CASology #92: Housewarming Greeting Card

Hi everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a new challenge over at CASology. Here is this week’s cue card:

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When I lived in Marina Del Rey, my hubby and I loved to take a walk along the beach. Most of the houses near the beach were amazingly beautiful. We felt kinda jealous of the owners with those luxurious houses. At the same time, we appreciated the owners because we could enjoy seeing their beautiful gardens/yards filled with gorgeous flowers in all seasons while walking. This is the way my inspiration came from.

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Can you recognize what shape I created for the focal point? It’s a keyhole! Yes, I literally made a keyhole garden card. While making this card, I imagined the moment when I would unlock the front door of our first house in US. Of course, there would be a beautiful garden or yard in my future house. Hope it will happen to us in the near future. :)

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I stamped the flowers using the Doodlie-do stamp set from Papertry Ink and colored them with Copic markers. Then I created my own sentiment using Harold’s ABC’s stamp set from Lawn Fawn. To add some sparkle to my flowers, I used  Wink of Stella glitter marker for the first time. Unfortunately, my camera failed to catch it. But it looks gorgeous in real life.

I’m so in love with the look of Mandala in my card! By the way, do you know what Mandala mean? I learned it from the Dabbles and Babbles blog by Jamey. For some of you who have no idea what it is, I’m sharing what she wrote about Mandala below. You can find the entire post here.

Mandalas are as old as history itself and mean “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. In various ancient and spiritual cultures including Buddhists, Tibetans, Hindus and North American Indians, the mandala has been used as a form of meditation, in sacred rites to aid in healing and to invoke spiritual energy. Mandalas have often represented life, nature, creation, wellness and the universe.

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Here is how I created my card. 1)Die cut the circle out of a piece of kraft card stock. 2)Cut the trapezium to shape the keyhole using ruler and knife. I drew the guideline with pencil before cutting. 3)Stamp the flower images in black. 4)Color the images with Copics and add some simmer using glitter marker. 5)Draw the dashed lines along the keyhole using black marker and stamp the sentiment in black. 6)Adhere the front panel onto the colored card base using dimensional adhesive.

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That’s all for today. Make sure to stop by each of the DT’s blog for more inspiration! I hope you play along with us this week, there is a wonderful prize up for grabs from Stamps and Scrapbooks and the winner will have a chance to guest design on the next challenge – more details are on the CASology blog. I can’t wait to see how all of you talented participants interpret this week’s cue card! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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About May Park

Hello! My name is May Sukyong Park. I was born and brought up in South Korea. I’ve done my Bachelors in Sociology and Journalism in Seoul, Korea. I’ve been happily married to the most wonderful husband for 8 years, and we moved to California, USA in Sep 2009. I now live near the coast in beautiful Southern California with my hubby and two adorable cats. I had not enjoyed any arts and crafts until I was first introduced to stamping by my friend in 2010. Then I started scrapbooking, and slowly moved in to making cards. I love clean and simple design based on creativity. I started blogging in June 2012, to share all that I create and to submit my creations into some card challenge blogs. I hope you enjoy your stay on my pages and get some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy crafting!

20 comments

  1. That Papertrey Ink set is on my wish list. I just love your fun, creative take on this week’s cue card!

  2. Your card is so creative. Thank you for sharing all the hard work you put into making this card. What a great idea for someone buying a home.

  3. hannelie

    I LOVE your inspiration card May! It’s not only clever, it’s pretty too!

  4. Fabulous card May, I love that set and is on my wish list too. Beautiful colouring!

  5. So clever, May!! Love it =]

  6. This is such a cute card and it looks simple enough to make! I’m stopping by from Craftgawker. Pinning your card. Have a fabulous day!

  7. Your beautiful colouring looks wonderful peeping through the kraft keyhole.

  8. Such a brilliant take on the cue word, May! I love your gorgeous bright and cheery coloring on those flowers. It’s like peeking into The Secret Garden!

  9. Such a creative idea. I hope you get your dream house and flower garden soon.

  10. Incredible take on the garden theme~I am SO IMPRESSED that you stamped those flowers. I thought it was patterned paper!

  11. Smashing card, how clever of you to keep the colour in the keyhole, I love this !!!! :D x

  12. SO creative and FUN and wonderfully done, you ALWAYS make me smile with your creations!!!!
    I used some of the twine you gave me on my dog card posted today!!! Thanks again, you are too kind May, a wonderful friend!

  13. This is brilliant, May! I’ve often felt the same way about the homes up along Lake Michigan whenever we vacation there! I love how the keyhole frames the pretty floral background! It really pops against the kraft cardstock too! :)

  14. May, what a sweet story…I hope that you and your DH get that house with a lovely garden some day soon! In the meantime, your sweet card is beautiful and I love the patterned flowers (amazing!!!) behind that keyhole…how I’d love to unlock that door!

  15. I love all your cards, May and this one’s no exception. I really thought that it’s the patterned paper you used there, until I read here that you actually stamped and coloured those flowers!! WOW/!! Very beautiful and neat colouring. And I love that you used a kraft base.

  16. So creative, May, and so beautiful! Your flowers and coloring are quite stunning!

  17. Another great card from you! From the first look I tought that this is a patterned paper, not stamps. Great work! Perfect idea. Good luck. Regards, TokBobok.

  18. kdunbrook

    sweet card…

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