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A Gracious Hostess

Hey there, Bleeps! The holidays are all wrapped up and now it is time to start something new! I'm back to share a new card inspired by Kazan's sketch over at 2S4Y. It's a great sketch that can be flipped vertically for a great outcome. For my card, I applied the layout as presented, in a horizontal format. The house is a digital image by In Style Stamps. In Photoshop CS4, I applied color, printed, cut out, and popped off cardstock. During this time of year, a lot of thank you notes are perfect for those gifts received and also for the special hostesses who invited us over, cooked, and entertained. Here's a peek at the sketch, so give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Monday!

  1. Trim kraft cardstock into an A2 card base.
  2. Edit image in Photoshop, print, cut, and adhere to cardstock with foam adhesive.
  3. Ink around the cardstock edges and matte on turquoise cardstock.
  4. Distress edges of turquoise cardstock and set aside.
  5. Trim muslin fabric and stamp polka dot background.
  6. Adhere fabric to card front and add stitching.
  7. Tie ribbon into a bow.
  8. Die cut tag, stamp sentiment, and tie to ribbon with twine.
  9. Add focal point cardstock with foam adhesive.

Stamps :: Papertrey Ink - mixed message; background basics (polka dot II)
Digital Images :: In Style Stamps - house
Ink :: Clear Snaps - chestnut; Ranger - antique linen
Paper :: Papertrey Ink - kraft, white; Stampin' Up! - taken with teal
Embellishments :: muslin fabric; ribbon; twine; thread
Tools :: Spellbinders - tag die; sewing machine


papertrails leaver said...

I love what you did with this image and the muslin! Thanks for sharing the digital image editing. I am going to try this! Beautiful card!

Sue-ann said...

Ooooh, love this card Ashley!! That muslim is sensational!! I see a trip to the fabric shop... or maybe I could cut up some of my babies blankets.. hehehe!!

Courtney Baker said...

Wow way cute. I love that you added color in Photoshop it looks so crisp!

Catherine Couch Doucette said...

Ashley...this is just beautiful!!

Karla said...

Ashley I looooooooooove the colors! I was just impress with the house image really nice. What printer do you use?

Love what you have done lately! Thanks for sharing all your hard work with all of us!

Heather P. said...

Super cute! Love the colors you used, and the distressing is a fab touch!

naomi chokr said...

the colors are great! i loved that you colored the image using PS. The muslin and how you stamped on it is just amazing!!!

cnelson said...

so lovely Ashley!! love the look of the fabric and the fabulous colors!

Paloma Gomez said...

I love it! This card is perfect.

Maile Belles said...

Great card Ashley! Love how you use Photoshop for the coloring. The color combo is wonderful and fabulous idea to stamp polka dots onto the fabric.

whoistracy said...

What a sweet card! I love those houses.

Brandi said...

I love your color choice! This card is fantastic!!!

Rachel D said...

Love how the fabric add texture and warmth. Clever!

Winter said...

So cute, I love it! I really like the stamped polka dots on the muslin fabric, I need to try that! :)

Takisha said...

ooh Ashley! I love this card! I've been so afraid to try digi images but seeing this card really got me tinking I should give it a go! umm?!!
Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Wow Ashley... this card is beautiful!!!! Great combination of techniques!

Kathy Martin said...

What a fantastic card! LOVE the muslin! :) Kathy

Angie Tieman said...

Gorgeous card!! Love how you did the house and the polka-dot stamped fabric is AMAZING!

Alice said...

adorable card, Ashley!! love the colors you used!

Rleen said...

Your card is fabulous! I love the colors and the bow with the tag. Awesome job!


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