February 20, 2013

I NEED A HOME

I created this card for my Stamp-In workshop attendees to make last month. It features one of my all-time favorite Stampin' Up! sets, Apothecary Art.

Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise mesh together so well, and slipping in touches of Whisper White  make for a crisp and winning color combination.


Rather than forming the front of the card in a more traditional way where the focal point is mounted to the card front itself, I wanted to make the focal point alone serve as the card front.
I thought that by doing it this way would not only make it different, but also a bit more exquisite and feminine. And by having the solid Tempting Turquoise behind it provided the perfect backdrop.

My Big Shot proved to be very valuable to achieve this goal. Using two sizes of the Labels Collection Framelits (page 191) provided the basis. Placing the largest die from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (page 191) and allowing only a bit of it to show below the point of the frame added the perfect lacy look. And by finishing the edge of the Whisper White at the top with
the Finishing Touches Edgelits (page 190) balanced the look of the lace on the bottom.

To paint the roses, I used an Aqua Painter (page 178) to pick up color directly from my ink pads to act as the "paint". If your hands are strong enough, you can also squeeze the closed ink pad 
to transfer a puddle of color to the top inside of the lid to use with your Aqua Painter. My hands are weak from arthritis, so I am unable to exert enough pressure to do this, so I simply use the ink pad itself as my paint palette. Doing this does not seem to affect the ink pad whatsoever. 

The Thinking of You sentiment comes from the Curly Cute set (page 138). It's perfect on this card, don't you think?


N O W . . . . . .

To explain the title of this blog post, I Need a Home.

I would like to send this card to one of my readers. At this writing, I am at 62 Followers on 
my blog. It makes me so happy each time I find another Follower has been added! BIG SMILES. 
I am honored.

As soon as I achieve 75 Followers, I will randomly draw the writer of one of the comments made 
on this card post as the recipient of my Thinking of You card. 

To get 13 more Followers may take a bit of time (or not!), so be patient. As I said, the moment 
reach 75 Followers, the drawing will be done. And this little card will have a new home!

So, comment away. I LOVE hearing from you! 

Smiles.


56 comments:

  1. Beautiful card!!! I hope you get more followers soon because I would love the chance to win that card!! I am nominating you for a Liebster Award! Maybe that will give you a little more publicity and you can reach that 75 sooner! I will send you more information about it. Love your blog!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked the card, Cathy! :>)

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  2. See my post @ www.crosson5.blogspot.com for information on how to accept the award.

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    1. Thank you so so much, Cathy! I will be accepting the award in an upcoming post! :>)

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  3. Such a pretty card. Going to have to check if I'm following you or not.

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  4. The card is absolutely fabulous. I am your newest follower, visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

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    1. Oh, thank you! And THANKS for following! :>)

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  5. hi, i'm following the "fluster creative muster" hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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    1. Thanks for following, Bev. I visited your site and I am your newest follower. Your writing is pleasantly irreverent and I enjoy it! :>)

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  6. OK, I'm going to be today's new follower. Six Sisters mentioned you and I checked you out. Love that little card.

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  7. Sweet! I'm follower #69. :)

    Beautiful card! Very inspiring and I will have to case it. ;) BTW ... try using your elbow on the closed stamp pad to transfer ink to the lid. Just don't press so hard as to crack it, although I'm not sure we can crack Stampin' Up ink pad cases.

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    1. ooops ... #66, not #69. Must have had one of those moments,

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    2. Thank you so much for that awesome tip -- and for following me, Hilary! :>)

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  8. Yay! I'm #67...I like that number.

    Beautiful card...love the design and the blue/white color scheme.

    I'm stopping by to say 'hi' from Katherine's Favorite Things Thursday - better late than never.

    http://artpark78.com/blog1

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Yona! :>)

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  9. Linda that card is amazing! I have to be brutally honest though...I am not an admirer of aqua and turquoise and mint green, so at first, I was turned off by the colors. But WAIT!! I looked closer and was attracted to the combination of colors!! That's a real first for me!! You made it work!!! And the lovely florals on the front made the whole card beautiful with the white to POP it out there! The curly cues on the sentiment are beautiful too.
    SO, with all that said, I'm a fan now. I almost feel like a butterfly released from a cocoon!! I must see if I kept any of those colors!!!!
    Hugs,
    Doni

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    1. Oh Doni, as always you make me smile and smile! Thanks! :>)

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  10. Beautiful card! I love the colors :)

    I wanted to invite you to our weekly Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs Friday nights till the end of Monday, come stop by if you have time this weekend and link up :)

    http://createdbylaurie.blogspot.com/2013/02/weekend-meet-greet-blog-hop-15.html

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! Thanks also for the invite! :>)

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  11. So pretty! Found your post on Thursday Favorite Things! I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today :)
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-4.htmlt

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    1. Thank you, Lisa Lynn! I have become a regular contributor! :>)

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  12. Gorgeous Card, well I just found your blog and immediately joined! Your work is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Krystie! Thanks also for following. I love that! :>)

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  13. This is gorgeous - you make such lovely cards!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Sarah, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you! :>)

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  14. I'm always trying to increase my Followers as well, so I have to help a fellow carder. Good luck on getting to 75. (I'd appreciate a follow back if you wouldn't mind.)

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    1. Thanks, Lindalou! I appreciate your support. :>)

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  15. I'm your newest follower, #71! Sending you good luck in getting to 75. I think you are going to be there in no time. LOVE your card! The colors are gorgeous! I would love it if you would follow me back.

    Kelly from everythinginbetweenbykelly.blogspot.com

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    1. Thaks, Kelly and Tiffany! I am following you back. :>)

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  16. This is your NEW HOME! =0) So pick me~pick me! PLEASE!

    Very smart way to gain new followers so much so that I am now a new follower & I hope you will follow me right back=0
    You have talent & I hope I am the one picked!

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    1. Thanks, Nina! What cute things to say! :>)

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  17. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna

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  18. What a lovely card! Thank you for linking up to Make Something Mondays! I'm a new follower, too! (I don't know why I hadn't joined your followers before...I always love seeing your beautiful cards and designs!!)

    ~ Sarah

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. You are ever so sweet! :>)

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  19. You are at 72! Only 3 more to go!! Yeah for you:)

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    1. Yay, Cathy! Thanks for your support! :>)

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre! I can't wait to see what you share next time at...
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-5.html

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  21. Beautiful Linda!!!
    Hugs,
    Marcie @ I Gotta Try That

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  22. Hi Linda! I loved making that card. I feel lucky to be one of your Stamp-In members that get to make your awesome creations on a monthly basis. You are gifted with a beautifully artistic mind. Thank you for sharing your passion for art with us.

    Love,

    Cynthia

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    1. Cynthia, you are the dearest, dearest person! Love you! :>)

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  23. This is a lovely card! Only 2 followers away!!!

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  24. What a beautiful card and an awesome giveaway! You are so close!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! Thanks also for letting me link up! :>)

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  25. Such a pretty victorian look. Thanks for sharing.
    p

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    1. I hadn't thought of it as Victorian, but you are right! Thanks! :>)

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  26. Ill simply say, I want this card or any card you make if they all look this pretty. Im your 79th follower!

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    1. Lisa, you are precious! Keep watching -- it may happen yet! :>)

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  27. Hello Hello. I'm follower 85! Came over from FPTFY Whatever You Want Wednesday. Been wondering around the site, drooling over your beautiful cards. This one is so pretty. Can't wait to see more.

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    1. Thank you so much! I just LOVE drooling! :>)

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