Hello, crafting friends!
I think I’m preaching to the converted here when I suggest that an hour or two of crafting a day keeps the head doctor away! Card challenges are particularly fun because it’s great to have a few rules and boundaries to keep us on your toes. And they often lead us down paths we may not have taken left to ourselves.
When I came up for air after making this card I was quite astonished at how it turned out! I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen red and purple together but I love it – they were colours in the inspiration photo. It wouldn’t have come naturally to me to place the flowers there but the sketch suggested it. Silver sequins? A nod to the silver heart in the inspiration photo.
The background was made by positioning Stampin’ Up’s retired Hardwood stamp on the card base in my stamping platform. I inked the stamp up and then sponged away the ink where I didn’t want it, which is what has given this fade-out look. I still don’t have any heart dies (!) so I just drew a heart, cut it out and stamped it with Gingham by Kaisercraft.
The flowers were cut with small flower punches then coloured with alcohol markers. I paired them with a die cut from the Holiday Foliage die set by Flora and Fauna. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted’s Blossoms in Bloom.
I just can’t resist the inspiration at Inspired By these days – thank you ladies! – so I’m joining in there. I used Heather’s intriguing sketch at As You See It to arrange all my elements so I’m linking up there too.
AND IN OTHER NEWS
It snowed at the weekend, much to Eva’s delight. Golden Retrievers were bred as gun dogs in the highlands of Scotland. They have double coats to insulate them and webbed feet for swimming, and think nothing of being out for a day, splashing in and out of the freezing rivers and streams to retrieve birds (or sticks in Eva’s case!)
Sadly Eva has a very silly owner who would rather not be out in the snow for the day, and is inclined to set off home after only an hour or two…!