Friday, December 4, 2009

No Nesties? No problem!

Are you full into the swing of the Christmas season? We're getting there! And the weather seems to be cooperating with the idea of winter approaching. When I was a kidlet, I had the great fortune to enjoy a beautiful white Christmas as I lived in three different states with snow (on both coasts). Seeing a sunny California day when I am dreaming of a winter wonderland, sleigh bells ringing, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire......whoops.....apparently, as usual, songs are singing away in my head. But, I digress (I'm good at that!), we have been awaking to cold mornings and lots of fog, sealing us in for cozy days.

I'll bet you're wondering why I don't need Nesties, huh?! Okay, okay, I'll move along now!! :> I know my head is swirling with Christmas time fun, but I hope you'll indulge me with a little flower fun....yes??

Truth be told, I would LOVE some Nesties, but since I have none, I had to pull out some creativity and figure out another way to create my paper flower! I wanted a large scalloped handmade flower for my card, so using Microsoft Word, I drew a series of nested circles (which I then dragged apart, so that I would be able to cut them out individually). You could also cut out circles with a circle cutter, Coluzzle, Cricut, or any die cutter you have (probably those desired Nesties!). Using a touch of temporary adhesive, I adhered those circles to the back of my paper (in this case, printable paper from the Flower Train eKit from Making Handmade Cards) and pulled out an oldie, but a goodie..................scalloped decorative scissors!!

I never use decorative scissors anymore, but my kidlets do enjoy them very much, so they are still in the house and I am mighty excited to have found a great use for them! If you cut with the same point of the scissors (say either the point of the indent of the scallop or the top round of the scallop) hitting the same point in the paper (the edge of your temporarily adhered circle), your scalloped circles will come out even. See? A Nestie like nested flower with No Nesties! :>

My scallops were small and getting lost in the patterned paper, so to make them more pronounced, I added some much loved Stickles (oh, Stickles, how I love you so!) and set them out to dry. While waiting for my Stickled scallop circles to dry, I needed to distract, um, finish the rest of my card (yes, something shiny and sparkly and WET is very hard for me not to touch!). I printed another sheet from the Flower Train e-Kit for the background paper and adhered three ribbons in three different widths. Do you remember that cream ribbon that I custom colored with my Bic Mark-It that I posted about? Well, that top narrow blue ribbon is that very ribbon that started out cream!

Wanting to keep my scalloped flower three dimensional, I only placed adhesive in the center of the scalloped circles, including to the ribbon, so that all of the edges would pop up a bit. I used a bit more of my custom colored ribbon to tie off a hot pink button, placed the whole piece onto a hot pink card base and voila, a card for any occasion!

Who likes freebies?? Making-Handmade-Cards has a free Flower Doodle eKit if you sign up for their free newsletter! :>

I hope all of you had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving if you celebrated it! We had a cozy one with just Hubby and our kidlets. Two of my three closest friends (we miss you, Jilly!!) came up, one on Friday and the other on Thursday and it was absolutely wonderful to just hang out with them and spend time together. The rockin' Auntie who found the gluten & casein free chocolate advent calendar for my kidlets (to accomodate our son's diet restrictions) gave it to them and was able to see their reactions in person and my other girlfriend, who also rocks it out as an absolutely fabulous Auntie, french braided our Princess' hair....oh so sweet! Oh yea, did I mention that I did some serious tromping when we all played MarioKart on the wii??!! Oh yes, I did!! :>:>

Hope your week has been fab and that your weekend is to be even better! :>

Cardstock: Melon Mambo - Stampin' Up!; white (for printing the eKit papers on) - Georgia Pacific
Pattern Paper: Flower Train eKit - Making-Handmade-Cards
Ribbon: cream - Offray, Hibiscus Burst twill & Raspberry Fizz grosgrain - Papertrey Ink
Other: Mark-It - Bic; button - stash; Fruit Punch - Stickles; scalloped scissors


  1. Hi, Karen! What a beautiful card and a creative way to make a scalloped flower! Love those Stickles, but it does take FOREVER for them to dry, doesn't it? :-)

  2. wow what a fab card and you have so much patience to make that scalloped flower without nesties. Thumbs up to you


  3. Well, HELLO fabulous flower! Isn't that just the glitterey BEST!?! I love this, darlin'! Very inspired and papercraftilicious, indeed! So glad to see that you've gotten your CRAFT ON!

  4. What a darling flower card!! Love how you accented the scallops with Stickles :) I bought my first Stickles two weeks ago and just can't do anything without at the moment. Have a fabulous weekend, Karen!

    PS: My browser accidently lead me to the PTI November release winners page - is that you that won the Home Made package? I would be so happy for you :)

  5. a beautiful card. hugs rachxx

  6. Oh I love this so pretty. Looks so hard to do..I really am not gifted in that area at all. Thanks for visiting me the other day.

  7. Wow Karen, they came out perfect! I have a Cricut and big shot yet I reach for my deco scissors every day, usually the scallop or pinking but I love my deckle and stamp edge ones too, they are hip again (in small doses) I'm so glad I never got rid of them!

  8. Great idea Karen! You know I broke my decorative scissors out not too long ago too! Remember when they were all the rage?

  9. Hi Karen,

    What a fabulous card! Your flower is divine and I LOVE the colors!!

    I wanted to thank you for your visits and for your thoughtful comments...I truly adore sweet friend!

    Love and hugs,

  10. Love that you made your own scallops. Great way to stretch out the supplies. I have a tough time keeping my hand out of the stickles, too. I hear the weather was wicked this morning even at the low elevations. My dad said his truck was frozen shut and he had to defrost it to get his golf clubs in the back. Nothing keeps him away from the golf course. LOL!

  11. What a great idea! I have a drawer full of these scissors, and no nesties! And I don't think I can create without my stickles...I will have to try one of these soon!

  12. Ooh another Stickles girl! Don't use mine as often as I should as they really are fab.
    I couldn't believe you cut out these scalloped circles without using nesties-that's what I call creative,
    Really beautiful Karen,
    Love Sarita xx

  13. So cute Karen.... how creative are you?!?! Great job figuring out how to make your own scalloped circles without nesties!! :)

  14. oh * my* god
    that flower is super super cute!!! You did a fabulous job! And how bout them Niners! lol First we're out of the playoffs, now we're back in there with a slim shot- give me a break. My heart can't take this! OK, I hope you are doing great, I wanted to pass by and say hello!!! xoXo deb

  15. Adorable card there, girlfriend! Glad ot hear you had such a wonderful holiday! Hope to get back by before the next one rolls around! Hate to make this so short but I'm at work with deadlines looming. Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you! {{{hugs}}} L

  16. Oh my gosh Karen! That is a lot of cutting!! Good on ya! I love the end result so it was so worth it!

    Wishing you a blessed Holiday season!


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