Thank you for dropping by and I'm really pleased that for once I have something to show you other than a DT piece or an alphatag, lol!
This week has seen the birthday of one of my very special crafting friends. Oooh, this crafting/blogging lark has such a lot to answer for and in my opinion, all of it good! The friend I'm talking about is Elaine, one quarter of the Craft Stamping Quartet (our poor neglected little blog ;( ) and also one of my ex Chocolate Baroque DT buddies. As lots of you will know, because we live such a distance apart we rarely manage a get together but it's all down to the wonderful technology most of us have that I feel she has been in my life a lot longer than she really has. She's a very special lady so I was glad I managed to make time for her card. A bought one just wouldn't have been good enough, lol!
I apologise for this first photo being at a slightly odd angle but it was the one which most closely showed the true background colour. I started with a 21 cm square base card and then cut the same size square from a sheet of beautiful Mariposa paper (DCWV). Cutting into papers from this gorgeous collection is soooooo difficult ;D! I then blended Bundled Sage Distress Ink over an individual Heidi Swapp butterfly mask moving it around randomly and a Tim Holtz swirl mask and then inked all round the edges with the same Distress Ink. I followed this with randomly stamping script over the page, again using Bundled Sage DI. I then attached this to the front of the basecard.
I then created the arrangement of embellishments for the top right corner. I used my new Spellbinders Venetian Motifs dies to cut the decorative circle and the flourishes from white card which I then coloured with Broken China DI and the fancy motif which I used as leaves which I coloured with Bundled Sage DI. The sentiment stamped in the circle is from a Kaisercraft clear stamp set called appropriately 'Friendship Sentiments', lol! The roses were left over from one of my Snazzy DT pieces using EDIT : Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe (sorry to earlier visitors this morning as I forgot to add this after I'd double checked ;D) papers, the blue butterflies were cut out from the left over piece of Mariposa paper and the metal butterfly was from a dismantled necklace. I used my round nosed pliers to shape the metal butterfly.
Somehow I felt the card wasn't quite 'balanced' so I put the pretty and very delicate Memory Box die cut (
a gift from another dear CSQ buddy, Judith) on the top left corner to finish it off.
I finished the card off with an all over misting of Dew Drop Glimmer Mist. The inspiration for this card came from the work of the very talented Anna Dabrowska, aka Finnabair (check out her fab blog). I can't wait to have another go at something similar but adding more random bits and bobs and more mica sprays as Anna does. I daren't try it on Elaine's card as I didn't have time to do another one if it went wrong, lol!
I hope you enjoyed looking at something other than DT work or another alphatag and speaking of alphatags ......... I failed miserably for August :(. This time it wasn't because I couldn't think of a subject/theme for the letters Q and R but purely that I ran out of time. I did get Q finished so I am going to do R as well and keep them for myself so that I will still have the full alphabet and I'll show them as soon as I can.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope you're having some of the glorious Autumn weather we've been having this week.