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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sentiment as main feature

This card almost ended up in the bin - several times.
It started out with me not finding my big, bold LOTV sentiments. They're therr, somewhere, in my creative chaos room. So I opted for a sentiment from Marianne, it comes in different parts, this was the first time I used them all together. I stamped it with purple ink. I wanted to make something folkloric like, but for that I should have heat set the sentiment. So change of heart. I took out some yellow and a gold gelato. The gold was a mistake, big time. Toss it? No, had to try and cover it up by adding purple gelato and adding a coat of gesso. The stamping around the edges is also part of that cover up job, I used a leaf and flower stamp from Fiskars (NBUS) and used brown, green, orange and red inks. I let it all dry before I added Perfect Pearls for a shimmery look and made my liquid pearls. I attached the panel onto a panel of gold mirri card and attached it to a black card base.

This card is for:
Twofers - #26 Stamped sentiment as main feature
City Crafter Challenge - #325 It's all about You
Crafty Creations - #322 Words/Letters on the Background
Darnell's NBUS Challenge - #7

Saturday, August 27, 2016

More scraps used...

Hello! Today I'm sharing my card for the new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this time it's a COLOR challenge.
I'm still focusing on using scraps, I will not let myself cut into any new, untouched DPs just yet, I want to see the pile of scraps being reduced a bit more. I had already colored up my image with Promarkers and started my hunt in one of three large boxes of scraps to find papers in green and brown shades, I found several. So I chose a few in different patterns that were the right size to cover an A2 panel. I die cut a tag for the sentiment ("Today is your day") and attached it with string to the frog's wrist. Three wooden stars were added. Zigzag stitching.

This card is also for:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #162 For A Man + A Sentiment
Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Tags
Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #360 Make It Digital (digi image)
Polkadoodles - #34 Something Beginning with F or Anything Goes (frog)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rainy bear

Hello! I'm here to show you my DT card with an "Oldie but Goodie" image from the Bugaboo store.
I saw this sketch and thought it suited my new goal of using more scraps before I will let myself cut into any new, untouched DPs. I had already colored up my image and started my hunt in one of three large boxes of scraps. Cough, hm yes, I'm embarrased to say I have that much scraps available, but I'm quite the DP addict, even though I've enjoyed making my own backgrounds lately... So I went on a hunt for something yellow, blue and red and had no trouble finding these colored papers in my stash.
I tied my string a bit differently than in the sketch because I didn't want to cover up the image. And I chose a red button to balance with the red Dymo made sentiment.
The weather in Oslo feels like something in between summer and autumn, which I think my card does too.

This card is also for:
Retro Sketches - #228 Sketch
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a Stamp or Digi
Sparkles Forum Challenges - #83 Lots of Layers

Saturday, August 20, 2016

For a baby girl

I was invited to be a Guest Designer over at Challenge Up Your Life for their new challenge, which is all about babies. For some reason I don't see my card up on their blog but decided to show you this now on my blog anyway, as it was made with other challenges in mind as well.

I started out picking out a few scrap papers from Maja Design to be used with my "Mini Perfect Patches" die from Memory Box. Then I used dies from Lawn Fawn to make the little hearts and the banner with sentiment, stamped with a Kaisercraft stamp.
The duck, rabbit and rattle are made with Lawn Fawn stamps. I stamped directly onto DP leftovers. I also added one button with a little string bow.

This card is also made with these challenges in mind:
Cards in Envy - Squares
Creative With Stamps Challenge -  #5 Geometric
Inkspirational - #115 Patterned Paper
Dream Valley Challenges - Pink

Monday, August 15, 2016

Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - take #3

I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. We're supposed to make 4 cards out of the kit and we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple and fun. It was my turn to make a kit and I chose elements of "Feathers & Wings". My kit contained two die cut feathers, a dream catcher, a fairy and a stamped image of two birds. 1 DP from Marianne, 1 unknown with script, one white whith engraved flower pattern, silver mirri card and a heat embossed piece of vellum with script. Sequins, pearls and bling, gold metal thread, silver thread and white string.
Here's a photo of the kit:


