Saturday, April 27, 2013

Birthday Trellis


Hi everyone.  Not feeling the best today, so decided to take it easy and play a little in my studio.  Usually on these types of days, my mojo goes missing ... so I had an idea about making my arched window into a trellis and wanted to see if it would work.  Just experimenting, and not really thinking that I would make a card.  But once I finished the trellis, I LOVED it and within a few minutes, the trellis was decorated with lovely spring blooms.  I love when a card comes together so easily and unexpectedly! :)  This also covers off several challenges, so I'll list them at the end of the post.  But, one I did want to remind you of is the current challenge at Addicted to CAS - code word:  Flower.  Hope you'll join us for this fun challenge ... just make sure to include a flower or flowers ... and make sure the card is CAS.  As a reminder, CAS means clean and simple ::: one main focal point, not many embellishments or layers, and lots of open (or white) space.



Stamps:  Be Happy (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, 8 Petal and Branch die  ... and Olive Branch dies (C.C. Designs); Small Arched Madison Window die (Poppy Stamps); Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, and dimensionals


Here's how I made the trellis:

I die-cut three windows and cut out the middles from each, just leaving the arched frame.  I then cut strips of 1/8" wide white cardstock.  I added glue to the back of one of my die-cut windows and placed the strips on the diagonal in one direction.  I played with the placement of the strips, making sure they were evenly spaced and then pressed them into the glue.  Once the strips were adhered to the frame, I trimmed off the excess and then glued the second window die over top to conceal the edges of the strips - making sure to line up the window frames.  I turned the window over and again, added a light squiggle of glue all around the window frame.  Then I added the strips in the opposite diagonal direction, making sure to weave them in and out and alternating the weaving pattern.  Once these strips were adhered to the frame, I again trimmed off the excess and then glued the last window die-cut on top to conceal the edges of the strips (again, making sure to line up the window frames).  Sounds like a bit of work ... and it is a little fiddley, but didn't take too long.

I then die-cut the branches and wove them through the trellis, securing the stems to the back of the window.  I die-cut the flowers, shaped them with my stylus and mat and glued them on top of the branches.

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for positioning.  The whole window is popped up on the card front, which is then popped up on the card base.


Here's a close-up picture of trellis:



I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays (CFC99 - Birthday Bash)
All That Scraps - Anything Goes
Color Throwdown (CTD239 - certainly celery, barely banana, pretty in pink, blush blossom)




27 comments:

  1. Hi Loll, hope you are feeling better soon :) This card is gorgeous, so delicate looking. Very clever making the trellis! Cathy x

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  2. awesome Lol! Love it! take care!

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  3. WOW!! Loll, I love this! I Can not come up with ideas of my own And for you that are not feeling so well and to come up with this card. Shows how wonderfully talented you are!! I hope you feel better soon.

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  4. Love your trellis window card! Don't you just adore Poppy dies? Would that I could afford ALL of them! lol

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  5. So sweet and beautiful Loll. I love how you made your lattice and wove in your branches. TFS your directions. Great job combining challenges too :-)

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  6. Wow, Loll - this is spectacular! So pretty! Thanks very much for your detailed instructions on how you did the lattice.

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  7. Simply stunning card! TFS. The finished card is stunning...hope you are soon feeling better..hugs..Denise x

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  8. This card is wonderful! I love those arched window dies, and the lattice (or is it the leading in the glass, perhaps?) is sheer genius. Thanks for sharing how you did it. I hope you feel better soon!

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  9. Gorgeous 1 I love how you have made this-and the little flowers are so delicate and pretty :)
    Nessa xx

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  10. what a beautiful and elegant card - fantastic
    Cathi

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  11. An absolute stunner Loll - love how you think outside the box on things like this. Thanks for the info on how you achieved it. Beautiful.

    Karen x

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  12. Simply stunning. I love the tiny yellow centers of the flowers and how you weaved the vines. Just lovely:)

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  13. Gorgeous card. Thanks for the detailed instructions, and the wonderful inspiration.

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  14. So beautiful, feminine and romantic!

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  15. This is simple divine... the flowers are smiling and the trellis is awesome. I cannot believe how wonderfully you have created it.

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  16. too clever Loll!! And it looks just amazing. I did the same yesterday, had a play and ended up with a card!

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  17. I do believe you make the best flowers ever. What a clever idea! Love it.

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  18. Gorgeous design, the trellis makes a really pretty card.

    Regards diane

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  19. Gorgeous! Love how you dressed up the trellis with the flowers. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown.

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  20. Well I would love to see what you create when you're feeling well!! Holy smokes, this is amazing! Love how you altered your window into a trellis and wove the floral vine through. So detailed, yet still very CAS. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, Loll!

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  21. What a sweet trellis with the soft pink flowers! So soft and Springy!

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  22. Gorgeous design. Love the cool dies. Thank You for playing along here at All That Scraps this week. Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

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  23. Wow, this is so beautiful, love it. Thanks for playing with us over at ATS!!!

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  24. Gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for joining the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week! :)
    Sylvia xx

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  25. Totally gorgeous - love the flower trellis! Thanks for playing with us at All That Scraps!

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  26. Very pretty card! I love the latice. Thanks for playing along with All That Scraps!

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  27. this is a wonderful card thank you for sharing how you made this......Rose

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