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Friday, July 29, 2011

Emily has a House!

My friend Emily, after months of searching, has found a house! I wanted to mark the occasion with a card (we are both card-makers, after all), so I made this quick and goofy card: 




I don't consider this card particularly brilliant in terms of design or execution. So why am I even sharing it? Well... see that door? I MADE MY OWN EMBOSSING FOLDER! That's worth all caps in my book. :D 




(Note to self: do something about cat scratches on sideboard before taking photographs...) 
I wanted the door to have a little style, rather than just being a cardstock rectangle. I'd recently read this post about making your own embossing folders out of cereal box cardboard, so decided to give it a try in my new Cuttlebug. (Yes, I've finally joined the embossing/die cut machine brigade!) A little trial-and-error, and I had exactly what I wanted! 
I will confess that I stamped that roof image more than once before I realized... it wasn't my lack of inking skills -- it came pre-distressed! The words are from a Unity Marah Johnson set that I won on the All Things Unity blog. They seemed to express the process Emily had gone through. 
P.S. Another friend, Meg, is in the TOP 5 in the Paper Crafts magazine Gallery Idol contest! Her creations have all been amazing so far, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! The newest projects will be displayed Monday. View, admire, vote! 


Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red and kraft cardstock, Unity October 2010 Kit of the Month (Take Time to Laugh) & Moxie stamps, Versamark & vintage photo distress ink, clear embossing powder, Cuttlebug, black half pearl, dimensionals Pin It Now!

12 comments:

Angela said...

Linds! I saw this when Em posted it but had no idea you made your own embossing folder! That is so super-cool! I can already see you using it for all kinds of door and non-door-related projects :) So cool!

Jocelyn Olson said...

That is soooooo cool that you made your own embossing folder! I'm going to have to check out the post. Love that the door is red. You crack me up about the distressed roof (that's something I would do). Your cat scratches give your sideboard flair ;)

Emily Leiphart said...

I don't mind the cat scratches at all, Linds! I love the little door on my card and Damian always tries to open it and see what's inside. LOL The card has great usage of all your new Unity stamps! ;)

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

sooo perfect! love the fun door and how cool you made your own embossing folder!!! awesome.

lisa a

Meg said...

Oh, wow, YOUR OWN EMBOSSING FOLDER?!? That is definitely worth all caps! Very cool, going to have to check out your link on how to make one myself.

I feel your pain; I have issues with pre-distressed stamps myself. Now I'm almost starting to like them because it's an excuse not to have to stamp perfectly.

And thanks for the shout-out! :)

Janna Werner said...

Thats brilliant! Need to try this as well, tfs! The card rocks, lovely idea, Lindsey! Have a lovely weekend, Janna

wendyp said...

love the way you created the embossing folder for the door...brilliant!!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

How lovely you made a card for Emily!! Love it! And she really deserves it!
Hugs, Wendy

Karin said...

Awesome card and even more awesome is how you made the door :) You might give Meg a run on the the title of papercrafting idol!

Donelda said...

Cap Locks are totally acceptable!! This embossed door is awesome ... leads to so many other possiblities .. now I might not be able to sleep tonight but will be in my craft room making other home-made embossing folders LOL!

Pam said...

I'm so late to the party! Yay you! Yay Em! Yay Meg!

kasia c. said...

Fabulous card! And how cool that you made you own embossing folder. Genius work for the door. It looks perfect! :)