Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring is in the Air

Oh, the glorious fresh air of Spring! I've had the windows open all day and has it felt wonderfully! It was in the mid to high 60s today and such a difference from a week ago! I wish I could bottle it and keep it this way for the next six months! It is just so perfect outside!

Not much happening around here. I've been working on cards and playing with lighting and taking better photos. I worked on three cards over the past few days. My scrap room is a mess! LOL I've had things pulled for each of the three cards. I think I figured out it isn't that smart to simultaneously work on multiple cards!

I think my Cuttlebug is dying. It's been a great tool over the past seven or so years. It's getting persnickety about allowing things to roll through. Of course, I want to give myself a good kick for NOT taking advantage of a recent sale at Joann's when die cutting machines were in sale with free shipping. I passed on getting the Big Shot Pro. I just wasn't sure which machine would work for the Cuttlebug, Sizzix, Nesties, etc. I want one that will work for ALL. If you have a suggestion, I am soooooo open to hear it! HELP!

I'd like to share a St. Patrick's Day card with you. It's one I finally finished today. I had fun and loved that I think Tilda's red hair looks pretty good on both images! I surprised myself when they both matched! For me, that's a miracle! Here she is:

I used lots of layering, multiple papers, some pretty ribbon, die cuts, flowers with gem centers, gold coin paper embellishments, and machine stitching. There's a lot packed into this little card! I have to tell you a funny story about the shamrocks on the dancing Tilda inside the card. I had this unopened package of glittered shamrocks in my St. Patrick's Day stuff and thought they'd look cute. Well, I opened the package only to discover that the adhesive had been put on the wrong side of the sticker sheet! What's with that? LOL So, I got creative and cut them out using a knife. Then, I glued them to the paper. Instead of having the adhesive on the back, they put the adhesive on the front of each shamrock! Too funny! I've never had that happen before!

This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:

1. House of Gilli - Green
2. Flourishes - St. Patrick's Day
3. Bling it On - anything goes
4. The Paper Variety - Green
5. Shelly's Images Blog - layers
6. Sassy Studio Designs - green
7. DYSI Challenge - Green It Up
8. 4 Crafty Chicks - Stitching

Thank you so much for stopping by! I so appreciate your visit and know that it takes time to do so. Thank you! It means the world to me!

Have a wonderful weekend - it's just a day away!




Lisa Lepine said...

Wow, such a fabulous card. Love the layering, colors, images!! Great job!
Thanks for joining us this week at Squigglefly.
~Lisa a.k.a. ScripperScrapper

Cindy Haffner said...

Ohh so so PRETTY, FABULOUS work!!

Unknown said...

How pretty, love her dress!

Regan said...

That is one gorgeous card! Wonderful coloring and love the paper piecing! Thanks for playing along @ SSD! :)

Patsi said...

Fantastic card the colours and papers are amazing. I love the red hair too! Thank you for joining our very first challenge at Bling It On..... xx

Unknown said...

Adorable card!! Your coloring is flawless! A true work of art. TFS

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely card!

XXOO AMY said...

love your cards! all the layering and the sewing! just beautiful! thanks for playing along at TPV!

WencheP said...

Fabulous card, love those greens. Beautiful imgage. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Dee Jackson said...

So sweet! I love her dress:) Thanks for playing in the FTTC this week.

Deeanna said...

Very nice card. Green is hard to work with but you did a very nice job with it..

Monique said...

That's so cute ! I love it.

Hugs Monique

Tamie said...

Loving all of the details in your card. Oh I bet my whole DT group would say we envy you your spring smell. We got more snow last night. Your image is amazing, and the stitching on your card is one of the added details that makes your card awesome. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Have an amazing week.

Sandy said...

Hey sweet lady ! Your card is delightful - inside and out. Love the design work on the front of your card - you know they call me "Sandy the thief" - but hey, isn't imitation the greatest form of flattery? Love your card Chris!

Anonymous said...

Your card is so cute! I love all the details like the coins, the shamrocks and the paper piecing =) Have you thought about the Grand Calibur for a diecutting machine? My Cuttlebug is not doing so well either.

Anonymous said...

Wow Chris, what a lot of effort has gone into this cutie!
Love the paper piecing and the stitching....Great St Paddy's card.

Unknown said...

Oh how did a wonderful job on this.

Sharon Caudle said...

How adorable is this card!!! I love it Chris!! Love all the layering, fabulous papers, great embellies, and gorgeous coloring and paper piecing! And how awesome to have two different Tildas that actually look the same only with different poses! I love it! Great card my friend!
hugs, Sharon

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

HI Chris!

OH this is extremely dorable!The outside and in is all coordinated so perfect.I love their paper piecing dresses soooooo much lol!


