Thursday, October 21, 2010

Life Without Love

Have you ever thought about life with out love? I hadn't until I saw the quote I used on my card. I would rather not think about what it would be like, knowing how much I love my my husband, family, friends and two girls!

Ok, this is my newest card submission for the Creative-Sketches Yahoo Group. They are a new group and I'm so excited! This week they have this Sketch and add a Dry Embossing technique Challenge to use on your card:

I decided to combine it with the Flourishes "Sentiments" challenge, too. I was going for a less shabby, but a more of a chic, kind of shabby chic :)

I used the Flourishes small apple from their "Apple of My Eye" set, colored in with my Tombows and Distress Inks. I tried to use a Crackle finish on the apples, but it didn't crackle at all...not even a ripple :( I decided to use them anyway, and added some popdots under the apples, to pop them up so they would show up better, behind the windows. ~ I'm CASing Stacy's (aka Twinshappy) double diecut window idea (Thank you, Stacy!!).
I first stamped my Hero Arts "Italian Poetry" on two cream cardstocks, for the backgrounds, in with "Tattered Rose" and "Victorian Velvet" Distress inks, then heat embossed it all. I dry embossed the top layer/background with a Cuttlebug leafy vine embossing folder, then used my Scalloped Square Nestie to cut my windows out. I used an EK Sucess punch to punch out a tiny open scallop border, on a piece of red CS, for a decorative edge. I used a French Script transparency behind the windows, then added popdots under it all, and placed the top piece over the bottom layer/background piece. I stamped the sentiment in "Victorian Velvet" from the Flourishes "Berry Sweet" set, on top of a Fancy Tag Nestie. I used Pins from Maya Road, placed under a Fleur de Lis Pendant from Spellbinders, and a Prima flower on top of some lace I found at a garage sale. I added a few pearls, then dry embossed a frame around the whole card, on my cream CS.

I love this card, but I think it looks too much like the last card I made, right down to the same stamp set used - LOL!! I Do LOVE my "Apple" set a lot! But I'm going to try to use a different stamp next time, and change it up to make my next card look different!
I do love both of my recent cards. I just like to try to make each card unique :)


  1. This card is soooo pretty!! Very delicate!! Congrats for all you work!! You're very talented!

  2. Gorgeous creation Amanda. So many lovely details to enjoy!

  3. Your work is just......delicious!!!
    I love everything about this card you made for the challenge....beautiful.

  4. Such a gorgeous card glad you're creating with us!!

  5. Oh, my word! This is beyond gorgeous, Amanda! Stunning colors, coloring, detailing, and design! Beautifully done! WOW GORGEOUS!

  6. Oh my goodness... it's the same stamp set but nothing like the other card. You are a ROCKSTAR! Beautiful!

  7. I love it! Fabulous job with the windows. the sentiment on the tag is awesome and beautiful job.

  8. GORGEOUS...posted this on the Flourishes Facebook today.. Great job.

  9. Wowza! How gorgeous!! I love the elegant shabby look. Thank you for playing along the FTTC with us...and YAY for being featured on the Flourishes FB page!

  10. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!
    I have taken a look at it several times now.
    Just LOVE IT!


  11. Amanda, your card is amazing! Love this design...simply WOW! thanks for joining us at the FTTC! Hugs ~S~


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