Monday, October 1, 2007

"hi"

This is the card some of you have been waiting for. I'm so glad it turned out cute. It's a matchbook card for Brad. I've already started to stock up on my creations for him when he finally gets his address. I'll be making more to send to the other guys too, but of course I am a bit biased when it comes to my favorite Soldier. ;-) He always gets the first card of the batch. I spoke with him on the phone a couple days ago, and you'll be happy to hear he's safe and sound. His only complaint right now is that he hasn't slept more than a couple hours at a time so far. He also doesn't have a mailing address yet since his group is still milling around over there. It usually takes a few weeks for new groups to settle in. Anyhow, how is everyone liking this new layout? It's fresh for the new month! I'm trying to get a grip on my life and it's lack of organization. I want things to be neat and clean even my blog. My studio is still being unpacked, but I think that will just take a while since I'm being picky about the organization. I want things to be perfect. I've been trying to put things away, but so far Lilly has claimed all of the bottom cubbies in my shelving system as her napping spots. She's also learned to lay down, but I think I jumped too fast from "sit" because she's seemed to have gotten the two confused. I'll have to start over I guess. We'll start puppy classes at the pet store after I get back from Fort Lewis, so I hope to have a perfect little baby very soon. (I'm rolling my eyes already.) Anyhow, here's the card:Here's what I did:
I started with 12x12 card stock and experimented with sizes until it eventually trimmed to 4.25"x9.25", (so I could have just stuck with 8.5"x11"). I then scored it at 1.25" and 5.75". (All of my patterned paper is from Autumn Leaves, Rhonna Farrer.) Next, I trimmed the bottom flap piece to 1.25"x4.25" and used my corner rounder to create the scallop before adhering with a glue stick. I then trimmed the blue/green background to 3.25"x4", and again adhered with a glue stick. At this point, I used a the black journaler from SU! to create the doodle borders along the edges of my patterned paper and on the paper flower. The next step is to attach the following in order from top to bottom: brad (Making Memories), ribbon (Autumn Leaves), flower (Making Memories), and chipboard (Autumn Leaves). I attached all of these with a combo of glue stick and glue dots since there is a lot of weight to this card. I stamped the word "hi" on white card stock using Technique Tuesday stamps and then trimmed them out leaving a thin white border for contrast and adhering with SU! dimensionals. Once again, I added doodles with my black journaler. I added an extra piece of paper to the inside of my matchbook and used SU! jumbo eyelets to secure the bottom flap and inner card. Finally, I knotted some ribbon (from an unknown source) through the eyelets. And...that's it!

15 comments:

Aunt T said...

Great job. I love the colors you chose. Super!

Teresa

Estivalia said...

lovely colors! feels like spring! :D (which it's just starting in my end of the world :p)

Melissa said...

Fabulous card Laura!

Juliann said...

Very cute card!!! Love the colors!

Leslie Miller said...

This will be a great cheerful card from home! I looks just like you and will be so nice to receive in the mail so far away.

ps: Yes, you can link my straggler card.

Karen said...

I LOVE this card! It is very cheerful and fun

Tex said...

This is absolutely DARLING!!
I LOVE the colors .. and the message!

~Tex

Deb said...

Wow its great! you are very talented! :-)
From Deb

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

I am soooooooo honored that I got the SNEAK PEAK over the weekend....You already know I LOVE it!!....and Brad will too!!..( as soon as we can get an address!)I am stocking up on a box 'o goodies for the troops as soon as we know!

Laura Roth said...

Very nice! I love the layout and colors--puts me in a happy mood :)

chelemom said...

This is lovely! I love the colors, the paper, everything!

Alexandra said...

It's awesome Laura and he will love it! Good for you stocking up already - the best thing I had when I was over there was mail call!! Hang in there girl!! Your new clean look is fabulous! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Denise... said...

I LOVE this!!! I'm putting a star by it so I can go back and look at it again and again!

Amy said...

How did I not know about your blog? It's fabulous! Your cards are amazing!

Hugs,
Amy

Tandra said...

Oh wonderful!! I LOVE your card style! Great eye for color and design!