Friday, December 28, 2012


The inspiration for today's card came from  a digi quote I found by  Helen Keller.  

I used 4 alternating layers of grey and pink cardstock which I embossed and cut with a Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B Nestabilities die set (  Boy does it ever make quick layers with out all the measuring.  I can't wait to find the Basics A on sale somewhere so I can add them to my collection.

Each layer was treated a little differently.  The sentiment layer was distressed a little with pink and ice Color Box Pigment Stamp Pads (

The second layer (which is actually grey cardstock) was distressed with the Color Box ice but then distressed with a Ranger Adirondack Earthtones Cranberry Pad ( For the final touch I sprayed with water and used a Tim Holtz Distress Metallic Stain in Brushed Pewter (  The metallic stains in this line are becoming one of my favorite new purchases.  I bought the pewter and the antiqued bronze (although the bronze has something wrong with the applicator and it is difficult to apply) from after trying for hours to purchase them on sale on the Blitsy site (

The third layer was lightly inked with the Color Box Ice.

Layer four was heat embossed with an old star stamp that I've had for years using Zing Embossing Power in Silver 9 (

All four layers were attached to the card base with crafter's tape and poinsettia flowers cut with a Spellbinders die cut set and stamped with a matching Hero Arts stamps set. 

 They were embossed using the same Zing silver powder and a couple of dots of Liquid Pearls  Flamingo ( finished them off. 

 Some old silver ribbon was inked with the pink pad, shaped into the Awareness Ribbon and all attached with  Aleene's Original Tacky Glue (

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy@ - anything Christmas/New Year/Altered,etc
Bugaboo @ - use a border
 Milk Coffee Challenge @ - Christmas or Winter Holiday
Card Crafters Circle @ - It's Christmas (opps - forgot about the time difference in Australia - missed this one)
Sweet and Sassy Digi Stamps Challenge @ - Favorite Color
Creative Craft Challenges2 @ - Non Traditional Christmas

The Paper Make Up Stamps @

Craft Door Magazine @ - Anything goes challenge #50
Tuesday Alchemy @ - Anything Goes Challenge #46
Card Makin Mamas @ - Happy Holidays
Have a fantastic Friday!  
Be kind to everyone and everything you come into contact with today!


  1. What a pretty card! Thanks for joining us this week at Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges!

    1. Oops! I forgot to sign my comment. :)

      PDE Challenges DT

  2. A beautiful creation just perfect for our New Beginnings challenge at the Winter Wonderland, wishing you a Happy New Year
    Hugs Kate xx

  3. beautiful card, those flowers look like a lot of work, but they are beautiful and whoever receives that card will appreciate it. Thanks for sharing at For Fun!

  4. Thank you Helen. I absolutely LOVE making these flowers because they turn out so beautifully every time. You cannot make a mistake with them.
    Happy New Year to you and your team!

  5. Like the pretty embellished sparkly flower card. Thanks for entering PDE Anything Goes challenge. I host a wkly challenge at Marks Finest Papers Simple Salutations in which the challenge this wk is Anything Goes Card with a sentiment. Please enter & let them know I sent you. You can enter the3 MFP SS challenge multiple times if the cards are in separate blog posts.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    PDE DT
    MFP SS Hostess

    1. Thank you so much Melissa. I'm thanking you for the info about MFPSS - I'm going to be visiting you quite regularly, I'm sure. Happy New Year!

  6. Beautiful card!!!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Digi Makeover...
    Ardilla :)

    PS: next time, please, link your project directly and disable the captcha.

    1. Ardilla:) Thank you so much for the kind response. Question for you - exactly HOW do you disable the captcha? I've just spent 1/2 trying to do it and can't figure it out?

  7. I hope I found the right card for the entry into For Fun Challenges. Great saying and beautiful card. Looks like it took a lot of work.
    Thanks for playing Christian Christmas with us at For Fun Challenges. Hope to see you Wednesday when the new challenge is posted!
    Happy New Year!!

    1. You did! Thanks for checking it out!
      You will definitely see me!
      Happy New Year to you Kathy