **hugs**

Amy Kolling said...

You really made a beauty here! Love that seam binding bow...perfect! You did shabby and vintage very well.....it is just gorgeous!

Laurie said...

Totally gorgeous!!! I love that seam binding bow! And that glittery fram? SO pretty!

Nance Leedy said...

{Squeal!} If anyone can do CAS vintage, it's you! This is is GORGEOUS and I love your color combination. The layout is perfect and pop of poppy is gorgeous and that seam binding...OMG! Love how you've used Nature Walk and big hugs for the shout-out! :-)

Sue Lelli said...

Christina, I just LOVE those stamps and that glittery frame. Your mojo is on over drive with this card! FAB ribbon and the music and the roses are a super detail! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Karen B. said...

Did you hear that? No? Well, that was the breath escaping my mouth as soon as I viewed this beauty of a card. Wow! Just wow!

Debbie Carriere said...

Stunning!!! I love this - the colors, the colors, the bow, the litte roses, the music. Just gorgeous. TFS :)

Jean Martin said...

This is gorgeous Christina! What a beautiful shabby chic card! I was so happy to see you make a shabby chic card hehe! :) I just love that glitter...do you know what I'm interested in right now? German Glass Glitter! Have you seen it? It's gorgeous!!! It has more bling than normal glitter! I'm planning on getting some for myself! :)

Silke Ledlow said...

Christina this is super gorgeous...love this card! You rocked the colors...hugs ~S~

Andrea M said...

How beautiful Christina!!! Love the music sheet background stamped in two different colors! GORGEOUS!!!! Great job! Thanks for joining us at CR84FN! Hope you can join us again next week!

Deborah Frings said...

This is gorgeous!! I love the music backing paper - particularly in the two colours - fab!! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN this week!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card, Christina! Love the glittery frame! Thanks for playing with CR84FN!

Heather Rogers said...

Love the glitter frame and that bird is darling! Thanks for playing at CR84FN! :)

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