Card#1: Feathers
Here I used the embossed vellum, feathers and white string. I colored the feathers with gelatos. I added a sentiment "For You" and sequins. Stitching around the edges.
This card is for: Creative Knockouts - #154 Sew It Up



Card#2: Fairy
Here I used the engraved floral paper, mounted onto the silver mirri card, the fairy, sequins and gold metal thread. I heat embossed the fairy with gold EP and frantage.The sentiment translates something like "Frinds are as valuable as gold".
This card is for: Glitter n Sparkle - #201 Anything Goes



Card#3: Dream Catcher
Here I used the grey paper with script, the dream cather a pearl and a bling. The dream catcher is heat embossed with silver.
This card is for: Brown Sugar - #211 Anything Goes



Card#4:Love Birds
The image was embossed with clear EP then colored with Promarkers. I also used the silver thread and DP from my kit, as well as a die cut swirl, lace and flowers from my stash.
This card is for: Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #358 Hip To Be Square


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hot flashes

Over at Twofers the theme this fortnight is THE HEAT IS ON. I struggled finding an idea for this theme and a rubber/clear stamp that would work (obviously forgot about the possibility of hot drinks...), but I came over this uninked wooden stamp in my stash (from AI?) and though it looked like she was troubled with hot flashes. So I colored her with Promarkers, fussy cut her and made a scene with papers for a wall paper and floor.
The sentiment is in Norwegian and it translates something like this: "Inside of every older person there's a young person wondering what happened". Thats' s true isn't it? Sometimes we all still feel like young girls. I used my stitched oval dies from Dienamics to cut the sentiment.
JAI #324...Inspiration!I machine stitched around the edges.

This card is for:
Twofers - #25 The heat is on

Just Add Ink – #324 Inspiration (floral "wall paper" wooden floor)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Feathers on paint background

My card today is made with a sketch and a color scheme as main inspiration sources. I started die cutting the feathers. There was actually 4 of them, but the 4th one didn't fit in on the panel. Next I colored the feathers using blue, brown and white gelatos, brown DI and some frantage with blue shimmer. Then I stamped a sentiment onto the white card base. But I didn't feel right, it feld bland and empty ut not CAS. I left the project for a couple of hours, made the brown panel with another project in mind, but decided to try it with the feathers on. The brown panel was made with paint and I just pressed a stamp with circles (from Kaisercraft) into the paint on the panel (my dip element for Inkspirational), I think it gave the panel a textured look. I heat embossed a sentiment and tore the edges of the paper. Now, this card is more CAS than what I usually make, but I don't know if there enough "space" for this card to qualify as CAS? I'll leave that for you to decide:)

 This card is for:
CAS(E) This Sketch! - #184 Sketch
Less Is More - #288 Blue & Brown
Inkspirational - #114 DIP
Happy Little Stampers - AG with dies August

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Flowers and Cake

When I've got too many ideas in my head nothing ever goes as planned. I've been in my craft room for almost 5 hours and this is the only thing finished yet. A lot of half made projects waiting to be finished, wrong for what I had in mind, so I need some time away before I can continue and finish them up without the original design idea "clouding" my work. That ever happens to you?
The flowers I had made for another challenge, but they ended up here, with cake and spots and stripes as my primary inspiration sources. They are made with stamps from Prima. I also added a fabric one, along with 2 roses from my stash, I added glass glitter to them.
The image is a NBUS from Stamping Bella, colored with Promarkers. The image was cut with a stitched Dienamics die, and I used a bigger sized one to emboss the background paper.
Flowers were colored with gelatos and DIs, they got liquid pearls too.  A few sequins, a sticker sentiment saying "best wishes".
The background was made with gesso, red, pink and white gelatos. The stripes were added with a stencil, the spots were stamped (Kaisercraft stamp). White mist. Stitching around the edges.

