Monday, February 17, 2014

Flourishes and an Interesting Sketch

Sketch from Fantabulous Cricut Challenge
Over at Fantabulous Cricut this week they have an interesting sketch as the challenge and Heart 2 Heart is showcasing flourishes.

So, I decided to combine the two for a "new to me" style of Shabby Chic.  This is not a style I dabble in very often, and maybe this card doesn't even qualify as Shabby Chic.  I'm not very well versed in all the different styles and what they entail....but, none-the-less, this is my attempt!

I started with the beautiful blue paper from the CTMH Balloon Ride paper pack.  Then I went into CCR and cut the mat using the opposite side of the blue paper.  I then used Sorbet cardstock and cut the long piece underneath the sentiment card.  This sorbet piece was made by "welding" fan shapes onto both ends of a long rectangle.  All of the shapes are from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

I embossed the Sorbet piece with a floral M-Bossabilites folder.

I stamped the sentiment onto the card with Juniper ink.  Notice the "Live" and "Laugh" are stamped in dark ink.  I went back in and stamped "Love" in 3rd generation stamping.  I stamped every other line upside down to fill in the blank spots.  Some of the ink was darker than others, but that's ok since I was going for a "shabby chic" look, right?

I then positioned my sentiment card on the blue paper and lightly adhered it with little tape balls.  I make them by rolling tape from a tape runner between my fingers.  It's enough to hold something in place, but not adhere it!  I then stamped the flourishes on the blue paper and sentiment card at the same time.  This flourish, as well as the sentiment, is from the CTMH Love Life stamp set.  I stamped the flourish with Chocolate pigment ink.

I cut some tulle and tied it off with fishing line.  (I love fishing line for crafting.  It's strong, clear and versatile!  Between fishing line and duct tape I feel like the MacGyver of crafting!  My daughter loved MacGyver.  When she was little she couldn't wait for that show!)  Ah, but I have yet again digressed in posting!

Back to the card...I then used Liquid Glass to glue the tulle to the sorbet shape and put it aside to dry.  I distressed the edges of the mat shape and the blue background.

Assembly was easy at this point.  I placed the sentiment card on top of mat on top of the blue paper to get the proper positioning to line up the flourish and adhered the mat down first.  Then I put the sorbet piece with the tulle on next.  I used 3-D foam tape to adhere the sentiment card on top of the tulle/sorbet piece being sure to line up the flourish.  I finished up by adhering this to the Colonial White card base and stamping "Love" on the inside.  I see this being an anniversary card or congratulations on engagement or even wedding.

To find all these beautiful CTMH papers and stamps, head on over to KatiesCorner!


  1. I love Art Philosophy for decorative mats-great job with the sketch! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week!

  2. What a unique card! I like the way you removed the middle to do the flourish and then repositioned everything. Your attention to detail is quite evident in this card!

  3. Super card, that frame you chose is so elegant! Lovely take on the sketch! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week!

  4. Lovely card. I love that you used both sides of the paper - they coordinate so well. Love the frame cut. Isn't Art Philosophy a great cartridge. Thank you for joining FCCB this week.

  5. Beautiful interpretation of the sketch and I really like how you used CTMH's Balloon Ride with Art Philosophy. Thank you for participating with us at FCCB this week!

  6. Love you placed the flourishes on the card and the mat you cut with the Cricut!

  7. Now that's some flourish! Thanks for linking up to H2H!

  8. Beautiful card!!! LOVE!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at FCCB this week!!!

    Mollie's Motif

  9. You nailed the sketch. Love the flourishes and the colors. Thanks for addinf you card to our challenge at FCCB. Kim

  10. Beautiful done my friend. Sometimes I get lazy about getting the Cricut out, but you just proved once again, how worth it, it is to do so. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  11. Love it! Great job and thanks for joining us at H2H.