Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blog Hop & Give Aways

Hello, there! Today, I'm apart of the
My Favorite Things Stamps
and
Buttons Galore & More
blog hop.

Today I have a cute card project featuring Buttons Galore & More and MFT Stamps products. If you haven't browsed the MFT catalog over on their website, you really should. It's filled with fun images, sentiments, and one of my favorite tools: dies! It was nearly impossible to choose which one I wanted to work with today, but I finally decided on Botanical Beauty. What I love most about these flower dies is that there are so many combinations that you can use to create numerous looks. You could use the die cuts individually or stack them to create a layered look which is what I did this time...


The first thing I do when I start a project is to create a color palette. I usually stick with it, but sometimes I do change as I go along. Here you can see the color palette that I developed after pulling out a few papers and embellishments. The dies used today are from MFT Stamps, brads from Buttons Galore & More, and the rest of the crafting supplies from Lilly Belle's Paperie.
(You can find individual supply links throughout this entry and at the bottom of this post.)

And here's what I did to make the card...

1. To make the flower embellishment, layer your die according to the manufacturer's instructions in your cutting machine with a piece of vintage netting on top of the patterned paper, so that you create an embossed textured look to your flowers. This will not cut through the netting, so you can use it again for another project later!


2. Next, trim your base card (Lemonade cardstock) to 4.25"x5.5" and fold in half. Trim the Kraft cardstock to 4"x5.25", and the polkadot patterned paper to 3.75"x5". Another piece of Lemonade cardstock will be trimmed to 2.75"x4" and a piece of numeric patterned paper to 2.5"x4". The length of ribbon needed is 5.5". Your cut pieces should layer nicely as shown in the photo below.


3. Next, you'll want to add a small amount of adhesive to the back of the polkadot patterned paper and attach it to the Kraft cardstock in order to hold it in place while you add decorative stitching around the edge. If you don't want to sew on your card, you can fully adhere the polkadot and Kraft layers together at this point.

4. Next, layer the numeric strip on top of the Lemonade strip and attach to the polkadot patterned paper. I don't use any extra adhesive on the ribbon because I don't want to waste anything. I also never know if I'll decide to throw on a bow or knot later, so it saves in the area of deconstruction later too. You can see in these next two photos that I just secure the ribbon tails to the adhesive that I will be using to secure the card front to the Lemonade card base.



5. With the card band finished and attached to the card front and base, you can now decorate the front of the card. Normally, I would not attach the card front to the base until I am completely finished, but I knew at this point that I would not be poking anything else through my card, so I felt confident that I could seal it up while keeping the inside of the card clean.

6. The final step is to decorate the card front. I attached my flower layers to the far right with a cute chipboard button and some twine added to the center. Then I added three jazzy brads (with the prongs cut off) using glue dots, and finally my sentiment. I hope you enjoy this card!

Here's the finished card all cute & ready to give to your special loved one...


And here's a list of the participating blogs in today's hop including the design team members from MFT Stamps and Buttons Galore & More:


And don't forget, MFT will GIVE AWAY two MFT Gift Certificates for the blog hop. One $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from commenters on the MFT Designers' blogs and one $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from the commenters on the Buttons Galore Designers' blogs.  Buttons Galore & More will also give away two $25 button assortments the same way, so leave comments on all of the blogs participating in the hop. Winners will be chosen all over the place! I think I may even have a special something to give away to a random commenter and Google reader right here on my blog... Deadline to comment will be on July 29.

Additional Supply Links & Coupone Code Below:
Use the coupon code JULYCLEARANCE for 15% off at Lilly Belle's Paperie.

52 comments:

Victoria Pollard said...

just a darling card

Angie said...

Gorgeous card!!! TFS all the photos! Beautiful embellishments!

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

Love your card and paper buttons seem to be forgotten way to much.

G said...

absolutely love your card - really like the stitching

Vicki said...

What a great card. Love your detail. Thanks.

Carla F said...

I particularly like the stitching on your cards, and also that you vary the stitch. Although you seem to do it in the same way on other cards, so I wonder if it might be a signature for you to place the larger couple of stitches where you do? I also liked that you removed the prongs from brads, and used glue dots to secure them. I noticed that you stitched over ribbon. I wonder if that was to secure the ribbon, or just a decorative touch, or both? Thank you for sharing.

Carla F said...

It took me a while to figure out how and where to leave a comment. It would be nice to have the link larger, and more clear. I just guessed that I might be able to leave a comment where I could read them. thank you

Amanda R said...

This is so pretty, love how you have incorporated so many different elements.

Jess said...

very pretty card! TFS!

Cyndi said...

Lovely colors and great stitching and embellishments.

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Love the colors and how you used different stitches - it really sets it off!

Pamela Harrington said...

Oh Yes!! I'm going to use your idea of using the netting when cutting out the die! Nice touch! TFS ~ Cute card :)

Sue Ann said...

MY DEAR is right ~ this is BEAUTIFUL!! All the elements are pulled together SO beautifully. What a way to wake up with such a beautiful card on this blog hop!!!

Megan said...

The card is so pretty! I love the colors. I must say, that precious baby in your blog title is just gorgeous!

Stacy said...

This card is awesome. I love love the ribbon you used.

wendy said...

whow terrific card, so pretty

Vesna said...

Very pretty card. Thank you for step-by-step photos. :)

Nonni said...

WoW! Love your layering in this card. Also fun to read about your process. Thanks!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful

Thelma said...

Beautiful card! Stitching looks great and the pattern paper color combo is perfect!!

Janet said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love your project.

Cindi Flass said...

Gorgeous! I love the flowers and the stitching.

Angel said...

So very sweet and pretty!!! Great details!!

Casey said...

This card is Beautiful! I love the colors!!!

Brenda S said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is so pretty! Love the die cuts and I LOVE the stitching!

Queen Mary said...

Beautiful!

Melody said...

This is just darling! Love the lettering.

Kim said...

What a sweet card!

Laura Bray said...

I'm always challenged by layers. Thanks so much for the visual walk-through.

niki said...

Your such a DEER great project.

JAVAGIRL said...

!!What a beautiful card all the eleme.ts r perfectly

Rosie Gustafson said...

Very cute card, love the flowers.

Estivalia said...

Hi Laura! Your card, as always, look AMAZING! and I loved the little peek into your work process :)

I start pretty much the same, first I choose a patterned paper that I like to be the main focus and then grab matching/contrasting embellishments and papers. Then the card takes a life on its own lol.

tanja said...

This card is awesome

MsMad said...

cute card
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Tracey said...

So pretty!!!

Amber Milone said...

Really pretty card. I love the ribbons and the stitching!

Marsha said...

What a lovely card.

mycreativestateofmind said...

I love buttons!!! Very cute card. I really like that you showed the "behind the scene" type pictures. Awesome job!!!

Sue D said...

Wonderful card--I like the stitching.

Megan McDonald said...

Great card, love the stiching a very cool element of the crad.

Natalie said...

Beautifully done!

maryanns said...

Thanks for giving us detailed directions on the creation of your card. The flowers are absolutely adorable, and I love the brads you selected to use.

Rachael Francis said...

I love the colours you used on this project. The layers and different textures all make this card all that beautiful.

Janneke said...

Amazing card ;o)

Vicki said...

Such a cute card with the darling buttons. Hang in there for nursing school. It's all worth it.

Emily said...

Love it!

Emily said...

Love it! Great layers and I love the stitching.

zehra said...

This is lovely, great stitching and colors

Camille Short said...

I love your buttons!

Clare D. said...

I love this card. I am so pinning it for a scraplift later! thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com