Here's to a bright 2011!

HAPPY 2011!! 

I was going to post this yesterday, but I lost track of time, so here it is now!

I want to share a card that was published in the November issue of CARDS. Kind of an odd month to publish something so...sunny, I'd think. ;) But, because it's so bright (and today's weather is sooooo dreary!), I thought I'd share it with you today.
So, continuing on with the 'things/techniques-I-thought-I'd-never-try-at-the-beginning-of-2010' theme, this card uses a little technique I never knew existed until a couple months ago. You may not be able to tell, but I put clear nail polish on the bee's wings so they would shine - I hadn't heard of glossy accents yet, so nail polish it was! ;)
The other technique is using sandpaper to distress the paper; I saw Sarah Martina's white distressing on cards, and it took me awhile to realize she was using white ink, not sandpaper! ;)

Pleating seam binding is a great way to use up those scraps - I don't think it would work quite so well
with,...say, satin, but non-crinkly seam binding looks pretty nice like that.

Now for a couple head-ups;
  • On 1/11/11, I am going to share with you my top eleven blogs, cards, techniques, etc .I was going to do a ten thing for New Years Eve, buttttt....kinda lost track of time! lol! 
  • I'll be having a giveaway(s?) soon, sometime around/after the ninth, so be forewarned. ;)
  • I have added, and will be adding some more items to my paperie shop.
  • Might be changing up the blog look again...I've playing around with some stuff and am getting the urge to change the look again already!
Thank you so much for a YEAR of support, inspiration, funny stories, hugs, YOU!

Many hugs and wishes to you for a wonderful, blessed, healthy NEW YEAR!

Card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Thrift Shop" and "Fly a Kite"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Be Happy"
Ink: Staz-on
Other: ribbon

Tools: trimmer, scissors, adhesive, nail polish, sandpaper


  1. This is so cute. What a wonderful bee image.

  2. Darling card, love that bee! Wishing you the best for the New Year, hope it is wonderful for you!

  3. Congrats on being published and I adore this bright and cheery card in the middle of winter! Happy new year and wishing 2011 is a great year!

  4. Fab card - a great reminder that summer will be with us eventually! Happy New Year Clare, hope its full of creativity and fun for you! Jo x

  5. Just love this bee card Clare! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the publish! Cute story with the sand paper :) and clever to use the nail polish. Hope you have a blessed year ahead!

  6. Happy New Year! great card and congrats! Helene

  7. Such a cute, fresh and happy card, Clare!

  8. happy belated new year!! sorry that i am here so late. love your sunny card. so sweet and nice to look at on a winter day! =)


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