August 7, 2011

Make It Monday #26: Decreasing Apertures

This weeks make it Monday challenge was to create a card with decreasing apertures.  When I watched the video I was intrigued but figured it would be too hard for me.  I had a blast creating my cards for this challenge.   Over the past three months I have been attending a rehab program through Toronto Rehab that is set up specifically for people with MS.  I have been working with a wonderful team--a speech pathologist, a social worker, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist.  I have benefitted so much from rehab. Tomorrow is my discharge day and I wanted to make thank you cards for the great team that I worked with.  I decided to tie that in with this weeks Make It Monday.  Here are my cards.

It took my a while to figure out my order of die cutting, but once I did it came together pretty easily.  I started with a white card base with a top fold. I did this so I wouldn't have difficulty running through my Cuttlebug.  Here is my sequence for my cards, the instructions are for one but I did each step four times for mass production:
  1. Cut a 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Simply Chartreuse cardstock.
  2. Cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Fruitti Tutti Strawberry paper.
  3. Cute a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Berry Sorbet.
  4. Die cut the Berry Sorbet with the Sending You frame
  5. Attach the cut Berry Sorbet piece to the Tuitti Fruitti paper and then die cut the Scallop through the window.
  6. Attach this piece to the Simply Chartreuse piece and then die cut the strawberry in the centre.
  7. Attach to the card base and then place the strawberry die in the window on the Simply Chartreuse.  Then run the card front through the Cuttlebug.  I did it this way because trying to cut through two sheets of cardstock with the strawberry die is REALLY hard on you and your Cuttlebug.  I did that on the first card. 
  8. Stamp the strawberry on the strawberry die cut and attach through the window for easy alignment.  (Debbie Gaydos tip - thank you)
  9. Add the sentiment and its done.

All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted:

Cardstock: White, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Fruitti Tuitti
Clear Stamps: Fruit Fusion:  Berry
Ink: Shabby Shutters, Berry Sorbet, Black (Memento)

Hope you enjoyed.


  1. Love the strawberry! So cheerful and bright! Great job applying the technique.

  2. These are such sweet (pardon the pun) thank you cards for the team of people who helped you! I love how you used the strawberry from the fruit fusion set as your focal image and your layering of dies looks great!

  3. Cute cards. The pattern paper is perfect for this card.

  4. Love the strawberries, I think I'm going to get this set. Very adorable card set.

  5. Hi Tracey!

    This card is just fruity fun! Love the way you used the strawberry! I've got these stamps as well and love them, but haven't used them yet, 'cause I missed the perfect idea, but this is great!!!

    Hugs, Wendy

  6. These are so cute, Tracey! Congrats on your twitter mention, and on your release from rehab!

  7. Tracey these are MARVELOUS!!! I know the team that worked with you will just love them. Sending hugs your way for this beautiful work :)

  8. What a beautiful set! The colors are so delightful, and I love the strawberries. Yum! ;-)

  9. Tracey these are AWESOME! They will appreciate the work that went into them. ;)

  10. What a fabulous design--LOVE the yummy colors! The bright paper and the strawberry focal point are perfect. Great card--and congrats on your shout out from Nichole!!

  11. WHAT A COOOOL IDEA! Love these cards so much. Thanks for sharing with us. WOW. :-)

  12. What a great cards!!! Really awesome! Love the sentiment inside and the combination with the paper.

  13. OH my goodness! These are so cute! I love the layers and that strawberry center is just pefect! What an awesome card!

  14. What a great card. So creative and original. I know they were a hit.

  15. Wow, you did a great job with this MIM technique! I really need to go try some of them......I might learn something! They will love these cards!!! Hugs!


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