This card is for:
City Crafter Challenge - #323 I gained a Stone (baking) or Photo Inspiration
Allsorts - #375 Spots & Stripes
Just Add Ink - #323 Just Add F (flowers)
Inky Chicks - #70 Use 5 or more Flowers (I used 7) 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Soldier freebie

Today I've got a tag to show you featuring this week's Freebie Friday image-  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

I colored the image with Promarkers. The background was made using one of the "due date library cards" I got from Mimi. I covered it with with white gesso beafore I covered the front with green gelatos. The smudge in the middle was made using a splatter stamp from a stamp set I got from Donna. I was trying out using my gelatos with water for stamping for the first time. It didn't quite come out as planned, but I was lucky this time - smudge suits better than splatters here. I also randomly stamped some words on the background.

I machine stitched around the edges using really small stitches, added an eyelet, ribbon and twine.

Wishing you alll a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Three Martinis - Floor

When I first saw this stamp I knew I had to have it. I love the fairy's curves and more mature style. So I colored her with Promarkers and gave her grey hair.
CYCI#131 Color ChallengeI added glossy accent to the rose in her hair and the martini glass and used WoS on her wings, which is almost impossible to capture in a photo.


I was inspired by the sketch over at Sunday Stamps for the layout and the colors of CYCI. I embossed light yellow card stock and used a strip of DP with spots (Kaisercraft). Stamped the sentiment that comes with the image, added the fairy onto a die cut stitched circle and decorated with 3 grey enamel dots.


This card is for:
Sunday Stamps - #132 Sketch
Can You Case It - #131
Cards in Envy - Wings

Monday, August 1, 2016

Color Q #352

Color challenges haven't been my favorites, I've always loved seeing the entries of such challenges, but haven't really participated myself. But now I'm hooked! It forces me to use my stash and try out color schemes I wouldn't have thought of myself. https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Wd8JC75rOOk/V5hUGv5D1xI/AAAAAAABE80/drdQRmwB8-cKk3ryrzlLtV8lgqSBWCywgCLcB/s400/CQC_352.jpgThis color scheme was really challenging. The background is made of two shades of gelatos to ressemble the saffron and orange, but I also added 3 orange enamel dots.
I tried to replicate the rose red and rich razzleberry on the flowers and the stenciled stripes, but I might be a bit off. My purple flower looks more blue in the photo, but IRL it's defintely purple. I used a gelato and brusho, but while watercoloring the edges get lighter.
I stitched a border with white thread and heat embossed the sentiment in white as well.

This is for Color Q challenge #352

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Yellow, Peach and Pink

I made this card in just over an hour's time today, a rare one for me! I had decided I wanted to use the color scheme from Color Throwdown, using Gelatos in shades I think ressembles the yellow, peach and pink og the image. The panel was first covered with gessol. After adding the colors and blending I added a new coat of gesso. The thing about this is that when I spray on water and rub off the excess I also remove some of the gesso and I do like the uneven color effect it gives. Then I ran the panel through an embossing folder and splattered a bit of clear shimmery mist for sparkle.
My unkinked Stamping Bella was colored with Promarkers, her dress is peach and I drew white gel pen flowers on it. I machine stitched around the edges, added three pearls and a die cut panel with a birthday greeting.

I was inspired by these challenges where I'll participate:
Color Throwdown - #403
Shopping Our Stash - #262 A Stitch In Time

Cardz 4 Galz - #27 No Patterned Paper

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Walking in winter wonderland

I'm so behind on my Christmas cards this year, but today I've got one to share with you.
The image is a stamp from Crafty Individuals. I stamped with black ink on kraft and clear embossed it. I saw a video where someone used their gelatos to color, just adding a bit of water to the gelato and using a brush, so I tried that. I think the white came out really nicely. I distressed the edges and added gesso. White frantage for snow.
I mounted the panel onto a snow embossed background sent to me by Monika - thank you Monika - and to make it square I used 2 strips of Maja DP and lace bought on a trip abroad.
I used part of a stamp to make "merry" and a die for "Christmas". The lamp post is made with a Memory Box die. I covered the sentiment and lamp post die cuts with EP, and I used make snowpen on the lamps.

