Monday, May 4, 2009

Just playing around ...

Hello friends! With DH recouping from his transplant here at home , it gives me a little more time to get creative in my craftroom. Today I decided to try out a technique I heard about through a friend ... DOUBLE CUTTLEBUGGING.

You may have tried this technique already but it's a new one for me. If not, here's what you do. For my card today, I've used SU Certainly Celery cs and instead of the usual side opening card, I chose to make a gate card. To do this, I've scored in from each side of my 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" paper at 2 1/8". By laying the front panels inside the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, I've run it through giving me the embossing ONLY on the front. I then used a sponge pod and inked over the raised dots using the green color from a Kaleidocolor ink pad. NOW ...

Using the Stylized Flower Cuttlebug embossing folder and 1 extra piece of cardstock for additional thickness, I have run the fronts through AGAIN. This time I've used the sponge pod and other Kaleidocolor inks to ink over the raised portion of this embossed area. Added green satin ribbon from Hobby Lobby as my closure & Prima flowers as an embellishment.

For the inside of my card I used a scrap piece of designer paper by Pixie Press and used my Martha Steward Arch Trellis border punch to decorate the bottom. My main image is from the Crafty Secrets Summertime Booklet and it's matted with SU Cameo Coral cs. I've used a very simple sentiment by Penny Black which was stamped using Versafine Black.

(You can click on any of my images for a larger view).


Another card I worked on today uses an image I purchased at AIS which was held here in Akron at the end of April. I'm thinking possibly this will be my mother's Mother's Day card ... not sure yet. She too enjoys the "vintage" flair and I think she'd like this. What do you think??

My base card is a duplex black & white cardstock. The second panel is a scrap of Graphic 45 designer paper which I just LOVE. It's double sided and that sometimes makes me crazy because I like both sides and can't decide which way to go. I have simply punched the bottom of the designer panel using the Martha Stewart doily lace border punch ... perfect for that "vintage" feel. The main panel an image by Rubber Cottage which I have stamped using Versafine Black and colored in using both SU watercolor pencils and Primsa pencils & Gamsol. I used another Martha Steward border punch to embellish the corners. My decorative peach satin ribbon is from the bargain bin at Michael's and I've used Ranger Liquid Pearls as an accent.

Pretty easy peasy really! Hope you (and my mother) both like it. Thanks for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful, sunshiny day!!!


  1. Cool idea with the embossing folders....I am gonna have to give this a try! Your cards are always beautiful!!

  2. Great cards! I love the idea of double embossing, will need to try that for sure. :-)

  3. LOVE the double cuddlebugging! Is that a word? I'm glad you two are home and enjoying some relaxing. Love Ya!

  4. Both cards are gorgeous, Darlene! Love the layout and scalloped punch edge on your mother's day card. The double embossing is fabulous!

  5. Beautiful Darlene!! and I love your Stamp Simply card too!
    Hope Mark is feeling better every day!

  6. Lovely Cards Darlene! I haven't tried that double Cuttlebug Technique yet, but I have seen it before. Love your vintage card too! I'm glad you have time to craft again!

  7. I love the peach and black together - very striking, the details with liquid pearls and the punched border all make such a pretty card. I also really like the gate card, but I'm not sure how you only ran the front through the CB - anyway, both beautiful!!

  8. What a great tip - double the cuttlebug! I gotta give this a whirl! Thanks! (I'm catching up on your blog, as you can tell!)


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