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


22 comments:

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

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  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!

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    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.

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

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  4. Pretty sponged background on this inspired card!

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  5. Beautiful blue creation! Lovely fold too~

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

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

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

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  9. Very pretty take on the inspiration photo!

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

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

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

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