Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blueberries and Lace Anniversary Card

This "Blueberries and Lace" Anniversary card was truly an exercise in patience.  Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely THRILLED with the final product, but gosh darnit, getting there was quite a trip, lol!

When I sat down to create this piece, I wanted something a little bit vintagy, kinda shabby and with a "collected" look about it. I was picturing something with lace and swirls and all sorts of "stuff" on it. I knew this card was going to have either a rosette or a doily on it, and I knew I wanted to use my Blueberry Crisp DSP, but honestly, I hadn't thought much farther than that.

So, after 1 ripped up card base (I switched from Sahara Sand to Very Vanilla after stuff was secured down >.<), 2 crumpled doilies (I gave up on the doilies... we just weren't getting along this evening >.<), 3 rosettes and 4 hours, I finally arrived at long-awaited perfection!

This was my first time making a rosette. The premise of it is a strip of paper (mine was 1.75" wide and between 6 and 12 inches long), scored every 1/4", folded like a fan and secured with glue into either a circle or a half circle. The first one that I made, I used a full 12 inches of paper. I only wanted it to be a half circle so by the time I had it all glued up, it was just tooooo dense. The second one was 1 3/4" by 6". Ahh, now this was definitely a more manageable length, but after it all came together, I kept wishing it had a bit of lace fastened to the end. So I threw caution to the wind and tried one more time.

The last rosette started out as a 1 3/4" x 6" strip of paper. As before, I scored it every 1/4" but before I fan-folded it, I secured some Victoria Ribbon to the edge (Note to self: reorder Victoria Ribbon soon... i use it so much my roll is running low >.<). Then I did my fanfolding and gluing and VOILA! I finally had the perfect Rosette!

Michey's Note:  For a step-by-step tutorial on how I made the fan-folded medallion, please see this post.

I won't bore you with the details of my frustration creative process with the rest of this card. Rest assured my desk is a battlefield of failed ideas, abandoned experiments, and changed directions =) In the end, though, I couldn't be more tickled with the finished project! As the saying goes "Every rosette has it's thorn..."

DETAILS - Products are available for purchase from me  at Stampin' Up

Stamps: Elizabeth, Punch Potpourri, Something to Celebrate
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Full Heart Punch & Embosslit, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Victoria Ribbon, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Double Rectangle Punch (Retired)


  1. Your projects are beautiful! I am following from SC
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  2. This is a stunning card and well worth the effort. I would put this one up on my easel for everyone to see. Thanks for blessing m day. :)

  3. Amazing Work! Love it! The Fan Oh My! so delicate and pretty. You are very talent, TFS.

  4. It is truly beautiful! Well worth all the work! Easy for me to say! I love your card. TFS

  5. You have some beautiful cards posted. I'm glad I found your blog. I'm following you from the Stampin' Connection post. I'm #344 on the list. TFS.

  6. Hi Michey - I love the blue/white combo. And I love the Blueberry Crisp DSP. It's on my next order! Where I live we have a Blueberry Festival every August - and what a place for the REAL blueberry crisp and vanilla ice die for :) Google "Brigus Blueberry Festival". Glad I've found your blog too!! Cheers-Jackie

  7. Just beautiful. Your time was well spent.

  8. Gorgeous card...would have loved to know more detail! Thanks for sharing :)

    I'm def a follower of your blog...please stop by and follow me as well! Thanks :)

  9. Simply stunning. You hit all the markers with this card Michey. It's a bit vintage, a bit shabby chic and has all the lace and swirls as well. Beautifully made and worth all the effort. Take a bow!

  10. If you feel like you've given birth - the result is a beautiful girly card. I love it!

  11. Beautiful card and well worth the effort!!

  12. Beautiful card! I don't do vintage well but this makes me want to try again! :) BTW, check out today's blog post when you get a chance! ;)

  13. Very pretty. YOur fan looks wonderful and I like these colors together.


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