Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs - Valentines & Thanks for Being There Cards

This week I have created two cards using the Cheery Lynn Designs dies.  However, this is not my original project.  I had one of those weeks where everything went pear shaped. My cat, Ms Malinki opted to dip her paw into my near empty coffee cup sitting on my work area - alas, even though only a little coffee was in the cup, it managed to tip and seep, into my whole layout.  I normally never leave my drinks around, but sadly I did.  A valuable lesson learned!!

So it was back to the drawing board for me, and a heart breaking moment of putting a near completed layout into the bin.  I opted to create some cards with several of the beautiful and intricate dies Cheery Lynn Designs released this month.  Firstly, a Valentines card in black and white. I was going to do red, but everyone does red and I like being a little different (my friends say 'odd').

I used the Francesca & Queen Anne's Lace border dies to create borders on the bottom edge of the card.  I double layered the Francesca so it really stood out.  Two of Hearts was used as a base for the floral arrangement, which consists of Cuties 2, Cuties 3, the smallest leaf from the Small Dimensional Leaves and Olive Branches.  Of course, I had to complete the front of the card using the most popular and pretty Mini Butterflies

The edges of some of the die cuts were inked using distress inks.  I used Kaisercrafts 'i love you' stamp and several bling pieces to highlight the butterflies.  On the inside of the card, I used the Sweetheart Frame which I adjusted a little (cut into an oblong, instead of square) so a sentiment could easily be written inside.  I really wanted to hand stitch the card, but used a white gel pen instead to create stitching lines.

My second card was constructed using several of the Oval Stacker series, both in original and Scalloped. The Polynesian Sails Oval and Polynesian Sails Oval Angel Wing was used on the outside of the card to decorate.  The pretty die cut from the inside of the Polynesian Sails was used on the inside of the card.  The sentiment was stamped onto the French-Flair Classic die cut.  Silk ribbon that I hand-dyed myself was used to decorate both outside and inside the card.  Stitching lines were added using a black and white gel pen.  Bling was added to highlight the Polynesian Sails Oval.

Dies Used:

This weeks challenge on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog is "Dry Embossing" - you can find all the details "HERE".  As well as being in the chance of winning a $20 voucher, this week CutCardStock are also offering a $30 shopping voucher to a random winner.  How generous is that!  So get your entries in as you could be a winner, of not only some great dies, but also card stock!

Have a great, and creative week


Adriana B said...

Wow sandie, I just love your cards, especially the oval one, so pretty and delicate, I like the black one too. :)

Maggie Armstrong said...

Those small leaves are amazing. That die might have to find it's way to my house! I love how you photograph and edit your pics to look soft and ethereal - can you share how you do this? Oh, BTW - 'odd' should always be interpreted as 'highly creative!'

Carole said...

Sandie, I love both cards and I can't pick just one. The dies in the black and white are definitely intricate. I still haven't sent for the Olive Branches and I think that's my next one to order. Awesome work with your gel pen, definitely looks hand stitched. I can't seem to keep up with all the new dies so I like to come visit and see which ones really summon me. As always, thank you Sandie for your encouraging comments. I love when you visit. Carole xoxoxo

Shayne Simpson Geraldton W.A. said...

I love both of these cards, but , if I had to pick just one it would be the black and white one . It so appeals to me with the contrasting dies,bits and pieces you always seem to put together.Absolutely beautiful.

Stampin D Amour said...

WOW Sandie!!! These are so gorgeous!!! You are so talented and have such a good eye for bringing together all of the elements to create a beautiful card! xo

-pamela :)

Sandie Edwards said...

Hi Ladies, thanks for your lovely comments ... I really appreciate hearing from you. Maggie, can you contact me via the my profile, I will then email you a reply with your question regarding my photographs. I'll also post to your blog, as not sure if you have notifications with my blog comments.

Carole, you will love the Olive Branches die, it is my very favourite next to the Fanciful Flourish. So many ways to use the die cut!!! I called into your blog yesterday - but sadly we are in the middle of a heatwave here and my internet connection keeps dropping out. No relief in sight either regarding our heat... icky stuff!!