Thursday, April 23

Natural Wonder

Well, since yesterday was Earth Day, I've been in the mood to 'go natural'. Today's long note is an 'organic' creation especially for my hubby... who's not as 'into' all things pink and glittered as I am. ;)

I started by creating my own paper using Kraft cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink, and a rustic floral stamp from the True Friend set. While the images look random, they were actually carefully placed using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig. (SAMJ) If you're good at 'willy-nilly' - go for it, but I choose to rely on my handy tool.

For my centerpiece I zipped a piece of Kiwi Kiss textured cardstock through the Big Shot with the Top Note die. Did you know that the NEW Extended Premium Crease Pad is now available for use with your Bigz XL Dies? Order one today! (117630, $19.95)

I strung my buttons onto Linen Thread and wrapped them around the Top Note. TIP: For accurate placement, I slid the buttons along the string and then slipped a Mini Glue Dot underneath to help them 'stay put'. (On a side note: My husband thinks it's funny that I'm currently going thru. a button obsession... so he'll love that there are SO MANY on HIS card.) I made sure to leave a gap in the middle for an embellishment. I settled on a 'bare' chipboard branch from On Board So Tweet. I loved that it 'matched' the Kraft and that I didn't have to spend any extra time covering it! Everything was mounted onto a base of Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie. (I have this feeling the Pumpkin is controversial. You're either going to love it or hate it -- I'm open for either, but I liked the POP it seemed to give everything.)

Sometimes I end up 'winging it' with design. I had all this 'stuff' on my card and no idea how I was going to squeeze in a sentiment. Everybody breathe - we're going to figure it out! Honestly, something smaller might have worked better, but I was bound and determined to get 'Wonderful husband' on this card! (because my hubby is just that - wonderful!) I used my SAMJ to add the 'Wonderful' and then stamped 'husband' onto Kraft and added it as well. I layered everything onto a Kiwi Kiss base (4" x9.25") and voila, Happy Anniversary, honey!

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Stamps: True Friend (110378), Wonderful Favorites (115114)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss textured 12x12 astd. (111345), Chocolate Chip (102128), Kraft (107070), Pumpkin Pie (105117)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Big Shot: Machine (113439), Top Note (113463)
Must Haves: Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Sassy Somethings: Button Latte (114333), Button Bouquet (112092), Linen Thread (104199), On Board So Tweet (113893)


Melissa said...

I love this card! Super sharp! What a great idea for your centerpiece!

Patti said...

I think your hubby will definitely feel the love from this warm card. And, I love Pumpkin Pie card stock!

Mary Fish said...

Yipes . . . not sure what happened to my first comment.

I'm nutso over buttons right now, too. Love your colors and you have inspired me to try more uniquely sized cards. Gorgeous. Hugs, Mary

Kris Kilcoyne said...

This is such a fun card, Denise!

I hope your husband loves it.

Carrie said...

I love this card and especially what you did with the buttons. Oh, and chipboard! Very cool!

Heidi Kilgore said...

Love the look of chocolate chip on Kraft cardstock. I too am in a "Button Phase" There must be something in the air! LOL! P.s. I love the Pumpkin Pie accent. Great job.


Helen said...

Beautiful card - love the buttons in the centre... and I don't even like buttons!

Tiffany said...

Nice job! Love all those buttons.

~kelly marie~ said...

This card is so gorgeous! I absolutely love the way you strung the buttons. What a perfect all-natural card!

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