Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Got into card / envelop making yesterday and today.
Be sure to scroll down to see the 'box' envelope
I made to put the 'too' embellished card in,
with just a short toot~
And, check the last of this post to see my
Tipsy yard decoration I made this year...

First the card...

I was inspired by DD's (Kim who is Living in Paradise) card. She used some DP from SU! that I just couldn't get the hang of. It's dark paper and I didn't find it very inspiring, but her card is so elegant that I decided to give it a try. I almost threw this away and start over with softer colors. I persevered though and finally finished it late last night. Then I made a envelope with the new SU! diagonal score board this morning. What fun to be able to make matching envelopes and not put a beautiful card into a plain white one! But the embellishments were too 'thick' and would be mushed so I decided to make a box envelope. I followed SU! directions and cut a 7 3/4" square on the first one, but for the box envelope I cut an 8" square. Then I scored (on the diagonal) at 4 1/8, added a 1/4" and scored it again. Repeat on the opposite side. Flip again and score at 3 1/8", add 1/4" and score again. Repeat on the opposite side. It was difficult to tape together because it would flatten out when I tried to super sticky tape it. So...I cut a 1/4" thick core board the size of the card and folded the envelope around it and then had a firm surface to retain the shape of the 'box'. Clear as mud? Maybe the pictures below will help.

I believe the post office would charge extra
for this due to the bulk of the card/envelope.
I should mail one to myself and see!

I am entering this card/envelop in the following inspiring challenges
Everybody Art Challenge - monochromatic brown
All Sorts Challenge - any die will do

CCEE Stampers - for a guy
Chocolate Coffee Cards -Shades of brown and Cream colors, YUM!
Cooking It Up with Katie - for a special guy, texture and finish with a little metal
Crafty Calendar Challenge - flowers in bloom
Craft Your Passion - things with wings
Creative Craft Challenge - tweet, tweet
Cupcake Craft Challenge - birds of a feather
Desert Island Crafts Challenge - Choice of 10 (ribbons, wings, metal hardware)
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Flowers in bloom
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenge - use a die cut
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Make your own embellishment (flower)
Stampin' for the Week-end - Show Us Your Style (Vintage)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - ribbons and bows
Pals Paper Arts - Sketch

Now for the Tipsy Surprise!

My time is consumed with Pinterest
the past several months.
Lots and lots of pins.
Haven't tried many of them except for recipes.
 My DH is lovin' that!

I saw the Tipsy flower pots and actually
made it in our newly enlarged flower bed.

The directions said to use rebarb to 'chain' 
the pots through the drainage holes.

DH suggested a Shepard's hook.
I said "Naw, can't get the pots over the hook!"
Mark your calendars! 
He was right!

Ignore the marigolds around the bottom.
Didn't think they would grow since
I started them from seeds.
Mark your calendars! I
 was wrong again!

OK, put your calendars away.
I'm only allowed 2 wrongs each year.
I'm done!

ps On the Shepard's hook I hung our hummingbird feeder.
We have had Orioles, woodpeckers,
and hummingbirds using it.



Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful! Love the neutrals with the bit of black! So elegant!

Pamela said...

Beautiful card, the colours are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Pam x

Unknown said...

Simply Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for playing along at Paper Play this week:-)

Crafty Tazzy said...

Thank you so much for joining in with the CCC challenge Tweet tweet.. Great project huny Annette (dt ccc)

Crafty Tazzy said...

Thank you so much for joining in with the CCC challenge Tweet tweet.. Great project huny Annette (dt ccc)

craftieodmae said...

I love the card/envelope, awesome job! I made one of the flower thingies too only my flowers aren't doing so good. Yours is absolutely gorgeous!

Céline said...

gorgeous creation
thanks for playing with us at paperplay this week

Sonia said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!~
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
-Sony DT

Meggymay said...

A realy beautiful card thank you for sharing it with us at SCH this week.

Jenn Borjeson said...

Ooooh this is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at DICC! :)

Janneke said...

What a amazing card ;o)
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Jenny said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week. Love the subtle tones of this card. x

Patti P. said...

Wow, I love your card...the colors are gorgeous and just perfect for your design. Love the box envelope, you did a wonderful job with this.
I too am a Pinterest addict and saw something similar to this, you rocked it. The waterfall of flowers is so pretty. tfs, and thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.
Patti SCH/DT

Heather said...

Beautiful card! Great take on the sketch, love the colors and your circles :0) LOVE your fowers...I still need to get some things done in my garden :0)
Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

Unknown said...

Hello Sam! What a beautiful card! Love the layout, the colors and sweet details!Thanks for joining us over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine!

Mummylade said...

What a gorgeous project, and btw I'm stuck in the pinterest swamp too =)! Thank you so much for entering it in our challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!

NancyD said...

Love the monochromatic feel! Thanks for joining us at Love To Create for our "anything goes" challenge. NancyD

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, love these colours together and such a fab design! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna ♥ x

Kim Mc said...

Aloha, Mother Dear! Sorry it's taken me so long to comment! I gave you my verbal comment over the phone but still need to document it! I LOOOOOOVE your card and I'm glad to push you out of your box into the "dark side"! {hehe} And you inspired me to use this same set today! We have such a great give and take relationship! Keep'em coming mother dear!
Aloha, KL

PS should've pinched back those marigolds and they wouldn't be overtaking your tipsy turvy pots! ;)

Chris said...

very pretty. I usually like a little more color on my cards but this looks great as is. I'm always surprised at how much I like cards that are not in my style,and again your card shows me true that is.
thanks for sharing your card with us at Pile It On.

Tina46 Kreativblog said...

wonderful card !! thanks for jouning in our challenge.

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card.. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar.
Bev x

dragonllew said...

Great card love the colours thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge.
Jenny x