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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Valentine's...I'm seeing spots :)

Happy Thursday, everyone!! I hope you are having a great week!! I have a whole bunch of projects I need to make for the next couple of weeks and for some reason, I'm procrastinating. I did manage a little bit of time in my craft room and I have a card to enter into a few challenges :)

The papers for this card are a mixture of My Mind's Eye and DCWV. The rectangles are the two largest sizes of  the Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles. I used Spellbinders Fire Isle Borderabilities on each side of the rectangle and anchored them in place with button brads and added crystals. I lightly inked the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

The rosette with heart details is from Ribbons and Rosettes. I used the second smallest Spellbinders Beaded Circles die for the top of the rosette and added a heart from George and Basic Shapes. I had added Tim Holtz crackle paint in rock candy to the heart, but when it dried, it didn't look good at all. The edges cracked okay, but the inside turned white and when I tried to bend it to crack the paint, it tore in two. I didn't have time to try another, but when I give this card, the heart will have a layer of glossy accents. All of the layers are attached with foam tape.

On the paper ribbon, I attached two small hearts, also from George and Basic Shapes, with foam and lined the dots up for a subtle embossed look.

The tag is from Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio. "Happy Valentine's" is from K Andrew Designs It's Valentines stamp set:

There are so many great words and sentiments on here...and not just for Valentine's Day!! Click HERE to purchase this set or to see the entire fabulous line of K Andrew Designs stamps!!

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
I almost forgot...I stitched the rectangles together with my new mini-sewing machine!!

I love this thing!! I have to preface this by saying I know nothing about sewing. My mom can sew anything so you would think I would have gotten some sewing genes from her, but alas, I did not. I can hand stitch if absolutely necessary but sewing machines have always intimidated me. But I love the look of stitching on projects. I purchased the Sew Crafty machine from Provo Craft back in like 2003 but I have only used it like five times total. It was pretty cheap and worthless. So when I saw this mini, I had to try it!! It even has eight different stitches...and is it so easy to use!! If anyone wants info on the sewing machine, just let me know!!

Also,  I like taking pictures of my projects in natural light, but it isn't always feasible, especially if it is overcast or night. I planned on making my own lightbox but never got around to it. Then I saw a post from my friend Chriss at Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou about a lightbox her husband purchased for her. I was intrigued!! I looked online for it and found it on Ebay for only $29, shipping included (the seller has a bunch of these at this price, so if you are interested, let me know and I'll get you the info)!! I can set this up in my craft room quickly and snap the picture, any time day or night!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)


Gwen said...

Very fun card! I love the colors and all the details. What a cute little sewing machine, where did you get it? I got one of those light boxes for christmas and love it.

Beckie said...

Awesome stuff today! Great card. Love all those shapes with that paper.

Be blessed, Beckie

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

I've spotted a wonderful Valentine card. especially like the rosette. The lightbox is a big help. What kind of camera do you photograph with?
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful card Lisa! I love all the gorgeous layers and the rosette is just awesome!! Cute stitching-love your cute sewing machine!
I would love to get the info on the light box...I did see that on Chriss's blog just didn't check on it yet. ..thanks for your help on that!
Sherrie K

Beebeebabs said...

Love love love your card - love the choice of paper you used thanks for sharing!!!

Amy said...

Beautiful card Lisa- all of the polka dots work so well together! Love your sewing too- it's not so hard once you realize it doesn't have to be perfect- sometimes it looks best when it isn't so don't sweat it! Thanks for the info on the light box too! :)Amy

Bea said...

love your card Lisa - certainly feel a little dotty! lol

Nita said...

Oh WOW! I love all the layers on your card! It looks so fancy. And I'm super-impressed with your rosette - mine always look like a 1st-grader made them (actually that's probably insulting my 1st-grader). Thanks for the info on the sewing machine and the light box - 2 things I've been waffling on for awhile now. You are so good at making me want to buy things. ;)

Unknown said...

Great card Lisa. I really like the paper you used good choice. I like the light box idea, I will just have to wait till I move and am not crafting on the floor!


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

What a super card! Love all the layers and dots! Great inking too! Awesome mini machine! Thanks for joining us over at the Creative Cutter Room! DT Member Carri

Yoshiras time to craft said...

beautiful card.love the colors and shapes.very cute rosette.I too have a sewing machine and it is just collecting dust.I will look into that lightbox.your photos always look good.i think it is a good price and i dont have good lighting.


Love this card, the rosette is so pretty!! I can't sew to save my life, ok maybe if I had a gun to my head but the sewing machine always jams up on me, i love the look of the stitching on cards and saw a hand held surger at Home Sense but haven't bought it because i don't know how well it would work. I really need to get light box but on ebay canada they are a little price for me. I will keep checking!!

Daisylove Creations said...

Lisa, your card is so beautiful...I LOVE IT!! All the layers and the rosette add such an elegant touch!! I really like the idea of the light box, I wish I had more space so I could set it up. I hate having to always try & beat the clock in order to take pictures in the daylight :0(

Karen said...

