Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!! I almost missed this one completely... I can't believe I forgot about it. I did struggle with the inspiration for this month's hop, but I woke up this morning inspired!!

Here's the inspiration photo for this month's hop. When I first looked at this I just saw a lot of white... now, normally, I love a CAS card which would typically be mostly white space. So, I was really wondering why I was struggling with this one. I guess that will remain a mystery!

Now onto my card... on a side note, I don't know if it's the lighting today because it's mostly cloudy or if it's the white in the card, but I just couldn't get a very good picture... anywho, I heard a little birdie {named Jill *wink*wink*} say that Gran's Garden was a no brainer for this card and I had to agree with her... I mean, the birdie!

First of all, I scored this A2 card so that it opened in the middle of the front... I believe that's a gate fold, but I'm not sure. I then stamped the leaves in opposite corners using VersaMark and heat embossing in white and did the same for the sentiment. Using a blender tool, I then blended Enchanted Evening ink along the edges and into the center leaving the center of the card pretty white. I wiped off the leaves and sentiment with a paper towel to help the white pop a bit. On a scrap piece of white card stock I stamped the flower from Gran's Garden, but I decided to stamp it off first so that it wasn't too dark. I then stamped and heat embossed the other portion of the flower using the same method as the leaves. I stamped the center of the flower using Enchanted Evening and then I die cut the flower and set it aside. I made a quick band to wrap around the entire card to help keep it closed and to attach the flower. I die cut the leaves and debated stamping the leaves... but decided I liked just the plain white. I added a 1" circle just off the side of the band so that I could have the flower hang off the band and give it some support. I adhered the leaves and the flower and then decided the white band needed a little something. I remembered that I received this lacy ribbon as a freebie in a Unity order and thought it was perfect. I dabbed it a bit with Enchanted Evening ink (which is hard to see in the photo, but it's there) and then adhered it to the band using tear & tape adhesive. I don't know that it turned out just how I envisioned it, but I like how it turned out. I hope you do, too!

 Here are the products I used for this card:
Stamps: Gran's Garden (PTI)
Card Stock: White (PTI)
Inks: Enchanted Evening (PTI), VersaMark (SU!)
Tools: Gran's Garden die (PTI), Heat Tool (SU!)

I'd love to hear what you thought of my creation.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal


  1. Beautiful card Crystal (love the background!) and yes, Gran's Garden was a perfect choice! Love it!! :0)

  2. I love Gran's Garden. I actually sold it already and now I'm waiting on it to get back in stock so I can get another one! You did a very pretty card!

    1. Thank you, Vicki! I don't think I'd ever sell Gran's Garden, but I was slow to buying it. I saw so many beautiful cards using it, I just knew I had to have it.

  3. What a stunning card Crystal! Gran's Garden will win every time!!

  4. Pretty sponged background on this inspired card!

  5. Beautiful blue creation! Lovely fold too~

  6. This is just a very soft, pretty card. The fold just sets it off.

  7. Very pretty card Crystal! And you can't go wrong with Gran's Garden!

  8. Gorgeous shading, Crystal. And yes, Gran's Garden bloom was a no brainer!

  9. Very pretty take on the inspiration photo!

  10. Pretty, pretty gatefold card! I love the band around it and you're right, and the birdie was right, Grans garden is perfect!

  11. This is such a beautiful card. I love your creative use of various shades of blue. So very pretty.

  12. Great card! I need to break out more in the card design and love how yours opens in the middle!