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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hello and Good-bye!

Hello!  This is Nadia from my blog, With Glittering Eyes.  I have been so inspired lately by the beautiful cards created by Michele Kovak on her blog, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker.  I love her style and have learned so much from her since finding her on the old Circle Design Team.  I thought it would be fun to get out my 'Michele sponge' and make a card inspired by some things I have been seeing on her blog.  I love her recent Mother's Day card tutorial,  mini album, and Easter card.  I also wanted to make something that looked vintage.  I thought this would be a fun card for my last project here as a designer on the Cricut Fanatics blog.

I started with a paper pack from My Mind's Eye with lots of weathered wood and shabby chic florals.

I cut a doily from Artiste (page 31) at 4".  After inking it and embossing it, I popped it up 1/4" so that a natural shadow would separtate it from the card surface.  I added my ribbon.

I created a dimensional flower using directions by Kathy Orta, using Cricut George, as in her tutorial, but cutting the base shapes at 2".  This is the same flower I recently used in a larger size inside an explosion box.  To see my box, click here.  To check out Kathy's video tutorial, click here.  I added a thin, fine line of glitter paint along the edges of the flowers. That felt old-fashioned, like some of my grandma's Christmas ornaments.  I hand-cut leaves, bending and folding to create a little dimension.

Text was cut from Cricut Lyrical Letters at 1-1/2" and manipulated by hand to curve.  (I cut away the butterfly that was part of the text).

To make everything look aged, I inked with brown, including the flower and ribbon.

For a little inspiration, I got out some of my Great Aunt Henrietta's buttons and findings...and added a few buttons and snaps.  

I really enjoyed making this card... and making a mess, revisiting some of my treasures.  Thank you for checking my post today!  I wanted to thank Debbie and the team for allowing me to design here and wish the best for all my crafty friends who make fun things every week here!  Even though I am leaving Cricut Fanatics, you can always find me on my blog, my bloggy Facebook page, and my Pinterest boards!  

Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Expression
Project Type: Cards
Project Theme: Just Because
Cricut Cartridges Used:  George and Basic Shapes, Lyrical Letters, Artiste
Suppies Used: Paper, Quick Dry Glue, pop dots, buttons, snaps, ribbon, ink, scissors


  1. Nadia - it is a stunning and beautiful card. I can definitely see some the vintage influences in your design. Your bow and flower are beyond gorgeous and I love you use of Aunt Henrietta's buttons and snaps. It's such a lovely way to start the day - thank you!!!

  2. Beautiful card Nadia! I love the mix of papers and vintage buttons.

    Also, I think I finally understand Michele's bow tying technique after seeing how you did it!! Woo Hoo and thank you!

  3. Nadia, what a lovely way to say hello and goodbye. Your creativeness will surely be missed...Best of luck in your future endeavors and thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us.


    1. Thank you for your sweet message! I am still thinking about you cowboy boot from last month! Can't wait to see what you do this month!

  4. Great card. Love all the fun details and the flower is stunning.

  5. Very pretty! Love the papers you used and the vintage look.

  6. Nadia this is a stunning card. I have enjoyed your posts here, thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

  7. Nadia-Nice card-Vintage is the best. Sorry to hear you are leaving us. You will be missed. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Beautiful card. I love Michele's work, but can never seem to emulate it successfully. Thanks for your inspiration yet again.

    1. Michele is so inspiring, isn't she? I can never emulate it either, but love to take bits and pieces!!

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  10. Awww....you are such a sweetie! This made my day! Thank you! Your card is stunning! Doily, flower,bow....all perfection!!!

  11. Such a beautiful card, Nadia!! Love the papers and the flower is stunning!! I am also inspired by Michele's creativity -- she has a style all her own (as do you). You will be missed here, but I will follow your latest adventures on your blog.

  12. Nadia, I love your card! I, too, am inspired by Michele's work and by your work also! You are very talented and you will be greatly missed here! I feel proud to have served on the same DT as you! Thanks for all of your great projects and inspiration!



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