Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Sparkling Thanks

Last weekend seemed to fly by, but it was relaxing and nice (even though it was unusually quiet for our Thanksgiving). I hope you enjoyed your holiday too and aren't having too much trouble getting back into the swing of things this week. It's so hard to believe that Christmas is just about three weeks away...23 days from now to be exact! Eek!! Up until a few days ago I thought I was doing so well with having most of my shopping done a couple weeks ago, but with all the handmade items I have planned, I'm starting to panic a little. So here I sit at the computer -lol!

You guys were all so kind and patient with my last several posts (thank you!), I think I'll spare you the monologue this time and make it a quick post and hopefully painless for you. ;)

This card is really sparkly and pretty in person, though I'm not sure the camera captured it very well. There was very little stamping on this card, but it was still fun and fairly quick (even for me -lol). I started with some designer papers by My Mind's Eye, gave it a homemade feel with some stitching, added a funky flower and a simple sentiment, spiced it up with some Star Dust Stickles (my favorite), and topped it off some Swarovski bling and a little touch of ribbon. ;)

The flower was experimental on my part, but I eventually liked the way it turned out. ;) I made it by first punching three scallop circles (two in one of the designer papers and one in a coordinating cardstock). Next I took my scissors and snipped between each 'petal' on all three scalloped circles and then tore off every other petal from two of the 'flowers.' I then used the Boho Blossoms punch and punched one of those flowers out of the same designer paper as the snipped (but not torn) scallop circle flower. And for the very center, I punched a small circle out of the coordinating cardstock. I layered them all, curling some of the petals, adding glitter to only one of the torn flowers, and added a button on top (I'm really getting into buttons these days, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to best store them all...by color group or season, by individual colors, by manufacturer, etc. -- got any suggestions?).

And here's the inside of the card: Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Smokey Plum (CTMH); Pattern Paper: Wild Asparagus Dots, Lace Magnolias from "Pretty Little Girl" collection (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Trees, Birds, & Messages (Hero Arts); Ink: Petal, (ret.) Orchid Bouquet, White Daisy (CTMH); Other: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Prisma Glitter, button, sponges (CTMH), Threading Water punch (Fiskars), 1/2", 3/4" circle punches, scallop punch, Boho Blossoms punch (SU!), embroidery floss (DMC), bling (Swarovski), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, staple


Clearly Inspired said...

Wow, this is a great card! I love the star dust too!

Jeanne said...

Love this card and especially that flower! Thanks for sharing how you created it!

I hear you on the wanting to make some Christmas gifts. I'm in the same boat!!

Buttons...I have one of those organizers with drawers and have separated them by color...hope this helps!

Mary Ellen said...

LOVE it (as usual)!! I love that paper and the sparkliness (is that even a word?!) is very fun.

I keep thinking today is the day to get started on xmas gifts.....but here I am on the computer. Time to get busy!!

Big hugs,

Mary Ellen

Christi said...

Your card is gorgeous!!!

Courtney said...

Oh girl, this is gorgeous! I love how you did this. Glitter is one of my weaknesses.

Barb W said...

So so pretty! I loves the sparkly ones! Great colors on this, too.

Jeanette - said...

This is really pretty Christi. I LOVE your flower and all the glitter!! I store my buttons by seasonal colors......usually :)

Carolyn King said...

so beautiful. Love that sparkle!!!

Happy holidays---take some time to enjoy---akkk...HOW MANY DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS...I have so much to do! lol!

Mary said...

Hi Christi,
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I am glad to kind your blog, you do beautiful work. I Will be following you now.lol
thanks again

Patti Gingrich said...

This is so pretty Christi! It's been a while since my last visit. Really like the Thanksgiving cards you made...beautiful colors!

Hope all is well with you and your family! Hugs~ P

Susan (rainy) said...

Beautiful card, Christi! LOVE the sparkle and bling!!

Stacy said...

WOW! Love the flower, what a great idea! Even the inside is pretty. I store my buttons in little jars by colors, reds, blues, greens....it looks pretty but was kinda time consuming since most of mine are CTMH which come in color groups, it might have been better to leave them that way :0) to late now. LOL

Tanis said...

Long time no visit! Shame on me, huh?
LOVE the card...VERY cool layered flowers...and the glitter is perfect!
(Thanks for the Steven Curtis Chapman song too!)