Monday, April 25, 2011

Cardmaking Takes Practice.

Happy Monday everyone.

I hope you had a great weekend and a very Happy Easter.

Today I want to show you the little card I made for

If you don't know this about me, I am a scrapbook girl. Since high school, I have always put my memories into a scrapbook.  I have kept all of my books current and I have made a little part time business making books for others for about 10 years now.

That said, making projects other than LO's for the FP Gallery has been  good practice for me. I look at some of the elements available today and my first thought is can I put these very dimensional items in my scrapbook and it still allow the book to close properly. Often not thinking of what else I could use them for. But having these items in the kits is opening me up to creating other things like the card above.

One of those dimensional items was the large wood button in the April kit "Fresh From the Garden".  For some reason I don't have the same hangup about the larger items going on a card like I do for the LO's.  Even if there is an envelope to contend with later and if I get to the point of mailing this to someone it will be
a package rate rather then a letter rate, but that's Okay. Not only because I would feel the  recipient would be worth it, but that I had overcome a personal crafters challenge as well.

I loved using the mix of patterned paper available in this kit. Notice there is a striped, a floral and a book page print all layered in the small area. I had to walk away from it a few times just to come back and see if I was still happy with it.  But after playing with the other pieces I had, this turned out to be my favorite combination. The color of the flowers and the angle of the butterfly still allowed the embellishment to pop against the stripes.

The decorative border is from the Tim Holtz die, Plaque and Postage. The red button was made by stamping some Fired Brick Distress Ink on top of the smaller wood buttons that came in this kit, and the sentiment stamps are from Inkadinkado.

I hope this encourages you to think past the page and try something that has been holding you back. It's fun and helps us grow our talents.

Happy Crafting!



  1. oh wow Rhonda, you have a flair for card making, its beautiful xx Hope you've had a lovely Easter xx

  2. Wow, scrapbooking since high school eh?? that's like a whopping six years by my figuring... awesomeness a la kung fu panda :)

  3. Scrapbooking is definitely a talent, and you've got it. Your layouts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you create in the future!!


  4. Your work is beautiful, I love looking through your blog. You do make some great cards. Where do you get your ideas?
    from Australia

  5. Love this card Rhonda! especially the flowers made out of that wood grain paper from Crate...too cute!