Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gratitude Is the Fairest Blossom That Springs From the Soul

This card is actually part of my paper challenge that I started a little over a week ago, although it's only the second card to be made using my random paper pack. The paper I used is very basic, titled "Turquoise - Texture" and is the background of this card. 



Here are the rest of the materials that were used:
- Brown cardstock
- Transparent gold cardstock
- Elmer's glue pen
- 3/8 in. adhesive dots
- Glitter flower embellishments
- 1 inch circle punch
- Transparent shipping label
- Decorative scissors

I created the circle card with the turquoise paper (the inside is brown cardstock) and used the 1 inch circle punch to create the border of gold and brown circles. I actually purchased the flower embellishments from Hobby Lobby last week for only $1.07 (32 came in the package, gotta love clearance!) and the colors of the flowers is where the inspiration for this card came from. I used the Elmer's glue pen to apply the flowers around the border. As for the quote in the middle, I typed it on the computer in brown font and printed it on a transparent shipping label, which I then applied to the transparent paper and cut the border using decorative scissors, and then applied it to the card. 

Here are some other views and close-ups of the card:





The card is rather unique, this is the first circle card I have ever made and I just went along with my ideas as they came. I must admit I've been feeling sort of ashamed of my card making lately, after all the blog viewing I do I feel like my cards are nowhere near as beautiful as all of yours are, mostly due to the fact that I don't own a Cricut and everything I create is strictly by hand. I've been considering saving up to purchase a Cuttlebug but I'm still undecided because I know that once I buy it I'm just going to want more and more cartridges, which aren't very cheap. Any advice?

Ashley

6 comments:

  1. Very pretty and you should be proud of your card!! It is true that once you buy a Cricut you are going to want some extra cartridges...not sure if you want to make that investment or not (although ebay is a little cheaper for them). I think you do a great job cutting by hand....TFS:)Amy

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  2. This card is so gorgeous! I love the paper and color and those flowers are beautiful! Have a great day:)

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  3. Ashley, I agree with Amy that your cards look really great when you do them by hand! I also resisted buying a Cricut because of the cartridges, but now that I have it, I love it! The cartridges can be found pretty cheap on customcrops.com.... I have something for you on my blog! :)
    Amy

    http://redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com/2011/07/stinkin-cute-blog-award.html

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  4. Such a pretty card and a great quote. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading your blog.

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  5. Ashley- you know what is so great about all the paper/card lovers??? They are all so encouraging! I have felt the same way- that my stuff just isn't on the same level but everywhere I go everyone has something positive to say. I think your cards are great and I know they'll only get better as you find your groove- with or with out the Cricut. Keep it up! You've amazed me with how quickly you've grown your blog and found time for so much creative fun.

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  6. oh how lovely and glittery

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