Monday, July 6, 2009


So how was everyone's holiday weekend here in the U.S.???

DH and I, along with my brother & sister-in-law took 6 of our nieces and nephews hiking in Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL. Absolutely gorgeous!!! It wasn't until last year that I knew we had anything like this in Central Illinois. And anyone who has traveled through our area knows what I mean - my Kentucky relatives say Illinois is just flatland with corn on one side of the road and soy beans on the other! Let this be a lesson to you. You just need to know where to look.

I have been so busy recently that I haven't been able to play in my studio at all. I finally had the chance Saturday and was looking forward to it. But guess what - I was so worn out by all the hiking on Friday that I didn't make one card! I cleaned the house very quickly in the morning then had my own personal NCIS marthon (Season One on DVD) on my laptop while I sat in my recliner. So the card you are seeing today is one that I made a couple of weeks ago and just haven't had the time (or energy) to post until today.

I love this new Designer Paper from Stampin'Up! It's so fresh and feminine - and EXCLUSIVE TO HOSTESSES so if you're lovin' this paper too it's time to call your SU! demonstrator and host a workshop.

To make this card, I began by cutting a piece of DP 1/4" smaller than an A2 size card then using my BigShot and a Spellbinder's circle Nestie to cut a circle in the upper half of the DP. I also cut the same size circle from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the greeting and small flowers using Crushed Curry and Razzleberry markers. I then glued the DP to the front of the cardbase (which is in the new SU! In-color: Razzleberry. Next I applied glue to the back of the stamped circle and fit it into the hole on the front of the card, gluing it to the inside of the cardbase. Once that was complete, I used the next size smaller Nestie to cut out the center of the circle on the cardfront leaving just a rim of the Razzleberry cardbase exposed.

I tied knots evenly spaced down a length of matching organdy ribbon - it's from my stash and not part of the In-Color line - and tied it around the bottom, front of the card. I then added a small yellow Prima and a few raspberry dew drops to finish.

That's it for today. Hope you enjoyed the card and the photo from my holiday weekend exploration.

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!


Louise said...

Very cute card. I've missed your web page for the last few days, but we all have to get away sometime. We've been to Starved Rock several times - I think that place is close by but I'm too lazy to look it up!

Louise said...

Forgot something - thanks for the idea for the ribbon that's tied in several places. That looks really nice. I'll have to try it out. My cards are getting so fat with the embellishments that I have to have DH ask the postmaster to check it out. Cost me an extra 22 cents today because of the unevenness of the card. I'm loving the brads and stick-on embellishments.

Susan Raihala said...

Wow, I LOVE that ribbon treatment, goes perfectly with the dp you're using and is such a lovely finishing touch!

Becky said...

This is a beautiful card Jill, love this design paper. And what a gorgeous photo.