Good morning!

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day and weekend. Rich and I had a quiet dinner at home and watched a movie. My choice (of course) but I admit I should have done a little more research on what I picked because, as it turned out, I chose a Nicholas Sparks movie so the ending sucked. I generally swear off of his books and movies because he has a penchant for killing off his characters. Since I am a die hard happy ending sort of girl, this annoys me to no end and generally ruins the movie for me. Sadly, this one was no exception. Darn it.

On a happier note, today I have a couple of birthday cards to share with you plus one wedding card. I’m short on birthday cards actually so I spent a good chunk of the day yesterday putting some together. This set is so perfect for weddings though that I couldn’t resist one of those too.

I’m featuring Baroque Motifs this week which is a favorite set of mine mostly because of that wonderful swirl but I also love how it can be so versatile. So, let’s get started!

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My first card today is a dramatic mix of Real Red and Basic Black on white. I layered the black and red on a white card then stamped the swirl with Basic Black on another panel of white. I punched the upper left corner using a decorative punch.
Next, I stamped several of the small flower in Real Red and punched them using the Boho Blossoms punch. These were popped up on foam dimensionals and then trimmed in their centers with black gems.
A Happy Birthday sentiment in Real Red and a scattering of red nailheads finish this card off.

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My second card was inspired by one that I did at a card class with my friend Alvina recently. It begins with a Certainly Celery card base that I stamped with the swirl in the same color ink. I also stamped and punched out three small flowers and the birthday sentiment of Certainly Celery.
I cut a separate panel of white and then used a Spellbinder circle to cut an opening in the panel. I popped the white panel up on foam dimensionals then adhered a strip of silver glimmer paper below the opening,
The butterflies were punched from white and glued into the circular opening. The flowers were adhered along with a couple sprays of leaves to the edge of the opening and the sentiment was adhered with dimensionals. A few gems give this card a little sparkle.

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My last card today is a pretty wedding card although it would work equally well for an anniversary card.
The card base is a half sheet of Basis Pop Tones Coral. I scored the front in half and tucked the flap to the inside before stamping the card interior with Groovy Guava. I trimmed the center front fold with a strip of glitter tape and then cut three separate Label Collection Framelits – two in the larger size and one smaller. One of the larger pieces was labeled into the inside of card while the other was pressed with my Modern Vines embossing folder, The smaller piece was stamped with the swirl in 2nd generation ink. I adhered the embossed piece on the inside of the front flap and then laid the stamped piece on the top. A quick “cherish” tag on white and a layered butterfly with a few pearls wrap this one up.

Here’s the list of supplies for this week:

S: Baroque Motifs, Cindy Echtinaw Designs: Label Accents, Stampendous: Orchid Greetings
P: white, Real Red, Basic Black, Basis Pop tones Coral, Certainly Celery, Silver glimmer paper
I: Real Red, Basic Black, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery
A: nail heads, foam dimensionals, All Night Media: Deco Corner Punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Modern Vines embossing folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, glitter tape, pearls, gems, Spellbinders Circles, Martha Stewart: Monarch Butterfly punch, Martha Stewart: Little Leaf punch


Thanks for dropping by. I hope you have a great week!


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