Monday, January 7, 2013

Two By Two...

Happy Monday!  I hope I didn't mislead you with that title and put visions of Noah's ark in your head. :)  Today I'm showing cards that were made in pairs....not something I do a lot, but it was fun to do things differently this past weekend. I had been playing with some blank tags, stamping and "shabby-ing" them up around the edges...and when I was finished, I wanted to find a way to incorporate them onto cards instead of just setting them aside in the "extras" bag until later.

Then I found some fun heart doilies in my stash, and decided to make up a Valentine card.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to make it up with the pink heart doily, or the I made up both, and used my newly-shabbied tags, too. I like them both, each in their own way.

The pink version...soft and shabby...

Instead of putting a layer of lace just under the floral cluster, I scrunched up a piece about 4" long (after spritizing and inking it), and hot-glued it to the front across the tag, putting the floral cluster to one side, and the pearl cluster to the other...

I cut apart one of the longer phrases of my sentiment stamps to make the shorter sentiment, inked and distressed the edges, and set it to the side of the tag, over a small piece of cheesecloth...

The red version came out bright and cheery and shabby...

Patterned papers:  Prima Almanac collection      Sentiment stamps:  Hero Arts; Papertrey Ink
Pearls:  Recollections      Mini Roses:  Wild Orchid Crafts      Tags:  American Tag Company
Text Stamp:  Prima      Flower Stamp:  Dawn Houser/Uptown Rubber Stamps-Floral Tapestry
Miscellaneous:  heart doilies, crocheted lace

Next up is another set of the mini cards  (3-1/2"w x 5"h)  that I love to make in pairs. Die cut frames and sentiment labels form the focal point on the fronts, and the floral clusters and bows add a definite feminine flair. 

I diecut frames and labels once from cardstock, and once from lightweight chipboard, and glue the two together with liquid glue when I'm using them on cards where the edges extend over the background a bit, or when I'm popping them up with foam tape for dimension.  It doesn't add that much more weight to the card, and helps keep the edges stable.  You can see what I mean in the pic below...

This time, the bases for the rose clusters are each formed by a single fabric flower.  These were part of a "stem" of flowers purchased at a local big-box craft store.  I took the flowers off the stems, spritzed them with Tea Dye Distressed Ink and distilled water, and put the floral clusters in the centers after gluing them down on the frames...

Patterned papers:  Echo Park Victoria Gardens collection      Edge Punch:  Martha Stewart Cherish PATP
Dies:  Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Classic Ovals Large, Fancy Framed Tags Two
Sentiment Stamps:  Papertrey Ink      Paper Roses:  Wild Orchid Crafts      Mini Pearls:  Recollections
Hug Snug seam binding      Miscellaneous:  cheesecloth, craft store fabric flowers

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope your week is starting with a smile!


  1. Gorgeous Kathy! I especially love the last two with the stunning die cut frames - so eye catching:)

  2. Absolutely beautiful creations Kathy.....I love your two by two theme. Love love your flower and lace clusters....WOW I always enjoy stopping by and being inspired! Happy New Year:))

  3. These are all stunning.. really pretty, and so feminine... and I hope you are having a great week! Rather hot here today, expecting temps of over 40 tomorrow.. good day to stay inside and scrap!


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