Sunday, December 08, 2013

Day 8 - Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials

I am teaming up with the Graphic 45 Design Team for an amazing Twelve Days of Christmas event!

December 1st through December 12th, on the Graphic 45 Blog, you will see a card designed by me, plus a gift tutorial inspired by my card and created by one of the current G45 team! 

ETA: Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes on my "improvement." Alas, these cards were created back in the summer, for CHA, so I am not currently in the studio making anything. Sadly. I am resolved to give my physical therapy time and am only dabbling here and there with paper. I am determined to come out of the starting gate after the new year...wait and see...

On the Eighth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me...

Eight Maids a-Milking
This card was probably the one in the series that took me the most time to envision. I had an idea in my mind's eye, but it took a while to "pound out." I started by creating a 5x5-inch, green card, lined with cream cardstock. I matted the background paper with darker green cardstock.

I fussy cut the milk maid from the Swans a-Swimming paper and attached her to the card with foam adhesive. I wanted to make sure to include her cow, and the best way to do that was to "grab" an image from the Pear Tree paper. I decorated a pre-made library pocket, to which I added a die cut banner.

I lined the pocket with the reverse print on the Swans a-Swimming paper. I love the green checks! The pocket holds some little tags that I cut from various paper; each tag contains a sentiment. I inked around the edges of the tags and then tied each with some cream twine. I also added a colored eyelet to each tag.

My milk maid needed a bit of sparkle, so I gave her a sparkly flower! I tied a bit of checked ribbon into a bow and then added the flower. I also added a pearl to the center of the flower. It may have had one originally, but this flower was in a bin of Christmas-y things...sans pearl. Lucky for me, I have a bin of self-adhesive pearls! {wink}

I decorated the inside of the card a sticker and a strip of paper. The sticker was not a postage image, so I trimmed around it with decorative scissors and then inked the edges. 

Now go over to the Graphic 45 Blog to see Karen's gift tutorial! I hope you go on to visit at Karen's Blog! She has a feminine style all her own. I especially love her work with flowers! Plus she is a lovely lady with an inner strength that is such an inspiration to me.

Remember, leave Graphic 45 a Blog or Facebook comment for a chance to win this amazing prize! A grand prize winner will be announced on the Graphic 45 blog at the end of this event, on Friday, December 13th. 

Joyeux Noel
Holly and Ivy
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Pear Tree
Swans a Swimming

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan, Smooth Medium Spring Green, Deep Spring Green
Twine, ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Petaloo
Pearls: Couture Creations
Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers
Library card pocket: Simple Stories
Die cut templates: My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan, Rose Coral, Dark Moss, Lime Pastel, Maroon
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous! I love these cards. So gorgeous.