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Altered just like the world around us…

Hello and welcome once again… The card for today was made using dies that were altered in one way or another to create new shapes. For example, the upper corners are actually the corners of a square die; the layer they frame is part of a grand label die; the doilies are in fact one doily cut in half and layered one over the other; the distressed square, was a long rectangle hand cut and rebuilt to fit the center of the card; the main center piece was stamped to frame the sentiment with two half doilies; and finally the pin, was handmade using jewelry materials and authentic crystals (DIY pins).

I got the stamp set used with this card precisely because of a sentiment, that expresses so much of what is on my mind all the time: ” It would be so nice if something made sense for a change” -Alice in Wonderland. I was born in the 80’s, but I feel the world has changed wildly in just a few decades, for good and/or worst. And if that wasn’t enough, everything in my personal life changed too. With the passing of my father and my health issues, things definitely went on a totally different direction. Some days I feel hopeless. This blog has given me the motivation and sense of belonging that I think I needed, because card making is one blessed thing that doesn’t tire me. I thank my husband and son. They are the main reason I keep going. And last but not at all least, thank you Lord almighty, your mercy sustains me each and everyday.

Materials
Spellbinders:
– Grand Labels

– Adorning Squares
– Timeless Rectangle
– Parisian Accents
– Delicate Doilies
Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Memento Dye Ink in Rich Cocoa
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
Zap heat tool
Darcie’s stamp set: Cup of Tea
Merletto stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape 
Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Other generic materials
3/8″ gross grain ribbon in light brown
Heavy weight paper in light brown and cream
Pearlescent embossed paper in gold  
DIY crystal pins

I used this sketch as a reference for the card:

I wanted to give this card a very distressed look but I did add some sparkle when I clear embossed some parts of the center label. 

Hope you like it.


Add-on: After I finished this post, I was working on a Valentine’s project and the handle of my Grand Calibur die cutting machine broke! If someone by any chance knows where I can buy this handle separately I would sincerely appreciate your help. Any reference would be helpful really. This also means I probably won’t be posting anymore on my blog, until I am able to solve this issue. I don’t know if I’ll be able to buy a new machine if I can’t solve it. Thanks for your understanding.
🙁 It would be so nice if something made sense for change… 🙁

This card is participating in:

Cardabilities Blog 

Vintage
Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog
Inspired by #106
Suitcase colors inspired
The Inspired Challenges Blog

Timeless Tuesday “Wood you be mine”

Wood colors
Flourishes