Thursday, May 9, 2013

A special card for Lara

So now that this card has been received, I can share it. Finally! I had even looked ahead to the list of The Kraft Journal's challenges & knew that this one would be perfect. (Did you know that they publish their list of challenges for the whole year? Check it out here.) This week's challenge is "Just for Her" , and since Lara's husband wanted a super-special card for her birthday I went all out. Check it out - remember you can click each picture to view it full-size:



The super-sweet Emily sent me this gorgeous flower die, and it was dying for a BIG project to make its debut. Thanks so much, Emily :)

What a bear to photograph! This is a modified side-step card - rather than a 4.25x5.25 folded size, this one is 4.25x7. A rectangle of burlap was frayed on the edges, gathered in the middle, and then stitched onto the card front. Huge flatback pearls make up the flower centres. Long corsage pins from Michaels made the perfect base for some BIG pearl stick pins. I am still in love with this :)


I scored each petal partially on the scoring board, but most of the shaping was just done by folding & fiddling with my fingers until I was happy with it. 


This was never going to fit in an envelope, so I made a box:

Some of the pieces removed from the burlap for fraying make perfect twine for tying on the tag. 

Supplies: Memory Box dies: cherry blossom & meadow leaf; corsage pins; pearl beads; flatback pearls; Cuttlebug tag die; PSX alphabet stamps; Vintage Photo distress ink; burlap; AC Thickers letters; unknown birthday rub-on; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

This particular Kraft Journal challenge is open until Sunday evening :) 

For those of you keeping track of how I wake up in the mornings, lol, we had yesterday's cat-adventure, and now today Riley was up at about 4:20 am. According to him, "I must have just woke up for some reason." I do NOT look forward to keeping that kid awake until bedtime tonight! 

xoxo,
Jessi




25 comments:

CinnamonSally said...

Oh my goodness this is stunning Jessi, and I love the box too.

Karen Letchworth said...

This amazing, Jessi! So much texture and great use of Kraft. Thanks for joining us this week, and please stop back by again soon. I LOVE it!
Karen
The Kraft Journal

jimlynn said...

WoW! So pretty. Love the flower die you used on this stunning card. Awesome box for it too. LOVE!!
Lynn

walchowDesign said...

STUNNING! STUNNING! Jessi! Excellent kraft card with the matching box! Love everything about this card!

Jingle said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

JJ Bolton said...

Ummm, wow!!! This project (aka work of art!) is amazing! The tone on tone color is such a fantastic choice! I'm sure she will love it!

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--lost for words! Such an amazing card--totally love everything you did her, Jessi!

Beth Moore said...

Your use of kraft cardstock for this project is absolutely stunning! Beutiful use of the flower die cuts and what a sweet box for the card too! I love everything about this project and plan to showcase your creation on the Feature Me Friday segment of our blog May 17. Be sure to stop by the blog that day (or any day thereafter) to see your feature and pick up your Featured Artist button as well.

Thank you for playing along with us at The Kraft Journal and for letting your readers know we post our challenges for the entire year too!

Jocelyn Olson said...

GASP! Jessi, this is stunning! I think I like the box as much as the card, too (and a card like that definitely deserves a box). The flowers are so pretty and the burlap accents are *perfect* for extra texture. Gorgeous!

Annette said...

wow wee this is amazing.. love love love all those awesome flowers.. lucky Lara.. :)

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Really neat! And the flowers look fantastic! Your box is very nice, too!

Dawn said...

This is absolutely stunning Jessi! LOVE the flower arrangement with all the dimension and textures and I love that you have done it all in kraft. Looks amazing!

4:20? Yuck.

Hugs, Dawn

Wendy ten Hove said...

This one is amazing! Love the kraft flower explosion! Looks awesome and what a very original idea! And a box to go with it as well!! I'm in love and I'm very, very sure the receiver will be as well! Hope all is well with you!
Hugs from Holland!
Wendy

Cheryl said...

Wow, how beautiful! I love the monochromatic look and your flower grouping is gorgeous! What a great idea to use the scraps from the burlap--never thought of that. Beautiful box, too.

Melissa Craig said...

Gorgeous! You deserve to win on this challenge. I love The Kraft Journal.

lostinpaper said...

WOW... what can I say but.... WOW!!!

fairyrocks said...

This is stunning. Just gorgeous card work.

Glenda J said...

WOW! Gorgeous.

♥Jan♥ said...

One of my most favorite Kraft cards ever. I was so tickled to see that Beth wanted to share it on our blog too ! So glad you joined us this week at The Kraft Journal !!

Ulina / Apricot Bubbles said...

Great card design, Jessi!
I love the flower cluster on the left!

~Tammy~ said...

Big congrats on your upcoming showcase for the FMF post! Yay you! This is Stunning with a capital S! The box is gorgeous and wow you know I am loving all the bumps and lumps and layers of gorgeousness on this beauty! :-))))

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Woo-who! Congrats on your win and the FMF spot! :)

Jenny said...

That's a great idea to publish the whole challenge list..... I probably still wouldn't get in before the deadline!!!
Your card is gorgeous, I love the bouquet, burlap and the box... The three B's :0)
We are so lucky with James and his sleeping... in fact I have trouble getting him out of bed in the morning!!!
Jenny x

Lynn said...

wow, this is over the top gorgeous! I LOVE those Kraft flowers with the pearls. And the simple little topper on the box is so sweet. Thanks for the inspiration. I am inspired to make a Kraft bouquet now!

Lisa Arana said...

just look at all that gorgeous kraft and white. Loooooooooove how pretty this turned out!