Saturday, January 25, 2014

Twisted Easel Birthday Card Using CTMH Balloon Ride Paper and Cricut Artiste Cartridge

Hi to all my wonderful followers, fellow crafters and readers.  I hope everyone is having a good year so far in 2014.  I have heard it is colder and more snow than normal for a lot of the US.  Southern CA has been having very dry and unseasonal hot weather.  It has been in the 80's here.  We normally have at least fall temps and rain this time of year; but I think the global warming is affecting all of us; and not necessarily in a good way.

I am excited to share my first card for my DT position on The Squirrel and The Fox - Challenge 62 - Use Embellishments.  I am very excited to be a part of such a great team.  Many of their sponsors are new to me; so it is always exciting to find new digi companies and use their fabulous products. 

I am using a digi stamp from V's Sweet Ideas.  Be sure to visit her shop.  I used my gorgeous new CTMH Balloon Ride Paper Pack; available in our Spring/Summer Idea Book, Feb. 1st, 2014.  I love this paper pack!  I tried very hard not to cover anymore than I had to; so you could see it.  The inside is also another design in that paper pack.  Wait till you see all of our new items!  This is my favorite Idea Book so far; in the past two years.  Lots of new products.

Here is the tutorial for Twisted Easel Card.

Front of Card When Closed

Inside Card

Supplies used to create this card:

Die Cuts:
Balloons and inside sentiment oval- CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Image base - Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics A & B
Butterfly - Joy Crafts Vintage Flourish
Butterfly border - Joy Crafts Butterfly Border
Little butterflies - Martha Stewart Punch
Inside sentiment die cut - Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two

CTMH Markers
Clothing - Sky Light, Sorbet
Camera - Sorbet Light and Slate

Copic Markers
Skin - E0000, E000, E00
Hair - Y21, E31, E35

Paper - CTMH Balloon Ride (X7180B)
Cardstock - CTMH Blush and CTMH Sky
Cardstock for butterflies and border - DCWV The Metallic Stack Textured
Image - V's Sweet Ideas
Ink - CTMH Sky and CTMH Sorbet
Outside Sentiment Border- CTMH Lifting Spirits - (C1570 - retired from Holiday Guide 2013)
Outside Sentiment - CTMH Holiday Tags - D1460
Inside Sentiment - CTMH Birthday Script (B1208 - retired)
Bling - CTMH Sparkle Assortment (Z1753) and Ki
Ribbon - American Crafts

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional twist Winter Blues (different shades of blue)
Dragonfly Dreams - Thoughts of Summer
 Great Impressions - Use Something New (New Digi and Spellbinders dies) (3 of 3)
Hobbycutz - Lots of Layers (1 of 3)
Opus Gluei - Need A Lift? (I thought this card with balloons would give everyone a lift.)
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes (1 of 3)
Sentimental Sunday's - More than 3 layers (Lower half of easel card has more than 3 layers)
Crafty Calendar - Let's Celebrate
My Sheri Crafts - Use A Digi
Artistic Inspirations - Ribbon (a piece on the top and bottom of the card)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes - Fancy Folds (Twisted Easel card)
Crafty Boots - Sunshine (I think of Hot Air Balloons.)
Eureka Stamps - Your 3 Favorite Embellishments (Butterflies, Butterfly border, bling)
Kaboodle Doodles - Use Blue
Lexi Creations - Fancy Folds (Twisted Easel Card)
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Anything Goes w/optional - Use real ribbon
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls Norway - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Lots of Color (Stash - Bling, die cuts)
Bearly Mine - Color Inspiration
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Birthdays
Creative Craft Challenges - New (New paper and Digi)
Deep Ocean Challenge - Birthdays
Party Time Tuesday's  - Use Ribbon
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration - Something New (New paper and New Digi) (3 of 3)
Paper Shelter Challenge - Digi image plus sentiment (1 of 3)
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies - Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - Must Use A Ribbon (Ribbon strip on both top and lower parts.) (1 of 1)
Digitally Sweet Challenges - Anything Goes (1 of 1)
Stampin' For The Weekend - Happy Birthday
Winter Wonderland - Butterflies
4 Crafty Chicks - Bling
4 Krafty Girls - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Choose any sentiment

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  1. Congratulations on your new DT! Great easel card! Love those butterflies, and paper! Love the added hot air balloon as well! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

  2. Congrats on the DT position! Your butterfly edges are fabulous and the whole card is GLORIous! Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies for our first challenge for 2014.