This card is for:
Fab 'n' Funky - #315 Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas in July
Challenge Up Your Life - #46 Christmas in July
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog
Rudolph Day - July 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Recycled library card with flowers

I've had my gelatos for close to a year, brushos maybe 6 months, but as usual with me new stuff needs to stay on my desk for a while before they get used. Once I did use them it didn't turn out looking like any of the gorgeous stuff others make. So leaving them, thinking, looking at blogs, videos, thinking a bit - THEN they're put to use again. And this time around I'm quite happy with the look.
I used an old library card sent to me by Mimi - thanks Mimi - and this is what I did with it: one layer of gesso, 3 shades of blue and purple gelatos, new coat of gesso, circle stencil from Tim Holtz and purple DI, a few splatters made with blue brusho. 3 stamps used on the background, using blue and black ink and gold EP.
Added 2 flowers made with a Prima stamp an gold EP, colored with blue brusho. Pearls, gold metal string and a gold embossed congratulations sentiment.
Mounted the library card onto a paper with engraved floral pattern with a kind of mother of pearl shine.

This card is for:
Creative With Stamps Challenge - #4 - Ink Splatters
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media - Recycle (library card)
Creatalicious Challenges - #95 Anything Goes/option flowers

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tea Bag Holder

It's Monday and it's my time to share an "Anything but a card"  project over at Catch the Bug.

I used one of Jodie's coffee themed images - Coffee Time - Espresso Yourself - but I actually think these cups works for a tea theme as well, so I made a tea bag holder.

I added thin patterned paper onto panels of kraft. The image was placed onto a die cut Spellbinders frame. Colored the image with Promarkers in red and pink to match the paper.
I added a lace sticker border, washi tape and pink semabinding ribbon and attached a metal silver spooon. To be able to remove the top more easily to fill the box with tea bags I added a metal brad to the lid.

This is also for Allsorts - #373 Anything but a card

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Getting messy with gelatos and brushos

Normally I do struggle with color challenges, but this one came together without too much struggle. It's been made over the course of 4 days as I've only had a free moments here and there to craft.

I started making my background on a piece of brown paper, which I covered with gesso before using gelatos, new layers og gesso and some blue brusho.

I heat embossed the flower (from a Tim Holtz stamp set) with white EP on watercolor paper, then colored the flower using purple brusho and fussy cutting it. Finally I added gold liquid pearls and some gold metal string I shaped into leaves.

Then I returned to the background, heat embossing two flowers with white EP and a birthday greeting in gold. Distressed the edges before attaching the panel to my A2 card base.


This card is for:
ColourQ - #351 Color Challenge
Cards und More - # 163 Embossing
Twofers - #24 A girl's best friends (flowers and gold)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Color - Christmas in July - Day 7

Today is the final day of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. 1 week, 7 challenges, different prizes - you can read more about it here.

Today it's time for a color challenge. Those are the ones I find the most tricky, but I seemed to have all the colors in my collection of DIs so I decided to use them for water coloring. I used a cropped version of today's Bugaboo freebie image - I tend to forget that's an option.
After having colored by image I used a Tim Holtz die to make the background, I used a Lawn Fawn sentiment stamped with red ink and added 3 sequins from my stash.

This card is also for:
Challenge Up Your Life - #45 Watercolor (W1 of 2)
Addicted to Stamps and More - #202 Make Your Mark
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Make your own background

Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - take #2

I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. We're supposed to make 4 cards out of the kit and we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple and fun.

Marina sent us a kit she named "seaside stories" and it's perfect for summer.  The kit contained 3 DPs, 2 stamped images and lots of die cuts. I did use most of the set, and the items I didn't use now will be used for future projects for sure.