Miranda said...

WOW this is amazing Chris, it's very very gorgeous, great details lovely on the inside and outside...FANTASTIC

thanks for playing along with us at the DYSU challenge this week

AnnasArt said...

Wow, such a fabulous card. Very pretty!

Card Crazy said...

What a delightful card! It's so vibrant and "spring-y". St Pat's Day never looked so marvelous, especially her dress and the cute sentiment.
Sue S.

Corinne said...

WOW Chris, your card is soooo cute. Love the paper pieced dress on Tilda. You did a FAB job on your card.

Christina C. said...

Oh my goodness, did your card ever put a smile on my face today!!!! I just love Tilda doing the Irish jig!
Love the paper piecing on the dress!
This is a totally adorable creation.

Lori Aragon said...

oh such a cutie! Wonderful details on the outside AND inside!
I DO have the big shot pro and LOVE it! I can cut with all of the manufacturers dies with the help of multipurpose platform. It did have a manufacturing defect, but it's been resolved and works fabulously. I love the options it gives me for size and types of material I can cut with it :) just my opinion...
Have a great weekend!

Rene said...

Looooooove it!!! Tilda's dress is gorgeous...and I am always partial to red hair!!!
Just a wonderful card! Good luck finding a machine...I don't know anything about them but I am sure there are ladies in here who do!
Rene :D

Myrna said...

Chris, love that dress!!! Great St. Pat's card. My hubby's family is part Irish. Although, I've never made a card for St. Pat's Day!!! LOL

Renee Matarese said...

This is so darn cute!! I love that the little gal is in two different positions on the outside and then inside. What a cute sentiment too. You've finished this so wonderfully! (It must have taken forever to make!) Beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week. Hope to see you again soon!

Unknown said...

How adorable good job!!!!!!

cathylynn said...

Hey Chris, Was Sandy helping you with the inside of this card???? HeHe. What a marvelous card you've come up with here!!! So many details and your colors are wonderful!!! You put a big smile on my face with you inside sentiment! I needed that!!!Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous card this is! I love how you finished the interior too which is just as gorgeous as the cover! Amazing job! hugs, Angela

mindy gallagher said...

This is so friggin cute!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing with us at TPV!!

Patti Jo said...

Oh Chris this is so cute and Irish!!! Love the paper piecing and all your darling embellishments! Terrific card!!!

cabio's craft corner said...

Love the lucky clovers and beautiful green on this Tilda card. Both insides and out looks so pretty :o)

Laney said...

Fabulous St Patrick Day card!!
I've a friend who would love this!!
Thank you for joining in the very first challenge at Bling it On hope to see you again

Unknown said...

:) can't see this card without smiling. I love the sentiment! Thanks so much for joining our "Lots of Layers" challenge this week at Shelly's Images.

Chris said...

What a sweet card. Love what you did with her dress.

Peggysue said...

Incredible job on this card Chris! You sure did pack a lot into this and its great! I'm a little depressed now though. I didn't know the Cuttlebug could wear out! oh no!!!
I believe you can 'big shot' anything you could 'cuttlebug'.
Thank you for joining our GREEN challenge at DYSU. Good luck!

Sara said...

Oh too cute! Love all the greens and clovers, thanks for playing along with SSD!

Vivi Casale said...

that is so pretty card!
Thanks for joining us at House of Gilli!

ps.: stop by on my blog to enter the blog candy, as you are joining the challenge, if you follow the rules you can have 2 chances to win 2 Gilli stamps

Becca Fabozzi said...

So lovely!!! Your paper piecing is amazing, so festive. Absolutely lovely. Thank you for joining us at house of gilli this week

Julie said...

Your Tildas are just adorable. Love their dresses. Thanks for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs

DIANA L. said...

What a cute card! Love all the colors
I have a give away over on my blog you might be interested

Cami said...

OMG Chris, you worked magic with this card and a perfect St. Patrick's day card! Love the paper-piecing, your doily, trims, etc.
Hugs, Cami

KayBeScraps said...

amazing card.. love all the details.. ♥
Hugs, Katrin

Sylvia said...

This is absolutely stunning!! The green colors you have used are matching very well together and your Maggies are beautiful colored.
Hugs Sylvia

Yone said...

Cute and lovely card ! Tks for joining us at the House of GILLI Challenge ! Hugs,Yone

Paula said...

Love this card! The paper piecing is absolutely genius!

Oh and by the way, I have the Sizzix Big Shot Pro and I can use all dies!

Janie Printz said...

What a gorgeous little creation. LOVE the colors & how beautifully you've colored those sweet Tildas. Great embellies too.
Hugs. Janie