The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mr Cardmaker Needs to Coast for a Minute

I have a quick card to share with you today.

These days of so many fancy new techniques, I decided to drop back and go with some trusted ideas instead of walking the high wire of all things "new."

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the new stuff. Watercoloring, metallics, whatever, let me at 'em, I'll give them a go.  And, I'll  keep going with the ones I like, until I get them the way I like them.

But, don't you sometimes just want to go with the ideas that you've got DOWN, the ones you can handle without a big effort, the "home" ideas?

I do.
So, I did.

I made this--

This card was made for a dear friend.
Cheerful and optimistic is what I was going for. I hope I got that right.

The leaves all have some Glossy Accents on them, to give them some shine and definition, and everything but the leaves and the tags (and ribbon, duh) went through the Cuttlebug with a Swiss dots folder.

Another view--

I also added a couple of "dew drops" with glossy accents on the tags. I think it sort of refers to the Swiss dots a bit, and of course, because shiny....

Sometimes doing the things you can do without the thought and with nothing but the "love" is exactly the right project to work on. This was one of those for me.

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. You made me think of that silly saying I said as a kid as we'd chase each other in the yard but then one would yell out, 'BASE! you can't touch me, I'm on base!" The safety zone, home, so to speak and yes, I employ it often when crafting too. However, your definition and caliber is way, way, far above mine in how you excel with your techniques and talents. This card is absolutely stunning Richard. The optimistic, upbeat feel is totally there and I can't compliment you enough on the way that sentiment is arranged Dadgum,'s a doozie!!!

  2. Your tried and true is gold! Solid gold! Beautiful card sure to cheer your friend! I too love the sentiment treatment! Perfection! And oh those sweet dots - shiny and all!

  3. That certainly is a cheerful card and filled with positive thoughts too. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated. Sometimes doing the tried and true methods are very relaxing to me too!

  4. It IS cheerful & optimistic!
    I like the embossing everything idea!
    I've been watching videos on techniques this morning....yeah I'm at work, they've left me alone!
    Anyhoo, I digress; watching technique videos, and I'll probably just do what I do!

  5. What a gorgeous card! Whoever gets it will feel the love and cheerfulness that emanate from it!

  6. Well this is just beautiful! You can't beat the tried and true! I have been doing a lot of the new techniques too, and I am missing just putting together a card with die cuts. Still love that!

  7. LOVE the bright red and bold colors (I cant help myself!) Love that clever double tag too with the stamped sentiment!

  8. OH you hit the nail on the head Richard! Cheery and optimistic and just totally makes me smile!! The shine of course is just perfect!

  9. Gorgeous! What is it about the Swiss dots folder that just makes everything seem sweet?! Your comfort zone is quite a beautiful place to be!!


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