Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Spring "Pure Contentment" Easel Card

Thank goodness is it Spring!  Last night I actually heard the "Sping Peepers."  I love working in my garden and seeing all my Daffodils and Tulips start to burst free of the ground!  This card I designed for   Starr's Card Challenge over at Bella Creation.  I of course titled it after the challenge over at 365 Cards.  It was greatly inspired in part by the challenge over at Paper Sundaes Challenge #63 Spring Blossoms.    I just recently found some more fun Challenge sites:  The Shabby Tea RoomThe Pink ElephantabcdtchallengeFlourishes and Ooh La La creations ( kind of like our Bella group).  I entered this card in their challenges too.  Super fun! I started off with some Awesome images from  Karen the Graphics Fairy.  
Here are the images I started out with.
I just cropped out the goldfinch and flipped him.
My Peeps know I have a thing for Roses  :-)
I spent some time deleting the background and getting rid of the horseshoe shape (since I didn't need that part).
I used my Silhouette SD machine to find the outline of the images...and then printed them on my printer.  I used the images to create a "Shaped" Easel card.  Here is the how the sheet looks prior to my machine cutting it out.
You can see the three "L" shaped black lines.  These are called Registration marks.  The Silhouette SD machine reads these marks, so it knows where to cut out your images.  Smart little toy!
Here are the pieces after I pulled them off the mat.  I made the Easel card base like I normally can see this How to post.  I did use my Silhouette to cut out the shaped blue piece.  Here is the finished card below (closed).
Woo Hoo!  That says SPRING!  Welcome Spring to be exact!  How fun!  Below is a photo of the card in the Easel position.
All kinds of Springy goodness going on in this card!
Lets start with the inking of the edges with Tumbled Glass.  I used Versa Magic Perfect Plumeria Chalk ink to stamp on my flower background stamp, that I carved.  I inked the rest of the pieces with vintage photo by Ranger.
I used an antique button, because that is one of my favorite things to use...along with the gold beading wire.  I used the glass seed beads to create my own that was a challenge (create your own flourish).  I used Art Glitter Glue which is the best!  It holds super well, and dries pretty quick!  I used it to apply glitter to all the roses and leaves.  The Glitters I used are ultra fine by both Art Glitter and Martha Stewart.  I used Yellow on the two pieces of Dusty Attic (upper right, and the word "delicate."  
I used Perfect medium with UTEE on the Goldfinch, "Welcome Spring" and Easter Rabbit.  BTW..the Easter Bunny image I created from some images from the Graphic Fairy and Gecko Galz.  Here is the original.

 He is removable.  I did flip the image, and paste it to the back, so he is double sided, and can be used as a book mark.  The leaves and light turquoise rose are by Prima.  Here is a photo with the Bunny removed.
Thanks so much for your visit!


  1. Gorgeous! Love the glitter on the flowers, they really stand out. The bookmark bunny is a great idea. I'm going to have to remember that one.

  2. that for me????? : )

  3. Wow this card is so gorgeous! Your attention to detail always amazes me, and even on such a small venue, the detail is incredible.

  4. Anonymous4:21 PM

    You do such pretty work, Heather! And oh my, you sure give such a good deatiled tutorial. I don't know why but it drives me crazy to give a tutorial. Makes me feel like i"m gonna climb out of my skin1 Ha!

    Thanks for coming by my place. I'll show the tag I made for sSndy once she gets it. My sweet husband told me that it was so cute that there's no way he would give it away. Sweet, huh? He's so supportive of me.

    Come by anytime! I love to make new friends. ♥

  5. This is glorious Heather, love it so much!

  6. Wow, Heather, that's a lot a details on one card and I say it fits the "pure contentment" challenge perfectly. Thanks for playing along in the challenge this week at 365 Cards and can't wait to see what you do next week!
    Aloha, Kim Mc
    365 Cards DT

  7. wow that is a gorgeous card.......they are not easy to make either! After making just a few I have a true appreciation for card makers.

  8. Absolutely beautiful, Heather! I love the bling and how you used the digital elements to make a lovely card!

  9. very cool! All the elements work together so well!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

    Alica ;)

  10. I'm very impressed with your digi skills ... wish I knew how to manipulate digi files like that - WOW! TFS in the Tea Room :)

  11. WOW, thats pretty cool! Thanks for joining us at the Shabby Tea Room this week!

  12. Hey Heather- I was thrilled to see your name up there at ABC Challenge, glad you joined us. This card is fabulous, springy, vintage, all so wonderful.

  13. Lovely creations! Thanks for joining us at ABC!

  14. You showed me something new with digis...never realized how much you could do and aren't you the wiz. Thanks for playing along with ABC DT Challenge.

  15. It's definitely not Spring here yet but it felt like it with all the flowers and the cute cute bunnies here! SO glad you uploaded 3 spring goodies for us at Paper Issues; hope you'll be back!!!

  16. What a fun and vibrant Easter card! Thanks for playing with us at Flourishes!

  17. Wow! Very interesting and a beautiful result! Thank you for sharing this for Flourishes challenge!

  18. What a fab card colours are gorgeous
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  19. Oh so pretty!! TFS with TPE!!! Hugs-LORi B.

  20. Wow! So many fabulous elements! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Ooh La La.


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