Sunday 30 July 2017

Less is more challenge 339

I recently made a card for a close friends wedding day. I think it will fit the challenge Pierce your project as I cross stitched the heart as the centre piece of the card. I used to use cross stitch on cards a lot but I have recently moved on to using stamps and other paper crafts more. I do still really enjoy cross stitch but it is very time consuming. I find it very calming because if you don't concentrate you will go wrong and then spend loads of time unpicking, and if you do concentrate it calms your mind down.

Here is the card:

Whilst I am only entering the card in this challenge, I thought you might like to see the sampler and gift tag that I made to go with it.
The chart used came from the final edition of Cross Stitch Collection magazine published in February 2017.

My friends wedding day was spectacular we had the most wonderful day. Everything about it was stunning but the flowers were particularly memorable. Here is just a little taster, they look amazing even under the grey sky. Thanks so much Jenny for allowing us to share your special day with you.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday 28 July 2017

Rainbow hearts

Today I thought I would enter AAA Cards Rainbow Challenge.
My inspiration has come from Tracie Ponds' design team card. I loved the hearts and the way she has placed them on the page.

My card is not a patch on hers but I am reasonably pleased with it. I used a very small hearts stamp, which I think is from Lavinia stamps. I drew the sentiment with my Scan n Cut machine. I love how you can now create sentiments in any font that can also be filled in. I think it looks so professional and it is very easy to do.

Here is my card:

I hope you like it.

Friday 14 July 2017

White on Gold

I decided to enter the one layer challenges at AAA cards and Less is More but it took me ages to settle on a design. I finally decided to go with a gold base and white heat embossed images.

It is my design skills that I struggle with. I know what I like and admire in other card makers designs but struggle to come up with my own designs. It is one reason why I have decided to start entering challenges as I think it will help me to make progress in this area.

Anyway, I did finally settle on a design which I am reasonably happy with, but the execution was more challenging than I thought it would be. Firstly getting the flowers placed exactly right and then heat embossing without getting stray bits of white everywhere.

The flower is a block mounted rubber stamp by Cam & Chloe. Unfortunately I do not know the make of the sentiment and butterfly stamps but they are from different sets.

Here is my card, I will keep practicing as practice makes perfect.

Thank you for visiting me. I hope you like it.

Monday 3 July 2017

White on White

I have had several goes at getting this card how I wanted it. I think now I am reasonably happy with it, or as happy as I ever am with one of my cards. I have a tendency to always think they could be better. I am sure I am not alone I suspect that is how most card makers feel.

Here is my card:

I used an embossing folder that came free with issue 150 of simply cards and paper craft magazine. The little birds are from a cut file that was free on the internet (I can't remember where exactly) and the hello is the font 'always in my heart' made into a cut file in inkscape and cut on my scan n cut.

I am entering it in the Addicted to CAS challenge  White on White

CASology Week 255 Fly

I have been thinking about this challenge all week and finally got round to putting my idea into practice when I realised I have nearly missed the deadline - but not quite!

Here is my card:
It is very simple, I used broken china, dusty concord and festive berries distress inks. I was contemplating adding a sentiment to the front but realised I didn't have time. I notice that it seems to be normal to add sentiments to the front of cards, but it is not something I am used to doing, I suspect that will change.

Here is the link to the challenge: CASology Week 255 Fly