1) Mermaid
From Marina: the mermaid and 3 white buttons
I started heat embossing the mermaid in gold. The background was embossed, I used blue brusho and a blue and white mist, coated with frantage. Used a die from Memory Box to make the waves using a gold paper and frantage. Cheese cloth for a bit of texture. Machine stitching around the edges.
This card is for:
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with dies


2) To the beach 
From Marina: the DP and stamped woman
I colored the woman with Promarkers and a white fel pen and fussy cut it.
I made a scene of torn kraft paper, used a Dienamics scalloped die and used the negatives to make the sea. Used my own stamps for the sentiment and the postmark as well as a Memory Box die to make the seashells and starfish. Machine stitching around the edges.
This card is for:
Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #354 Summer Days


3) Boats:
From Marina: the DPs, anchor and twine.
As soon as I saw this DP with boats I knew I wanted to use it for a panel together with the large anchor. I used the spotted paper as a border, tied the heat embossed anchor to the twine and used my dymo to make a simple sentiment.
This card is for:
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes: use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking


4) Sailing boat:
From Marina: the diecut frame, anchor and stamped sailing boat.
This card didn't turn out exactly as planned, as I messed up the biggest panel piece, it was supposed to be covered with silver stars, but it didn't turn out right. And when I decided to use the diecut birthday sentiment it felt more right to add some wooden ones, I allowed the blue panel show through, covered with WoS. I colored the word Birthday with a red Promarker. Used a Memory Box stencil to make the waves. The sailing boat is colored with Promarkers and a white gel pen.









Thursday, July 14, 2016

Photo - Christmas in July - Day 6

Today is day 6 of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. 1 week, 7 challenges, different prizes - you can read more about it here.

Today we have photo challenge for you. I was inspired by the sand and sea and the neat and clean feel of this photo.
I masked my Santa then started sponing with blue DI through a Memory Box stencil to make the waves. I colored the Santa and the sand and pebbles with Promarkers. Added two red sentiment stickers.
I've been trying to create a bit different styled Christmas cards this year and focusing on them being postage friendly, I believe that this one fits the bill.

This card is also for:
Inkspirational - #112 Anything Goes with Red
Allsorts - #371 One For The Boys
Cardz 4 Guyz  - #128 - Christmas in August
Cards und More - # 162 Summer Fun, Beach, Sea

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Recipe and funny - Christmas in July - Day 5

Today is the fifth day of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. One week, 7 challenges, different prizes are up for grab for those who enter one or all the challenges - you can read more about it here.

Today we want to see funny creations following the recipe of use scallops, bling and layers.
My choice was a Stella image. I had different plans for this card, so the image was printed on watercolor paper but I ended up using Promarkers, keeping to red, white and metallic colors. I used a Dienamics scallop border die, lace and ribbon from my stash, a metal decoration (from Mervi I believe) and some sequins and bling.

This card is also for:
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra  - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bingo - Christmas in July - Day 4

Today is the fourth day of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. One week, 7 challenges, different prizes are up for grab for those who enter one or all the challenges - you can read more about it here.

Today we're playing BINGO. And since Tuesday is New release day in the Bugaboo shop the designers have used the latest addition, as sweet little Christmas hedgehog.

I used the horizontal top row of ribbon, shiney (mirri card panels and brad) and embossing (the snowflakes on the bauble are heat embossed with silver EP). I added white glitter to the trimmings of the hat and the image was colored with Promarkers. Two DPs (Bo Bunny?) used and I machine stitched around the edges.

This card is also for:
The Glory of Christmas (The Christmas Challenge) - #88 Two or More Patterned Papers
Creative Knockouts - #149 Animal Antics
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes

Monday, July 11, 2016

Tag - Christmas in July - Day 3

Today is the third day of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. One week, 7 challenges, different prizes are up for grab for those who enter one or all the challenges - you can read more about it here.

Today's challenge is about making a tag. Every year I promise myself that I'm going to make all my gift tags, let's hope this year it becomes a reality... At least here is one.

I didn't overcomplicate things, just used a Dienamics tag die, covered the tag with a leftover piece of Maja Design paper, added 3 stickers with sentiments and a small Bugaboo image colored with Promarkers. Seambinding ribbon and suede string and voilà!

