Saturday 2 April 2022

March Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 30 card makers took part and I sent my card to Kath in the UK. I am so glad it didn't have far to go as I have been a bit behind with things this month.

This month I used the colours and was inspired by the sketch, but didn't follow it exactly.

When I saw the sketch, I thought of this cover plate die and cut it from a deep brown and  pink card. I inlaid the pink circles into the brown card. Not really sure why I didn't just put pink card behind it, but I do seem to like making things difficult for myself, plus I really like the smooth look you get from inlaying.

The sentiment is a die cut 3 times from the pink and a green card. The 'you' is also a die which I cut off a longer sentiment.

I added just a little extra interest by stamping in the circles with some tiny wooden handled stamps from Art Cuts.

Finally I cut a stencil with the die and used it to add some decoration on the insert and the envelope.

I am afraid the colours on my close up are rather washed out. I think I had to used my light box for the pictures and this tends to happen.

I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Mia in Greece and of course, Mia being the very generous person she is I also received a box of goodies as well. Thank you so much Mia, I can't keep up with your generosity. 

 My February card that got delayed from Helen has also arrived. Thank you Helen.

If you would like to take part in the next card chain challenge, you have until 6th to sign up here

Cardstock: Adorable Scorable coloured mattastic card; White card base
Ink: Catherine Pooler, icing on the cake and Grass Skirt
Stamps: Tiny flowers from Art Cuts
Dies: Creative Expressions background collection - solar circles; 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


crafty-stamper said...

Great card and love the large cover plate dies and does give a better effect with the inlaid circles -love the happy mail you received from Mia too
Carol x

papierelle said...

You had another very unusual card idea. Awesome. And yes, Mia is one of the loveliest and most generous people I know. Enjoy your gifts.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

A labour of love surely with all the inlaid circles, Hilary! You have a lot of patience and precision! Love the effect!
Beautiful cards from your pals and I agree, Mia is a very generous lady!
So glad you have had a lovely Birthday time despite the unusual snow!
Also in Italy there is snow and cold. In my zone only rain, not snow, but there blow very strong and cold winds.

brenda said...

You can guess what I am going to say before I start can't you Hilary, yes I forgot agin, but not all is lost as I have a post for tomorrow as well.

As Alice said your card looks like a labour of love, but how very unique and beautifully presented.

B x

Ellibelle said...

So beautifully done Hilary, I am sure Kath loved it! And such a pretty card you received from Mia too!

Robyn Oliver said...

Cool idea to use the coverplate to create your 'layout' and pink and brown always look great together... a fabulous card Hilary, hugs Robyn

Julia Aston said...

Love all the pink circles on your brown background card Hilary - The added green with your layered sentiment adds a nice punch of color! xx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Inlaid circles were well worth the effort, Hilary, and I love that you stamped on some of them - adds loads of interest! Love the trio of sentiments too - so cute!!

Ashwini Rao said...

What a cute looking card! I agree- the inlaid look definitely looks smoother, and I would prefer it too, if the die cut doesn't have too many pieces. And I love the look of those little images you've stamped on some of them - that looks so cute as well!!
The cards you've received look great as well! :)

Joanne said...

That is lovely! ...and now I'm off to google how to inlay die cuts as I do like that look so much.

Loll said...

Fun dotty coverplate, Hilary! Love the pink and brown together. This is such a huappy, fun card ... I'm sure Kath will LOVE it! And great cards that you received from Mia and Helen! xx

Pia S said...

Trendy and fun design, you nailed the colors and I like the small stamped details too.

Bonnie said...

I like how you used these colors and the sketch, Hilary! I think insetting the pink circles is much nicer than having a pink piece behind and your stamping on some of the circles is a great idea!

Linby said...

I think the effect is better from inlaying too - a lot of work went into this though with all those tiny pieces. Looks great especially with he added stamping.

Mia said...

I love your beautiful card, Hilary. You are such a talented lady! And I am glad that you like the card and my little gifts for you. Enjoy, my dear friend. Sending you a big hug.

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous card, Hilary! I like that you've done it this way. Hugs, Jo x

Leslie Miller said...

I can definitely see the sketch in your card and it's so cute! The inlay is a good look. I don't know how it is in the UK, but here in the US the inlay is a good way to avoid the weight and potentially additional postage extra layers might bring. You have received some very nice cards and things, too!

Witchcrafted Life said...

Wonderfully lovely cards one and all. I think that you stuck quite close to the sketch and really did a top-notch job with it.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Greta said...

Such a fun post, Hilary! Brilliant card using that great cover plate! It does give a very different & neat look to do the inlaying, but doubt I would have taken the time. Really love that you did a little stamping in some circles! CCC is such fun--never knowing what you'll get from friends, like you, around the world!