Hi Lisa 1 I love your card the colors amazing. 2 cute sewing machine 3. could you email me the info for the light tent really need one find I am finishing a lot of projects at night and getting too many shadows in the pictures. Karen

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Lovely card! I love all the layers and colors. Good luck with the challenges and thanks for Liking me on FB. -Tami

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Thank you Lisa for your response on type of camera. Found that I cannot reply directly to your comment. Last yr at Wolf Camera locally I traded in 2 Canon cameras for a Canon T3i. I like the flip out screen & live view on the Canon T3i. I like Canon products.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Unknown said...


This card is AMAZING! There is so much I love about it, but I especially love the Rosette and that you took the time to stick the layers together! I can honestly tell you that I am a new follower of yours!!

Thanks so much for playing along wiht us at the Creative Cutter Room!!


DIANA L. said...

Great card Lisa. Love everything about it layers colors lighting(ha Ha).
great info you shared.
I almost bought that little sewing machine way back when.
Thanks for joining us @ CCR

smyiow said...

Amazing as always my friend! I love it! The color combo is great, polka dots are great, everything you do is great!!

Hugs!! Shannon

Tracy said...

Your card is amazing! I love the rosette! Thanks for joining us at the CCR!

Tracy ~ DT2 Member

Tami B. said...

This is so pretty. I love red & black together.

Susan said...

Wow Lisa! This is beautiful! Love all the detail! I have some catching up to see on here...I can't wait! So talented!


Davi said...

Yup I see dots LOL I love dots so this one is quite delightful with all the pretty stitching and layers! Fab job Lisa :)

Creative Diva said...

OMG! This is gorgeous Lisa! I love it.I especially love the paper rosette. It is beautiful.


Dayna Sabrina said...

Great card Lisa! It's the second one I've seen today with Ribbons & Rosettes. Obviously I need to pull that one out! I am interested in the light box. Can you shoot me the info? Thanks! Sabrina

Jayne said...

Hi Lisa,love your card with it's stitching!! If you put the bobbin in the wrong way round the zigzag stitch becomes a blanket type stitch!!..mmmm wonder how I found that out!?! lol
I have one of these light tents that I got for Christmas and it's just fabulous.
Jayne x

GiGi said...

Fabulous card! I love all the depth and texture in this card. The pattern paper you used is awesome and I love the stitching! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

Karen said...

Oh Lisa, this is marvelous! I love all those gorgeous dots! The stitching is beautiful.. like you, I adore the look of stitching on projects! I'm so excited you have a mini sewing machine! It looks wonderful. I LOVE that rosette and how you added the two hearts without breaking the pattern. :o) And as for that crackle work.. maybe it worked out best with Glossy ACcents so it doesn't look like a broken heart! Hehe. Yay silver lining! Fantastic work as always, my talented friend! Thank you for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday! PS: I'd LOVE the info for that lightbox!!! Thank you!

Hugs and blessings!

Tonya said...

I love it! I'm surprised that all the dots are not overwhelming, but some how they seem to work together!

I'm also going to look into that lighting system. I'm a night time scrapper so this is a necessity for me. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for joining us at Creative Cutter Room!


Cindy Beland said...

OMG this is sooo BEAUTIFUL Lisa!I LOVE all the pretty layers the paper rosette!:)

Candy said...

Fabulous card Lisa! Love that rosette and the papers you used.
I just bought that light box last month. I just love it. I keep mine set up.
Thanks for playing along at My Craft Spot this week.

My Craft Spot DT Member

Tammy E. said...

A beautiful card. Love the dots.

Kemma said...

That is spot on!! ok I couldnt resist. This looks great!

Thanks for sharing!
-Kemma, CookingWithCricut Design Team

Heather May Holbrook said...

Your card is super cute! Love all the polka dots and that gorgeous rosette! And I want one of those sewing machines!! Where did you get it?? Thanks for joining us at Cooking with Cricut this week!
Heather P

Larelyn said...

I'm in love with this card. Each detail is amazing. I love the rosette and all the scalloped parts. You've outdone yourself. Ha-ha, I just got that same light box set - it is so worth the $$.
Oh, thanks for joining our Cooking with Cricut challenge.

Holly Gagnon said...

Love this card Lisa! Guess what? I can't sew either...Eeeeek! I can make a hot air balloon out of paper but forget sewing on a button. I tried to sew my son's cub scout patches on once and after about 2 hours I just took it to the seamstress, totally worth the $15 cost!. Thanks for the tip on the light box too, may have to check that out. Holly :-)

Jill said...

Cute cute! Love this card! I also like the lightbox idea! Yes, get me the info! Take care, smiles, Jill

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Congrats on a Cooking with Cricut win in Ch72 Grown Up Valentine Must Use Black & Brads.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

mum of two said...

What a great card. I love the rosette. I need to learn how to make those... Thanks for playing with us this week at Whimsical Wednesdays, hope you come back and play in our new challenge next week.

michelle (WW-DT)

RiNNE said...

funtabulous card! i love all the polka dots too and the little details! that sewing machine is beautiful! wish i can sew! and i agree, I take my pics in natural light as well!


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