Saturday, July 8, 2017

~ The Journey ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this summer Saturday in July. We are having such a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh.
I just came back from a 4 mile bike ride with my friend. We ride on a tree lined trail and the temp was so perfect. I always feel great after riding. On the next outing our plan is to add a couple of miles. I just got my bike so we are newbies to this form of exercise. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I have been showing you over the past several weeks how to combine word die phrases with a stamped sentiment. Check out my cards here, here, hereherehere and here.  I am continuing with this series today as well.

I needed a card for my good friend who is battling cancer. I send her cards regularly and today she had a good report from her doctor. So I wanted to make one that dealt with her journey. She has quite an amazing attitude and a fighting spirit. 

So I decided to use the Journey Phrase and I thought the Bicycle in Grass dies would work well together. And I would combine that with an appropriate sentiment. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: White Panel size: 3 7/8" x 4 5/8"
I stamped my sentiment in a teal ink. I taped off the word Journey since I was using the Expression Phrase die for that word. I lined it up with my stamp-a-ma-jig.
Then I masked the sentiment off and taped down the brick wall stencil. I used 3D embossing paste.
I like using this paste with stencils because it gives whatever you are stenciling some dimension.  Set this panel aside to dry.
Step 2: While the embossing paste was drying I cut the grass and place on the bottom of the panel. I decided not to use the grass that is part of the bicycle die. I wanted something that would extend across the image panel. I used the Spring grass die and cut it in a garden green cardstock.
Step 3: I die cut the bicycle in a pomegranate red cardstock. The birds are part of the die so I cut 2 in the medium-blue and adhered them over the red birds.
The journey phrase is cut 2x because I like the words to pop and putting two of them together gives nice dimension. I used a teal cardstock here.
And, last is my butterflies. They are cut in a medium blue-green cardstock and matching designer paper. I used the butterflies from the Fancy Pocket Plus and Angled Pocket dies.
Step 4: The embossing paste was dry enough to begin the card assembly. My layering panels are a medium blue-green cardstock. Size: 4 3/4" x 4". The card base is teal cardstock. Size: 5" x 4 1/4". 
I attached the bicycle using Ranger multi-medium matte adhesive. Just dabbed it on in a few places and then placed it behind the grass.
The Journey Phrase and butterfly is attached with the same adhesive. Added a few small pearls to the butterfly body.
Well, that's my card for today. Hope I have given you an idea for making a card using the Expression Phrase dies. Until next time........God bless.
Dies I used to create card
 I am also entering:
1.  Crafting with Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Emerald City Crafts Challenge has an anything goes challenge #1.
3That's Crafty Challenge Blog has an anything goes challenge.


  1. Lovely card Mary, really like that stencilled brick background. Thank you for joining the That's Crafty *Anything Goes* Blog Challenge.. Tracey

  2. Hi this is stunning. Thank you for joining us at Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog Anything Goes Challenge 1. Hugs Jackie (DT)



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