Saturday, 10 September 2011

Butterfly kisses - patchwork

I bought this patchwork paper a while ago and decided to use some on this card for the patchwork theme for Cupcake 158. I stamped two Stampotique butterflies by Janet Klein, heat embossed with silver and coloured with poppy promarker - for Passion for promarkers 116 theme: patchwork. Unfortunately, I had to resort to a scan because there was too much sheen picked up by the flash because every other square is shiny - this looks lovely irl.

This is also for this week's theme on Daring cardmakers: flutterby, where this lovely photo inspiration is given, the challenge being to use the colours and also include butterflies:

It was only after I'd finished the card and looked to see what the name of the paper is - Butterfly kisses - patchwork by NitWit Essentials - so how appropriate it was that I decided to add butterflies. I felt that I wanted to add more to the card, but I think the patchwork paper is so lovely that it would be a shame to hide too much of it.

This is also for:

Flutter by Wednesday 170: open + butterfly
PaperPlay 36: use two or more stamped images
The paper shelter 30: embossing of any kind
Stamptacular 127: the sky's the limit
Stamp something: something to say goodbye 'anything goes' (sadly, their last challenge)
Stamp dreams 97: anything goes
Creative card crew: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Stamp n doodle: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Ladybug: anything goes

Seeing double

I seem to be getting more and more into one layer CAS cards - with the help of challenges like Less is More, which this week (32) is asked us to 'see double'.

I used a My Mind's Eye stamp from a set called wild asparagus, inking the stamp with memento rich cocoa and stamping twice so that the second one was a faded version. The 'thank you' sentiment is an Anna Griffin stamp.

I think I might make a few more of these to have as sets of 5 when I have my sale soon for Tearfund.

This is also for:

Wee memories 67: one layer projects

CHNC challenge 37: swirls

The weeks are going by at an alarming pace - it's time for another challenge on my CHNC blog. For challenge 37 I'm asking you to use swirls on your cards. Please click on the link for the challenge to read what this is all about - and it would be lovely if you made a card and entered it for us all to see. There are lots of you who have been making Christmas cards for weeks (even months), but I suspect there are some of you reading this who have yet to start them - why not begin with this challenge?

For my card I stamped randomly with a Dawn Bibby Personal Impressions stamp inked with versamark and heat embossed with red metallic powder. I then added some rhinstone gems on to the end of the swirls.

The central nestie shape was cut from a piece of glittered card rescued from a Christmas cracker a couple of years ago, topped with the stamped image 'jolly Santa' by Hero Arts with just his face and hat coloured with copics.

(Sorry about the quality of the photo - I really should get my card made in daylight - will replace if I can get a better shot.)

I'm entering this for the following challenges:

ABC Christmas: R is for recycling and rhinestones (or ribbons)
Winter wonderland: Santa Claus is coming to town
Scrapbook sisters 51: ho ho ho
Christmas crafting 3: Christmas sparkle
Scrap-card 11: Christmas
Samuel Taylors September Christmas card using any rubber stamp (prize of four Prima paper pads)
Christmas cards all year round September: everything is more than a year old
Crafty ribbons 1: festive cheer in September
Crafty creations 135: anything but a square
Created by hand: hurricane/swirls - no hurricane (only outside!), just swirls
PaperPlay 36: use two or more stamped images
Do you stack up 36: texture (the glittered recycled card from the Christmas cracker)
The paper shelter 30: embossing of any kind
The stamp man 31: monochrome - white and one other colour you love to use
Pile it on 36: B for ... bling
Whoopsi Daisy: let's bling it
Delightful: bling it!
Little red wagon 97: use a die cut
Crop stop 36: spellbinders die cuts
Stamptacular 127: the sky's the limit
Stamp something: something to say goodbye 'anything goes' (sadly, their last challenge)
Stamp dreams 97: anything goes
Creative card crew: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Stamp n doodle: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes + option: shaped card