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June 4, 2011

Lily of the Valley

As I child I remember my Grandmother growing Lily of the Valley and always loved how delicate they were.  And if memory serves me well I think they grew wild also.   I am so happy with how this card turned out, I just wish you could see it in person as it is much prettier than the picture.  I made it following of the sketches this week on RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.
All the cuts are the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge, I love the cake cartridges.  The "trellis"  or strip of purple across the back is a border cut that I welded two back to back using my Gypsy.  As always when I am designing or cutting something for the first time I always cut it from plain white cardstock to make sure I like it and  that it is the right size.  I know this may sound like a waste of paper, but they usually get put to good use.  If I don't use them myself I pass them on to my two sister-in-laws that I got started into this addiction.  In this case I took that plain white piece and covered it with  purple pearl embossing powder a couple of times and liked the way it looked so I found paper that would go with it.

Letraset, the makers of Promarkers sent me some samples of a couple products that they carry.  LetraTac, a re-positional Adhesive sheet and Safmat self adhesive Printable film.  Both have so many uses, I did use the LetraTac to glue the purple lattice like cut behind the lilies.  I though with the intricate cut that this would be perfect and it was.  Unlike running it through your Xyron there was no webbing of adhesive, loved this part.  It stuck great but I did add a few drops of random glue because when I had heat embossed the front some of the embossing powder got on the back and we all know that can mess with you adhesive.  So make sure you go to Letraset website and check out their cool products.

There is two Lily of the Valley cuts but they do not match up exactly like a shadow but that is ok, it is off set enough to make the bunch look bigger.  I chalked each set of leaves and each lily and then sprayed it with sealer so the chalk would not come off.
The lilies were cut from pearl white paper and since there are so many of them this is what I did to make sure they got attached to the correct place.  I took my Zig glue pen and put a dab of glue on each area where there was to be a flower, then as I removed the flowers from the mat I stuck them where they belonged.  Then after I was ready I glued them down permanently.  This seemed to work well for me.  I also applied Diamond Glaze to each lily.  The cut had an bow that cut with it but I cut if off and added my own ribbon bow.  I pop dotted the lily bunch and added some pearl strings that I had.
Here is a closer look of the lilies.
The "thanks a bunch" was computer generated and printed on that same white pearl papers as the lilies.
This card will be placed int the following challenges.
Creative Craft World - 3 or more flowers  ends 6/7
One Stop Craft Challenge - texture  ends 6/10
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - things of beauty end 6/8
Divas by Design - florals ends 6/12
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes/favorite ends 6/8
By the Cute and Girly  - In the garden ends
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Flower Power 6/6
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge  - here comes Summer 6/30

Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope you like what you saw enough to leave a comment and/or become a follower.

11 comments:

Vickie said...

wow just gorgoues. I love it. I don't have the cart, but the more I see it the more I want to get it.

Hrvatica said...

Beautiful card. I may have to get this cartridge just for the lily of the valley cut.

Cricut Couple said...

It's so beautiful! I love the MS carts!!! They are probably my most used cartridges! Something for every project! This card is just so beautiful!!!

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, what a beautiful card!

Marian said...

whoo, your card is beautiful, toyally different...love it :0)

HandmadebyTLC said...

Glazing the Lilly of the Valley was a brilliant idea. Thanks for joining us at Diva's by Design
HUGS
Tammy Louise

Grace Baxter said...

What a lot of work this card was for you! It's just beautiful!

jfcerv said...

Donna,
Beautiful card love the flowers and the colors are amazing!! Awesome job , as always!!

Laura /sandytoz said...

Thanks for playing along with Paper Crafting Journey! Beautiful card, my grandma had lots of lilies of the valley too!!

Laura (sandytoz)
PCJ DT

Ann said...

tHIS IS ON THE PRETTIEST CARD I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. I HAVE SCRAPLIFTED IT TO USE FOR A SYMPATHY CARD AS I THINK OF LILIES OF THEVALLEY AS VERY SOOTHING IN LOOKS AND SO SOFT. I HOPE THE PEOPLE I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS FOR WILL ENJOY IT.
MSTGANE
ANN

Katie said...

I just love this, it must have taken you ages! Thanks for joining us at Crafter's Companion this month!

Katie xx