  3. Congratulations on your DT appointment! Beautiful card very nicely crafted, as always! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  4. Just stunning Gloria. A wonderful twisted easel design. So love the rustic colours.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  5. Wow - what a stunning card. Love those butterflies floating around the edge. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  6. Gloria what a beautiful card you have made.

    gr karin

    1. and

      Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

      Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  7. Fantastic card. The backing papers are beautiful and love all the butterflies. Great image too. How long does it take you to enter all those challenges?!!! Hugs, Carol S.xx

    1. A lot of time Carol. Thanks for the compliment. I actually try to do a few each day for several days. It isn't long to link them through Google chrome; but I actually search paperplayful and add them from there. Hugs, Gloria

  8. gorgeous and love your butterfly use thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate
    ps I have some new release candy if you are interested :)

  9. Fab card, I love all of the butterflies, they look amazing. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Boots 'Sunshine' Challenge.


  10. Wow, what a lot of embellishments, and I like that you did the inside of the card as well.

    Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

  11. wonderful card, so glad you shared your creation with us at BEARLY-MINE ...Thanks for playing along x carol

  12. Oh Wow! this is gorgeous… what a wonderful design… I love the image and the fab balloons and butterflies… beautiful colours!
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!
    Hugs Sue B xx

  13. Awesome easel card!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls Challenges! Angie-DT

    1. Thanks for your lovely compliment Angie. I just started following both your blogs you listed here; and would love to have you follow mine as well; if you aren't already a follower. Have a terrific day! Hugs, Gloria

  14. This is a beautiful card!
    Thank for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

  15. Love your card. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams, hope we see you again soon...
    Love and Huggers ~ Lady Anne xx
    Dragonfly Dreams
    Lady Anne's
    Show it Off

  16. HI there, what a stunning card. Lots of work went into this one I am sure. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday!

    Rachael :-)

  17. A very beautiful card, so many details, love all the die cuts, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  18. What a bold beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us on the Use Your Stuff blog.

  19. Beautiful card. I love the butterfly border.
    Thank you so much for joining us at The Paper Shelter. hugs, Pat K

  20. WOW! What a beautiful card to enter into the 3 Favorite Embellishments Challenge with Eureka! Stamps! Thanks for playing along.

  21. Your cards are always SO fun and so creative, Gloria. THanks for sharing your talents with us - I'm always blown away by your creativity, and I thank you so much for joining us.
    Have a great week!
    Word Art Wednesday

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments Karen. Your visits are always special for me; as you say such kind things. Have a fabulous day! Hugs, Gloria

  22. Hi Gloria!! I love this twisted easel card & I've never made one before!!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration !!!
    This looks amazing !!! :))
    Love the papers & the way you have captured the fun with the card!! :))

  23. Hi Gloria - congrats on the DT, what a fab card to start you off. I love those butterflies - they are so gorgeous, and a cute image. lovely card. Thanks for sharing with us at Sentimental Sundays! Rachael x

  24. A gorgeous twisted easel card Gloria. Love those beautiful butterflies too. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments - good luck! Susan x

  25. Love that balloon paper from the pk Gloria !! And love all the elements you have used on your fab birthday card !! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments Designs !!

    Good luck sweetie !!

    hugs Diane xx

  26. Well done on the use of those gorgeous butterflies!
    Thank you for joining us at TTCRD,
    Riette, DT

  27. gorgeous easel card and love the butterfly border die-thanks for joining us at Crafting From The Heart
    Carol DT x

  28. I'm back again this time to thank you for sharing your fabulous twisted easel card with us at Lexis, good luck! Susan x

  29. Beautiful card and those butterflies are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing at Lexis
    Hugs Julie x

  30. A beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge. Marlene DT

  31. Your paper is very cool! I love the layout with the hot air balloon and the bling around the sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing you creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Have a great day!

    Tamie DT

  32. Your card is gorgeous!! Thank you for much for playing along with our challenge at The Paper Shelter! Hugs, Rosie

  33. Hi Gloria, Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog...

    What a beautiful card...Love the image, papers and stunning butterflies...

    I'm now a follower on your blog...Julieannex

  34. Fab card Gloria and congrats on the DT post!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope we will see you again soon!



  35. Beautilful Project. Thank you for joining us over on Delicious Doodles xx

  36. Great card. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck. xx

  37. Great card.

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Calendar Challenge.

    Helen x

  38. Such a cool card you`ve made :-)
    Thanx for joining at The Paper Nest Doll House Norway Challenge and good luck! Hope to see your great projects soon again :-)
    Hugs from Karin

  39. Fantastic card thankyou for joining in our challenge at crafting from the heart challenge blog.
    fiona Dt/co-owner x


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