Ribbon and Lace card(s)

My friend Chris had a stamping workshop last week, and the theme was to make cards using the TAC Angelique paper packet.  The TAC paper sets come with a sheet of tags, and although the tags are all very nice, a lot of people, including myself, have no clue what to do with them.  The workshop offered us the chance to make 5 cards right then with the papers in the packet, and also gave printed instructions for 5 more, with photographs.

If you know me, you know I am a pushy person.  This comes from years of working as an air traffic controller, then more years married to an even bigger control freak than myself.  Anyway, I saw the five cards that we were supposed to be able to make at home after the workshop, and I immediately started grousing - they all required equipment or materials that I did not have at home. Chris pointed out that the five cards to do at home were supposed to inspire us to make similar cards with what we had, and not the exact ones, but I persisted. Chris was very nice, and gave me the stamps to pre-stamp my images, and she let me diecut the shapes I needed to finish the cards, but that was not enough for me.  I wanted the special lace and ribbons and fancy paper she used.  We had some fierce words, which we never do, but the bottom line is that I paid extra and got the extra trimmings.  It was a fair conclusion, in my mind.  However, it occurred to me that after making such a stink about getting the extras to make the other five cards, I had better actually do them, or I was never going to hear the end of it, not from Chris or any of the nice ladies who watched me make an ass of myself.

Here is the first of the do-at-home cards that I did:
Chris coughed up the lace and the ribbon. This is pretty much exactly what she designed, except I think my bow is a little large.  I did want her to know that I could do a variant, that I wasn't a total idiot incapable of following directions with my own materials, so I also made this one,  using the Reese paper set (all the sets have identically sized tags, but in colors to match the set)
As I pointed out to Chris, I didn't have the nice lace, so I punched a lace-like border from a brown paper sack and gathered it.  I had gold organdy for a bow, but somehow the bow and lace alone didn't look quite festive enough for a Christmas card, so I pulled a gold star from my stash.  I made the star a while back - it is a punched cardstock star covered with a gold foil candy wrapper.  After the gold ribbon and the gold star, I grabbed a Stardust pen and glittered up the lace bits and also some of the circles in the paper (too bad glitter doesn't show in a scan).

This was fun!  I will have to try it with the other 4 cards waiting to be made.

Challenges?  Sure, why not!
Alphabet challenge - 3 embellishments (lace, star, bow)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Crafty Catz - metal and lace
Phindy's Place - make your own embellishments
Paper Cutz - star
Sew many challenges - border punch

Juliet Arrighi


Shelly Schmidt said...

You are back to card making- love the cards- The card you created is wonderful and I really like the extra touch of the Gold Star.

Janette said...

Gorgeous cards, thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Liz said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for joining us this week at C4E this week.

Unknown said...

Great cards and great embellishments!

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


Carol Hurlock said...

What a cute card. Great layout to showcase your pretty lace. Super job! Thanks so much for playing with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge. It was a pleasure to come to visit and I really enjoyed what I saw!

Bear Hugs,

Chris said...

I actually like YOUR version better!!!! See? There was a purpose behind all this. really nice job Juliet!

Harriet Skelly said...

I totally enjoyed reading your post! I think the lace you made with the paper bag is awesome and very creative! Great work! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Winnie and Patty said...

Juliet--these cards are lovely. I love the top card for all the soft colors and the pink ribbon (pink is my favorite color). Great layout also! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge.

Suzie said...

Gorgeous cards. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Hugs Suzie x

Myrna said...

Thanks for a good chuckle regarding how you got your lace etc..
I like both your cards and I think you were very creative with the brown paper bag.

pinky said...

Two very beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Payne Holler Cards said...

well they are both lovely - love that trick of using the paper bag!!!
thanks so much for joining us at Speedy the Cat this week!

Designing with Debbie said...

Very pretty cards. I love the different lace that you used on each of them. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week. Hope to see you next week.


Hi Juliet
Both cards are beautiful thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz this week
Hugs Dianne xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

Love both your cards very much! Very creative with the paper bag! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends! :)

Beach Cat ! said...

ahhh clearly worth the grousing. She had some nice ribbons and stamps and you were right to want to do it with them.

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

Anne said...

Two great cards, I like the way you used your lacy border punch on brown paper, very inventive. Thank you for joining in with this week’s Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll play again this Friday!