Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Graphic 45 Love Notes Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

I Love It Because...Challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog

This is a great challenge because you only have to do something that you love to do.  How easy is that?  Jenny Marples is our hostess this time and this is her description of the challenge: "How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much."

My Take on the Challenge

My approach to this challenge was really quite simple, I just chose all the things I love and it became this gorgeous easel card.  First of all I was making this card for a special friend, that alone gave me impetus to create something special.  Then I chose all my favorite things: red, black and ivory Graphic 45 papers, beautiful Little Birdie blooms, chipboard, embossing powders and some pretty trim.  Of course this card is something I love!

I chose Graphic 45's Love Notes collection that was released in January to make this easel card. I love the drama of these colors and I think the woman silhouette really sets this card off quite nicely!

I think easel cards are especially nice because they display so prettily standing up as they do. 

The Chipboard

All the chipboard except the silhouette is from Creative Embellishments. I heat embossed the frame with Seth Apter's by Emerald Creek Baked Texture - Dirty Sand embossing powder. I love the multicolored look and textured feel of it. The words and silhouette were heat embossed with Seth Apter's by Emerald Creek Baked Velvet - Eclipse. The chipboard piece beneath the thank you words was inked with Distress Oxide Antique Linen Ink.

The Flowers

I used a mix of flowers from Little Birdie Crafts and Graphic 45.  The largest red rose and the buds are Graphic 45 and part of their Staples line.  I'm so happy to see G45 carrying coordinating flowers for their paper lines!  The rest of the flowers are Little Birdie Crafts and they are sooooo gorgeous.  The white ones are sparkly though that doesn't show to well in the photo.  

The Easel Mechanism

Easel cards are really easy to make,  Here's a link to a tutorial for an easel card.   They can be any size, this one is 7" x 6 1/4".  I used a simple strip that is popped up with foam tape to serve as a stop to hold the easel upright. That leaves plenty of room inside to write a personal message but still looks really pretty with the front of the card.  Take a second look at the first photo and you can see how it holds the easel in place.

How to Enter the Challenge

Create a vintage or shabby chic project  and link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge, I Love it Because. The Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to be a guest designer in one of our Frillie and Funkie challenges. The other three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to take a look at the creations of my talented teammates, you can see their creations here, at the Frillie and Funkie Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Graphic 45 - Love Notes Collection 12x12" Collection Pack 


  1. A stunning creation, Maggi! Really pretty enough to add to one's home decor!

  2. Beautiful! The color combination is striking and the design wonderful! Elegant and charming card.

  3. Beautiful card. Especially like the keyboard inside. This Graphic 45 collection is one of my favorites. tfs

  4. Maggi, this is such an elegant card, and I love all the heat embossed elements. I'm sure your friend is going to swoon when she opens this beautiful gift! Hugs!

  5. Wow!! This is beautiful and love your work!!

  6. Very lovely! Home decor and a keepsake!

  7. This is very striking with your favourite colour combination. Love all the texture you gave the chipboard pieces.

  8. This is such a wonderful easel card Maggi! I love how you've used the keyboard to hold it open and teamed the flowers so perfectly with the lace, papers and chipboard elements to make something so special. Thank you for sharing xx

  9. So sumptuous and elegant - gorgeous!
    Alison x


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