Monday, August 19, 2013

Thinking of You

   Today is one of those "good news - bad news" kinda days.  The good news is I've been able to spend time in my Craft Room creating cards. The bad news is I HAD to spend time in my Craft Room because over the past several days, we were notified that 6 dear friends have major health issues. So while I'm thrilled to be able to "craft" again, it's really sad to realize why I'm making these cards and who will eventually receive them.

    A while back I discovered that if I take one of my metal die-cuts and use it with my embossing pad, rather than cutting out the shape, I get a rather unique embossed image (see my original post here).  So I decided to do the same thing with my oval dies this week to create a "frame" around my stamped image.

     Using one of the Spellbinders Ovals, I cut a small oval and used the negative to use as a "mask." Then I sponged the background using Memento Sky Blue, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Cantelope and Bamboo Leaves. I then stamped the image (Waving Wheat by Stampabilities) using Memento Rich Cocoa.

    I used the next two larger size oval dies to emboss the "frame" image. Then used the next die up from them to cut the oval shape.  Perhaps there is an easier way, or different order, to do all this, but this worked for me at the time.  I'm going to make a couple more cards similar to this and I'll take pictures so you can see how the embossing/shape comes together. I think it adds such a simple elegance to the card. 
    I added organza ribbon and bow for accent.  I left off a sentiment only because I want to write a personal note inside.
   *** BTW, if you're taking my card class this Thursday, I've created a "bow-maker" for each person so you can easily make bows like the one on this card.  And, NO, you won't be making this card, but YES, you will be making a bow for a different card {smile}
    I'm entering this card in Cuttlebug Mania's Challenge: Anything Goes - Dry Embossing  (I used my Spellbinders' Oval Dies to do the embossing and to cut out the oval).
I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
   >  Artistic Inspirations: CAS (Clean & Simple)
   >  House of Cards: Classic and Elegant
   > Craft-Dee Bowz: Anything Goes + Handmade Bow
Other products used: 
    Tan, brown and ivory cardstock
    Organza Ribbon
    Cuttlebug Machine
Keep Crafting,


  1. This is gorgeous Heather and I'm sure the person receiving it will treasure it.Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania x

  2. So elegant, the embossing is lovely. Thank you for joining in at Cuttlebug Mania this week x

  3. Hardest kinds of cards to make, too, I always find. This is beautiful, Heather.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your good/bad news, Heather. :( I've had the same situation unfortunately. This card is absolutely stunning, though! I love the colors you used! Thanks for joining us at HOC and come again soon! Mynn xx

  5. Beautiful card Heather! I am intrigued by you embossing method, I will have to try that some time. It makes for a very interesting frame around your image. Have a great day and thanks for joining us at House of Cards. Come back soon.

  6. Sorry to hear about your bad news. =(
    Your card is beautiful. I love that tip about using the dies for embossing. Very clever! So glad that you were able to join us at House of Cards!
    - Shauna

  7. Sorry a happy time crafting is shadowed but what a lovely card! Thanx for joining us at House of Cards, good luck! John x

  8. Stunning card Heather I am sure your friends will appreciate the thought.
    Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspiration on our Clean & Simple challenge hugs Tania xx (DT)

  9. Sorry to hear about your bad news. This is a beautiful card, and I'm sure the recipient will love and appreciate it. Thanks for sharing with us at House of Cards!

  10. A very elegant CAS card,love the simple image an gorgeous bow,great tip about the embossing-sorry to hear about the bad news that got you in the craft room again though-thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  11. Beautiful card Heather, I adore that sponged background for the wheat! Great interpretation of the sketch! Thanks so much for playing along with us at HOC, please come back soon! Ruth x

  12. What a great Card such a subtle colour combination, thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspiration.
    Suzy B

  13. Absolutely stunning card, love the image and lovely colors. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie xx

  14. Sorry to hear about your friends' illnesses and I'm sure a card as beautiful as this will certainly cheer them up! Thanks for joining in the challenge at House of Cards this week!

    Hugs, Vannessa
    HOC DT

  15. Sorry to hear of your friends illness. I had to make a sympathy card this week and didn't enjoy it much either...
    Very Pretty card.
    Thanks for entering AI this week for CAS. Good luck
    Carmen DT

  16. Very elegant card - so simple, but clean. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ August challenge!


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