Tuesday, December 4, 2012

February: Hearts-Flowers-Candy - CD Jewel Case Card for a Man!

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm;
 for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
 It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.
 If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Song of Solomon 8 : 6, 7

Welcome to the Third Annual ’25 Days of Christmas’ in conjunction with My Paper Crafting.com, the blogsite for which I am on the regular Design Team – and loving it!  Here’s a bit of an introduction, history and explanation of what you can expect during this 25 Days of December.  Don’t worry if you’ve missed any of the original posts to this point – You can click on links on Melin’s post to get to posts from previous days.  I am posting on Days 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, and 25, corresponding to the days of this month – and possibly some other days in between, depending on how my time goes…

We have almost 30 designers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to create some spectacular projects to share with you! So pull up a comfy chair and get ready to be inspired! There will be daily projects featuring:
* Cricut Cartridges
*Electronic Die Cutting Files
(Svg type, using Pazzles, Silhouette, Gazelle, Cameo type Machines)
*Digital Stamps with Coloring
(Using Copics, Digital and other coloring mediums)
*Stamping and Inking
*Traditional Dies, Punches and all the other tools we love.
A Little Something For EVERY TYPE of "Paper Crafter"

Format: Each day the designers were given a “theme” to work with, so each day will be different.  We will also have a daily FREE Cutting File and a daily FREE Digital Stamp-Printable along with some FREE Royalty-Free Vintage Graphics. Today's theme:

We usually think of Red and/or Pink and white and lacy frills associated with February and Valentine’s Day.  That’s fine, but I decided to put a twist on that and in using one of my favorite poems, ‘How Do I Love Thee?” written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning  for her husband, I came up with this ‘unusual’ CD Jewel Case Card for a Man.  I chose neutral, earth tones, a woodsy feel in background and additional elements and a touch of blue to make a more masculine-feeling yet romantic card.

*  I took the black inset out of a CD jewel case.   Pry it out carefully.
*  I cut a piece of cream parchment cardstock to fit the front of the case and a piece of Kraft cardstock to fit into the inside ‘back’ section.  I embossed both pieces with a wood grain embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  I then lightly inked them both with dark brown ink.
*  I printed the poem, ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ on parchment cardstock with brown ink, cut it to fit into the back inside of the case front, inked the edges of the piece and then attached it to the wood grain front piece by a strip of folded Kraft paper.

*  I cut a ‘Flourished Frame 3’ from dark brown cardstock and embossed it with the wood grain embossing folder.
*  I cut the new ‘Heart Swirl cf’ from Kraft cardstock for the background and cream cardstock for the flourish part. 
*  I tied 2 kinds of twine through a wooden Heart Button, tied a bow at the back and adhered it to the Heart Swirl flourish.  I then adhered the button to the flourish, then the flourish to the frame and the frame to the top side of the front of the CD case.

*  For the inside ‘prop,’ I scored and folded Kraft paper at half and quarter inch intervals, adhered it to the base piece.   I punched the edge of parchment cardstock, cut it into strips, added faux-stitiching with a felt pen and then adhered them to the prop piece.  One can add quotes, verses, lists of 'Reasons Why I Love You' or whatever one wants to put on them.  One can make any number of prop rows and cards…
*  I made a flower with the ‘Flower and Branch 918 cf’, inked the edges with brown, 'rounded' the petals with an embosser tool on a foam mat, added a bronze patterned brad to the center and adhered it atop some punched Kraft paper leaves to the inside back of the case. 

There you have a nice ‘card’ to give to your Special Guy Someone!  Since I don’t have – nor ever will again have – a Special Someone in my life, I’ll probably give it to a Gal Friend to give her Special Someone… It was nice to work on a ‘masculine-intended’ project.

The files I used are –

As mentioned above, Melin will be giving away FREE digital die cutting files, digital printables and vintage graphics. Please note: Each day we will have new files. Be sure to stop by each day as they will be free one day only! Please also note, the free files will have a price listed by them, but when you add them to your cart to check out, they will be free during the day they are posted only. These files have been generously donated by PaperCraftingWorld.com. Be sure to take advantage of the great 50% off sale on all downloadable files through December!
Today’s FREE files are -


Here are just some of the prizes we will be sharing with you!

~ Quick Quotes Prize Pack
~ The Twinery: Twine
~ PaperCraftingWorld.com: Gift Certificate
~ Page-Kits.com: Gift Certificate
~ Melinda Beltran: Close To My Heart Stamping Items
~ Miscellaneous Weekly Prizes

We will share details on all of these prizes as the days unfold. 

Be a follower of Melin’s My Paper Crafting blog AND leave a comment on any of our daily posts.   That's it, that's all we ask!!! Please only one comment per day.  ALSO join us on our Facebook Page and leave a comment telling us you did and that will be an extra chance to win! Pretty easy!

Thank you for joining us today. Be sure to go back tomorrow for some more great projects and our new FREEBIES!


  1. Oh Lynden, this is super COOL! I love that you didn't do the traditional V-time colors. I also love that idea of the tabs on the inside. I didn't realize that was faux stitching....AMAZING my friend! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!

  2. Your CD Jewel Case Card is amazing!!! What a fabulous gift to give someone! Love it!

  3. I absolutely love your card. It is so unusual and attractive.
    Never say never. Who knows what God has in store for us?
    In the meantime, I know that anyone fortunate enough to give or get this card will appreciate it.

  4. What an amazing project. I love the cuts and the embossing. You are so creative.

  5. I love the colors and the way you layered the elements. The swirled heart looks great in earth tones!


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