Saturday, January 28, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VALINDA (pretty FREE .studio cut file in honour of) - Playing in Paradise Card 51 and more icy cool photos


Today’s a SPECIAL day – it’s my friend Valinda’s bithday.  Valinda and I have been friends for years now.  We met on the internet through our interest in digital scrapbooking but our friendship grew quickly and deeply.  We are always in touch and she’s a true treasure.  I hope you have the best birthday ever, dear friend!  I’ve created a giveaway file in honour of YOU today!  I made it fit with this card theme below too. 

Playing in Paradise Card 51

I am also especially proud to say my sister Nina is a Design Team Member for this challenge so I had to whip up something she’d not hide her head in shame at.  Here’s my take:





Cardstock: Recollection

Embellishment: Heart, Insert and Arrow by Barb Derksen (me)

Embossing folder: Cuttlebug

Embossing on Arrow: Ranger – Queen’s Gold

I cut the .studio files on my Silhouette SD and then assembled.  The white slotted heart nests behind the red bumpy heart shape.  I placed a thick foam tape behind the slotted white heart and then weaved the arrow behind it so that the white part actually “puffs out”  Its hard to appreciate the 3d look of this card. 

Here are the cutting files for you all to download:



I will also place a copy of this download in the PAGES section of my blog (look up at the TABS above this entry) so that you can download it any time in the future.

Some more exciting news – I will be guest designing for Word Art Wednesday for the entire month of February!  Look for “stuff” happening here, including a fun blog hop!

A few more ice photos:

Nature, as far as in her lies,

Imitates God and turns her face

To every land beneath the skies,

Counts nothing that she meets with base

But lives and loves in every place.


Alfred Lord Tennyson



A gathering of geese


Ice is nice – in miniature form this reminds me of broken windshield glass


A cool crystalline sculpture


Reeds frozen and encased for all of winter



This ice even curving along the length of a bent reed.


  1. Beautiful. Love the pop of red against the stark white with embossing
    DIANA L.

  2. Lovely. Thank you for sharing the files.

  3. love your cards awesome job girl you are so your ice pictures. Hope to chat to you soon ya


  4. Such a wonderful card! Love your heart and arrow element that you created.
    Great pictures and thanks again for sharing!
    Hope you had a terrific weekend!

    Big hug!!

  5. Wow a beautiful card with a tutorial!!! Awesome photos, the bluegreen ones are the color of my studio, Love those shades.
    Thank you so much for Playing in Paradise this week

  6. Fabulous card Barb, you are so talented. I love the way the red is so bold against the white. Thank you for Playing in Paradise with your little sis.

  7. Gorgeous card! Just love that die cut against the simple background! Thanks for playing at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

  8. Thanks for sharing this! Nina has a talented family and I love that you are sharing the cut files for free!

  9. Thank you for sharing this lovely card. I'm alittle late, but I will have a head start on next valentines day,LOL! I really am enjoying the icy pics you've taken this winter and quoting my great... uncle, I love that poem!!!


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