Saturday, January 21, 2012

Designing for The Bug Bytes!!!

Hey Ya'll,
Well, today is a very exciting day.  Pam has invited me to be a designer over at The Bug Bytes!  How cool is that?!?  So... Today, I have a card to share with you that is pretty "Girly".  Hee! Hee!  I have a book by Anna Griffin that shows a beautiful scrapbook pages with a lovely umbrella.  I thought I would give it a try on a card!
 This was quite a challenge to find the right shapes on the Gypsy.  It took over an hour to find what I wanted, so below are the cartridges I used to pull off this design.  I will have the Gypsy file available for you to download at the bottom of the post because there was some creative shaping and welding that went into this design.
 I also used the Imagine for this card.  I just love the prints available on the Blossom cartridge and that is what I used for this card.  Each of these papers come from it.  I wanted to use the expression to cut everything, so I just used the Imagine to print the papers.  You could use this file in CCR is you wanted to and then flood fill the shapes.  So far, I am not that big on CCR, so we will leave that alone for now.  Hee! Hee!
 You can see on the paper that I printed, that I didn't print edge to edge.  I really didn't need to.  I just set the machine for print only and flood filled the square shape that is included with the machine.  This way, it doesn't make a mess out of the mat.
 You can see here how I came up with the patterns for the umbrella.  I welded the shapes together at the bottom so that I had a base to work with.  Then the top shapes use different patterns so that you have contrast between the sections of the umbrella.  The "J" is from Botanicals and was stretched to make the handle for the umbrella.
 Above is how I loaded the mat with the printed papers for the above cut.
 This is what all of your shapes look like when cut.  I also used the green for leaves for the flower arranging with the card.
 Take one of your welded pieces and add the colorful layers to it.  On the other piece, I used 3D adhesive in the middle and then used ATG tape on the outer edge to give it a curve when it's added to the card.
 Then flip it all over and do the same again, but not as much 3D adhesive in the center and bring it more to the center.  ATG again on the outer edge.  When it's all added, it gives you a more realistic look
 You can see here how I added the mats to the card base, then added a doily.  You can see here how the curve happens when you add the umbrella.
 The second layer on the Gypsy file is rose flowers from the CTMH cartridge.
 Finally, I cut a couple of label shapes to add the sentiment to the bottom.  I used stamps from My Craft Spot called Friends and Neighbors for the Sentiments.  Stamp and pop all of your sentiment layers for the front, tie a couple of basic ribbons and include a couple of silk flowers here and there and VOILA!  You have a very cute umbrella card!
 I put this one together for a dear friend who has been having a rough time.  The Freinds and Neighbors stamp set was perfect for the cheer greeting in this card.
 The inside was kept very simple so that I had room to write a little more.  I inked everything with this card with an Orchid colored ink.  I also used the same color for the stamping.
I added some stickles to the edges between cuts on the umbrella and on the border of the label shape on the front.  You could use whatever type of silk flowers you have.  These are from mini bouquets that I have had in the craft room for years!  Hee! Hee!

Well, I want to give a BIG BUG HUG and Thank You to Pam over at The Bug Bytes for letting me play today.  Stop by and check out all of the amazing projects that the design team has created!  They are all just AMAZING!!!

For the Gypsy file to this project, click the link Umbrella Gypsy File.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I would love to hear your comments!


  1. What a lovely lovely card. Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions. I am going to try making one of these. TFS

  2. Bobby this card is amazing as always. So beautiful I just love all the detail. Can't wait to get home and download the file. TFS

  3. What a GORGEOUS card!!! LOVE all the layers and those flowers!!!

  4. Gorgeous card!!! Love those mini flowers!!

  5. WOW-you put a lot into this card and it looks beautiful. I love the papers and the overall design. Thanks for the detailed post on how this card came together. This card is sure to comfort your friend. :)


  6. What an amazing job. You sure did put alot of work into your card. It's absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Tami

  7. OK, I give! You can't make a mediocre card. This is gorgeous! The prints you chose to use... perfect. This is just a totally awesome card. So glad you got to play.

  8. Pretty card. I love the colors!

  9. Oh my, my, my! What a gorgeous card! The umbrella is just stunning, the papers are beautiful and all those flowers are just the cherry on top! What a lovely, lovely card! Congrats on your latest DT spot!

  10. OMG, that is gorgeous! LOVE the Blossom colors you chose. And how ingenious to use a "J" for the umbrella hand. Totally LOVE it!! TFS! :-)

  11. Beautiful card! You did a wonderful job on it. If I had those carts, I would have downloaded your file.

  12. Wow...WOW.....WOWWWW some more! Your card looks FABULOUS!!! I love the blossom cartridge to... it has such great colors..... I only use CCR for my Imagine... I just use it to help on sizing... it still cuts like crap for the Imagine... works one minute then not the next! So I know how you feel about it! I'm not it's biggest fan either but it does help to some small degree! :o) Thanks for sharing your AWESOME project with us.... I simply LOVE IT!

  13. My goodness - this is INCREDIBLE!! Wow!! I'm in awe of this card. All the details are fabulous! Wow again!!