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JAI 90 Sketch Challenge

For Someone Special

Hi there

If you haven't already noticed, I've been going through a Marina Mist phase in the past couple of weeks, all brought on by the lovely blue brocade pattern in the 'Beau Chateau' DSP.  I promise this will be the last Marina Mist project for a while!

I made this Top Note easel card for a lovely friend who has had an unexpected health crisis recently.  Having gone through something similiar myself this year, I know how isolated you can feel when you aren't sure how things are going to turn out.  Anyway, I wanted it to be something special and have had a Top Note easel in mind to try for a while.  The base case is made by placing a folded piece of cardstock slightly underneath  the top edge of the die so it doesn't cut right through.  The top layer is 'mountain' folded to make the easel and a separately cut Top Note is then adhered onto the bottom half of the folded card and voila, an easel. I find it easier to decorate the separate Top Note first, then adhere it to the base card.

The handmade flower using the Joanne Leddy  technique makes a bold statement on the card.  It is such a great embellishment and so easy to make. Every one you make is slightly different and this one is very textured as I haven't smoothed out the petals too much.   It is a little difficult to see, but I have used a large flat back pearl brad in the centre. The little border on the base of the easel is from the 'Creative Elements' stamp set and works well with the Beau Chateau brocade design.


Project Details
Stamps Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Creative Elements
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist (Smooth & Textured), Very Vanilla (Smooth & Textured), Crumb Cake, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls, Pearl brad (not SU)
Tools     Top Note die, Little Leaves Sizzlit die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Heart to Heart punch, Word Window punch, Flower punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Sponge dauber, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, Champage Shimmer mist

See you soon.


Chris H

As the very fortunate recipient of this beautiful card I have to say that it is even more stunning in real life than the photo shows. Thank you, brightened up my day so much and I was deeply touched by your thoughtfulness. xxx

Barbara Diane


This is wonderful! I love it and am so inspired to make one! Very beautiful and creative and very special for your friend! I know that she will love it!

Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane


woww its so beautiful.


Joanne Leddy

BEAUTIFUL flower. I never thought how they are all different. Even with the same technique and punches ... each is a gem. Thanks for sharing!

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