Thursday, July 15, 2010

Life Is Beautiful

Happy Thursday, everyone! How are you all doing today? I haven't had much time for getting crafty this week, though I have been spending a lot of time in my office. My office is actually our spare bedroom, which we also put my lovely rolltop writing desk in so that I would have a quiet (relatively) space to spin my stories. When I started papercrafting early this year, I had to do it on the floor, because I didn't want to ruin my beautiful desk. Then about a month or so ago, my husband found a good deal on a table that matched my desk (all from Sam's) so we put that in there as well. So it's my office/craft room/spare bedroom. As I'm sure you can imagine, papercrafting tends to grow and migrate like a vine, quickly eating up any free space it's given. Trouble is, my sister-in-law is coming to visit from Germany next weekend, and she needs a place to sleep! So I've been busy cleaning, purging (papers, not supplies, my writer's group leader likes to give out a LOT of handouts), organizing, and sprucing all week.

Today, however, I was wandering around the house picking up as I dialed my brother-in-law's number in Germany to wish him a happy birthday, and when he answered I sat down on the nearest chair, which happened to be at my papercrafting table. As we talked, I picked up a punch and started punching some shapes and before I knew it I was assembling a little flower. He passed me on to my sister-in-law (his wife, not the one who is coming) and by the time I hung up I had pretty much completed a card! It was kinda nice to just create something off-the-cuff like that, without really planning anything out. Here it is:

As I said, I started with a flower punch by E.K. Success, and punched out five layers (only used 4) from some patterned paper by K&Company -- their bridal mat pack, which was the only paper pad on my table. I curled the petals with my thumb, then paper-pierced a hole in the center and put a brad through to hold it together. I smushed down a yellow button in the center with a glue dot.

I chose another green lacy pattern from the pad, and used a piece of leftover pink print (DCWV - The Sweet Stack) from the birthday card I made last week. It had bright pink glitter all around the edges, but I didn't think that it really went with the shabby chic style of the flower, so I cut my piece to cover the card (white Bazzill) from the middle. I cut a smaller square from the green lacey paper and rounded the top corners with my new We R Memory Keepers corner chomper (Yay! It just arrived last weekend), then added some adhesive ribbon from K.I. Memories.

I first wrote "Happy Birthday" across the bottom, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I cut yet another piece of patterned paper from that pad and stamped "Life Is Beautiful" and a little flower flourish from Studio G in Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

Then I attached the flower over the ribbon with glue dots, and popped that green piece off with dimentional adhesive. For a finishing touch, I drew a small dot line all around the green paper to tie in those polkadots and break up the pink background a little. And lastly, I rounded the bottom corners with the Corner Chomper (yay, again!).

Well, I hope you enjoyed my card for today! It's not something that's typically my style, but I can think of a few people who might enjoy it, so I'll be sending it (or more likely, hand-delivering with that bulky flower) to one of them in the near future. Have a great night!


  1. Beautiful card. Sometimes letting our mind take off without us leads to wonderful things like this. Is this the brother in law I met at the airport one time? I hope he has a wonderful birthday.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog Christiana, nice to meet new people!!

    I've been eyeballing that punch for a while and now I've seen this layered technique it's on my list for sure for my next order (this weekend, yaa!)

    I've got some weird phobia of buttons or something, I have such a hard time using them myself (I mean unless I'm following a demo). I have SO MANY of them though!! I really need to get over it lol

    Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. B, that was him!

    Ruth, I hear ya! The only place I truly know where to put a button is in the center of a flower. Otherwise, I'm always second-guessing myself!

  4. This is a very lovely card. I like how simple it is because the flower really stands out.

  5. Ok, I am jealous, I wish I could sit down like that and have a card. I know you have visited my blog so you know my DD has me on task a week out with a white board. This is so pretty and I just love the colors, great job. I sympathize about the room, my papercrafting has taken over my son's room, who will be coming home from college to vist, guess I need to move out.

  6. This is beautiful, indeed. The flower is gorgeous! and the whole layout along with those pretty PP are just pure perfection!

  7. Terrific card! Don't ya love when it just comes together without really trying? I love all the piercing!!

  8. What a pretty card. And how fun that you created it while on the phone.

  9. That's sounds like my "office". I'm trying to keep my stash from migrating out the door.

    I love the flower! What a fabulous card. Great photo too.


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