Sunday, 24 January 2010

Get punchy!

Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying your weekend. We've been busy having a clear out in our house in preparation for moving house (fingers crossed!) but I've managed to fit in some crafty time this week though. Thanks to everyone for their kind comments on me starting my new job. It went OK- lots to remember- which is always the scary bit but I think I'm going to enjoy it.

So here is a card I made for my Auntie who's 81 next month. This card took me absolutely ages to do and there were times when I thought it wasn't going to turn out how I wanted. You know how you get an idea in your head and you're not sure whether it's actually going to work- well that happened with this card but I am pleased with how it turned out in the end!!

So this card originated with the idea of seeing a couple of challenges who's theme was to use punches which I'll admit I don't use that often. I also wanted to use this gorgeous image from the Autumn Leaves' Fine and Dandy set so I set out with trying to come up with an idea which incorporated the 2!

The Autumn Leaves stamp I embossed with red embossing powder and then added a couple of mini punched flowers and some gems, pearls and hot fix crystals. I saw the idea of punching a window and then forming a lattice of punched shapes over the top in a craft book by Julie Hickey. It was pretty fiddly glueing all the flowers down but the effect is worth it I think.

So here is a close up. Hopefully you can see the window and punched flowers in a bit more detail.

These are the 3 punches I used! The square punch was used repeatedly to form the window.

I'd like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp DT call- "Punch it"
Creative Card Crew- "Punch it"
Spoon Full of Sugar- "Use layers"

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Autumn Leaves); Red embossing powder; Paper (Basic Grey); Assorted cardstock; Punches (Woodware & Personal Impressions); Pearl embellie (Ebay); Gems (Joanna Sheen); Hot fix crystals (London Bead Co.); Ribbon (recycled)

My next make is an ATC- again not something I make very often so I thought I'd give it a go for a change.

I made this Sizzix ATC using the Chloe Sizzlit die and Buttons Sizzlit die. ATCs are so great for using up scraps of paper and card. Her body and face I actually coloured with copics as I find it's hard to get good skin toned card. The sentiment is Elzybells which I cut out and backed with one of the larger Sizzlit Buttons.

I'd like to enter this for the Creatalicious Challenge- "Nothing Stamped"- sentiments allowed.

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Elzybells); Dies (Sizzix); Assorted cardstock; Assorted paper scraps; Copics; Ribbon (recycled); Gem (recycled); Fine black liner

And lastly, how lucky am I??? I won these two fantastic stamp sets in the Elzybells blog candy draw. These are Elizabeth's new releases and I'm chuffed I won some of them!!! Thanks, Elizabeth!

Hope you've enjoyed popping by today x


strawberry fields said...

Great card Steph! your Aunt will love it! Are you around for a chat today or are you busy packing? Would be lovely to chat. Your move is very exciting!
Fi xxxxxx

Trimgym said...

Lovely cards, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck!



Good morning Steph wow what a gorgeous card hunny loving that adorable flower image, good luck with the packing and hope the move goes smoothly, i obviously have missed alot, must catch up with you soon, big hugs Linda x

mckinkle said...

Hi Steph,

Oh I think the time you spent on your Aunt's card was very very worth it! It is stunning and I just love your window trellised with flowers - thats such a fab focal point!

Your Autumn Leaves image is a must-have too! Such a delicate image - it's lovely!

What a fab ATC, Ive never made one nor have I ever used my sizzix dies that Ive got with girls on as Ive been unsure just what to do with them. Thanks for giving me some inspiration!

Glad your first day of training went well, the first day is always the worst isnt it!

Keryn x

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Steph,
these are lovely cards. I particularly like the first one. The images go so well together and the flowers are gorgeous.
Fiona x

Mel said...

Stunning card Steph love how you have put it together and wow lucky you i am only slightly green lol
hugs Mel

Liz, said...

Hi Steph,

Love the card for your Aunt. Don't be surprised if I pinch the idea of the flowers over the punched square, it looks fab.

Liz x

Handmade with Love said...

Beautiful card Steph it's really elegant and I love the image! Good luck with your move, I hope it goes smoothly for you. Tracey x

andrea said...

such a beautiful card,it is stunning,thankyou for joining us at c.r.a.f.t. this week

Lorraine A said...

fabulous card and ATC! :-) I am sure your Aunt will love her card ,, very elegant and stylish :-)

thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp challenge and DT call :-)

Lols x x x

Eiglas said...

Lovely projects Steph!
Thank you for coming over to play at C.R.A.F.T!

sugar n spice said...

Gorgeous card Steph, love the layout and your flower image. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week.
Good luck in the draw.
Hugs Suzi x

Anonymous said...

Fun fun card! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Creatilicious!


Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Congratulations on the new job & winning the stamps. I know what you mean about retaining info. I'm struggling with my own name lol!!

The card for your aunty is stunning. Well worth the time & effort you have made. Just gorgeous. Love your other bits too x x

Timcsoca said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours and the image!:)

Thanks for joining the Simon Says Challenge!

Hugs, Tímea

Hope Jacare said...

Thanks for playing along in our Red challenge at C.R.A.F.T. this week. Fab project! Cheers Claire x

Crissy Armstrong said...

I love your floral card, esp the centre on the big flower! Cute ATC too, and congrats on winning those yummy stamps!

Cheryl said...

A fabulous card,love the die cut image!!! thanks for joining us at Creatalicious!!
Hugs xx

Sarita said...

Wow Steph your card is amazing, that Autumn leaves stamp is fab, I really love the richness of the colours, your ATC is fab too,
And I am soo envious of your Elzybels stamps!!
Love Sarita xx

Larisa said...

Lovely projects Steph! It is great to use the punches ))