Monday, April 7, 2014

Pretty papers make me smile

Back when I was quilting, the part of the process that I loved the most was finding beautiful fabrics that would coordinate.  That has translated big time to papers now for my card making!  But with the advent of 6" pads, lots of the work has been done for us, as the papers can be mixed and matched at ease.  As I was checking out at Simon's last shopping time, I decided to go through their "All New, Just In" section, and I'm so glad I did, as I found this gorgeous Bazzill pad called Vintage Lace.  These are exactly the kind of patterns I've always been drawn to.  Here's what I made with them:


All of the papers except that pink gingham and the solids for the leaves and flowers are from the above-mentioned pad.  I wanted them to be the star of the show, so I cut them into long lengths (the aqua chevron strips are at the top of each sheet, so nothing went to waste today!).  The gingham is from an Authentique pad , the Flourish collection, the leaves are Simon's Green Apple cardstock, and the roses are the reverse of BoBunny double dotted papers.  The roses and leaves are from a Simon stamp set, Best Mom Ever, and the sentiment from a Lil' Inker set called Darling Diamonds.  The "smile" sentiment was one of the reasons I wanted that set.  

If you know me, you'll know that pink and green are a favorite combo of mine, as are dots and ginghams and flowers, so that sentiment was a natural for me!  Hope this makes you smile, too!

After I finished and posted my first card, THEN I remembered reading this morning on my Dashboard that there's a new Make It Monday Challenge called No-Sew Quilted Cards, and while I had everything still out, I made another card using the same papers as above.


I love using embossing folders to add a quilt-like look to cards!  Here I used a 1 1/4" punch, glued the squares together on a backing, then ran it through an embossing folder called Simple Interlock, by Darice.  It is the perfect size to work with my squares! I "bound" my little paper quilt in a pale aqua.  To qualify for the challenge, I added a flower made from PTI's Beautiful Blooms II #1, centered with a Dear Lizzy wood button, and an old Hero Arts/Archiver's sentiment. 

A fun afternoon spent playing today - thanks for coming by!

32 comments:

adele holcomb said...

So cozy and pretty, Lin! Your quilting talents often shine through on your cards.

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Betty said...

i'm smiling!!! such a happy card!!

Jacquie Southas said...

Beautiful papers highlighted perfectly on both cards. Love the embossing folder used for the quilt effect!

Linda said...

Such a pretty quilted card. Love the papers you used.

joy said...

Beautiful quilted cards, Lin! So much easier and less costly to make a card quilt. Love those papers.

Cat Craig said...

Oh Lin, these are great. I love the way you have combined the patterned papers. The added touch of the embossing folder on the second card really brings on that quilted feeling. SO glad I stopped by, you have me smiling!

Robin K. said...

When I saw that PTI challenge I immediately thought of you Lin! I love your mini "quilt" and how you used the pp's in the first card!

Susanne Vargas said...

Both cards are so beautiful!

Pam W Merwin said...

Such a sweet card, Lin :) Love it when you incorporate your love of quilts in your cards!

debby4000 said...

Both cards are so beautiful.
luv
Debby

CinnamonSally said...

These quilting inspired cards are beautiful Lin. I love the papers and the second card with the embossing is fabulous.

Dawn T said...

what delightful cards. The embossing folder looks just awesome with the quilted papers.

artful-notions said...

Pretty, pretty quilting! Love the soft roses. And I agree with the smiling part! Love your pretty papers!

Bridie @ Simply-Crafting.co.uk said...

Brilliant card, I love the chevron border and the patchworked embossing

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Tracey Jean said...

Gorgeous! Love your quilted card...

Sharon Underwood said...

You make quilting look easy! Your card is so pretty! Love the gingham and the button in the middle of the flower.

Virginia L. said...

These two cards are so YOU!! I especially adore the 2nd one inspired by PTI Make it Monday's!! Gorgeous creations, Lin!

AYN DESIGNS said...

love your colors! very pretty!!!

victoria h said...

Beautiful cards

Beebeebabs said...

Very pretty cards!!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

So BEAUTIFUL!!! Love your cards Lin!

Kay D said...

So pretty- all those colors work together so well. I'm in love with that embossing folder on your quilted card- so perfect! (and I wish I had one)!

Kim Heggins said...

So, so sweet! Love the pastel colors, really makes for a lovely card.

Helen F. said...

What lovely paper patterns to use on both of these beautiful cards, Lin!

K said...

Very pretty! I really like the embossing that you chose. What a soft feminine card.

Morag said...

A beautiful card!

Patti said...

Your quilted card is so lovely!! I wish I had a real quilt this beautiful : )

Patti

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Birgit said...

Both of your cards are fabulous. What lovely printed papers you used! The embossing folder you used is perfect for a quilted card!

Luanne said...

Both cards are awesome. This technique is always fun for using great papers. Yours are so pretty!

Debbie said...

Hello, Gorgeous cards! What embossing folder did you use? Thank you.

Lin said...

Hi Deborah Anne, it's called Circle Interlock, by Darice. Don't know if it's still available.