Friday, April 22, 2011

Sending Springtime Smiles!

I made this card to send a happy hello to a girlfriend who I haven't seen in a while...I love the colours and am very happy with how it turned out...
I got some new toys and got to try one of them out!  The Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix.  I have mentioned before that I'm pretty new to cardmaking so this is my first embossing/die-cutting machine and I absolutely LOVE it!  My mom has a Cuttlebug and says sometimes she finds it hard to turn the crank and since I have a pretty bad case of tendonitis, I am really glad I got an electric machine.  Sometimes my tendonitis is so bad that it hurts to hold a Starbucks or even to hold down buttons..luckily, the button one holds down to operate the Vagabond doesn't require much pressure and it only takes a few seconds to run everything through so it doesn't agrivate my tendonitis at all...Plus, one can only use such a machine so much...unless they're making wedding invitations or something... :)

Earlier, when I published this post, I was in a hurry to get out the door but, wanted to make sure I had entered this card into the 9pm PST (12am EST) deadline for the CR84FN challenge since I knew I wouldn't be home in time.  So, I published this post without really finishing it...I have now added a Supply list at the bottom.  Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Easter long weekend!

So, here is my card:

Another Update:
I recently watched this bow-tying tutorial that Dana from Dana's Inspirations did and shared on her blog.  I'm not very good at tying bows and found this very helpful.  The bow on this card was my first attempt at this technique and I think it went well :)
I don't know if this is a common technique among card-makers but, I found it really useful (especially since I was using the non-polka-dot side of polka-dot ribbon) so, I thought I'd share...
Dana is absolutely AMAZING with COPICS and also has several other tutorials here.  
Thanks, Dana, for the wonderful tutorials!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Supply List:
DSP: DCWV - Linen Closet 12x12 Paper Stack
Card Stock: Stampin Up - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake; Bazzill - Grasscloth - Rain (I think)
Stamps: Stampin Up - Easter Blossoms
Tools: Punch: Stampin Up: Scallop Trim Border Punch; Embossing Folder: Stampin Up - Square Lattice
Embellishments: Ribbon: Stampin Up 5/8" Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon - Soft Suede (polka-dot only on one side, used reverse); Twine: Unknown; Adhesive Pearls: Kaisercraft: Bliss (Light Blue)


june lanum

your card is lovely, I really like the detailed work on the inside. Thanks for visiting my blog, good luck in the drawing.


Beautiful card, I love the silhouette stamp, I want all that range from Hero Arts lol!! Love the embossed background and the gorgeous ribbon. Happy Easter xx


Thanks Ladies!
It is a lovely stamp, isn't it? It's actually, "Easter Blossoms", by Stampin' Up!
I think I need to season the stamp to get a better image but, I'm pretty new to stamping and have not had the best of luck with that, lol..
I was in a hurry to leave the house this evening but, wanted to publish this post in time to enter my card for the CR84FN challenge therefore, I published it even though it wasn't totally complete. I will be adding a supplies list, etc.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you both have a wonderful Easter!


This is so beautiful! I love the image and textured background - stunning!! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!


Woo hoo on the Vagabond!! Ages ago I decorated one of those really old suitcases and his machine reminds me so much of it! And wow g/f!! That bow is perfect!! Isn't it an easy technique?? Thanks so much for the shout out!!

Mona L. Pendleton

What a pretty card Naomi! Such a darling stamped image and love the patterned paper! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN :)

Thanh Vo

Wowzers! You sure did make a Stampin' Up purchase girly. Congrats on getting a Tim Holtz machine - I havent played with it yet, but I'm sure it's fantastic.


Thanks for all of the lovely comments, ladies!

Thanh: Yes, I did get A LOT of Stampin Up stuff...I already had some of their stuff but, sold a bunch of PartyLite on Craigslist and recovered A LOT of money which of course went towards cardmaking supplies, LOL...this is really just the tip of the iceburg...I put in a BIG order and I also have bought a lot of their stamp sets second hand through Craigslist....
So far, I'm LOVING the Vagabond but, like I said, it's the only embossing/die-cutting machine that I've used (other than the Cricut which of course, doesn't emboss)...

Shannon White

Wow Miss Naomi! This is sooo Gorgeous! Love how you worked this sketch and colors! Just Fabulous!