Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Madness . . . Imagine That!

Hello everyone! I am here with my first ever Imagine That project! It shouldn’t be a surprise that I made a card for today, but it’s a different card! Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 5th Anniversary this month and Nichole put out a challenge to pick one of the design team members projects that inspired you and make something new. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it on my blog, but I LOVE Ashley Cannon Newell. If you’ve never been to her blog, A New Design, I totally recommend it. I think she is just fantastic. So, my project today is inspired by her. Generally, I wouldn’t do a casing type of deal – I like to try and come up with my own ideas and even if I don’t love the resulting project, I post it. I don’t want to get in the habit of using others ideas. Click here to see the card that inspired my project.





I just realized that I totally used Teresa Collins’s signature color scheme, and it really wasn’t something I did consciously. Initially, I was going to make a spring themed card as a pre-release week appetizer, but I’ve been really into making Valentine’s cards.

Anyway, the jumping point for the design and color scheme came from the Teresa Collins Black & White Imagine cartridge. I printed the bold floral onto some Sweet Blush cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I did not print an entire sheet, instead I printed a 6” x 6” square. I trimmed it to 4” x 5.25” and matted it onto a A2 sized piece of Vintage Cream.

I used my favorite label cut from the Imagine to cut a 3.2” Vintage Cream mat. I then cut the label again in Sweet Blush at 3”. I used my Background Basics: Houndstooth stamp and VersaMark ink to give the label some depth. I built on the pattern by stamping the cherub from 100% Sweetness. I used More Gift Card Sentiments and another piece of Vintage Cream to stamp my sentiment and I embossed it with black Zing embossing powder from American Crafts. Err, backtracking a bit, after I adhered the floral paper to the cream mat, I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges. Moving on!

To make the pocket, I trimmed a piece of True Black cardstock to 6.5” x 8.5” and scored it at 4.25”. I used a ruler to find the center of the pocket front and marked it on the inside with a pencil. I then drew lines from to corner to that center point and used an X-acto to cut the notched opening (It helps to adhere the cardstock to your cutting mat with repositionable adhesive.). I used white ink and Polka Dot Basics to give the front a little pattern. I then set it off with two rick rack die cuts. I used some black satin to trim the opening of my pocket. I would have loved to incorporate felt, but it wasn’t cutting to my liking. I stitched the pleated ribbon to secure it completely. It is important to sew the pocket together after you decorate it! After that, I stamped the cherub on the heart die from 100% Sweetness and embossed it with black Zing as well. I hope all of this makes sense and doesn’t sound complicated (it really wasn’t)! I know a lot of people like it when I give detailed instructions, so I try to include everything. Lastly, I used my white ink pad and swiped it around the pocket to soften it a bit.

Thanks for coming by! Have a blessed day!


  1. Trell, this is gorgeous! I love the black on sweet blush - so pretty! And your little purse is just too cute!!!

  2. WOW GORGEOUS job with your card!So BEAUTIFUL,Great color combo!:)

  3. I ♥ this, it's beautiful! The color combo, the pocket...everything! Great job Trell!

  4. WOW!! Amazing,Trell!! What a beautiful card...i love the colors!! The pocket is so pretty!!
    I love Ashley! Been a youtube follower for quite a while!!

  5. This is a beautiful card Trell!!! Love TC colors...with a twist of Trell..LOL..just kidding...U need to make a video of this card! big hugs


  6. WOW, this is gorgeous, the black and pink are just SO beautiful and that pocket is AMAZING too! Hugs- Glora

  7. What a great card! I can totally see your inspiration connection! Great job :)


  8. elegant and your stitching is incredible, Trell! Love the little cupids floating about in the center panel. This card DOES have an Ashley vibe with its modern the ruffle along the edge, toooo!

  9. Breath taking! Your card and pocket is so pretty, you did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing.

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hug's!
    Monica L.

  10. Another Wow project...Both the envelope and card are wonderful. Great job!
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  11. Trell ~ WOW! You seriously are just INCREDIBLY talented! I LOVE the patterns, colors, stamps just EVERYTHING. Most of all you made a pocket! Oh Trell ~ I think this is just FABULOUS! tfs

  12. WOW!! Stunning and gorgeous! LOVE the colors together and love love the pocket idea and I too Trell love Ashley's design:) You are doing fabulous and loving your cards:) Keep them coming

  13. Beautiful! (But then, I wouldn't expect anything less from you and your talent!)


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