Sunday, July 15, 2012

To my BFF!

Hello Friends!

I am finally back!  Sorry for my absence.  My computer went down and took everything with it!  Luckily I have a back up drive so I now have a working computer and all my files, thanks to my little brother!

Well, last Monday was my best friends birthday.  She is more than any girl could as for in a best friend.  It is so funny because many people often ask, "Why are you to such good friends?".  You see, she is very bubbly and vocal.  I on the other hand am pretty quiet.  But they say opposites attract right?  She is fantastic and keeps me in line always reminding me to think of the other side.  We met in college and have had so many fun times together.  I know she is one person I can call on at any time and she will say, what can I do for you!  She is the best!

Well on to the card.... She really likes the Sarah Kay stamps because they remind her of Holly Hobby.  When I found this one, Babette cuddling with Kitten, I knew it was the one I wanted to use for her card. 

I colored her up on cryogen paper with my copics.  I also wanted to give the wood floor a try that I learned online at CMC classroom.  So here is my first attempt.  I want to practice some more, but I don't think it turned out too bad for the first time.  The card itself is a gate fold card, in which I used either MME or Paper Studio ( I can't remember the brand, I am sorry) paper on the exterior. 

The inside, I coordinated with matching paper.   I made the tag and ribbon to match the inside.

Using what I have learned in Creative Chemistry 101, I made this tag.  I love how it turned out. I started off with a white tag.  I then applied different colors of distress ink, then spotted it with water and heat set.  Then I went over it with more distress ink to deepen the colors a bit and then a darker ink around the edges.  I heat set it again.  Then I took a background stamp (the swirls) and used picket fence distress stain on the stamp and stamped the tag.  I heat set it again to set the white.  I was not quite satisfied at that point, it needed something else.  So after looking around my stamps, I found Stampin Up Delicate Doilies and they match the background paper.  So I dipped them in different colors of distress ink and randomly put them on the tag.  Once I was satisfied, I did one final heat set and stamped the sentiment by  American Art Stamps.

Once I laid the tag on the inside of the card, it did not quite stand out, so I trimmed it with black card stock and adhered the ribbon.  The ribbon is crate ribbon in white.  I again used my distress inks in different colors to go over the ribbon for color and stamped a few of the doilies on it too!

Copics used

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - L is for Lace
Daring Cardmakers - Lace and pearls
Paper Pretties - Try a new technique (floor with copics and distressed tag)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I had so much fun making it and letting my creative juices flow!

Blessings until next time...


  1. Athina, your card is gorgeous! Love the way you colored that image - so much detail!

  2. Beautiful card, I love your tag too the colours are SO vibrant, sure to be keepsakes. Thank you for joining the latest dare at the Daring Cardmakers. Gez.

  3. What a lovely card, the colours are fab and your colouring is just out of this world.
    Thanks for joining us over on ATCs With Attitude.
    Hugs Alison x x

  4. Beautiful image and lovely colouring. Thanks for joining us at S G challenge, good luck, cheers Sue N x

  5. super cute! I'm so glad your back! :)
    I love the scalloped edge and pearls

  6. Your coloring is amazing and that bookmark is to die for! I love it!!

  7. Beautiful card Athina!!!. And your colouring as usual... SUPERB!!!

  8. Beautiful work Athina! Love the depth and dimension you've created with your coloring especially the flooring and your distressed tag on the inside is sooooo cool! And thank God for little brothers (at least in case of the computer!).


  9. OMG I thought of Holly Hobby and was all set to tell you about her because I thought you'd be too young to know who she was. Then I read your story!! I LOVED Holly Hobby back in the 70's:) You really did this image justice, she is gorgeous!!!!

  10. WOW this is gorgeous Athina!! I love that sweet image and your fabulous inside! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

  11. Wow, wow, wow! Your coloring is amazing. I love the tag you made. Your BFF will LOVE this card!

  12. What a fabulous card. Love that image and your coloring is truly amazing. It really pops out. Love the paper you used. I know your GF will just love it.

  13. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Daring Cardmaker's Lace & Pearl challenge this week!

  14. What a wonderful card for your friend! I DO believe in that old "opposites attract" adage. Hubby and I are proof! LOL Just wanted to pop in and thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog this week. I don't know what caused your computer problem, but mine got demolished by a virus so I can sympathize. Had all my files backed up too luckily, but it's still a pain. Hope you have a great weekend! Hugs!

  15. great colours, love this technique
    thank you for joining in the challenge at ATCs and cards with attitude this week
    Debbi x

  16. Holly Hobby was the first thing I thought of when I saw your card! Gorgeous, I'm sure your friend would have thought so.

    Thanks for playing along with our Pearls challenge. (my apologies for the late comment)

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Southern Girls DT

  17. Sooo pretty!! Did she love it?!?!

  18. Your coloring always amazes me, you do such lovely work! Great job on the inside and tag too!


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