This tag is also for:
Crafting With An Attitude - Always Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - #27 Add a Ribbon or a Twine

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sketch - Christmas in July - Day 2

Today is the second day of the fun Christmas in July event over at Catch the Bug. One week, 7 challenges, different prizes are up for grab for those who enter one or all the challenges - you can read more about it here.

Today's challenge is a sketch. I kept my card flat and postage friendly, masking the image (colored with Promarkers, gold gel pen, stickles glitter glue and WOS) and heat embossing a Christmas sentiment before I started sponging the background with blue DI. I used scalloped border dies from Dienamics to cut the top and bottom before gluing them back in place. A few sequins and that's about it.

This card is also for:
ABC Christmas Challenge - 'N' is for No Rules
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Let's See a Christmas Tree and/or Make it Cute (I chose cute)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Flakes - Christmas in July - Day 1

Holiday's over, I've enjoyed three weeks of vacation and Monday it's back to work. It feels good.

It's time for my favorite event - Christmas in July - over at Catch the Bug. One week, 7 challenges, different prizes are up for grab for those who enter one or all the challenges - you can read more about it here. You don't need Bugaboo images to enter the challenges, but Jodie's having a sale - 50% off the entire Bugaboo store - if you want to get some.

My post is slightly delayed as un unplanned trip to IKEA was called for. Made it in and out in 20 minutes - is that a record or what!

Today's challenge is about snow - snowmen or snowflakes or both, it's up to you. I used a croppped version of the image snow friends and used non traditional colors, something I do very seldom.  I colored the image using a brush and my DI pads and I sponged the background. Before I did that I heat embossed the sentiment using clear EP. I added some glitter to the snowman's hat, added white frantage for snow and some sequins.



This card is also for:
Moving along with the Times - #24 NO Designer Papers
Inky Chicks - #69 Christmas in Summer
Crafty Boots - Christmas

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Teddy Love

Today I have two posts, my last ones for June, I'll be back in the beginning of July.

This is my DT card for "Loving Day" and the "Humor me Wednesday"-post over at Catch the Bug. The image is named Girl and Teddy Picture and is totally adorable.

I colored the image using Promarkers, fussy cut it and added stickles glitter on the frame.

I used some washi tapes and flowers from my stash, die cut a few golden hearts to make the leaves and a white one for the birthday greeting. I machine stitched around the edges.

This card is also for:
My Time to Craft - #322 Teddy Bears Picnic
Challenge Up Your Life - #43 Frame
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes for Kids

Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - take #1


I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. We're supposed to make 4 cards out of the kit and we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple and fun.

Nonni sent us the first kit, it contained 4 sheets of patterned papers, 1 dry embossed one and 2 heat embossed ones. And there were stamped flowers and leaves, sequins and bling. 
I sure had fun with Nonni's kit and here's what I made:

Card #1: A "just because" card
Everything on this card is from Nonni, a part from the embossed sentiment on vellum and the metal thread. I kept the colors limited, I only added Wink of Stella and colored a few details in with a golden gel pen. I used embossing powder similar to the color of the DP. The sentiment is in Norwegian, it's the definition of flower "FLOWER - a beautiful and unique gift from nature created for sharing".

Card #2: A birthday card
The die cut panel with sentiment and butterflies are my own, everything else comes from Nonni's kit. I so love the animal printed paper in blue!

Card #3: A "with sympathy" card
I loved this stamped paper and had a hard time cutting into it, afraid of ruining it, and I certainly didn't want to risk anything by inking. So I just cut it to make a panelled card, added a sympathy sentiment and a die cut rose.

Card #4: A card for a 50th birthday
I was a bit anxioussponging the embossed paper with red ink, but I didn't mess up. Added a strip of one of the patterned papers and made a square card. The flowers were colored with Promarkers and Wink of Stella. From my own stash I added some black lace, a die cut swirl and banners with DYMO sentiments.

I'd love to hear which card is YOUR favorite and why.