Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Hundred Hearts

Hello! I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend. I spent all day cleaning house yesterday because we had friends coming over today after church. (Y'all know how that goes; right? Why clean when you can stamp...until you have to put away all your stamping stuff so you can clean {if you don't have your own craft room}, but only because you have to). I don't mean to make it sound like we live in a pig sty, but it can get rather cluttered and a little dusty at times. One might even go so far as to say that it looks like someone here is obsessed with stamping. lol Fortunately, no one seems to mind. ;) So yesterday was my day for a cleaning frenzy. Not fun, but totally worth it -- we got to enjoy a great time of food and fun with friends today without being embarrassed by dust bunnies AND we now get to enjoy a clean house for a little while. ;) Of course, tomorrow many of my stamp supplies will start their migration back out into my current "craft room" where they feel right at home (aka our kitchen table/family room area), but I'm good with that. ;)

Now I know that it's not technically Valentine's Day anymore, but it is still Valentine's Day weekend, so I'm gonna go ahead and show you the card I made for my parents. ;) But mostly because I rather like it. lol I absolutely LOVE that patterned paper, but I'm using it very sparingly since I bought it a couple years ago and only have one sheet. Rather than going with the darker pink like I did on this card, I chose to go much softer this time for a more romantic feel.

My inspiration was a card made by the uber-talented Melissa Phillips. Her work just oozes the soft, warm, romantic, and homespun feel I love. I can only imagine what her home must look like. I've admired her style in publications for years, but this was the first time I've actually attempted to design a card inspired by her work.

Back to the card.... The focal piece was stamped and embossed using a flourish from CTMH's Legendary Moments stamp set onto Baby Pink cardstock, and there's a piece of vellum overlayed on the upper portion of it where I stamped the sentiment.

Working with felt was a first for me, but after seeing what my mom did on a darling Christmas card she made for Chloe, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Mine is totally different (not stuffed and puffy or with fancy stitching), but it was a fun and easy way to get my feet wet and can definitely see myself playing with felt more in the future. I cut out two felt hearts and stitched them together using some embroidery floss, and the "frame" at the top of the focal piece was made using two intertwined Large Flourish punches with some half-back pearls added here and there. It didn't come out exactly as I'd envisioned, but all in all, I was really pleased with the end result. Hope you like it too. ;)

Well, that's about it. I think an early bedtime is in order for me tonight. ;) I need to hit the ground running in the morning...and I am NOT a morning person at all.

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: Baby Pink (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Nursery Pink Flowers (Daisy D's); Stamps: Hundred Hearts (Verve), Legendary Moments (CTMH); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-n (Tsukineko); Other: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Opaque White embossing powder (Stampendous); Large Flourish and corner rounder punches (EK Success), vellum, heat tool, Liquid Glass (CTMH), Cluny trim (Wright's), pink pearls (Joy! Crafts), craft felt (craft supply), embroidery floss (DMC), sewing machine, white thread, vellum adhesive (Glue Dots), foam mounting tape, pop dots


Jeanette - said...

Wow Christi! This is GORGEOUS!!! I love all the details!!

Jeanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Christi! You may not be able to create a lot of cards because of your professed slow creating...but MAN you pack a lot of punch into a single card! I LOVE this! Love ALL the details. Truly gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Talk about lovin' a card! WOW! This one melts my heart. I love every card you've ever made me/us, but they keep getting more and more precious with each one. What a blessing I/we have in you, my/our dear daughter! Love ya, Mom

Sue C said...

I can see why you'd hoard that paper - too, too pretty! This is a very fun card, but still very soft and sweet and romantic, too. I also agree about Melissa's talent, but your card is DEFINITELY a compliment to her - you've executed brilliantly! Love the frame/flourish and felt heart, especially...

Barb W said...

BEAUTIFUL card!! So many details...I love it! It's a very romantic card, isn't it? I am sure your parents were pleased. Very pretty!