Friday, 18 May 2012

Something New

Hi there, just taking a break from clearing the study so that we can decorate it....we've lived here for almost 13 years and this is the only room that we haven't decorated.  Having had a leak in the roof last year there are some dodgy stains on the ceiling so we are going to have it replastered to cover this up and to hide the dreadful artex!

 This has knock on effects for me as one end of the room is where most of my craft materials are kept so I am having to try to find places to put them so that I can still have access to them!  That said one of our oldest friends and his partner have just had a baby girl so a new baby card was called for.  Pretty good excuse to pause on the room clearance.

I've used this card for the  current "Tanda Teaser" with the theme something could be a new home, new baby, new technique, new stash, basically anything so long as it's new! For my card I used the baby and toddler stamp sets that I designed for Tanda. I built the background up by stamping and masking with the teddy stamp, the baby stamp and the flowers using distress inks. I cut the background stamp so that one of the baby word stamps would show in the bottom left hand corner of the card.

I cut a circle of white card and stamped the teddy in distress inks before colouring it with copics.  the heart cushion was coated with glossy accents and the edges were distressed with Victorian velvet distress ink and my dune dots stamp.  the fancy circle was a spellbinders die as were the leaves.  The flowers and tiny tag were cut using Tim Holtz dies.  For a change I decided to use buttons for my flower centres and matched the twine with the twine on the tag.  Gold mica was spritzed onto some of the leaves and the seam binding was dyed with Victorian velvet distress stain. 

I didn't actually have to die cut the flowers especially for this card as I already had some cut...I tend to try to get as much out of my hand made paper as I can.  (I got it in Ikea some time ago and I haven't seen it since)..So when I've done the first cut I move the paper around so as to use all the bits inbetween and hence often end up with more than I need for one flower.  I keep these extra flower shape bits in a box with my brads then, when I need a flower for a new project, I will check to see if I have enough to make a flower and go from there.  Sometimes the finished colour of a card can be determined by what flowers/leaves I have in my box.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

"Creative Belli - New Arrival/baby"
"Divas by Design - Pink"
"Little red waggon - DIY Patterned Papers"
"Truly scrumptious - Anything goes"
"Alphabet Challenge - H is for handmade flowers"
"Simon Says Stamp and Show"
"Amusing Challenges - Flowers"
"The squirrel and the fox - One for the girls"
"2 Sisters - Make it Girly"
"Crafty Mess Challenge - Pink and Cute"

Oh well better get back to clearing the study!


Mrs.B said...

Hi Sus, this is a lovely card, great image.
Avril x

Tammy said...

Sweet baby card! Love the large flower!
Thanks for playing with us at LRW this week and creating your own patterned paper!!

Lesley said...

Beautiful card Sue, cute teddy and fab flowers! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet challenge xx

paperfun said...

Gorgeous flower and card. I, too, try to get as much out of my papers!

Great card.

Thanks for joining ua at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


Sarah said...

Hoe you get all that decorating dine soon! Know how that feels... Your card is is very lovely indeed with such pretty colours and great details... Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

hazel said...

A beautiful baby card - the flowers are gorgeous.
xxx Hazel.

Kim Dellow said...

That is just so pretty, love the little accented heart. Cute! Kim

sarah-Jane said...

Great card. I love the flower. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Sarah-Jane xx

Chris said...

Thanks for playing along with my Amusing Challenge this week. Sweet baby card - love the glossy heart and lovely flowers.

Robin Parker said...

Your flowers are beautiful on your card. Thanks for sharing on the Belli Challenge for Baby/New Arrival.

Kathleen said...

Sweet baby card, with gorgeous flowers! Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design
Kat xx

* Shaz * said...

Very pretty card!

Thank you for joining us at Alphabet challenges for our *H - Handmade Flowers * challenge

Hope you will join us again
Hugs Shaz