Saturday, May 14, 2016

Gate Fold Brithday Card

Today I'm sharing this pretty gate fold card and inspirational bookmark  I made for my sweet friend Lorna Lee's birthday.   These cards are so simple to make and your embellishments take center stage on this style card!  

Lorna loves purple, so I chose three lilac papers from Graphic 45's "Secret Garden" collection to work with.   This card is a 5" x 7" so I begin, by cutting a piece of white cardstock at 10" x 7" then along the 10" side, I scored and folded the card at 2.5" and 7.5" to create the gate fold base.  To create your surrounding frames, cut each layer 1/2" smaller than its base and you'll get a clean 1/4" frame around each layer.    For example: 

Before adhering your layers together, first center and wrap purple ribbon around the striped papers, securing the ribbon to the backside, then you can adhere your layers together.  To decorate, I popped up two pretty die cuts to create the gate fold center piece.  I finished decorating with a flower, a few leaves, a bit of pearl trims and a happy birthday sentiment.  The inside is simple, just framed up and layered the pattered papers and left the center blank to write my birthday wishes.  
Lorna loves inspirational sentiments and devotions, so I found this beautiful image called "Divine Mercy" and added the "Jesus I Trust in You" affirmation and a finishing tassel.   Lorna really loved the card and keeps the bookmark nearby as a gentle reminder that no matter what she's going through, God's love and mercy will always be with  her.  

Thank you for dropping by and having a peek.   Until next time, have a joyous day!  ~ Dawna

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This Old Jalopy Graduation Card

Hi Friends,   I'm sharing a Graduation Card I made for my "adopted" grandson, Josh.  Josh is my son-in-laws nephew and he's been a part of our lives since he was a young boy.  Graduation is a huge accomplishment, and we're so very proud of  our special young man.  The inside of this card was also decorated and held a special poem about the adventurous travels of this Old Jalopy and the new ones in store as Josh sets out to follow his own dreams.  

That's it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by, your visits are always appreciated.  If you liked This Old Jalopy Card, please "join" or follow" this blog, there's a lot more to come!  Until next time, create something wonderful today!  ~ Dawna

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mica Pendent and Curiosity Tag

Hi Friends, Today I'm sharing a necklace I made for my swap pal, Tammi (aka Silver26ak) in a jewelry swap.  Tammi really loves fall colors and nature, so I decided to try my hand at using the Mica Flakes to create the pendent and present the necklace on a nature themed tag. I've never done jewelry before and I'm very new at making tags, so this was a really fun challenge for me. 
I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs die set called "Tag's and More" in "Leaves" to create the arched tag with inset leaves cut out.   The die also has several options for creating holes, corners and reinforcements.  I kept it simple with just the plain circles in orange and backed the leaf cut outs with green cardstock.  The pendent is a Prima bubble and Finnabair metal plate.  The metal leaf is from Tim Holtz Ideology metal collection called "Festive Foliage." The jute sheer ribbon necklace is available at any big box craft store. 

To create the pendent, I placed double sided tape onto the metal plate, sprinkled the flakes all over, then laid a piece of wax paper over the flakes to protect them.  I burnished (rubbed real well with a hard straight edge) the wax paper over flakes to safely secure them to the metal plate and dusted off any excess.  Last I sealed the flaked plate and bubble together using glossy accents.  I used a jewelry clasp to add the metal leaves and pendent to the sheer jute necklace, knotted each side so they would remain centered during wear, and viola'!  Your pendent is done!  Was that easy peasy or what? 

To decorate the tag, I chose the "Curiosity" sheet from Kaisercrafts "Curiosity" paper collection.  I used the Elisabeth Craft tag die mentioned above, then added a black script layer under that, then a third layer of orange to double frame the bird tag image.  I die cut a black doily then cut it in half and placed them between the cardstock layers, then taped the layers together.  I love the crowned bird image and wanted to feature that in the center and embellish the side and corner with Prima Filigree Flowers and Leaf dies.  The orange filigree flowers have a punched stamen with a  rhinestone center.  Notice I alternated the stamen and leaf colors for added interest. 
Lastly, I used the Spellbinders Stamp die for my sentiment label which reads "A Garden of Happy Wishes for You."  I added green tulle to the top of the tag, and was very happy how my first piece of jewelry and its presentation came out.  Here's one last look:

Well friends, that's it for me today.  If your interested, you can find a complete list of items I used here:

Thank you for dropping by today.  Your visits are very much appreciated and, as always, I'd love to hear from you!    If you enjoyed this pretty Mica Pendent and Curiosity Tag, please take a moment to join or follow my blog.  I hope you feel inspired to create something beautiful today.  Until next time, have a joyous day! ~ Dawna