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:
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:
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)